Green Screen

Which program will work best for me?

Computers used to be the only way to do Green Screen videos but with the increase in popularity with iphone and ipads, the more apps are being created.  If you want to do a good chroma key production that you will be proud of, Movie Maker is probably the way to go.  It is basic with movie editing features that is easy to use.  Pinnacle takes your movie making to a more professional state but it is less user friendly.  Apps are quick and easy to use but do not have all the bells and whistles a computer program may have. was a great online program that was very user friendly but has recently gone offline.  This may be a website or future app to watch for.

Movie Maker Tutorial

Pinnacle Tutorial

Green Screen Apps

We are not promoting or suggesting you to purchase any of these apps so please read through the reviews before purchasing.

Chromakey ($1.99)

chromakey is a green screen app designed to assist when filming the screen of an iPad or iPhone. It is meant to be the green screen itself so you can film actors interacting with the iPad or iPhone and replace the screen content later.
To make compositing in post-production easier, it provides solid colours with optional, high contrast, industry standard tracking markers, grid lines, and visual taps. It is meant for creating demo videos, or for movie-style interface special effects.
Please note that chromakey does not allow you to remove green screen from existing photos or videos, and separate photo or video editing software should be used.
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Green Screen Movie FX ($1.99)

Now you have the power of a Hollywood special effects studio in your pocket (well, almost!).
The app gives you the ability to use an special effect known as Chroma Key or Green Screen in a simple, fun and quick way. Simply select multiple colors in the viewfinder by tapping the screen and instantly replace it with a video or picture of your choice.
Imagine replacing the sky with a scene from space showing a planet spinning or changing the view out of your window into Niagara Falls.
Green Screen lets you create special movie effects and instantly share and show off your video creations on Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, email and others.
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Green Screen Studio ($2.99)

Green Screen Studio is a chroma key application that allows the user to change a monochromatic background into any image they wish. Chroma key is a technique for mixing two images or frames together, in which a color from one image is removed (or made transparent), revealing another image behind it. This technique is also referred to as color keying, colour-separation overlay, greenscreen, and bluescreen.
Green Screen Studio has tools available to manually remove the background if you do not have a perfect greenscreen background available. This allows you to manually apply backgrounds to any picture you want without a greenscreen.
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History of Green Screen

"Green screen Hollywood technology, AKA chroma key is a technique used by filmmakers to mix two separate photographs together. This works by making the background ( a solid color which is generally green or blue ) transparent in order to show another image which is the actual background that’ll be shown on film. This technique of filming is also known as color keying, blue screen, and color separation overlay ( CSO ). It was essentially used for weather reports. Forecasters were shot in front of chroma key screens and the background got replaced by tangible maps that indicate weather estimates. The chroma key technique is also utilised by filmmakers and photographers alike.

The green screen first made its appearance in the 1930’s at RKO Radio pictures. The backdrop used back then was blue. This strategy of film making was developed in order to create CGI effects for the film “The burglar of Bagdad.” apart from the chroma key methodology, filmmakers relied on an especially boring and time consuming process called “travelling matte.” This made transition like “wipes” possible .

Larry servant is thought to be answerable for pioneering the blue screen method. In fact, he even took home an Academy Award for visible effects for his work in “The thief of Bagdad.” After his success in the 30’s, servant was the first one to use chroma key technology in Technicolor, paving the way for modern green screen Hollywood technology.

The first films to benefit from Chroma Key technology was the movie modification of Ernest Hemingway famous novella, “The Old Man and the Sea,” starring Spencer Tracy. After the “Old Man and the Sea,” more and more films used the chroma key system. Some famous film that make use of chroma key technology are The Empire Strikes Back, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Star Trek, and even 300. Films that employ CGI or PC generated photographs are also made with the help of green screen technology. This is how having out of this world settings and wonderful creatures are able to be shown on film.

Today, green screen Hollywood technology isn’t just confined to massive budget studios. It’s also used in photography. From the initial blue screen, green was used later on because filmmakers discovered that a green background doesn’t need tedious lighting. Cameras are most attuned to this color, so the outcome of films shot on green screens are more easy to work with and manipulate. While acknowledging that, chroma key technology is now known to photographers and filmmakers’ best chum."

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Do's when working with Green Screen

When using Chroma Key or Green Screen software, make sure you use your background while video taping: run if something is chasing you, be afraid of a dangerous storm.  It is important that you find your video or picture that you are going to use in the background before making your video.  While watching this clip, notice how the clip is funnier when Collin begins to run away from the lizard a little over 2 minutes into the video.  The more you act with your future background, the better your film will be.

Don't do this with Green Screen

A weatherman on TMJ4 wears a green tie for St. Patrick's day and doesn't realize it will be removed with background.  At 1 minute 20 seconds, he finally realizes what is happening.  Remember NOT to wear green with a green screen or blue with a blue screen the day you are recording.