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How To Setup a Green Screen For Professional Video Recording [Part 2]

teacher avatar John Shea, Entrepreneur, Gamer, Metal Music Fanatic

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    • 1. Green Screen Equipment

    • 2. A Walk Through Of The Entire Setup

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*Part 1*

Looking to setup a professional green screen for recording videos?

In this course I'm going to break down everything I've done to setup a professional green screen setup. 

This is an awesome way to create high quality videos with any background you want. You can use these videos on YouTube, teaching online or just about anything you want.

I cover:

  • The webcam equipment I use
  • The lighting I use
  • The audio equipment I use
  • The actual green screen I use
  • The software I use to record and activate chroma key for the green screen effect.

I spent a lot of time watching other tutorials on YouTube and combined everything I learned into one comprehensive course, nothing is left out. I show you everything I purchased, how I set it up and how to record videos. 

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John Shea

Entrepreneur, Gamer, Metal Music Fanatic


I am an entrepreneur, gamer, podcaster, metal music fanatic and blogger. I'm always trying to stay up to date with the latest trends and changes in the constant growing world of SEO & Digital Marketing.

I blog at sharing what's working for me today in the world of online marketing. 

I originally started learning about online marketing as a way to generate additional income, I enjoy connecting with others and helping people achieve their goals.

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1. Green Screen Equipment: Okay, so let's talk about the actual green screen now, what I ended up doing and this was probably somewhat of a mistake, maybe not. I guess depending on how you look at it, you could do this a couple different ways. But I decided to basically just by this green screen kit. Now, the problem with this was that I didn't have any of the lighting to go with it. I didn't really realize at the time how important the lighting was. I just said, Oh, I need a green screen And I saw this kid and I went for it. So let me show you what this basically includes here on the Amazon page. It was about 60 bucks. It came with, you know, basically these big three sheets of their almost just like, you know, it's almost like a big fabric piece. You get three of them black, white in green, and you get three of these clamps as well as a three part kind of kit. Here, you've got the, you know, to adjustable. Um, fairly told length adjustable pieces here, I guess. What if we want to call him and you've got the big, long one across the top. Now, when I initially got this, of course I didn't really realize how big and how long this thing actually was. So I actually had to move my entire office around in order to get this to be set up the way I wanted it to be. I even debated over doing some things, like maybe hanging from the ceiling instead. A day later time. But ultimately I found something that worked out quite well. And if you look at these arms on the side, I was able to use these clamp lights, the ones I showed in the last video able to use these clamp lights on the edges at the very top left and right on the bottom, left and right. So it works out quite well. And then beyond that, one of the things I noticed in all just point right out is that you have each of these actually has the sleeve. You can put the, you know, each of the screens through. But if you do it this way, it actually won't be, you know, lengthwise the longest, and you're gonna have a little bit more of a hard time getting the entire Web cam to show up, you know, and get the full shot of the screen unless you have it really, really close to where you're gonna be sitting. You'll also end up having it sort of drag on the floor like you can almost see in this image. So if you hang it the other way, it actually ends up being a perfect length. And you can kind of do it however you need. So you also get these clips to that worked pretty well. You can just kind of clip on the screen and you try to tighten it as much as you can. So there's no ripples. And, you know, you basically got the thing hanging in such a way that you cover the full length of the green screen. So this is about 60 bucks. Pretty good deal. What I should have done. And what I mentioned is that there's a couple of kids here, so one of the ideas would have been to get something like this. In addition, um, asking a friend of mine, he seemed to think that this would not be enough light when comparing it to, say, getting four of these little lights and actually shining them all right on it. So instead of going with something like this, I actually ended up going with those Bako lights and seems to work pretty well. You know, this may have been a better option, At least to get started. I would highly recommend, You know, if you look around, I can actually show you if we search Alaimo studio. There's a lot of these kits, but we could find a full kit here. You can see for 145. It includes everything. So you get, you know, three of the clamps you get a bunch of the lighting that you're gonna need. So you've got all the lights they actually include, like, soft boxes and stuff. So you're not gonna be blinded from these lights. All the support bars, the full green screen, you get the whole set up, so it's a little bit more money, but you're going to get everything that you could possibly need. If I were to do it over, I may have actually gone with this option. But again, when I show you my space, you'll see I probably I may or may not have enough room to actually use all these, but it would have been a little bit crammed. I'm really just sitting in a small bedroom. If you have a really large space than this will probably work out pretty well. It's already really cram for me, and I can barely even walk around as it is. So I'm gonna walk you through in the next video and just show you how I set things up. One last thing I wanted to show you in terms of green screen is if you actually search on Amazon another option that I found there's a couple you know, beyond these big ones that you can just sort of drape down there is this other one by Cowboys studio. If you remember, they do. The lighting I just talked about and these will actually just fold out, and you could put them behind you. So this might be another option for you as well, if you know, you're just looking for something really basic. But, you know, granted, this is going to be pretty large. Um, I think that overall, the big screen is probably gonna be a better option. But this might be something a little bit more convenient. You could just fold it and put it away really quickly. It's not gonna be like this kind of pain. Where is right now? You'll see, Like, for me to take this whole thing apart, it's gonna take me some time. This thing. You could just fold it up in a couple of minutes and you're done. So in the next video, I'm gonna show you a walk through of my entire set up and you'll get to see everything actually live here in my room. And I've set up the entire green screen, the lighting and everything. 