In this first LIVE Session, we start with an intro and all the fundamentals of Green Screen, as well as run through all the equipment you need to get awesome results.
You don’t need a high-end camera here, but you do need a minimum level of quality to get great results with Green Screen… Most Smartphones and webcams will not do the job. Many modern point-and-shoots can do just fine, but DSLR’s are the ideal. When deciding what camera to use, just remember:
Bitrate: Use the highest bitrate (quality) setting in your camera.
When deciding on a camera, look for at least 15-17mbps MINIMUM. Ideally above 20mbps, depending on the camera and recording format (codec).
Smartphones: Do not use the front facing camera in any smartphone for Green Screen as the quality and bitrate are too low. With proper lighting, the rear camera can be sufficient on devices like the iPhone 6 / Galaxy S5 (or equivalent) and newer.
Recommendations: Use a DSLR where possible. There are many makes and models that work well, just look for a higher bitrate where possible.
I am currently using:
Recommendations: Grab a portable foldable Green Screen. The flexible frame not only helps to prevent & remove wrinkles from the fabric, but also allows you to easily travel or pack away the Green Screen when not using.
You can find a lot of generic alternatives on eBay and Amazon that will do the job well. Look for something like this:
Remember to pay close attention to make sure you get the correct gear for your region! (voltage – 110V vs 240V, fittings etc.) Many lights and bulbs are region-specific and will not work (or could blow up!) if you try to use them anywhere else.
I’d recommend a basic 3-light setup, to light you (the talent) and the Green Screen:
2x Softbox Lights to light the Green Screen.
I personally like the below softbox lighting kit’s because they aren’t too bulky and pack down to transport easily. Also having 5 globes in each means it’s not a big issue if a globe dies in the middle of recording. They also come complete with height adjustable light stands.
Light Globes for Softbox: Cool Daylight bulbs, NOT Warm.
– USA Compatible: Luxrite LR20200 (6-Pack) 23-Watt (1600 Lumens), 6500K
– AUS Compatible: Philips 20w (1200 Lumens), 6500K
1x On-Camera Light to light the talent (you!). There are a few alternatives here.
I mentioned in the LIVE Session I’m currently using the Comer CM-LBPS1800 and the Manfrotto ML840H Maxima 84 LED Panel BUT, both of these seem to have gone up quite significantly in price since I purchased them… so here is the one I’d recommend to get similar results at a much more reasonable price:
Recommendations: When shooting in a controlled environment, use a Lapel/Lavalier microphone to get the best results. Using wired instead of wireless reduces the risk of any interference and lowers the chance of having a battery go flat during recording. I recommend:
Recommendations: Depending on where you’re setting up to shoot, just make sure the Tripod can be setup so the Camera will be slightly below eye level.
I generally sit down while shooting, so a smaller tripod sitting on my desk works fine. This is the small Tripod I use: