How to Get Awesome Greenscreen Videos

by Steven Washer on August 21, 2012

Greenscreen is kind of the ultimate DIY video app. If you can get it right, nothing is too difficult to show. Weather maps? Child’s play. Walking in space? Easy-peasy! Or just making a monitor show what you you want it to show while staying on screen yourself? Maybe the ultimate video marketing app.

That’s why I’m excited to bring you part one of Greenscreen Success – The Simple System For More Engaging Videos

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E.G. Sebastian August 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Steve, you ROCK!!!!

You don’t know how much I struggled with these blurry lines around my body, or other strange looking results that I was getting. This video alone, I believe, resolved my problem (now I know I need to set up the “set” in my garage – there I have more room to get close to 8 feet in front of the screen — probably I need to adjust the evennes of the lightning too).

Can’t wait to see the other two videos .

Thanks a mill for sharing 🙂


admin August 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Cool! Have fun with your new and improved Greenscreen system.
And thanks for sharing those kind words 🙂


Sergio Felix August 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Wow… I already have a green screen but I still haven’t done any testings yet particularly because I don’t have lightning or space.

I’m moving out to an appartment where I’ll be setting one of the bedrooms as the working studio and I was wondering that a small bedroom maybe is not going to be good enough for chroma keying… ugh, will have to come up with a solution for this…

Anyway, thank you a LOT for the amazing example Steven! 😉



admin August 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

It might still work. Just light it separately and keep the shadows off the screen as much as possible. In a later video I’ll be showing how to correct for uneveness in color.


Dave Pipitone August 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Great work, Steve! I never imagined that the setup of green screen was so key to Chroma-Key! I’ve done limited work with a small green screen (about 6′ wide x 6′ high) that came with a version of Pinnacle, but with limited success. Now I know why. I see that your green screen is rather large in size.


admin August 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

You can certainly use a smaller screen. You’ll just be limited to a head and shoulder’s shot, but it should work fine.


Tom August 22, 2012 at 12:50 am



Rick August 22, 2012 at 3:04 am

At last, a clear, easy to understand explanation on the basic principles, thanks Steve – now I have to rethink my set-up, I was about to purchase a green screen and set it up in my very small home office where I would have been less than 1ft in front of it while I would have attempted a ‘desk’ newscast type of video using a good quality webcam. You’ve no doubt saved me a good deal of angst!


admin August 22, 2012 at 3:17 am

I think that’s probably true, Rick. You’d be better off creating a simple, clean background for your newscast and using that instead…until you can get a bit more room.


clara August 22, 2012 at 5:21 am

Very interesting, but it blocks systematically on minute 4:26 and I can’t watch any further (not even jumping a section)…


admin August 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

The video is streaming directly from YouTube, so you could click on the YouTube logo in the bottom right hand corner and it will take you to YouTube where you can watch the rest!

I suspect it’s a cache issue with your computer.


irma August 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

thanks Steve. Appreciate stepping into the video arena with a slow and steady approach.


Julie Carruth August 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

Great video as always, Steve. I recently worked on a corporate video out in LA and they put a magenta gel on the light above my head to prevent the green screen from coloring my blonde hair. What are your thoughts on that? Do I need to purchase a magenta gel for my home studio? If so, how do I position the light? From straight overhead or a little behind me pointing towards my hair?


admin August 22, 2012 at 10:53 am

The magenta gel sounds like a good idea. If it worked in the studio it should work just as well at home. Though ultimately it depends on the color temp of the lighting instruments you’re using. You just want it to match. They use magenta because that’s the color you get when you have spill. The spill suppressor uses magenta to replace the green fringe. Use my techniques and you shouldn’t have spill in the first place. 🙂

And yes, place the light a little behind you so that you don’t get big shadows on your shoulders. You just want that little ring of light around you.


Corina August 24, 2012 at 3:42 am

Hi Steve,
where did you get that specific background from the one where it’s the splash image you first see in your video player and at 3 mins in when talking about what green screen is etc and the white board behind you etc. I’d like to see what other virtual set images they have one can use-there’s lots of stuff out there I know-the one you used here is really nice.


admin August 24, 2012 at 8:17 am

Most of the images come from The sort of retro blackboard image comes standard with Final Cut Pro X. I was going to tell you that those were just rooms in my house, but I think the clouds flying by kind of give it away 🙂


Corina August 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Steve for sharing good of you!
Seen various virtual sets at may get some….


Gary Graham August 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

Thanks Steve,

You give out more useful information for free than what a lot of gurus charge for only half as much content!

Off to YouTube!!


admin August 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

Glad to be of service, Gary. Enjoy!


Dan McComas September 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm


Awesome, lesson. Can’t wait for the next few to learn about lighting and some of the backgrounds available and where to find them!

Thanks much,


admin September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Hey Dan, the lessons are all up now. Just sign up at the link under the video and you can watch all three of them now!


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