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VirtualSet-Designs.com 1 Year Teacher Scholarship!

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Introducing Studio 12! Over 28 New Studio Backgrounds, Setups and Angles!

Introducing Virtual Studio 12! We are pleased to announce that we have added over 28 new virtual studio & set background to the main collection!  We hope you enjoy the new files.  As always, these additional files are FREE to our 1 year pass members to download and are now available for future 1 month and 1 year customers!  Thank you for your business, you are appreciated!


Green Screen Production Tips

Using chroma key (green or blue screen) technology in your video projects is a fun and innovative way to add interest, professionalism and style to the design of your next video production.  Generally, blue and green screen compositing is performed in post production which allows you to have total control over the look and feel of the final video production. You can also change the background or animation at any time during or after production (which helps if there are changes that need to be made later on).  There are also a number of motion backgrounds and virtual studio backgrounds that you can choose from that allow you to transport your talent into a news type setting.

The mechanics of using a chroma key are easy: simply get a large green or blue background, video tape your subject in front of the chroma backdrop, then isolate and remove the color in your video editing software.  Next, just replace the background with whatever you would like and render out the final combined footage.  It is a fairly simple process, but there are some tips and techniques that can help you minimize frustration during production and post production.

Selecting your Chroma Background:

You can use nearly any color background for a chroma key as long as it does not show up in the foreground element/person you are trying to keep in the scene.  Most chroma backgrounds are green or blue screens since these bright colors are easily seen by the camera and can be eliminated in the foreground subject matter.  Green is a good choice for most beginners since the bright green hue is not present in most clothing or skin tones.

There are also multiple ways to create the solid green background. You can paint a large wall a bright chroma green (they even make chroma key paint specifically for this purpose), you can use a green piece of cloth from a fabric store, or you can purchase a muslin type professional green screen background from a video production store or online.

Whichever way you decide to go, you will want to eliminate wrinkles and variations of the main chroma color.  Variations in the background color make it more difficult for the video editing software to cleanly key out the chroma color in the background.

Lighting your Green Screen Background:

Lighting is probably the most important aspect of your green screen video production.  If you scene is well lit, you will have an easier time in post production removing the green screen in the background.

First off, setup your lights so that your background is evenly lit. You will want to avoid any hotspots or gradations in your lighting.  This can be achieved using a soft box or box type lights.

Next, light your talent.  If you have the space, light your subject from a high angle using a spotlight or softbox.  The high angle will help eliminate hot spots  on the chroma background and also will help keep shadows from the subject off the background (which can be hard to remove). You can also have a spotlight shinning onto the rear/back of the subject.  This will help to create a clean, well lit edge of your subject which will also help in post production chroma key removal.

Setting the Scene

There are a few techniques that can be used in the setup of your scene that will help with your green screen video production.  First, make sure your presenter/talent is at least 4 steps in front of your green screen background.  This will help with two things.  First, it will minimize shadows from the talent showing on the green screen background.  Second, it will minimize spill which is when the chroma key background reflects onto the subject (reflecting on skin or light colored clothing). Since this reflection is the same color as the background you are trying to remove, it can confuse the video editing software and cause the subject to key out of the scene.

Camera Tips

Because of the availability and quality, we recommend using the best HD camera you can find.  Also, try to use a camera that allows for manual adjustments of ISO/Gain , white balance and shutter speed.  ISO/Gain is a setting that changes the sensitivity of the sensor on your camera.  A high ISO or Gain setting allows for low light shooting, but introduces grain and “noise” into the final video.  We recommend manually setting your ISO or Gain to the lowest setting that you can achieve with the lighting in your scene.

Conclusion:

We hope you have gained a few tips and techniques for your next video production.  Green screen / Chroma key video production is an excellent way to improve the overall look and feel of your video production and it isn’t terribly difficult to do!


24 Holiday Motions / Animations added to the main collection!

We are pleased to announce that we have added over 24 new Christmas & Holiday themed motions/animations to the main collection!  We hope you enjoy the new files.  As always, these additional files are FREE to our 1 year pass members to download and are now available for future 1 month and 1 year customers!  Thank you for your business, you are appreciated!


New Halloween animations added to the collection!

We are pleased to announce that we have added over 14 new Halloween themed motions, footage and After Effects Templates to the main collection!  We hope you enjoy the new files.  As always, these additional files are FREE to our 1 year pass members to download and are now available for future 1 month and 1 year customers!  Thank you for your business, you are appreciated!


Broadcast Weather Forecast Animation Package

We have just released a brand new set of animations designed to be used for weather and meteorology video productions.  Take a look at a short demo here:

This weather template comes in both quicktime and After Effects formats so you can use it in whatever program you feel most comfortable in.  We hope that you consider using it in your next video project.

As always, thank you for your business and please let us know what you think!


Virtual Set 11 now available! 9 Virtual Studio Animations added to the collection!

We are pleased to announce that the virtual set 11 is now available in quicktime format.  Here is a quick demo of the set:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE VIRTUAL SET 11 TEMPLATE

Virtual set 11 is made up of 9 individual quicktime animation files to give you various options and layouts for your backround. A matching animated lower third is also included in this pack.

