Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Learn Green Screen Production

NAB 2014 Green Screen Production Workshop – Resources:

For everyone who attends the Full-Day Green Screen Production Workshops, I’ve compiled a list of resources for you below:
(helpful links for anyone looking for green screen resources even if you don’t take the workshops)

  • Composite Components Company [Digital Green and Blue Screen Paint and Fabric]
  • Fiilex [Cluster Full-Spectrum Color LED Video Lighting]
  • Blackmagic Design [UltraStudio 4K Switchers]
  • SmallHD [DP7Pro OLED Field/Reference Monitor/Scope]
  • Divergent Media [ScopeBox software]
  • Virtualsetworks [Pre-rendered 3D Virtual Sets]
  • Rampant Design Tools [Professional Backgrounds and Layer Effects for Compositing]
  • Greenscreener App [Measure your Green Screen Lighting on the iPad]
  • CineMeter App [Light Meter and Scope for your iPhone]
  • Genustech [Video Production Hardware Support & Rigs]
  • Padcaster/Padcaster Mini [Video Production Rig for the iPad/iPad Mini]


    Here’s a few resources from the Live Green Screen Production Workflows Workshop as I promised:

    Download this entire project including the foreground/background plates and the Adobe After Effects CC project file here.

    And here’s the completed composition from our “Improv” segment in the workshop:


    Hands-On LIVE Green Screen Production Workshops!

    I will be giving these LIVE Full-Day Green Screen Production Workshops and will update with dates/locations as soon as I have them scheduled.

    Learning to plan, set up, light, and shoot your green screen will provide much better results when you go to composite your shots in post. Many people make the mistake that “green is green” and use the wrong materials or light their background incorrectly. In this workshop, I will guide you through the process of selecting the right materials; lighting your backgrounds and foregrounds correctly; using portable tools like your iPhone and iPad to measure your results before you shoot. I’ll show best practices in keying your footage, give you motion tracking and compositing tips, and more. This will be a live presentation with a portable green screen setup, showing a complete round trip production workflow throughout the entire day.

    I will also provide this as a private/corporate training workshop on-site at your studio, school or business location. Please submit a request for a quote at jeff(at)pixelpainter.com


    NEW! Green Screen Production Master Class: Learn by Video

    Green Screen Production Master Class

    This focused workshop provides three hours of high-quality video training on shooting green screen and covers everything from setup to producing the shoot to compositing the footage. Author, trainer, and production/compositing expert Jeff Foster starts by introducing you to various concepts and explains how to create the right green screen scenario for your needs. Then, you’ll learn how to set up your background and talent, work with lighting and scopes, explore virtual sets, use helpful iPad apps, and composite the footage.
    1 Keying and Matte Extraction Overview
    2 Green and Blue Screen Materials
    3 Proper Lighting and Camera Setup
    4 Planning the Shoot
    5 Professional and DIY Lighting Setups
    6 Software Options
    7 Working with Virtual Sets
    8 Compositing Footage
    9 Fixing Problem Green Screen Shots
    10 Designing the Corporate Green Screen Studio
    11 Lighting and Measuring Tools on Portable Devices

    Duration: 2 HR 58 min
    User Level: Beginning/Intermediate

    Buy at Peachpit.com


    The Green Screen Handbook (2nd Edition)

    Real-World Production Techniques

    Pre-Order the 2nd Edition from Focal Press NOW!

    Make movies, videos and images using green screen compositing technology with The Green Screen Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques. This unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros do their productions, and learn how to get amazing results—even on a shoestring budget.

    Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware compositors; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more.

    • See how to plan, set up, and execute your shots to reduce fixes in post
    • Choose the right keying process for your project
    • Master basic shooting setups and live broadcast keying
    • Understand proper lighting and how to match subjects to the background
    • Create a working storyboard and learn how to select and direct talent
    • Composite your footage and fix problem shots
    • Work creatively with virtual sets, motion tracking, and match moving
    • Master techniques that apply to all compositing software and plug-ins

    Pre-Order the 2nd Edition from Focal Press NOW!

    Jeff also has a good radio interview with Larry Jordan on the Digital Video BuZZ!

    Click Here to Listen to MP3 Stream



    “No author today knows as much about professional green screen use than Jeff Foster — and his book is a treasure-trove of techniques for real-world production.”
    ~ Jay Nelson, Editor/Publisher, Design Tools Monthly

    “Jeff’s book has it all: interesting historical notes, edifying technical background, practical pre-production tips, and honest comparisons of various hardware and software tools that can help you in your compositing work. Anyone who is about to tackle a compositing job that involves keying should spend a few hours with Jeff’s book first. It’ll be time well spent.”
    ~ Todd Kopriva, Adobe

    “What a great find! I was looking for resources for our live video productions on motion.tv, and came across this book. It’s loaded with valuable reference information – but more importantly, it’s enjoyable to read! Definitely not your typical ‘handbook’.”
    ~ Elaine Montoya {motion.tv}

    “Jeff Foster has written the ultimate Green Screen Handbook with clear descriptions of green screen technology and practical explanations of its many uses. With loads of pictures and a solid outline of topics covering everything from concept to completion, The Green Screen Handbook is a must-have educational resource for anyone wanting to learn and master this highly demanded video technique.”
    ~ Rod Harlan, Executive Director of DVPA, Editor for Layers Magazine

    “This is THE handbook for anyone working with green screen. Everything you need to know for shooting and lighting for video or still photography with green screen is covered in detail.”
    ~ Colin Smith, PhotoshopCAFE

    Book Reviews:

    See more book reviews on Amazon.com…