Green Screen FAQ's

Green Screen FAQ's

1) How to save a Green Screen video to your camera roll

Tap the word "Save" which is to the right of the blue triangle above the timeline of your Green Screen movie. You will see text that says "exporting your project." Wait for the processing. Then a text box will appear with three headings..."Preview your video"..."Show the Export Options"...and "Save to Camera Roll." Tap "Save to the Camera Roll." When completed, a box will apear that says "Success! the video was saved to the Camera Roll."

Save is highlighted yellow

Save is highlighted yellow

2) How to set the duration of an image

Tap the "cog" in the upper left next to the"?" icon in the Gallery view. A box will drop down with the four headings... "Preferred video resolution"... "Preferred camera position"..."Video file format"..."Image Duration" Move the slider bar under "Image duration" to set your desired image duration time from 0 to unlimited.

3) How to Create a Green Screen Photo "live" with the Camera

Tap the "+" icon and then "Create a new Project." Then next to "Save" above the timeline, tap "Image." This moves the app into photo mode, enabling users to create a Green Screen photo rather than a video. Now tap the "+" icon on the bottom timeline and tap "image." Tap an image from your camera roll. If you like it, tap "Use." It will now be placed on the bottom timeline as your background. Tap the "+" icon on the middle timeline and choose "camera." Tap the double circle icon on the tool bar to snap your picture. Then tap "done," a box will appear that reads:

  • Discard this image
  • Show the Export Options
  • Save to Camera Roll

Tap "Save to the Camera roll." A box will appear that says, "Success! Your image has been saved to the camera roll."

4) How to create Green Screen photos from images in your Camera roll

Shoot your subjects on a green screen with your iPhone or iPad's camera. Save these photos to your camera roll. Tap the "+" icon and then "Create a new Project." Then next to "Save" above the timeline, tap "Image." This moves the app into photo mode, enabling users to create a Green Screen photo rather than a video. Now tap the "+" icon on the bottom timeline and tap "image." Choose a photo for your background. If you like it, tap "Use."It will now be placed on the bottom timeline. 4) Tap the "+" icon on the middle timeline and choose "Image." Choose one of your photos shot on the Green Screen that is saved to your camera roll. If you like it, tap "Use." Then tap "save" on the toolbar. Tap "Done." A box will appear that reads:

  • Discard this image
  • Show the Export options
  • Save to Camera roll

Tap "Save to the Camera roll." A box will appear that says, "Success! Your image has been saved to the camera roll."

5) My Green Screen Video does not look clear or has some Green Shadows, how can I fix that?

You can make a decent green screen video under less than ideal conditions, and you can make a really great video by taking a few extra steps:

  • The quality and color of the backdrop you use makes a difference. Although you can record your video in front of any solid-color backdrop, the quality of the results can be improved if your backdrop is a bright, fully saturated color and if it's made from a matte, non-reflective material. You can find an inexpensive green muslin backdrop online by searching for a "green screen backdrop".
  • Good lighting helps. You don't need special "movie lights", but you'll find that your results improve when your backdrop and subject are well lit. Minimizing shadows on your backdrop can also help considerably.
  • Make sure that objects in your video (including people and clothing) aren't similar in color to your backdrop – otherwise, they'll be transparent!
  • Consider mounting your iPad on a tripod or stand. Holding your camera still while recording in front of a green screen can improve the quality of your video.
  • Experiment with the chroma key color and sensitivity settings. Getting them right makes a big difference.
  • Experiment with the distance of your subject from the green screen.
  • Experiment with the distance of your camera from the subject.

6) I want to paint a Green Screen on my Wall. What color/paint should I buy?

Teachers have reported using the following paint colors to great success:

  • Behr Disney Gamma Sector Green - Home Depot
  • Sherwin-Williams - Neon Green (2032-10)
  • LUSCIOUS GREEN (valspar 6010-7) - LOWE'S
  • Dulux colour "chroma key green"

7) What can I use as an inexpensive Green Screen?

  • Dollar Store plastic green tablecloths
  • Ikea Green Shower curtain
  • Green File folders from Staples
  • Pizza boxes painted green
  • Green Trifolds from Michaels
  • Green fabric from Walmart, Joanne's Fabric Store

8) Any recommendations for iPad Stand and microphone combination?

Many users recommend Padcaster

9) Any recommendations video backgrounds for Newscasts?

There are several to chose from at Free Virtual Sets on YouTube

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Wagner