We will also be releasing an After Effects Version of this set in the near future.

We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think!


New Breaking News Motion Graphic

Hi Everybody, we have added a new breaking news motion graphic to the collection:

motionBreakingNews04 from Virtual-Studio-Set.com on Vimeo.

Download it here!


Virtual Studio 11 Coming Soon

New Studio Coming Soon

We’re hard at work putting the finishing touches on Virtual Studio 11 and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come. This one will also be available for download as an After Effects template so that you can customize it for your project.


Green Screen with Adobe After Effects

Follow Robert through this YouTube tutorial as he demonstrates how to use our virtual sets, virtual studios, and green screen backgrounds with Adobe After Effects CS5. In this tutorial, Robert will demonstrate how to use a green screen with Adobe After Effects CS5 using the chroma key feature.


Green Screen with Sony Vegas

Follow Robert through this YouTube tutorial as he demonstrates how to use our virtual sets, virtual studios, and green screen backgrounds with Sony Vegas. In this tutorial, Robert will demonstrate how to use a green screen with Sony Vegas using the chroma key feature. Should you need it, we included the transcript below for you to reference when creating and editing your own green screen and chroma key projects.

Transcript

Hey this is Robert and today I am going to show you to use chroma key in Sony Vegas Studio HD 11.

First thing, open up vegas and click new where it says create a vegas project. Next, choose whatever setting you would like for your project. At this point, you will import your footage clips. Drag and drop them into the project media tab. I have imported 3 clips, a b-roll clip to be used in the studio, a green screen talent layer and our background layer which in this case is a virtual news type background layer. So, select all these clips and import them into the vegas media bin.

What I am going to do next is to setup my timeline area. Vegas default to a few different layers in the project, so I am just going to go ahead and delete this text layer since we won’t be using it. Select the text layer, right click on it and click delete track. And then I am going to come down to where there are no layers and right click and select insert video track.

If you double click on the name you can rename that layer, so we are going to call this one talent. The video overlay layer we will change to studio. The last layer we will call b-roll.

So, the next thing you want to do is to drag your clips on the correct layers. First take the talent footage and drag it onto the talent layer. next, drag the studio footage onto the studio layer. And lastly, drag the b-roll footage onto the b-roll layer.

So, you can see on the monitor that the first thing we need to do is to knock out the green background in the talent footage layer. Click the video effects tab, and scroll down to chroma keyer. There are a few different options to choose from; blue screen, green screen, etc… click the green screen chroma key effect and drag it onto your talent layer. That will open a effects properties panel where you can tweak the key to get it right. Basically, just play with the sliders until you get a good clean key from your footage. This is where having a good clean green backdrop comes into play. If you are having trouble with this step, you may want to adjust your lighting on your backdrop and re-record to get an evenly lit key behind your talent.

Now you can see that she is over the monitor in our background a bit, so we will want to position her over to the left just a bit so she isn’t right over the monitor. So, right click the talent layer and go to video event – pand and crop. If you click that, it will allow you to re-position your talent layer. If you click and drag, you can reposition the layer wherever you need in the composition. Let’s just position her in the general area that we want.

Next thing we want to do is to apply a green screen chroma key to the studio layer so we can knock out the green monitor so we can show b-roll footage in it. We’ll use the same technique as before, go to the video effects tab, chroma key, green screen, drag that onto your studio layer. Then adjust the sliders as before to get a clean key. Now, you can start to see the b-roll footage layer beneath it.

Now, the last thing that needs to be done is to scale and position the b-roll footage layer so that it shows up in the monitor at the right size and position. So the way to do that is to use the track motion option in vegas. On the timeline layer, right next to the clip name, there is a button that says track motion. Click that button, this allows you to scale and position the layer in the composition which will allow you to get the layer right where you need it. So, move your footage over to where it needs to be, then click on an edge and drag to scale the layer down. Play with it until you get it generally the size, scale and position that you need. Then click the x to get out of the track motion options.

Now you can play through your clip to see how everything comes together. And thats about it, thanks for taking the time to look at this tutorial, see you next time!


Green Screen with Adobe Premiere Elements

Follow Robert through this YouTube tutorial as he demonstrates how to use our virtual sets, virtual studios, and green screen backgrounds with Adobe Premiere Elements. In this tutorial, Robert will demonstrate how to use a green screen with Adobe Premiere Elements using the chroma key feature. Should you need it, we included the transcript below for you to reference when creating and editing your own green screen projects.

Transcript

Hey this is Robert and today I am going to use a green screen Chroma key in premiere elements. So first, start up Premiere elements and change your video setting to whatever you need, add a title to your project and click ok.

First thing you want to do is to drag your video project assets into your project. So, i am going to drag in 3 files for this project. The first file is talent shot on green screen. We also have a virtual studio news file and a b-roll footage file that we will use in the monitor of our virtual studio layer.

