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Premiere Pro Masterclass Module 11 - Green Screen

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4 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro to Module 11

    • 2. Remove Green Screen with the Ultra Key

    • 3. Add a Background and Adjust the Colors to Match

    • 4. Thank You

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ATTENTION: There is a new version of this Premiere Pro course here on Skillshare. Take the newer version of this course here.

Welcome to Module 11 - Green Screen / Chromakeying in Premiere Pro

This module will cover:

  • Removing green screen backgrounds with the Ultra Key
  • Adding a background and adjusting the colors to match your foreground and background video.

Enroll in all 11 modules of this course:

  1. Intro to Premiere Pro
  2. Editing Your Videos
  3. Adding Video and Audio Transitions
  4. Adding Titles
  5. Editing Audio
  6. Color Correction and Grading
  7. Motion in Premiere Pro
  8. Exporting Your Videos
  9. Visual Effects and Advanced Premiere Pro Tips
  10. Video Speed in Premiere Pro
  11. Green Screen Editing

Start editing your video professionally with Adobe Premiere Pro CC!


If you are looking for a video editing application that will allow you to edit videos however you want them, Adobe Premiere Pro is the best answer. Premiere Pro is used by professionals across the world for every type of production from business & marketing videos, music videos to documentaries, feature films. This full course is the best way to jump right in and start editing.

Make videos the way you imagine them!

Practice editing while you learn. This course includes practice video files so you can follow along and actually learn by doing.

By the end of the course, you'll have edited a 1-minute documentary with the supplied footage.

I'll be teaching the course using the creative cloud version, but if you have a previous version (CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3 - Mac or PC), you can still learn to edit like a pro.

What makes me qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil and I've been editing videos with Adobe Premiere Pro for over a decade. Plus I'm the creator of some of the world's most popular video editing courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like these from the Adobe Premiere Pro course:

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I'm a full time video editor and online teacher. I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

What is this Adobe Premiere Pro course all about?

In this complete guide to Adobe Premiere Pro video editing course, you'll not only learn all of the editing tools available in Premiere Pro, but also how to edit with the mindset of a professional editor.

Learn from someone who is currently working in the industry, who knows the most current editing techniques, and who has a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production from one of the country's top film schools.

BONUS: As a bonus, you'll receive supplemental video and audio clips to practice with while I teach you with.

By the end of this course, your confidence as a video editor will soar You'll have a thorough understanding of how to use Adobe Premiere Pro for fun or as a career opportunity.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in the first lesson!