2. A Walk Through Of The Entire Setup: Okay, So in this video, I'm gonna walk you through pretty much everything that I've set up, that I've just talked about it all the past videos. So as you can see here, this is actually the mount that I have for my audio Technica. This is a little older amount. I don't know. I think I got it on Amazon. But as you can see, it's just a little desk mount. And then I've actually got the microphone in here, and this piece is actually a little add on. That was, like a few bucks to kind of soften the microphone a little bit there and then beyond that, you can see I'm not using it currently. But here is the actual pile piece that I got. So there's the adapter, so I could actually plug it into the back of the computer. And then here's the actual pile piece. So normally this has a clip on the back. So if you wanted, you could hang it on your belt and, you know, you could have this plugged in. Um, and you know, here's an example. This is the other Laval ear that I bought currently using the one that actually came with the pile. And I'll treat you that here in a second. Um, here is it's a little dark in here, but I actually turn this light on. We could get a little extra lighting in here. So this is one of the lights you can see. This is the cowboy studio light, basically with the soft box. So this coming right at me, it's not gonna blind me. It's not too too much. And I can pretty much extend this a little bit, but there's not a lot. It does have a little flip switch here, so it makes it convenient to turn on and off. Let me actually face this. So you guys get some light on this guy. Here's how I've set up the actual C 9 20 Webcam and on the back here I have this clip. I was able to clip it on the back of a piece of my monitor. So that way I've got a little bit of length here, and I've got an angle just the right way that I'm able to get some good lighting on the on the green screen. And it's also just matching to the height of my body. I've gotta angle just slightly in such a way that if I stand back enough, then the green screen isn't. You know, I basically got it covering my upper half of my body, and it works out really quite well. So we faced this light back over, so we get some extra lighting in here. So here's the green screen set up, and as you can see, you know, just to give you an idea, this room is really small. So I'm literally just standing in a very, very small, little tiny square room and this is the full green screen set up. So, as you can see, it literally takes up the entire length. When I come in the room, I actually have to squeeze in just behind here. I've just got just enough room to walk by. There's no room on the other side here with the way I've got it set up, and you can see I'm using all three clips. So I've got them at the very end, and I've actually kind of wrapped the end of the green screen fabric around here, and it's pretty much about the same length on the other side just to match evenly. And then you can see I've sort of played around with lighting. But here the lights I got from Home Depot and these clamp pretty easily. And then you can sort of adjust this arm here anyway, that you need. And it works out quite well. And you could see I've done the same down here. They all have little flip switches. Um, I actually have the power off on them right now. There's little This one, I think, has power actually plugged into the wall so you can see it gives it a little bit of light. It's nothing crazy. Um, I have had a little bit of trouble. As you can see, my hand here have had some issues with shadows, so that's something that can really mess with the green screen. But overall, if you adjust your settings right, you can get that to come in pretty good. So I'll turn that off for now. But that's pretty much how I've got this set up. One thing I try to be caution of is squeeze in over here is you know, I just don't want this like touching too much fabric because it could cause a fire. But overall, this works out pretty well. You can see there's some extra loose fabric on this side and a little bit less over here. But overall, I was able to cover the entire length of this set up. Another thing you can do if you need a little bit more extra like height is you can actually adjust these a little bit so the legs don't completely come. You know, full length out. You could actually have them just up a little bit, and then you could extend this and probably get a good I would say another like foot out of it, you know, in terms of height. And that could really help you. Um, I've just got a couple power strips on the floor, plugged into a wall, and that's what I'm using. The power, the lights. And then I've also got This is my other cowboy studio light that I'm just using to kind of shine into the back of the green screen. And that adds a little bit extra lighting. And I've also got obviously an overhead light. It's pretty bright because it is on, but that has two bulbs in it. Thats helping add a little bit extra lighting to the room. I actually found that when that was on, it was causing a little bit a little bit extra light that I didn't actually need. It was causing issues with some of the software and things that I have. Let me show you the last thing. Which is the actual lighting set up here. Um, basically, I have I'm sorry, The audio. So here you can see. Grab this. It's actually stuck. This is the lab earlier that came with the pile piece. And I'm basically running this into an extension cable here, so I actually got one that was super long. You can see this things like 20 feet so I can technically hook this thing up to myself, and I could walk as far away as need. Be initially when I had this set up, I actually had the green screen all the way to the back of the wall. But I found that when I had the webcam set up this way, I could angle in such a way and crop my my webcam so it would come out a little bit better so hopefully this gives you a really full idea of how I've set up everything in the next upcoming videos. What I'm gonna do is actually walk you through the software that I'm using and some of your options there, and I'll show you the settings that I'm using, which is actually probably one of the biggest things that took me a really long time to figure out something that worked and to get it to, you know, be 100% proper. Ultimately, I would say the biggest thing with this set up that's going to be your most important piece is Bill lighting. Another thing to really keep in mind to I just wanted to show you is that you'll see because of this fabric, it was folded in basically a square like multiple times. There's a lot of ripples in the actual green screen, and, you know, I don't know if I could really like iron this thing, but some of them actually will come through depending on your settings and software using, and this could be kind of a problem. So that's, you know, one reason it may be worth considering, even going after a higher quality green screen if that's something you're really looking for. So I hope this video helps. I really just wanted to show you my full set up and show you everything that I have in here and how it's working for me. Ultimately, this isn't, you know, the most ideal scenario. And as you can see, if I had had those other standing lights, they would have probably been back here and they would just take up all the room. Would have been pretty limited if I didn't. If I had those here.