Green Screen Production Master Class Learn By Video

A guide to lighting, shooting, and compositing with green screens
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  • Lectures 52
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

Master essential green screen skills! This focused workshop provides three hours of high-quality video training on shooting green screen and covers everything from setup to producing the shoot to compositing the footage. Author, trainer, and production/compositing expert Jeff Foster starts by introducing you to various concepts and explains how to create the right green screen scenario for your needs. Then, you’ll learn how to set up your background and talent, work with lighting and scopes, explore virtual sets, use helpful iPad apps, and composite the footage.

What are the requirements?

  • Video camera, Lighting, Green Screen

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Proper Lighting and Camera Set-up
  • Planning the Shoot
  • Software Options
  • Compositing Footage
  • Designing the Corporate Green Screen Studio

Who is the target audience?

  • Users who want to learn how to use and set up a green screen

What you get with this course?

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Keying and Matte Extraction Overview

This video is an overview of the course.


Before you can truly understand how green and blue screen compositing works, you need to understand the origins of compositing and the technology behind it. In this video, we'll start with the early days of compositing and work our way up to current-day practices and techniques.


In this video we'll look at the many methods for creating mattes and masks, including both hardware and software methods.


Live broadcasts use hardware to create the composites used for news, weather, and sportscasts. In this video you'll see some examples of this technique in action and learn about affordable solutions for smaller venues.


In this lesson we'll take a tour of a typical small green screen studio and explore how the built-in lights work with the green screen and the subjects.


This video takes an in-depth look at the green screen compositing VFX of a professional TV production, with plenty of before-and-afters and video clips from the epic, award-winning HBO miniseries "John Adams."

Section 2: Green and Blue Screen Materials

In this lesson you'll get a brief overview of the various green and blue screen materials and processes available for you to choose from.


In this live video we'll take an in-depth look at various green screen materials available, from paint and fabric to affordable pop-up screens (and how to fold them back up when you're finished!).


This quick video will show you how to create and set up a simple PVC frame for your portable green screen material.


This lesson explores the difference between shooting with green and blue screen backgrounds, both technically and creatively. We'll also consider the special issues raised by shooting with today's HD digital camcorders.


This new technology has its place but isn't necessarily the best green screen to use regularly. Nonetheless, in this video we'll take a few minutes to look at how the Reflecmedia LED front-projection green screen system works.


The best light you can use to give a natural appearance to your subjects is outdoors...and it's free! In this lesson you'll see how to make the best use of outdoor light and how to control the lighting on your subjects using both green and blue portable screens.

Section 3: Proper Lighting and Camera Setup

Before you start any project, you need to know how you're going to light the green screen for the effects you're trying to achieve. In this lesson you'll get some great examples of various lighting setups to consider.


Before you can hope to get a green screen lit properly, you need to white balance your camera to match the light that you're shooting with. This quick setup step will save you lots of headache in compositing!


To properly light your green screen and set up your camera, you need to use a scope to measure the color balance and amount of light across the screen. In this video you'll see how to use Adobe OnLocation on a laptop to do this and how to set up your camera to work with it.


Once you've set up your lighting, white balanced your camera, and scoped the screen, you can return your camera to its functioning HD settings again and rely on the 70% zebra on your monitor to guide you the rest of the way.


In this video we'll look at the difference between different combinations of materials and lighting as they read on the scope. This helps to illustrate just how important it is to use the right color for your backdrop.


In this lesson you'll see how to use the scope to measure the lighting from portable Kino Flo lights on the green screen. This really demonstrates their effectiveness with the Composite Components screen material.


When you need to be sure your green screen is measuring correctly but you don't have the best backdrop material, then adding green Kino Flo tubes may be the answer! You'll see how to use them in this video.


Once the green screen is set, lit and scoped, it's time to start lighting your subject, taking care to match the lighting to your intended composited background. This video offers some recommendations.

Section 4: Planning the Shoot

In this lesson we'll look at using sketches and previsualization animatics to set up your action shots. We'll also take a look at Wacom's new tool called the "Inkling," which eliminates the need to scan your hand-drawn storyboards!