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1. Intro to Module 11: Welcome to the Adobe premiere Pro Masterclass Module Number 11. Thin This module. We're going to learn how to do green screen editing right within Adobe Premiere Pro. Please download the practice file so you can follow along there in the project tab. If you haven't done so already, you probably have in rule in all of the other modules of this class. There's links in the course description. Or you can just search on skill share for Adobe Premiere Pro Masterclass. Thanks for watching and let's dive right in. 2. Remove Green Screen with the Ultra Key: in this lesson, we're going to learn how to deal with green screen footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. So go ahead and find the green screen dog video and the green screen Phil video. You can see here that the green screen dog when you're shooting you want to have an evenly lit background, and this is much more evenly lit than green screen fillets, a lot darker. And so this one is going to be a lot easier to fix or to remove the background. But I want to walk you through this one to show you that you can remove the background from a difficult image. So first things first. The first thing that I want to do when I am dealing with green screen footage is actually add the crop effect, so in effect, you can search for crop under transform, add that to your footage and then crop into your subject as much as possible wherever your subject is. Not. So with this dog who's sitting very still, I'm going to crop in the left and the right in the top just a bit. What this is doing is helping premiere pro by basically automatically getting rid of this part of the background. So the green screen effect that we're using the ultra key doesn't have to worry about that at all. So let's do add that ultra key effect. It's the best king effect in Premiere Pro. So dragged that onto your video, and then we're going to take this key color picker. So select this eyedropper and go anywhere on your green screen and pick it. I generally pick somewhere a little bit darker because I find that it's easier to make adjustments and fix the highlights of the green versus selecting a brighter part of the green and adjusting the darker parts. So let's just pick something down here. It's a little bit darker. We still see a little bit of speckles, especially if you play through this. You can see speckles in the background, so we need to get rid of some of those with this shot. We can easily change the setting of the green ultra key from default too aggressive, and that's going to automatically fixed the issues the very, very good key already to make sure that it's a good key change the output from composite to Alfa Channel and scrub through here and see if there's any parts where you see shadows within the white and I see a little bit. So I'm gonna go here where I see some of those shadows. I'm going to go to Matt Generation, and then where the shadow is, I'm going to just increase that just a bit until those shadows disappear. And then, if that doesn't get all of them, I see a tiny one right there. It's might be a little bit hard for you to see. You can play with the tolerance or the pedestal and see what that does. So increasing the pedestal seems to be helping out a lot. I still have a couple shadows right around here. Let's see of increasing the showers and more helps. That seems to do that. You also want to make sure that there's no speckles in the black, and if there are, you would adjust this highlight, and we're going to be using that for the green screen. Phil shot in just a second, but if we go back from, I'll put off a channel to composite. This is a good to go green screen shot of this dog and we'll start adding backgrounds and talking about that in the next lesson. Let's jump over to the green screen Phil shot. So the first thing we're going to dio again is crop this. So with the crop effect going at it, we're going to crop the left end. We're going to crop the top in. We obviously have to get rid of the edges of this clip because this green screen didn't cover my entire background and then crop in the right side. Just like that, as much as possible. When you're shooting, though, you have to be careful of moving your hands so that your hands don't go over the edge of the green screen. So this looks pretty good. I might be ableto drag in the left just a little bit more. Okay, Nala Zade, The ultra key. So I put the ultra key on our clip. We take our color picker, choose somewhere down here in the dark's You still get a lot of the highlighted green screen appearing, and the reason is because the the lighting of the green screen was not amazing. This is a quick job. This is a test, and I didn't really put up extra lighting, and that's why it's so uneven. But we can still make this better. We're going to first change, setting from default too aggressive. That helps get rid of some of it. Then we're going to go change from composite toe Alva Channel. Here. You can really see the speckles in the black, so we're going to drop the highlights down all the way, play with shadows and then play with the pedestal, increasing the pedestal. Then we're just gonna go through script. You're just a bit to make sure that there weren't any other spots where shadows air shining through either on my face or speckles in the background. That seems to have done a really good job that I'm going to change this Alpha Channel back to composite. This looks really good. One thing I noticed. It's very subtle, but I do see a little bit of a green edge around my hair and we can really notice. And one thing I I encourage you to do is actually at a white background while you're doing this just to make sure your green screen is looking good. So I'm going to click this new item button. Go to color, Matt, say OK and select White. We'll call this white Matt. Then I'm going to put this underneath my green screen footage, Okay, looking pretty good. And it's even harder, actually, to see that green edged with white. So that's good. There's gonna go back to this shot with the black background and to fix that edge. There are a couple things we can go down to. Matt cleanup. The choke and the soften will actually increase or decrease the edge. Let me show you the Alfa Channel so you can see that better choke soften, so increasing the choke, softening