Blue Screen vs Green Screen


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– Green screen is a great tool for removing a heap of obstacles in your video production process. If you’re not sure of the benefits of using green screen, then we’ve recently released a video talking about the benefits of green screen and I’ll put a link up in the cards now. So make sure you check it out. And we’ve done a lot of work with green screen. And one of the questions that comes up all the time is, what’s the difference between a green screen and a blue screen and which one should I be using? In reality, there’s not a lot of difference between the two. But in this video, we’re going to tackle that question so that you can make sure that you’re using the right one for you. And make sure you stick around to the end because I’m going to show you the ultimate resource for getting started with green screen and how to maximize your results through the entire process. (techno music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown here from Primal Video, where we release a ton of content to help you get better results with your videos faster. If you’re new here then make sure you click that big subscribe button and all the links to everything that we cover in this video, you can find linked in the description below. So let’s jump into it, so to start, let’s take a quick look at how green screen actually works. Now instead of setting up to film as you normally would, in front of a nice background, nice scene, or nice location, you do all your filming in front of a green or a blue background. And that green or blue background is then removed in your editing software through a process called chroma keying and you’re then left with your foreground element, yourself or whoever is on camera. So you can then replace the background with whatever you like. Could be a photo, or a video to change that scene and make it look like you were actually filming in that location to begin with. So when it comes down it the chroma keying process is all about removing the background and just leaving the foreground elements in your video, yourself or whoever is on camera, so that you can change the background to be whatever you’d like. So then in regards to which one is right for you. Green screen or blue screen for best results with your videos. Well it really comes down to one thing, and that is the colors that are going to be in the foreground elements of your videos or the things that you don’t want removed in the chroma keying effect. So right now, I’m wearing a blue t-shirt. If I was sitting in front of a blue screen, and then I applied that chroma key effect to remove the color blue, then it would not only take out the background, it would make my t-shirt transparent and remove that as well. So you want to pick a color for your background that is as far away from any colors that are going to be used in your foreground elements, especially clothing, as possible. Which is why in most cases green is the obvious choice for people. Not too many people wear bright fluoro-green shirts or clothing, but if that is you and if you like wearing bright green clothing, then opt for a blue background and you’ll still get really good results. This all might sound really, really obvious but you’d be surprised how many people will still sit in front of a green screen with a blue shirt or even a light blue shirt or something similar, and then try to use a blue background or vice versa. You want to pick the color which is as far away from any of the colors that you’re using in your scene as possible. Now it also comes into play if you’ve got bright blue eyes and you’re using a bright blue background. Then in some cases your editing software can remove the color in your eyes and make transparent sections in your eyes as well. So it’s really important just to be aware of what you’re going to have on camera or who you’re going to have on camera and what colors you’ll have in that scene so that you’re picking the right color for the videos you’re creating. Now I know that this all sounds really simple, but it can save you a heap of time tweaking and playing with all the advanced settings in your editing software to try and fix up your footage later, after you’ve already filmed it, whereas if you had the process in place and the checklist in place before you started filming to make sure you’re using the right color for your videos, then it would save you a heap of time afterwards trying to fix up those mistakes. So selecting the right background color for you and for your videos whether it’s green or blue, I know it sounds simple but it can make a huge difference to your end video product and it can save you playing around in your editing software with all the advanced settings and tweaking and adjusting everything trying to make your videos look good. If you’re just getting started with green screen and you came to see how it can improve your video production process or you might have been using green screen and you’re struggling to get great results, then check out our free three part training workshop, taking you through the fundamentals of getting great results with green screen including a lot of the gotchas and the mistakes that most people make when they’re first starting out. Click the link on screen now to jump right in and I’ll see you next time.

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