Professional Green Screen Technique
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Professional Green Screen Technique

Step-by-step, behind-the-scenes method to learn how to incorporate Green Screen techniques into your own videos.
2.3 (2 ratings)
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8 students enrolled
Created by Sam Gill
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Setup a Green Screen
  • Utilize an existing space quickly, and effectively
  • Work with minimal equipment, and obtain a professional result
  • Choose a DSLR for video
  • Choose a Light kit if desired.
  • Choose a mic or lapel.
  • Choose a Green Screen Kit
  • Convert a room or space for video purposes.
  • Setup and tear down quickly and efficiently.
  • Work with multiple cameras.
  • Work with Final Cut Pro, to edit multiple camera angles, and replace a green screen background.
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  • I will offer a discount to take my Final Cut Primer course, if you request a discount code, upon enrolling in this course.
  • This course uses a DSLR with video capability ( I go over which one to buy )
  • This course uses a MAC with Final Cut Pro (other software can do the same thing, but I will only be using Final Cut for this course.)

You may have thought about doing green screen, or wanted to use it in making your course. However, it can be a frustrating experience if you don't know what to do, or know what target you are aiming to hit.

After I learned the secrets of doing green screen professionally, and with consistent and repeatable results, for many videos and courses, I decided to share with you all the secrets I've learned, and break it down in a way, that anyone can understand.

In this comprehensive course I walk you though the equipment you need, how to set it up, how to get the results, and then I take you behind the scenes so you see exactly what I did. I even take you with me, while editing the promo video, and other lessons in this course.

You will learn and see everything that goes into it. Whether you have seasoned experience and want to add green screen to your toolbox, or you have never shot video, and don't know what to buy, I cover the basis. I even have a discount to a final cut primer course, that I offer you after you enroll in this course to beef up your final cut skills.

I want you to be successful, but not just that, I want you to be able to approach green screen, and the technique with ease. I want you to be comfortable, feeling that you will soon be able to attain all the results that I show you for your own work, and projects. I want you to be equipped with all the knowledge that I have, so you can be successful.

I have designed this course, so that you can be more efficient, more productive, and take green screen from an overwhelming task, to a routine in your workflow.

I've spent a long time, finding out just how to get the green screen technique and process down to a science, one that is quick and easy to repeat. Once you take this course, you will walk away with that knowledge, and it will empower you to do it on your own.

In this course, I also cover multiple angles, and multiple cameras, and show you some advanced techniques. I want everyone to get something out of this course.

In addition to that, I also covering editing multiple camera angles, and suggest ways to improve and become more efficient in your usage of such techniques.

After this course you should be able to hit the ground running, producing and directing with the green screen technique. I can tell you it is a lot easier to be able to learn something, when you can see the whole process, from start to finish. When you can see what the goal is, what you are aiming to accomplish, it is much easier to repeat something, when you have a clear idea of what it is you are supposed to repeat. That is my desire in this course, to instill in you the knowledge that I have, so you have that clear idea, and you understand from start to finish what I am doing, and then you can achieve professional results as well.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to use a Green Screen in their video.
  • This course covers recording, lighting, audio, editing, multiple cameras, and exporting files.
  • Everyone that enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at how to do green screen, and video recording, and wants all the tips and extra information on how to do it.
  • Anyone looking to speed up their workflow using green screen. I have worked hard to find a method that is fast and repeatable, and gives consistent professional results, if you are struggling with doing green screen, take this course and use my knowledge to increase your productivity and performance.
  • This course does not cover color correction or color matching.
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
Introduction to Professional Green Screen Technique
6 Lectures 04:11

Welcome, and here I will explain the goal, which is simply to be able to setup a green screen, and get professional results from it. This is a course which dives into the gear, lighting, lenses, camera, mic, and all the aspects, plus video editing, and how to take out the green screen and replace it.

Preview 00:41

One of the best reasons to use a green screen is to knock out the distractions in the background of your video. It is much easier to focus on you talking, when the background is not grabbing your attention instead.

Preview 00:33

I will show you step-by-step, using two and later on three cameras, I show you behind the scenes of what I am doing. It is like you are there with me, you get to see it all, and I take you through my refined process of setting up, using, and working with a green screen. I tell you what to look for, and how to make your videos more profession with hints and tips along the way.

Preview 00:55

When you are done with this course, you will have a working knowledge of how to do green screen, and even if you do not use the exact equipment that I have, you will know what to look for to achieve a professional result.

Preview 00:16

I teach in handfuls, and step-by-step instructions. Everything I had to do, you get to see it. I also share with you some great tips and tricks I have learned which will speed up your learning, and make you more productive than you are now.

Preview 01:04

This course is for anyone who wants to use green screen. If you want to make your videos look like my promo, or intro lectures, then take the course and learn how to do it. I show you everything you need to know to get the same results, and how to do it efficiently.