it up. It will make your edges a little bit more soft, but put the white background you can see that looks really funky. I would never go that much, but sometimes if you do want to decrease the edges just a little bit, this can help. So it's pretty hard to see the green edges with white background, so I might not even need to do this. But it's good to know that when you do have some green highlights because of some green light bouncing off the green screen, you can go to spills oppression and increase the D saturation just a little bit. If you go too far, you can see that the entire image becomes de saturated. But just doing a little bit will help it a lot. So this is how we remove green screen backgrounds in Premiere Pro. And the next lesson. We're going to be adding backgrounds and making it look good with the backgrounds, because this is just the first step removing the background. Now we have to add a background that we want but make it look natural. 3. Add a Background and Adjust the Colors to Match: Now you know how to remove green screen. But let's learn how to properly add a background. First. Let's deal with the dog, adding a realistic background and making it look realistic. First, we're going to put the green screen dog on track to Then let's find this Park movie video and put it right behind on Layer one. When the zoom in here, this park video is not going to match the entire length of the dog video so we can just trim off this last part of the dog video, using the razor blade tool and deleting right away. We can say that this doesn't look quite natural for me. The background video does not match the size of the dog because I'm using the full resolution park dot movie file, which is 1920 by 10 80 whereas the green screen dog video is only 12 80 by 7 20 it's going to be different for you because I compress them for the course. But know that a quick way to resize any footage to match the size of the sequences by right clicking, saying scale to frame size. I turned off the dog and I do that again, you will see that it automatically fits the screen size, the right click scale to frame size. Now we can adjust our dog. The dog looks too big for this background so we can select our dog DoubleClick him in our program, onder. And then we can just resize. Let's try to make it look like this dog is the right size and we can put him somewhere that makes sense. So let's just put him in the bottom left corner. So still looks pretty big, but that looks more or less normal. The next thing we want to do is match the color, temperature and the color correction of the background to our dog. Our dog looks a little bit green so we can go into the effects controls. And under the ultra key effect, there actually is some color correction options. You can even color crack this in lieu metric color if you want, but might as well just use these simple options in the ultra key if they work the hue. If we dragged us to the right, will turn it more green and then blue. Then if we go to the left, it's going to get more or in radish, orange and then purple, so we don't want to go too far with it. But we can just go just a little bit. Maybe negative eight or so and luminess. This is going to be the brightness, but also the contrast. We can decrease just a little bit to match the lighting in the background. It's already looks a little bit better. One thing that's going on in the background, though, that's not happening with our green screen dog, is all these subjects or objects. The trees, the light post. They create shadows in this environment. So let's go ahead and add a shadow to our dog in the effects search for a shadow, you'll find drop shadow. Let's take that onto our green screen dog, then go down to the drop shadow options. And if we increase the distance, you can see where the shadow is. We're going to make it relatively far away so we can see it on the grass. Maybe play with the direction just a little bit, something like so and maybe soften it up just a bit. It's not a hard shadow. You can also play with the opacity. If you wanted to be a little bit darker, stand out may decrease this the distance just a little bit. And the direction make it closer to the dog. Something like that. Now it looks more like our dog is a part of the environment. And when our dog moves, the shadow moves and it actually looks like it's a shadow on this grass right here. So Alex, pretty good. So the key things to do with adding a background are to make sure that the size of your subject in the background matches, then make sure that the color correction and color temperature match, then lastly, at a shadow to make your subject feel as if they're a part of the background. If you're not using a realistic background or you don't care about it looking like it's matching, that's okay, too. We have this light curtains horizontal clip, which is just a background that I created in after effects, and this is something that you can use for any project, any green screen project, and if I put this underneath me, you can see that it's abstract, but it's kind of cool, adding a drop shadow actually will help this video to, So I'm going to do that at a drop shadow and make it a little bit bigger. So distance a little bit bigger and the softness. I don't like the hard edge shadows that much and like a bit more distance, but making it soft and that just looks like it was kind of like an actual background and my shadow is casting on it. And now that we've edit out, the green screen can actually increase the size of this video just a little bit or even move it around. If we want to say, Move me right here while I'm talking and then we can have some titles pop up here since this is one of my course videos or at other graphics or anything like that. Cool. So that's a bit about adding backgrounds to your videos. If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise, we'll see you in another lesson 4. Thank You: thank you so much for enrolling in this module, and I hope you learned what you wanted to learn coming into it. If you're interested in moving forward with Adobe Premiere Pro, please check out the next module in this Siri's by clicking through the link in the course description or just by searching for the next module. Adobe Premiere Pro Masterclass Module number. Whatever module you're looking for on skill share, thanks so much and have a great day.