Although the chroma key effect (otherwise known as green screening) has been around for years, it’s still often a misunderstood and underrated tool in a filmmaker’s toolkit.
With Hollywood blockbusters like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to Oscar-winning films like The Shape of Water, and even big-budget TV shows like Game of Thrones using the technique to create incredible shots, there’s no doubt that the green screen is here to stay. On top of that, green screens are also becoming more accessible than ever before. Some filmmakers have even made entire films using only a phone and an app!
Yes, that’s right. Before, you needed a proper setup and knowledge in editing software like Premiere Pro and Final Cut. But now, you can simply script, shoot, style, and share with an all-in-one app. bigvu.tv allows you to turn your videos into a sizable business under one roof.
Right from using a built-in teleprompter to replacing your green screen in seconds, bigvu.tv offers a host of different features.
Coming back to green screens, while this technology can be overwhelming at first, we’re here to break down some of the most common misconceptions surrounding it.
I Have to Be a Big Film Studio to Use Green Screens
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on green screens.
It’s easy to think that if you want a professional-looking background, you need to buy a big expensive set and hire an experienced crew with tons of equipment. Not true! You can get started with a green screen for as little as $100. It’s just plastic sheeting and some Velcro!
Green screens can be used for more than just film productions.
Did you know that many people use green screen backgrounds in their photography? They use them because it makes it easier to remove unwanted objects from the final shot (e.g., your empty couch where no one is sitting). This technique also works amazingly well for video clips. From sports highlights and wedding videos up to full-length movies like ‘Avatar’ or ‘The Lego Movie.’
You don’t have to be a professional video producer to use green screens. Yes, it’s true that you can do this for a living if you want, but even if you’re just someone who wants to make videos for fun with friends and family, it’s still possible. It’s easy!
The best part about using green screens is that there are no special skills required.
There is plenty of information online about how to use a green screen with everything from your phone camera all the way up through professional cameras. Even if you’ve never used one before, there are tutorials available online that will walk you through everything step by step so that anyone can get started right away.
I Need Tons of Space for a Green Screen
You don’t need a lot of space to use a green screen. While it’s true that you can purchase larger green screens, they’re not necessary, and they do come with their own set of issues. For example, getting a large green screen means you have to go through the trouble of setting up lights and stands for each shot. Plus, if your talent is moving around too much in front of the screen (which happens more than you’d think), it will be hard for them to appear on camera at all times.
Some people think that only professional videographers can use green screens because they need so much space behind them, but this is another myth! In fact, there are small portable greenscreens that fit right into your pocket or purse so that anyone can shoot with them anywhere.
I Can’t Get Perfect Results Without a Professional Green Screen
There’s a common misconception that you need to have a top-of-the-line green screen and camera to get the best results. Unless you’re shooting professional movies, this is just not true. You can achieve great results with relatively inexpensive equipment and editing software.
Here’s the good news: you don’t need a lot of space, money, experience, or time. And you certainly don’t need a lot of equipment. In fact, all you probably need is one green screen and some basic lighting equipment (a studio webcam will do just fine), and you’re ready to start making your own green screen videos!
Overall, it’s a great tool for video production. With enough practice and planning, you can create professional-level videos that don’t require expensive equipment or extensive travel. Just some studio space, a camera (or smartphone), and a green screen. We hope that you feel as excited as we are to start exploring all of the possibilities!