Top 4 Best Background Materials for Green Screen Productions

One of the most important decisions in starting a video studio is what material to use for green screen / chroma key work.

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Using Canted Shots to Convey Tension

Canted shots are composed with a camera tilted laterally, so that the horizon is not level and vertical lines run diagonally across the frame.

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White Balance 101


Some people mistakenly think all you need to do is find a scrap of white paper or card, put the card in front of the camera and press the button marked "White Balance".

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Shooting in Black and White

Black and white imagery gives a feeling of elegance to a photo or video, but there’s more to creating the art than simply turning off the color saturation in your editing program.

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Nine Digital Cinematography Tips

So you know the basics of digital cinematography: medium shots, wide shots, closeups and even extreme closeups. But why do your videos still lack that special zing?

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Shots and Composition: A Breakdown

A film is made up of a series of photographic images and each image in the film is commonly referred to as a frame.

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8 Tips for Beginners

Its time:  You have the assignment, your script is approved, you’ve checked the camera out of the classroom and you’re ready to go in the field.

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Getting Optimum Chromakey Results

Chroma key works by recognizing a single video color (blue, green, or black) and replacing those pixels with a background image. We understand that everyone wants to do this in the space of a small closet. You can and the results will show it. Or you can use the least amount of space for an optimum setup.

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The Art of the Cutaway

While you plan the scene and dialog details for your videos, you need to remember to plan for cutaways as you take that journey down the path to good composition.

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How Does GreenScreen Work?

How do you move characters around in a world that lives only in your imagination? By following this easy step-by-step guide to going green.

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Custom White Balance and Color Matching for Video

Color matching is an important process for filmmakers.

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Making a Music Video

5 Top Tips to create the best look for your music video

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Deep Frames, Shallow Frames

Shots that accentuate the illusion of depth are referred to as deep frames, while shots that flatten the space along the z-axis are called flat frames.

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The Divine Proportion: Balancing the Golden Rule

Nature created it; visual artists follow it.

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Interview Camera Set-ups

You have many choices as to how to shoot an inverview, determined in part by the story, the style of the movie, availablity of equipment, size of the crew and the amout of physical space in which to shoot.

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Framing Good Shots

 

Framing01AThe images you record are the build­ing blocks and foundation of your video productions.

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Dutch Angles

Should You Use Dutch Angles in Your Films? (Answer: Yes, But...)

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Understanding and Manipulating Depth of Field

If you're searching for ways to vary the look and feel of your video images, one of the easiest compositional elements to manipulate is depth of field.

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White Balancing a Video 101: What You Need to Know

Live video has emerged as a powerhouse communications tool.

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Using a Light Meter

Learn how to use an incident and spot meter to determine the proper brightness value of your subject.

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How To Shoot a Music Video with DSLRs

Filmmaking, Photography and Music – in the arts there is often overlap, and there are a lot of musicians who are passionate about filmmaking who have this burning question in mind – how to shoot a music video?

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Smooth Moves - Camera Support Systems

Zooming is not a natural human experience. While some superheroes can zoom with their eyes, we're not so lucky. In the human world, if you want to take a closer look at an object you do just that: get closer.

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Quality CG Increases Production Values

Live or live-to-tape programs rely on the same core production techniques.

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Directing Stunts for Green Screen

Hollywood creates realistic stunts and effects using green screen tricks.

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Green Screen Directing

With the advent of YouTube and inexpensive HD camcorders, pretty much anyone who wants to be a movie director can be one.

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Green Screen Basics Reviewed

What you should know about buying and shooting with Chroma Key Backdrops.

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Balancing the Picture

Before you push the record button, you need to ask yourself, "How can I maximize the impact of this shot?"

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Full Body Chroma Keying Techniques and Tips

What is Chroma Keying?


Chroma01Chroma keying is the process or technique of replacing a solid background (the key) with another background or animation.

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Directing – Shot Size and Selection

A creative variable crucial to the director’s visual vocabulary and storytelling toolbox is shot size, which refers to the size of the subject in your frame.

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Prime vs. Zoom Lenses

I’m doing some research into lenses for my Canon 40D DSLR and have come across lenses being referred to as Prime lenses.

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