Best camcorder settings for green screen work?

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I'm using a Sony DCR-TRV39 mini DV camcorder with one 1/4" CCD. What are the best settings to use for green screen shots?

I've switched to manual focus which, I understand, is preferable to auto focus.

I've also set manual exposure instead of auto.

There are three menu options for white balance:

Outdoor- N/A
Indoor- For brightly lit places
Hold- For recording a single-colored subject or background

Not really sure if Indoor of Hold would be the best for green screen work.

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Thanks,

Gary


rocketman's picture
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Thanks a million for all the helpful info. What's the correct way to set exposure for a shot like this, if not setting to the screen?

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Thanks. Yes, I've got an LCD but prefer to use my TV as a monitor, as you described, instead of squinting at that little 3 1/2" screen on the camcorder.

So, it sounds like I'm basically setting exposure by eye based on lighting requirements for the screen and my subject. Would it make any sense to keep the lighting on the screen and subject lower (so as to reduce spill) then increase exposure to compensate for the lower lighting levels?

Will take your advice and try a variety of shots at different settings to determine best results.

Thanks again for the helpful info,

Gary

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I have an article on green screen that will help you:

http://www.bluesky-web.com/new-page6.html

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If you are PC based you HAVE to check out a product by Serious Magic:

http://seriousmagic.com/ukoverview.cfm

It is an amazing green screen program that uses vectors, which means a very clean composite. I saw this at NAB, and the green screen had shadows, wrinkles, and the model was a blonde with a fan blowing her hair: in other words the worst conditions possible for a key. It was a thing of beauty. There's a lot more to Ultra than this, so take a look! In fact it is so good, that eventhough I am Mac based, I would buy a cheap PC laptop if I were going to do a lot of green screen work.

Dan
www.DVcameraRigs.com

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This post is a little late now but..
There's this nifty gadget I saw a guy using. It was a screen that was grey (kinda movie-theatre silver) and had paired with it a light ring that mounted around, but out of sight of, the camera lense. The background wasn't even lit and the keying turned out great. I think the hardware must have been expensive based on the care the crew took with it, but I don't know what it was called. Anyone else know?

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Great green screen tutorial here:

http://www.film-and-video.com/broadcastvideoexamples-greenscreen.html

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Jonathan Decker Wrote:

This post is a little late now but..
There's this nifty gadget I saw a guy using. It was a screen that was grey (kinda movie-theatre silver) and had paired with it a light ring that mounted around, but out of sight of, the camera lense. The background wasn't even lit and the keying turned out great. I think the hardware must have been expensive based on the care the crew took with it, but I don't know what it was called. Anyone else know?


This is the Chromatte System

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I have hvx200a what would be the setting for green screen? 720p/30p or 720/60p or 1080i/30p or 1080i/60i?