Do you know what the Jurassic Park series and Games of Thrones have in common? No, I am not talking about the giant flying reptiles, and besides, Game of Thrones clearly had fire-spurting dragons.
Anyways, it was not what flying creature the two had but how they were created- Green screens! Yes, you read that right. Those scary, giant beasts were nothing but the result of visual effects applied on a basic green screen.
Well, the green screen video editing is an incredible cinematic technique that has helped filmmakers create mind-blowing visual effects (VFX) that look incredibly realistic. Everything from dragons exhaling fire or ice, for that matter, to giant anacondas eating humans, everything is possible- all thanks to the magic of the green screen.
Moving forward, now that the technology is no longer a privilege of filmmakers only, you can also add that over-the-top charm to your videos! And let me tell you, you certainly won’t require fancy equipment or budgets for that; you can do it at absolutely no cost. How?
Keep reading, and you’ll find the best way to bring your ideas to life using Adobe After Effects, and that too without spending a dime.
What is a Green Screen?
Well, when I say “green screen,” I literally mean any surface evenly coated with a green cloth or uniformly painted green wall.
Green Screen helps combine two unrelated things and eventually presents a new scene that complements each other purely. So, it gives the result we may require.
Green screen video editing involves adding visual effects in front of a solid color. Then, by digitally eliminating or “keying out” that color, you can drop that scene onto any background of your choice in post-production.
Why use a Green Screen?
For starters, it doesn’t match any natural skin tone or hair color, for that matter, so it becomes pretty easy to remove without disturbing anything in the foreground.
Besides providing clarity and a finished look, it’s pure work of personalized, customized, compelling, engaging, economical, and above all, well connected with viewers.
Green Screen editing in After Effects
First things first, you need excellent footage against the green screen. Then, for best results, ensure that the green screen is uniformly lit, without any shadows or creases that will disrupt the keying. Once you have your composition with your subject contrasting flawlessly with a flat green background, you can now import it into Adobe After Effects.
Now, let’s move on to editing green screen video backgrounds.
Step 1: Import Footage
Step 2: Mark out Garbage Areas
Step 3: Apply the Keylight Effect
For instance, here are a few tips for adjusting them:
Step 4: Add a Background
Viola, see how the magic happens!
Green screens are incredible tools that offer you complete flexibility with your footage. With After Effects, you can quickly replace green screens with exciting backgrounds, using the built-in After Effects green screen replacement presets.
Now that you know how to edit green screen video backgrounds in After Effects, you no longer need to invest a fortune making the most of it.
If you have any queries, do ask!
Editor: Richa Sharma