When shooting for VFX production, it's important to know all of your shot angles and maximize your lighting, crew and location. In this video you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at a real green-screen production for the award-winning web series "Dead End City," created and directed by Jeff Varga.


This video looks at a couple of fine points that are worth knowing about: working with props in a green-screen environment and using two-color screens.


If your subject needs to make contact with the green screen, you will have some additional considerations to deal with. This video tells you what you need to keep in mind.

Section 5: Professional and DIY Lighting Setups

In this video you'll be introduced to some of the great portable lighting options available from Kino Flo – ranging from their Diva 401s to the BarFly series – and see how effective they are in lighting a portable green screen and your subject.


This video shot live in the studio demonstrates some simple creative lighting techniques using the Kino Flo portable lights on a model.


This live video will show you how to use tracking markers on your green screen to simulate a handheld shot when you composite your footage.


In this video you'll see how to build your own 500W low-voltage soft box for under $100. This design can be made either rigid or portable with just a few simple modifications. (Part 1 of 2)


In this video you'll see how to build your own 500W low-voltage soft box for under $100. This design can be made either rigid or portable with just a few simple modifications. (Part 2 of 2)


In this lesson you'll see how to create a smaller low-voltage light design that's portable and really simple but versatile.


In this lesson you'll see how to create a smaller low-voltage light design that's portable and really simple but versatile.

Section 6: Software Options

In this video we'll take a tour of the standalone software application VeeScope Live, which lets you composite either on the fly or in post-production.


Conduit 2.0 from dvGarage is an amazing standalone software compositor. In this lesson we'll go through the demo video and explore the somewhat complicated process of working with Conduit 2.0.


Boris's Continuum Complete AE 8 (BCC AE 8) is the latest collection in their ongoing VFX plug-in series. In this video you'll see how the Chroma Key filter works in After Effects CS5.5.


In this lesson you'll see how the Keylight effect that's included with After Effects works on somewhat difficult footage with motion blur.

Section 7: Working with Virtual Sets

In this video you'll see how a top-of-the-line hardware compositor like Ultimatte works with virtual environments in real time.


The NewTek Tricast with Liveset gives pretty amazing results on a budget. You'll get an overview of its capabilities in this video demonstration.


In this video we'll take a tour of's preconstructed 3D sets. You'll get a few examples of footage created with these sets and see how they can work in your production.

03:12 is one example of a source for 3D models, sets, and designs that you can find online. In this video you'll see a couple examples of these sets in action.


Simulated camera moves can add a lot of pizzazz to a shot. In this lesson you'll learn some techniques for creating camera moves in After Effects.

Section 8: Compositing Footage

In this video you'll see how to use Keylight in After Effects to not only get a good key, but also use color correction features to match the foreground and background plates.


Making a composite look believable takes more than just color matching. In this lesson you'll learn how to simulate a simple "rack focus" between foreground and background plates in this video.


In this project, we'll create a simulated retro film effect on the foreground and background layers using multiple effects and layer styles.

Section 9: Fixing Problem Green Screen Shots

At some point you're probably going to find yourself dealing with green screen footage that has been incorrectly lit. In this video you'll learn a useful technique for dealing with this problem.


Underexposed green screen is a common issue, and in this video we'll look at the best ways of correcting this.


Sometimes you get poorly shot green or blue screen footage where the subject is too close to the colored background and a colored light spill is bounced back on them. In this lesson, we'll look at how to approach this and correct the problem even in the worst-case scenarios.

Section 10: Designing the Corporate Green Screen Studio

Walk through an existing small corporate video production studio and point out lighting/grid changes, where to hang the green screen and discuss material options and where to get them.


Installing screen support/hardware, moving model lights and setting up screen lights. Installing screen and checking installation.


Using a scope to adjust the lights on the screen


Doing a test shoot with a live model and testing the composite with a software compositor.

Section 11: Lighting and Measuring Tools on Portable Devices

A live run-thorugh with Cine Meter (iPhone) and the Greenscreener (iPad).


Quick tour of V-scope Live on the iPad.

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