Preview 00:42
Gear and Space
2 Lectures 23:11

Here I am going to introduce you to behind the scenes, and start talking about what kind of space you need to do green screen.

Preview 09:13

Besides space and gear, here are some other things to think about when doing a green screen video.

Other Considerations

Quiz about the gear and space

Gear and Space Quiz
3 questions
Edited Video Results
3 Lectures 04:03

In this lesson I talk about the basics of working with multiple cameras or recording gear. Later on in another lesson, I show you how I edited this video with Final Cut Pro.

Two camera setup.

This is a result Video, of my lesson on splitting up a clip into multiple lessons.

Second Sync

This is a result Video, of my lesson on splitting up a clip into multiple lessons.

Promo Good Take

Quiz about editing the promo video

Edited Video Quiz
3 questions
Green Screen Setup and Essential Equipment List
6 Lectures 20:07

In this video, I talk about the most efficient and quick way to setup a green screen, that will be easier to edit with.

Green Screen Setup

In this lesson you will learn about the basic setup of the equipment, how everything is situated in the room I am working in. This whole course is shot in a bedroom of my house, I wanted to show you how you can make use of the space you have, and turn a spare room, or convert a space quickly for video purposes.

Basic Equipment Setup

In this lesson, you will learn about how to space yourself, from the camera and the screen. I also talk about what you need to know, so that you can be more mindful when you are recording.

Distance to Screen and Camera

Things to Consider

Essential Equipment List

I finish up the discussion on equipment, and start talking about setting up for 3 Cameras. You will learn a technique for working with Cameras that do not auto-focus, or have subject tracking focus. This will help you work around those limitations, with a simple solution.

Equipment List Continued, and Setting up for 3 Camera Action

Quiz about setting up the green screen

Green Screen setup quiz
3 questions
Final Cut - Behind The Scenes
9 Lectures 01:44:52

In this lesson I show you how to make working with multiple camera angles very simple and easy. I will show you the basics, of adding multiple angles and syncing them together, and then doing some edits. This is a behind-the-scenes, and into-my-brain lesson, in which you get the step-by-step process that I was talking about.

Final Cut Pro - How to Work with Multiple Camera Angles

In this lesson, I dive more into the editing of multiple camera angles, and explain how to think, so that you can improve your editing and directing skills. This is a must lesson, as it involves the thinking behind the actions. If if you never plan to work with multiple cameras, this lesson is still very valuable.

Final Cut Pro - How to Edit Multiple Camera Angles

In this lesson, you learn how to replace the green screen with a background image.

Final Cut Pro - How to Replace the Green Screen

In this lesson, you learn how to cut up a longer video into smaller segments, to make it easier to turn into smaller lessons.

Final Cut Pro - How to Turn Video into Lessons ( Part 1)

In this lesson, you learn how to separate out the large video, into much smaller to handle pieces. You will learn two techniques to being able to do this.

Final Cut Pro - How to Turn Video into Lessons ( Part 2)

Final Cut Pro - Alternate Way to Break Videos into Smaller Lessons.

Final Cut Pro - How the Promo Video was Edited (Part 1)

Final Cut Pro - How the Promo Video was Edited (Part 2)

This course is designed to help you get a quality and professional look, with inexpensive gear, and a quick setup time. In this promo video, I will show you how to achieve this result. Including taping, editing, cutting, and exporting using Final Cut Pro.


Quiz about using Final Cut - behind-the-scenes.

Final Cut - Behind-the-Scenes Quiz
4 questions
Three (3) Camera Setup
4 Lectures 01:06:29
The Final Video of the 3 Camera setup - What you can get out of 3 cameras.

In this lesson we setup the camera videos, and work on some rough edits.

Final Cut Pro - 3 Camera Setup ( Part 1 )

In this lesson we continue switching camera angles, and then we start swapping out the green screen for a background image. Also we go over fine tuning settings for the green screen replacement.

Final Cut Pro - 3 Camera Setup ( Part 2 )

In this lesson we talk about editing perspective: tips to make you a better editor and/or producer. We also fine tune the green screen so that we get rid of artifacts, and imperfections.

Final Cut Pro - 3 Camera Setup ( Part 3 )

Quiz on using/setting up a 3 camera shoot.

3 Camera Setup Quiz
3 questions
Additional Equipment to Consider
3 Lectures 11:18

This camera and lens are my goto for 2nd camera. My other best option would be another Canon EOS 70D or a Canon EOS M3. This camera only supports EF lenses.

Overview and Features of the Canon 6D (SD card) with EF 24-105 F4 L IS USM

This camera made all the behind-the-scenes possible. I was lucky to have bought the 10-22 IS STM lens when it came out, which gave me the wide angle to capture all the behind the scenes. This camera supports the EF and EFS lenses.

