Visual Special Effects

Create Video Magic for Film, TV, and Online Video
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 36 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

This course creates the solid foundation providing video, film, and TV producers the understanding of special effects using Green Screen or Chroma Key technology.

The course is a narrated presentation.

Students will be presented with resources that they can use in their workplace or at home.

What are the requirements?

  • internet access

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know how green screen special effects work
  • Be able to simulate a video with special effects using animation
  • Have resources for green screen special effects that are free

Who is the target audience?

  • Film producers
  • TV producers
  • Video producers
  • Hobby video producer

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction

Visual Special Effects for video, film, and TV are put in place as part of a post-production process. The physical video is worked on after filming. This book and course serve as a solid foundation to understand how visual special effects work. In our discussion, when the word “video” is used, we are referring any video content seen on TV, film, on the web, Netflix, Amazon, DVD, etc. The word “video” will be an all inclusive word for any type of visual content.

Section 2: Green Screen Special Effects and Chroma Key

Our background will be a still image where the subject will be placed in front. Backgrounds should have nice colors and a variety of colors. Backgrounds of an inside scene is more realistic as it would match the subject that most likely would be recorded inside in front of a green screen. A background of a beach would awkward if it is obvious that the subject’s lighting appears indoors due to recording inside in front of a green screen.


The subject is photographed in front of a bright green wall or bright green curtain. The green color is later removed by computer.


Chroma Key is the technical term associated with the visual green screen effects. It is seen commonly for weather forecast broadcasts.

2 questions

This quiz gives an understanding of Chroma Key

Section 3: Animation

We have talked about placing a subject with transparent surrounding in front of a background. Animated motion is done by changing the subject image position or using alternate image.


Your presentation or PowerPoint will have several slides that will have the position of the subject in different locations. Going from one slide to the next, you’ll have the impression that the subject is moving from one location to another. The slides will be combined into a video with a dissolve transition between slides to give it a basic animation of movement.


We have spent a lot of time talking about the visual special effects for your video. What about the audio? In animation, audio is recorded separately. With motion video recording, the audio is recorded at the same time. The recording of the animation can be made in a variety of ways.

1 question

This is a quiz on audio resources for your animation

Section 4: Resources

Here are resources you can take advantage of

Section 5: Conclusion

We conclude with an overview of what has been learned

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Instructor Biography

Professor David Ewen, Forest Academy

David is an accomplished author and speaker  who is a recognized international radio and television talk show host.  He is a former professor of digital multimedia technology touring the seven states of New York and New England from 2004 to 2015.  During David’s eleven year speaking tour to 52 venues, he spoke about entrepreneurial adventurism, business analysis, behavioral studies, and digital multimedia technologies.    David is a speechwriter, ghostwriter, book publisher, educator and curriculum content developer.  As a speaker, broadcaster, and  journalist, his public communication expertise is highly professional with a long history of  success.  David mentors businesses supporting their entrepreneurial spirit and guides them toward prosperity within the marketplace.

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