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August 28, 2008 at 11:37 PM #40108addisonnParticipant
I dont have any money to buy chroma key backgrounds!!
where can i get free videostuff?
August 29, 2008 at 12:42 AM #172485RobParticipant
you don’t need a real chroma key background. use a green or blue bed sheet. Try to hang it with minimal “wrinklage”
August 29, 2008 at 4:17 PM #172486
I was at Walmart last Saturday and they have fabrics on the roll kinda stuff. I looked for Royal Blue and Green fabrics. They had some I think that would work and they were like very cheap at $2.67 per yard. I haven’t done any chromakey todate, but I would think you could match the colors up I saw at the Walmart with a good edit program.
If you are reading this and you do not agree, please say so. This is what I plan to buy otherwise.
Ihave found some cheap chromakey muslims as they are called on a website call tubetape.com, but they are $49 per sheet. That is still $98 if you need the blue and green.
August 29, 2008 at 10:01 PM #172487addisonnParticipant
I have a green screen! i just need free backgrounds for my videos that are shoot infront of the green screen
August 30, 2008 at 2:14 AM #172488
you can find them by search engine, i.e, google, live search, yahoo, etc.
Search several keywordsVideo Digital Backdrops, video digital backgrounds, video backgrounds
You really just have to search them out. I’m new to this myself so my experience with what to use is limited.
I have found a bunch of sites and I’ve been marking them as favorites to really narrow down choices later.
There are some free ones on alot of sites. The graphic ones require some kind cool software to produce.
The landscape ones most of us with a camcorder can probably produce ourselves.
August 30, 2008 at 2:59 AM #172489CoreeceParticipant
digital juice and footage firm are a good place to start.
If you have After Effects or Motion there are some decent backgrounds included…or you can just make your own with these programs…
AE has a brainstorm feature where you can make a simple background and it willcreate unlimited backgroundsbased on specific features you select from that background.
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/rabinowitz_aharon/Brain_Storm.php (AE brainstorm reference)
August 30, 2008 at 4:43 AM #172490
I’mlooking for some office type backgrounds
Warm and cozy kinda nice home, or elegant wood panel office backgrounds with books and stuff.
Maybelaw library looking or fireside chat kinda stuff.
The kinda backgrounds you see on TV where they’re interviewing some Celebrity and they want to create warm and fuzzy ambiance.
August 30, 2008 at 9:46 AM #172491CoreeceParticipant
generally speaking….in my experience, if I needed something specific…I usually end up having to pay for itor spend insane amounts of time looking for it.
Perhaps usingstill images of what you described wouldbe best. All the things you listed seem to be static shots without movement except the firesidechat stuff. Using stillsfor backgrounds is a very common technique and the results can be very professional and can look better than using video backgrounds. If you can’t find any for free, http://www.fotolia.comand http://www.istockphoto.comhave thousands of pictures of almost anything for $1.
I’ll let you know if I find anything….
August 30, 2008 at 11:57 AM #172492Ryan3078Participant
Some stuff here:
August 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM #172493
I’mlooking for some office type backgrounds Warm and cozy kinda nice home, or elegant wood panel office backgrounds with books and stuff. Maybelaw library looking or fireside chat kinda stuff. The kinda backgrounds you see on TV where they’re interviewing some Celebrity and they want to create warm and fuzzy ambiance.
I forgot this was thread is about free stuff. Naturally, I would like to find some good backdrops free. I do realize some things I’ll have to buy.
So, I would buy these backdrops if necessary.
August 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM #172494D0nParticipant
here’s an idea…I’d love to try this out first, but time constraints….let me know if you try it and how well it goes, Wedding season is almost over for me, and I’ll have more time next month….
In photography, we use a white screen instead of blue or green. I’ve been wanting to try this with video.
the biggest advantage of course is lightspill cleanup.
just light up a white sheet or if you have matte white wall, light it up, try to get the area in your frame evenly lit (1/10 of a stop from top to bottom, edge to edge.). make sure your background is two stops brighter than your subject,and expose for your subject.
film your talent. bring the clip into your nle, duplicate the layer (you’ll need to garbage matte one layer (tightly around the talent, to keep any white in the subject/talent (eyes for example). then key out the white from the other layer).
then use a still camera to shoot your backgrounds.
white on white is tough with this technique, but black foamcore carefully placed as negative diffusers, can be used to define the edges of say a white shirt from a white background.
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