001. What Is Green Screen Filming

Simply stated, green screen is filming in front of a green screen

Then, dropping the green screen footage into an editing program and removing - also known as chroma keying - or keying out the green.

The green that was keyed out becomes transparent and now can be replaced with

background images, videos, or just changing the colors. 


You see green screen footage more often than you think:

The weather girl, in movies, commercials, your favorite youtuber or vlogger.

Green screen videos are so popular and the preferred filming method by so many. 

What do you need to edit out the green?

Not all editing programs have the feature to key out the color green. 

Some of the more popular ones include Adobe Premiere (which we will have a step by step course available soon, if not already), iMovie, Windows MovieMaker, Final Cut, and quite a bit more.

I use Adobe Premiere because it is the industry standard when it comes to animation and compositing.

Stick around here to KiniHudson.com to learn green screen editing with Adobe Premiere.

A lot of experts are using it and that doesn’t mean it’s crazy expensive. 

Not like the old days when you had to purchase their software outright, you can now pay a monthly subscription. 

That’s why it’s so affordable for me. 

Filming with a natural setting is great, but can you imagine how much more creative you can get with green screen

If you have a product or service, delivering your promotional message with green screen gives you more creative flexibility. 

For example, let’s say you’re a real estate agent. 

Normally, you’d take a bunch of pics, or videos, post and add some texts or audio to promote a property. 

But with a green screen, you can key yourself over the images or videos of the property, highlight selling points of the property, and host your own real estate video show!

And so much more!

You can do quite a bit with natural settings (non-green screen filming), but if you want to add more compelling, attractive, professional videos that are memorable, green screen is the way to go. 

Another video format I personally love is the virtual set background. 

It’s like I am in a studio, all prepped up and ready to deliver a show. 

I love this format because they are ready made, very attention grabbing, and can be used for all types of presentations, from announcing new products or services, filming humorous shows, acknowledging employees, showcasing your industry expertise, and just about anything you can think of.. For entertainment, advertising, informative, or educational purposes. 

Some of the production elements I like to add are:

  • lower 3rds
  • an intro/outro
  • background music
  • monitor

Another background option that works out nicely, too, are the high resolution images. 

I feel most of my clients request a workplace background, such as:

  • conference room
  • a lobby
  • a specific setting 
  • inside a house
  • in front of a white board
  • a modern backdrop

Let me tell you, It’s endless. 

You can also have a video as your backdrop.

And of course, the most popular is a solid background color. 

"A white background is probably the most common

because it has a clean look, not-at-all busy, and

when you add other assets, it stands out."

Black background is also great.

Bright, sexy, colors work well for the beauty industry audience.

So, now that you get an idea what green screen filming is, why you want to film and edit on a green screen, and the endless possibilities -- be sure to subscribe to kinihudson.com for my weekly video show on tips to filming and editing with green screen, refining your on-camera presence, and adding production elements to enhance your video presentations.

Bye for now!