Learning How To Green Screen

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Film making is hard guys! For realsies, super hard. I mean, I’ve dabbled in some video making, vlogs and low-level stuff. But when you get into the next level stuff, like colour correcting, sound and lighting design, cinematography and green screens, well that just takes a whole other kind of talent. I’m rather fortunate that my determination often overshadows my lack of talent and usually gets me at least close to my goals when it comes to learning about something new. But film making is really testing every part of me. It’s a good thing I’m a little bit addicted to it. I find it weirdly rewarding piecing a project together. I love setting everything up, filming the bits, seeing the editing come together and finally hitting publish. It’s a rush and one that I find myself craving more frequently.

I’ve said before that I feel like video is going to become more and more prevalent, especially as data allowances become more and more flexible. It’s undeniable that YouTube and popular YouTubers are growing stronger every day. I ran an article the other day that was spurred on by the fact that my study has become less of a space to write in and more of a space to film in, which I’m totally ok with. One of the biggest examples of this is the fact that my entire wall is now a green screen. I literally have no idea how to use it properly, but I am learning. Final Cut Pro is an incredible program and one that I am loving learning all this stuff on. I do have access to Premiere and After Effects, which I will be learning, but for now FCPX just makes sense.

I’ve recorded a bunch of gameplay footage from Gears of War 4 and I’m currently editing a video, in which I used the green screen and Final Cut. It was a little bit tricky at first, but now that I sort of know what I’m doing, it makes more sense.

If you have any experiences with learning film making that you want to share, I would love to hear them, so leave them in the comments below or tweet me @pikalew.

I will have my first attempt at green-screening up shortly, but for now check out my Xbox One Elite Controller unboxing video below!


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