Next, drag your talent layer (which will be our top layer) onto the timeline. I am going to drag it above the other layers which will create a new video layer. Generally, if you have a footage file with a solid looking background, premiere elements will ask you if you want to apply a video merge to this layer. In this instance, we will say yes, and this will knock out the green in our talent clip.

The next layer we will bring down is the studio layer. So I will drag that down, and place it below our talent layer on the timeline on video layer three. Elements may ask you if you want to apply a video merge to this layer, but we will say no in this instance since we will apply a chroma key manually to remove the green monitor in this clip.

Our last layer is the b-roll footage clip, so click that and drag it below the studio layer on the timeline. It may ask again to apply the video merge, and we will click no once again.
First, I am going to rename the layers just so we can get a little organized on our timeline. So right click on the layer names and click rename to change the name of a layer. Call this one talent, the next studio and the last broll.

So, since we already have the green screen knocked out of our talent layer, I am going to apply a green screen chroma key to our studio layer to take out the green in the monitor to show the b-roll footage underneath. The same technique we use here could be used to knock out the green screen in a talent layer if you need to do that manually.

First, go over to edit, then effects, now do a search for chroma in the effect search bar. This will bring up the chroma key effect. Click that effect and drag it onto the studio layer in your composition. It may do some weird things to clip at first, but we will fix that in just a second. Right click on your studio layer and click show properties. This will bring up the clip properties where you can see the effects properties for the chroma key we just applied to the layer.

Right now, the chroma is set to remove white in the layer, which is why it is making the clip look weird. So, select the eyedropper button which will allow you to sample the green in the monitor of your layer so you can tell the effect to remove green from the clip rather than the white. You can adjust the slider to knock out more of the green and also to fine tune your key with different edge effects and that kind of thing.

You can see below that our b-roll footage is now peeking through our studio layer now that the monitor has been removed. Right now, the scale and position is off on the broll layer so we will need to scale and position this layer to get it into place. So click on the broll layer, click show properties and drop down the motion control properties for this layer. This will give you scaling and position control over the clip. So first, lets scale the clip down a bit, then you can position the clip using the position numbers. It may take a bit of effort to get it in the right position, just scale and move as you go to get the clip to go where you need it.

Once you get the clip in place, you are pretty much good to go. You can play through your timeline to see how everything is coming together. Now, just edit your footage and b-roll the way you need it and render out a final movie. Thanks for taking the time to watch this tutorial, see you next time.


Green Screen with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Follow Robert through this YouTube tutorial as he demonstrates how to use our virtual sets, virtual studios, and green screen backgrounds with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. In this tutorial, Robert will demonstrate how to use a green screen with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 using the chroma key feature. Should you need it, we included the transcript below for you to reference when creating and editing your own green screen or chroma key projects.

Transcript

Today I am going to show you how to apply a chroma key effect to footage in premiere pro CS5 to allow you to place your talent in a virtual background.

So first, go ahead and start premiere and create a new project .

First, lets import our various project video assets. For this project, we have 3 video assets. There is a green screen and talent file, A b-roll footage layer and a virtual studio layer that we will use as the virtual backdrop in our final video. So let’s import those into premiere by dragging them into the project asset window.

Let’s setup a new sequence, go to File, new, sequence. Then choose the resolution that you would like to work at.

First, drag the talent layer on to the video 3 layer. You can see she is a little small in this project, but we will scale her up in just a little bit.

Next, let’s drag in our backdrop. This can be anything you would like to use, in this instance, we have a virtual news type background that we will place behind out talent. This also needs to be scalled down to fit our workspace, so let me do that first.

Go to effect controls, motion, scale to scale down your layer to fit your project.

We are also going to select the talent layer to scale her up a bit. You can also double click this layer in your composition window to move the talent around in the composition.

Next, we need to key out the green background in our talent layer to reveal the studio underneath. Do this by going to effects, keying and then choose a key effect that works best for you. I like the ultra key plugin that came with premiere. It seems to do a good job of removing the chroma key out of a piece of footage without removing other similar colors in the shot.

Select your chroma effect, and select and drag it onto your talent footage layer. Now, in your effects controls, drop down the controls for ultra key and there is a key color parameter. Select the eyedropper next to this parameter and then go in the composition window and select the green in your talent footage. This will remove the green or blue in talent layer. If you are having trouble, you may want to go back and reshoot your footage and make sure to evenly light your backdrop as much as possible.

On the studio layer, we also have some green that we would like to remove so that we can show the b-roll footage underneath. So we do that using the same technique as before. So apply another key to the studio layer. Go to effects controls, use the eyedroppper tool to select the green in the monitor, and it pops right out.

So now, take your final b-roll footage and put it on the bottom layer, and it will show up inside the screeen. The footage is too big and needs to be positioned, so lets select that layer, go to motion, scale it down. You can lock the other two layers and double click the b-roll footage to select and move the footage in the composition window. Just adjust the position and scale of this layer to get it in place.

So basically, you can edit your b-roll footage to what your talent is talking about on this layer and the monitor will display footage and imagery along with the dialogue of your talent. Once you are finished up, you can render out the movie for web or tv and thats about it. Thanks for taking the time to look at this tutorial.