Overview and Features of the Canon 7D (CF card) with EF-S 10-22 IS STM lens

In this lesson I go over the lapel mic that I use. A lapel means that it clips on your shirt or collar. Becareful though I was wearing a shirt once in which I put the mic too close to the collar, and it rubbed the windscreen the whole time.

Overview of Lapel (audio mic)

Understanding the right equipment to buy.

Equipment Quiz
17 questions

Quiz on additional equipment.

Additional Equipment Quiz
7 questions
Room Setups
3 Lectures 00:00

This setup is very efficient for a talking head video.


  • Canon Eos 70D camera or equivalent
  • 18-135mm lens - typically set around 50mm
  • FL soft box with 4x26w 5000K bulbs
  • Boya Lav or equivalent
  • 5x7 Green Screen
Bedroom 1 Setup - Efficient setup for Talking-Head videos.
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This setup is very efficient for a Talk head video that accompanies a Power Point Presentation


  • Canon Eos 70D or equivalent
  • 18-135mm lens - typically set at 85mm
  • 3 room lights with bulbs approximately 60w 60w and 150w.
  • Boya Lav or equivalent mic
  • 5x7 Green Screen
  • 42" TV with VGA or HDMI connector
  • Laptop with VGA or HDMI output to connect to TV
Bedroom 2 Setup: Quick and efficient, great to accompany Power Point Prezo.
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This setup is very professional, and looks excellent, this setup properly supports 2 cameras or even 3 cameras to vary AB roll editing. This is the most expensive setup, requiring the most equipment and space to setup. This setup typically takes at least 30 minutes to prepare. This setup supports head to toe video. Where as the other setups only support waist-to-head or chest-to-head verticals.


  • Canon Eos 70D or equivalent
  • 18-135mm lens - set as needed
  • 2 FL soft boxes with 4x26w 5000K per box
  • 2 Incandescent soft boxes with 1x150w soft white light bulb per box
  • 10x20 Green Screen, hung on a 10' long pole, at least 6.5' high
  • Boya Lav or equivalent mic
Front Room Setup - Most complicated and expensive, excellent results.
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About the Instructor
Sam Gill
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209 Students
13 Courses
Instructor, Sr. Consultant, Executive Director, Producer

I have been making music, since 1992. I have 3 labels, and 2 bands. I have programmed and written over 800 sequences, and when I have time, write about 80-100 songs a year. At one point I owned 19 keyboard synths, and 20+ synth rack modules. I used to record and arrange on a setup that consisted of a 24 channel Soundcraft, with 3 DA-88's and a Roland MC-50Mk2. I came to Logic and Apple in 2007, and picked up Ableton Live in 2009. I sold most of my hardware, and bought in to soft-synths, after I sampled my most used sounds, and was able to reliably use those. I continue to write to this day, and keep learning new techniques, and new ways to improve my music. Now that I have amassed such knowledge, I have found the joy of sharing what I know with others who can benefit from my years of experience.

Beside music, I have worked with electronics since 1990, and have built, repaired and fixed many things along the way. I got really sucked into electronics, when my synth passion ignited, and I found out that they need to be repaired frequently. I started repairing synths as early as 1998, learning about the ins and outs of the electronics that they were founded on.

I took an interest in programming keyboards, with my first programmable keyboard, which was a Kawai K11, which I bought in 1992. I did not know it then, but programming a keyboard, and programming a computer, are not very far off.

In 1994, I bought my one and only sequencer, a Roland MC50-Mk2, which I have to this day, and it writes in DD floppy drives. I have a collection of DD drives, since they are not easily found today. I composed over 800 sequences on that sequencer over a 10 year period. I learned how to arrange, and that arrangement method was directly transferrable to Ableton Live.

Since 1984 I also been an avid Photographer, and have invested in cameras, lenses, video equipment, and other sorts of gear, to not only share what I know, but how I think. Over time I have also developed a deeper spiritual sense, that has come to offer comfort, to those I hold dear, and has helped me to achieve peace within myself. I have published my photography works, and use my photography skills for a number of different uses. I also will have courses on photography and video techniques, to share, ones that I have learned over the years.

In 2007, I began to build up my contemplative skills, and began to think more about the world, and who I was. In 2011, I was forced to speed up this process, and went through a number of breakthroughs, and revelations. In 2013, and into 2014, I experienced spiritual awakening, in new and different ways, and had a lot of my beliefs turned upside down, or replaced, or expanded. As you may have guessed, I have now a lot to talk about on this issue, and I will be making courses for self-development, and personal development, along with helping you to understand some of the things that you may be going through, and how to cope or grow beyond them. Hope is always possible, in all situations, and a better outcome can always be pursued.

If you have a course that you would like me to teach, just send me a note, and I will add it to my list. I am always looking to help others, and mentor people, as I have the time. I hope that I have been able to help you, and grow your skills and talents, as you look for ways to express them.

I hope you enjoy watching and learning from these courses, as much as I enjoy teaching them. Be well, and take care my friend.