In this article, I will reveal the process of setting up a mini green screen studio in our office.
The studio size is good enough for one person, filmed at mid shot neatly from the waist up.
This studio was actually created for our videography class training. However, we do have clients using it as a service to create welcome message videos for their websites.
So here is how to set up a mini green screen studio in seven steps.
1. Use a small room with a bare wall.
Since this is going to be a mini studio, use a small room at least 5 metres wide. Choose a bare wall for the green screen and clear any clutter near that wall.
2. Get a nearly pure green fabric material.
A non-reflective cloth will work as long as it is nearly pure green. Make sure there are no patterns on it and no mix of other colours, that is it must not be bluish-green nor yellowish-green.
3. Pin the green fabric sheet to the bare wall.
The walls in our office are soft partition walls, so it was easy to use thumb tacks to pin the green sheet to the wall. Just ensure that it is well stretched to reduce creases.
4. Get two identical camera lights with stands.
A good green screen effect require good lighting. We use two identical 300 Watts AC-powered camera lights. They are the same portable lights we use in other shoots.
5. Position lights to illuminate the green screen evenly.
Pay very close attention to lighting the green screen evenly. We want the same light intensity on one side as well as on the other. Each light is positioned roughly 3 metres from the screen.
6. Position yourself between the wall and the lights.
The actor will stand about one metre away from the wall, adjusting his position and the lights till there is no shadow behind him. Remember, we only want mid shots.
7. Record and have fun changing backgrounds.
Now comes the fun part. After recording, we use Sony Vegas Pro video editing software to remove the green backgound and replace it with any background that we want.
This “one-man” mini green screen studio is very useful for small business owners who want to make regular but unique YouTube videos to promote their expertise.
You can buy your own green screen complete with lights from amazon…
Sony Vegas Movie Studio is the recommended video editing software for PCs…
Watch Green Screen Studio Setup on YouTube.