In our Tips & Tricks segment, Andrew and Mark focus on lighting for Chroma Keying.
Today we’re gonna show you how to set up a great, simple green screen.
So here we are in the studio. We have the basics. We have three lights, a subject, and a green backdrop. First order of business is lighting the backdrop. It’s probably one of the most difficult parts of the process. What you want to do is make sure that you don’t have any funny shadows on your green backdrop ‘cause these will definitely show up when you go to pull your key. What you want to do is make sure there aren’t any wrinkles in the fabric. You can use a fabric. Today we have a sheet of paper. Another thing we’ve done is let the paper sag onto the carpet, onto the floor, and that creates a smooth transition which minimizes funny shadows also.
Lighting the green screen is one of the most difficult parts of the process. It really is because you’re lighting two different elements. You have your backdrop and your subject, and when you mix light sometimes it doesn’t work very well. So what you want to do is make sure that A, the light is really even – you don’t want to create hotspots, which are different areas of exposure. If you have one hard light going out at the center of your green screen it’s gonna create a really bright or hot area in the middle and it’ll be darker around the corners. You really want to make it even. That means using two lights to light the backdrop. What you’ll want to do is try and diffuse them a little bit. Right now we’re using a soft box and a fluorescent light. Those two types of lights are pretty much the softest type of light you can make. Creating a nice, even light means using two lights generally, one on either side at about the same distance from the green screen. The lights that we’re using here have been diffused. We have a soft box on one and some neutral density and diffusion paper on the other.
Now that you’ve lit your backdrop you need to light your subject, and this is really one of the big selling points of a green screen. You have to light your subject similar to the background plate that you’ll key in later. This means for outdoors you really need a strong key light. Today we’re gonna use just a single light to light the subject, and that keeps our total lights to just three lights, again adding to the simplicity of the project. It’s really important to have your talent stand far enough away from the green screen so that you can light them properly. If they’re too close the light that you’re lighting your talent with will make a shadow on your green screen, too, and that’s not good. Depending on the size of the screen and the light you’re using, you have to have your subject stand about six to eight feet away from the screen. Having your talent stand away from the green screen will allow you to light them in such a way that it won’t interfere with the rest of the lighting setup. Since we’ve turned our other lights off, we can just focus on the one light we have left and create the best key light.
The Canon 5D Mark IV is a solid follow-up to the much lauded 5D Mark III. Though the new camera is capable of 4K video recording, the 1.74x crop factor is a bit of a disappointment. Overall though, the 5D Mark IV produced a great-looking image.
Lighting a scene can take a lot of gear and a lot of space — especially when there isn't much room to begin with. We’re going to be talking about lighting in tight spaces using the Westcott Flex LED. We'll be lighting our subject in a close quarters where we do not have enough room for traditional lighting. Find out more about the Westcott Flex LED here: http://bit.ly/2hChHHf
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Canon has listened to its users and upgraded the XC10 4K professional Camcorder to add pro features to both the audio and video workflows. Dubbed the XC15, this new 4K Professional Camcorder builds on the proven abilities of the XC10 and aims to provide the perfect second unit camera.
Sonicfire 6 set out to be soundtrack creation for professional videographers and media creators. In version 6, Sonicfire has added a new interface, a new cut-video-to-music feature and has done a major update to its timing control capabilities.
Interchangeable lens cameras seem to be the norm these days — a wonderful innovation for the video world, allowing for an easier path to shallow depth of field. However, audio captured with these cameras is weak to say the least. Entry level cameras also might not offer both a mic input and a headphone output, often combining the two into one port. On top of that, the mics built into these cameras are small and the mic preamps are typically poor.
After Effects templates can look really nice, and be a big time saver, but you do need to add some of your own personal touches. Make your After Effects templates look unique using projects from VideoBlocks. With the variety of projects from Videoblocks, you’re sure to find something you need. And If you’d like a FREE 7-day trial to Videoblocks, then go to www.videoblocks.com/videomaker. #AD
We go hands on with the new Canon 5D Mark IV at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! Shooting from dawn to dusk at this spectacular event, we put the 5D Mark IV’s, low light, run and gun and 4K video recording capabilities to the test.
You find yourself on location — far from the nearest store — and you fill up your SD card. What do you do? Do you delete takes you think aren’t good enough? Worse yet, what if your phone runs out of battery?
The Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro is a wireless, battery-powered hard drive that can unload your SD cards while on the go, alleviating the need for more SD cards. To boot, its 6,400 mAh battery will charge your devices over USB.
The GoPro HERO5 Black and Session were released Sept 19, 2016 along with their first drone Karma. In this review we test all of their functions, show you test footage and our thoughts on if you should buy it or not.
Motion tracking is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around for quite some time now. However, it’s never been a simple process. Or when it is, the track is not unconvincing.
With FayIn, Fayteq set out to make a simpler, easier-to-use and better motion tracker. Version 2.3 offers a plug-in integrated within Adobe After Effects CC — no outside software to open and import data into — streamlining the process even further.