If you have setup a studio in your classroom, you probably have (or are planning on purchasing) a green screen or chroma key backdrop.
If so, there are a variety of fun projects you can work on with your kids that will help visually educate them using a chroma key background.
Here are our top 3 favorite classroom activities you can try:
Weather Forecasting / Report
Weather reporting and chroma key go together like peas and carrots. If you have ever been in a real news room, you probably saw a green screen area that is primarily used for the meteorologist and weather forecasting.
Using this real life example, you can implement your own weather forecast which your students can produce. All you need is an accurate upcoming weather forecast (which students can get from the internet) and some weather graphics display behind the students.
These graphics can be self made or you can purchase pre-made weather graphics at https://virtual-studio-set.com/collections/weather-forecast-graphics-and-animations .
Also, be sure to check out our previous article on setting up a student run weather forecast: http://schoolvideonews.com/Lesson-Plans-Curriculum/Lesson-Plan-Creating-a-Student-Produ ced-Weather-Forecast
Recommended Software for Weather Reporting:
Adobe Photoshop Adobe After Effects Adobe Premiere Pro
Use and Customize a Virtual Set with your School’s Logo
You don’t have to be a graphics genius to have a customized virtual set for your news production. The easiest way to do this is to start with a pre-made virtual set, then let students add elements on top of the set to customize the studio with your logo and school branding. You can also adjust the color and hue of the set using your video or photo editing software. Adding some customization to a set will “set” your production apart!
Example above provided by Virtual Set Lab (www.virtual-studio-set.com)
Recommended Software for Customizing a Virtual Set:
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Premiere Pro Cinema 4D
Movie & Advanced Special Effects
For more advanced classes, you might want to consider helping students create realistic movie effects using a green screen and more specialized editing software like Adobe After Effects.
Start, by getting your students familiar with how green screens are used in movie special effects. There are a number of YouTube videos on before and after movie special effects. Here are a few:
Additionally, there are some impressive tutorials and technique videos that will take your students step by step through the process of creating some spectacular movie magic. One of my favorite tutorial producers is Andrew Kramer from Video Co-Pilot. On his site, there are a number of advanced movie style tutorials which will walk your students through creating the same effects you see in the movies. Here is an example:
Adobe After Effects Motion
Shake Cinema 4D
Whatever project you decide to take on, green screen and chroma keying is guaranteed to keep your students interest and generate creative ideas that will impress parents, teachers and others!
Virtual Backgrounds used in this article provided by Virtual Set Lab (www.virtual-studio-set.com)
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Robert Pancake is a video editor, animator and owner of Virtual Set Lab which serves educators and video editors worldwide with virtual sets and digital backdrops for green screen video productions . He has over 15 years experience working in video production and post production.