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Green Screen Production Master Class: Learn by Video

Video Description

Learn Valuable Green Screen Skills Quickly 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

Table of Contents

  1. In this chapter you'll get an introduction to the subjects of color keying and matte extraction. We'll begin with a brief history and then look at examples of materials and methods.
    1. Welcome 00:01:39
    2. How Color Difference Matting Works: A Brief History 00:09:22
    3. Variations on Green Screen and Matting Methods 00:04:29
    4. Live Broadcast Green Screen with Hardware Keyers 00:04:05
    5. A Video Tour of a Typical Green Screen Studio 00:01:50
    6. HBO's "John Adams": Professional Green Screen Compositing 00:03:50
  2. If you're going to get the results you want from your green screen shoot, it's vitally important that you choose the right materials. In this chapter we'll explore the various materials and technologies available so you'll be able to make informed choices.
    1. Green/Blue Screen Materials and Processes 00:04:12
    2. A Live Video Guide to Green Screen Materials 00:06:57
    3. Setting Up a Portable Green Screen Frame 00:03:27
    4. Blue vs. Green Screen and HD Camera Technology 00:06:41
    5. The Reflecmedia LED Front-Projection System 00:02:56
    6. Using Portable Pop-Up Screens Lit by the Sun 00:03:59
  3. In this chapter you'll learn how to light the green screen and subject and position the camera.
    1. Basic Lighting Setups and Positioning 00:08:45
    2. Setting White Balance 00:01:17
    3. Using a Scope to Measure Your Green Screen Exposures 00:03:35
    4. Setting the 70% Zebra on Your Camera 00:01:57
    5. Comparing Materials and Light Combinations on the Scope 00:01:11
    6. Adjusting Kino Flo Portable Lights and Using the Scope 00:01:35
    7. Using Colored Lights to Reduce Light and Correct Screen Issues 00:03:16
    8. Lighting the Foreground Subjects for Your Intended Composite 00:01:58
  4. In this chapter we'll look at a few things you should know about when planning your shoot. The topics covered include storyboards, working with props and two-color screens, and what to do when your subjects need to make contact with the green screen.
    1. Storyboards and Animatics 00:03:05
    2. On-Set Direction for Best Results in Post 00:05:50
    3. Props and Two-Color Screens 00:04:37
    4. Contact with the Green Screen 00:02:48
  5. This chapter looks at some higher-end lighting options, both studio and portable. It also explores some ideas for making the most of your budget by building your own lights.
    1. Pro Lighting with Kino Flos 00:02:47
    2. Positioning Portable Lights for Creative Lighting Effects 00:06:20
    3. Adding Tracking Markers to Green Screen 00:02:42
    4. Building the Portable "NanoSoftBox" 500-Watt Light (Part 1) 00:06:37
    5. Building the Portable "NanoSoftBox" 500-Watt Light (Part 2) 00:07:41
    6. Building Variations of Portable Lights 00:01:19
    7. Using Homemade Lights with a Green Screen 00:02:43
  6. In this chapter we'll explore some of the software options available to you for keying and matte extraction.
    1. VeeScopeLive: Affordable Live Keying Software 00:03:07
    2. The Conduit 2.0 Compositing Suite 00:03:20
    3. The Boris Continuum Complete AE 8 00:03:46
    4. The Keylight Effect in After Effects 00:05:04
  7. Virtual sets offer some extremely powerful capabilities. This chapter looks at the tools and techniques involved.
    1. Using Ultimatte Hardware in Real Time 00:02:16
    2. Using NewTek TriCaster 850 with LiveSet 00:01:49
    3. Working with Preconstructed 3D Sets (VirtualSet.com) 00:02:28
    4. Building Your Own 3D Sets (PhotonCraft.com) 00:03:12
    5. Creating Simulated Camera Moves in Post 00:05:08
  8. Compositing footage from different sources can be tricky – you need to make sure the elements match. This chapter will explore some techniques for doing so.
    1. Using Keylight to Color-Correct the Foreground to Match the Background 00:02:55
    2. Matching Foreground to Background Plates with Rack Focus 00:06:28
    3. Modifying Layers for Effect 00:03:45
  9. This chapter looks at some common problems you're likely to encounter when working with green screen footage and suggests solutions.
    1. Fixing Poorly Lit Green Screen Footage 00:03:15
    2. Compensating for Underexposure 00:05:34
    3. Correcting Difficult Spill 00:03:21
  10. This chapterwill follow the planning, production, lighting and shooting on a portable/removeable green screen wall in a small existing corporate studio.
    1. Planning the studio 00:05:09
    2. Setting up the studio 00:03:50
    3. Scoping the lights on the screen 00:02:58
  11. This chapter covers the current iPhone/iPad devices created for testing the lighting on a green screen and some simple iPad compositors.
    1. iPad/iPhone measurement tools 00:02:02
    2. V-scope Live on iPad 00:03:18