– Learn how to set up a green screen in your garage or at home and get professional results on a small budget and household tools.
A good green key studio is the foundation of a successful Chroma key. The footage you make in a good studio will be easier to key in post production and will save you time while editing your project. So it’s better to take your time with the setup and lighting than to try and fix it in post.
There are different ways to set up a professional green key studio, if you have the means you can go for professional gear. But in this tutorial we are showing you the DIY low budget way to achieve the wanted setup. If you are creative and a little handy, creating things yourself has of course the financial advantage. An example for a famous DIY project is the camera slider made by Film Riot. In our DIY project, we used household tools we found in the garage. For lighting we also used the cheapest option to stay within the low budget theme. But again, use whatever you can find not every household has the same tools.
Green is the most used color for Chroma key, but what if your talent is wearing green? To avoid that you key out parts of your talent, you can choose the other color used for chroma key, blue. These two colors are used because they differ most from the human skin tone colors. But green is favored and more used, because digital cameras are more sensitive to green light and will give a better result.
In this tutorial we create a more mobile setup that you can easily move or dismantle if needed. But if you have the room and the means, you can always opt to create a permanent green screen studio like we build at our work space. If you are going for a permanent studio, there is also the option to use Chroma color paint which is the alternative for a fabric and commonly used by larger production houses. But this requires a smooth wall, so if that is an issue you better be safe and choose for a green fabric
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pulling off a good green screen starts with the correct setup and they'll only save you time in stress and boosted also gives you way better results so let's head over to the garage and take a step by step no to achieve a great green screen on a budget a folks dirty here for cynic on dotnet and welcome to the channel that is all about us create a filmmaking with printer pro and the basic fill of equipment we should Oliver episodes in our green screen studio we've made a permanent setup but for the purpose of this tutorial we'll make a new set up anymore common environment most of us don't have access to expensive studio equipment so that's why we're going to set up a green-screen in the garage for most homes this is usually a dark place or the only has some small windows which we can easily tape off the idea is to start from a blank page which means a completely dark room setting up a green screen is rather simple but lighting it is a different story later in this video you'll see that we have to create two lighting zones which means we're going to need some space as well your talent has to take some distance from the green screen and the camera too so not only we need a darkroom but also the space to put up everything which recommends to have at least 4 meters or about 13 feet from the wall to wall in this tutorial video you'll see that we'll be using all sorts of materials from the garage there are hundreds of ways to put up an to light a green screen so your situation might be a little different on what you have laying around at home but it's important if you follow the techniques shown so you can get similar results so we've got a room the next thing is the green screen itself now this fabric is not something special if you like you can also get this at a local fabric store but I would suggest to just get a real green screen as they are actually pretty cheap you can find fabrics for as low as 20 bucks or even 50 bucks for a whole set which stands and everything but only everything mentioned here is listed any description below the way you said if your green screen doesn't matter that much what is important though is that you don't see any wrinkles in other words to make sure to tighten the screen this is best done by having two stands and one fall on top of that then use some plans to stretch and tighten the fabric you can also craft a wooden frame and tighten your green screen in there but it's less portable basically anything will do just as long as you can tighten the fabric this was the easy part now comes the lighting which will make the difference between a good or bad chroma and like I said before we're going to create two lighting zones one for the green key and one for the subject and it's important that they don't interfere with each other but let's start with the first zone lighting the green screen like you might have heard somewhere else it's important to light the fabric evenly over the whole surface you want to avoid having hot spots which means that there are spots which are more illuminated than the rest of the surface you want to have at least one light at each site but even then it's sometimes hard to spread the light evenly over the surface this is why we're going to create a large softbox when light is diffused it spreads better over the surface the cheapest solution is to hang a white cloth on each side and place your lights behind it I have attached to work lights from each side so that I both illuminate the top and the bottom of the screen this technique will work with any kind of light if you have some light bulbs laying around or like to grab something of your own it will work perfectly those who like to learn more about using work lights like we do for a video just click on a card up there to learn more you can of course also use LED panels here and they can even be of a lower quality cheap LED lights will camp green colors but since we're pointing towards a green screen it doesn't really matter that much lighting zone one is complete make sure if they check if the lighting is even over the whole surface you can do that by quickly keying and post and see how it goes if you notice differences there adjust the position and the angle of your lighting perhaps way so let's take a quick break and thank the sponsor of this video if you like to advertise on Facebook make sure it's a little video and attracts a lot more attention on video blogs we can find this awesome starburst clip dragon into Premiere Pro but make sure that you're working in a square resolution for example 1080 by 1080 this is best for mobile users if everyone holds their phone vertically then add your text to it and uploaded to facebook visit video blogs dot-com for more templates and stock footage full link in the description below welcome back everyone let's take a look at lighting zone number 2 now this is going to be B lighting on your subject first of all you want to make sure that you light from the green screen is not interfering so try to find a spot for the reflection from behind it's as minimum as possible you might need to flap off any spill light with a black fabric or some carton boards once you've got that out of the way we can focus on the subject but also here with the subject lighting you want to make sure that it's not interfering with the green screen light so that's vice versa a common mistake is that your subjects will cast shadows on the green screen and you want to avoid that at any cost QED solutions is to take distance from the green screen and to use soft lights on the front of the subject they're basically two kinds of Lighting's a basic illumination for presentations like the three-point lighting setup and again you can click in a card up there to learn more about that or a certain set up that matches the light scene of what's going to be your background for example if our background is a sunset at the beach then make sure to add that sunlight on the subject as well you want to have a warm heart lights coming from the back and a soft fill light from the opposite sides to lift up the shadows very important here though is that we must pay attention to the type of lighting we use on the green screen you have daylight and tungsten lights if you use tungsten lights in the background then we have to change our white balance to it this makes those warm lights appear as natural white and camera this is very important to capture a vivid green color if your white balance is set wrong you will have a mix between yellow and green which is going to be a lot harder to key in both so if you have stunk the lighting in the back which appears as natural white and camera your subject lights will also appear colder than reality if you like warm colors on your subject then you might need to add some orange filters in front of those lights to get a warm tone so even though your two lighting zones are separated you need to adjust the color temperature to each shutter if you follow these steps you should be able to get a good Green keying result now those with some budget will like to build out a more permanent studio you can also again click on a card up there to see a video on how we've built our green screen to do everything I've been talking about it's can be found in the description below and if you have any more questions also make sure to pop them in the comment section thank you so much for watching and stay creative you