What pops into your mind when you hear Green Screen? We’re guessing it’s a mix of blockbuster action scenes and actors in silly green outfits. Reasonably, you might think Green Screen is something only available to high-budget Hollywood movies – think again.
It’s actually very simple to make your own Green Screen videos with little more than a computer and a good online video editor (with stock footage, you don’t even need your own video!). In fact, we’ve added a new Green Screen filter to Clipchamp Create. To get you started, this blog post will give you the step-by-step on how it all works. In it, we’ll be covering:
What is Green Screen?
How to make Green Screen videos in Clipchamp Create
What is Green Screen?
Green screen aka Chromakey is a special effects technique that allows video editors to isolate and remove a chosen colour (usually green) from footage and then replace it with other video or image. This technique enables filmmakers to set scenes in environments that wouldn’t be physically possible, hence its common use is in sci-fi and fantasy films.
Fun fact: bright green is most often chosen as the background colour for Chromakey or Green Screen because it’s the least likely clothing colour for talent to be wearing on set.
How to use Green Screen in Clipchamp Create
It’s certainly possible for you to shoot your own Green Screen videos and edit them using our Green Screen filter in Clipchamp Create. In this tutorial, however, we’ll be showing you how to create Green Screen videos using only footage from our Stock Library.
Step 1. Create an account
Log into your Clipchamp Create account, or sign up for free to get started.
Step 2. Create a new project
Select the Create a Video button on the left side bar. We offer five different formats to choose from. Select the video ratio that best suits your project. We recommend using widescreen 16:9 if you are wanting to upload to YouTube.
Step 3. Choose a Green Screen clip
To find a Green Screen clip, click on the Stock button in the left toolbar. Once the Stock Library has opened, enter “green screen” or “chromakey” into the search bar. Search through the results and choose the clip you’d like to use. Hover your mouse over your chosen clip and a + button will appear, click this to add the clip to your project library and then click the Close button to return to the editor.
Alternatively, if you’ve shot your own Green Screen video, simply click the Add Media button in the left tool bar and upload your video file to the video editor.
Step 4. Add the Green Screen clip to the editing timeline
Click, drag and drop your Green Screen clip down onto the editing timeline. Then, click the Play button to watch it and get an idea of how it will work. The green background in the clip is where your background video or image will eventually appear.
Step 5. Choose a background clip
Now it’s time to add your background video or image. This is pretty simple if you’re using stock video. Click on the Stock button in the left toolbar. Once the Stock Library has opened, enter your terms into the search bar. Search through the results and choose the clip you’d like to use. Hover your mouse over your chosen clip and a + button will appear, click this to add the clip to your project library and then click close to return to the editor.
Alternatively, if you’re using your own background video or image, simply click the Add Media button in the left tool bar and upload your video file, image or GIF to the video editor.
Step 6. Add the background media to the editing timeline
To add your background media you will need to click, drag and drop it to the timeline below your Green Screen clip so it will appear as a background. A green line will be shown below your Green Screen clip to let you know when you’ve dragged the background media to the correct position. From here, move the media to make sure it lines up with the first appearance of Green Screen in your Green Screen clip.
Step 7. Apply the Green Screen filter to your Green Screen clip
Select your Green Screen video then click the Filters tab in the menu that appears above. Scroll down to select the Green Screen (Beta) filter. You don’t need to apply this filter to your background media. To test your Green Screen, hit the Play button.
Step 8. Edit your project
Now that your Green Screen is working it’s time to edit the rest of the project. You may need to trim some of your media assets to match up so that no Green Screen is visible. You can also add transitions and text as you like!
Step 9. Review and export
Now it’s time to review your video. Once you’re happy with it, click the Export button at the top right corner of the editor, then select your resolution and click Continue. After this, you might want to edit and export your video in other aspect ratios to share across different platforms.
Take a look at our finished Green Screen video below!