Welcome one and all! This post is an addition to the video I created here. I wanted to give some more depth into the gear and science of achieving a good green screen key on your videos. Let's start with what our green screen shot looks like, the screen removed, and then the final comp.
Now let's take a look at an overhead diagram to how this is all set up with the green screen and lighting.
The main light is the light that will be on you. This is the brightest light, I use diffusion on the light to soften it up. This makes you look much nicer eliminating harsh shadows. This is also good because you won't have harsh shadows on your green screen.
Lights 2 and 3 are for the green screen. These lights should be the same brightness and the same distance from the screen. This will create even lighting on your green screen which is how you pull a great key from the screen.
Light 4 is the back light. This isn't absolutely necessary but it will really make your image look great. This light is behind the screen, set high up shooting down on the back of you. This creates a really nice separation from your background. It also eliminates the green reflection of light from the screen that will spill onto you.
Inside your streaming software you should have an option to connect your webcam and then enable chroma key to remove the green screen as seen in my video.
My studio doesn't allow the room for a second large light on the green screen, so I use a smaller light on the ground which does the trick.
So let's get to the gear already! In this list I will put together some budget options for getting rolling with a nice green screen set up.
Collapsable Green Screen
3 point Light Kit
Alternate Higher Quality Light Kit
Light Stand for Green Screen
Spring Clamp to attach Screen to Stand
Ok so what if you don't want to throw a few hundred at this but still get rolling? Let's set up a ghetto screen.
Green Screen Fabric
Home Depot Scoop Lights
Both of these kits should get you a nice key when set up correctly. With more money you will be buying gear that will last longer and be much easier to set up and manage. But hey, we all have to start somewhere!
Now let's talk about some gear for streaming. Here I will list the gear I use.
Logitech 920 Webcam
Audio Technica AT2020 Mic
Rode Desk Mic Stand
Scarlett 2i2 USB Interface
Astro A40 Headset
ElGato HD60 Pro Capture Card
There are much cheaper alternatives that you can get started with. For instance you could use a USB mic instead of going through the interface. You can get a small desk mount instead of an articulating arm. There is an El Gato USB version that is cheaper. Any headset will work and most 1080p webcams will be able to pull a decent green screen key.
Hopefully this post has helped some of you on your way to streaming and recording! If you have any specific questions feel free to throw a comment in here. If you want to see more of my gaming videos give them a look here!
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