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Green Screen FAQ

Posted: Sun, 4th Dec 2005, 12:40am

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1. Should I buy this green screen?

Most likely the answer is yes. Quality fabrics can be purchased at craft stores, or greenscreens made for movies can be purchased on the internet, such as HERE or HERE.

2. My green screen looks bad, why is this?

This would probably have to do with improper lighting. Adjustable lights for your movies can be purchased online.


3. How much does a green screen cost?

A green screen made from fabric can cost as low as around $12. A large green screen, such as one used in a news studio, will usually cost about $300 or more dollars.

4. How come I can't open Chromanator?

This would usually have to do with the fact that:

You do not have the latest Chromanator update. It can be downloaded HERE

sgb4622 asks: Where do you buy the cheaper fabric?

Cheaper fabric can be found at micheals, or joannes. Fabric for greenscreens can also be purchased at walmart.

sgb4622 also asks: How can you place the lights to light the screen well?

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See timmyd's post for some info. Also, make sure you have a light on the greenscreen, but not at too much of an intensity. Lighting URL search in progress.


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Posted: Mon, 5th Dec 2005, 2:27am

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Questions? Comments?
Posted: Mon, 5th Dec 2005, 2:30am

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film freak wrote:

Questions? Comments?
Its a good FAQ, but try to answer some more questions. Like where exactly to do you buy the cheaper fabric from? and how can you place the lights to light the screen well?
Posted: Mon, 5th Dec 2005, 2:47am

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sgb4622 asks: Where do you buy the cheaper fabric?

Cheaper fabric can be found at micheals, or joannes. Fabric for greenscreens can also be purchased at walmart.

sgb4622 also asks: How can you place the lights to light the screen well?

Click HERE
See timmyd's post for some info. Also, make sure you have a light on the greenscreen, but not at too much of an intensity.


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Posted: Mon, 5th Dec 2005, 2:57am

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film freak wrote:

sgb4622 asks: Where do you buy the cheaper fabric?

Cheaper fabric can be found at micheals, or joannes. Fabric for greenscreens can also be purchased at walmart.

sgb4622 also asks: How can you place the lights to light the screen well?

Click HERE
See timmyd's post for some info. Also, make sure you have a light on the greenscreen, but not at too much of an intensity.


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thanks for the answer, but i already knew the answer to these questions. I was offering questions you edit into your FAQ.
Posted: Mon, 5th Dec 2005, 2:59am

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also, the light store you linked to cant be bought from. there is no way to buy their lights.
Posted: Mon, 5th Dec 2005, 9:03pm

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sgb4622 wrote:

also, the light store you linked to cant be bought from. there is no way to buy their lights.
Edited. Plus, I will delete that link and replace it with a new one.




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Posted: Thu, 22nd Dec 2005, 3:47am

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Any chance of letting us know where we in the UK can buy green screens from?

Anyone know?
Posted: Thu, 22nd Dec 2005, 3:53am

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I might want to add an important information:

If you have an "IKEA" in reach (yeah the furnitures with names...) look for a fabric called "DITTE" ditte is avaible in many colours, but only in ONE green.

This green is not only cheap, it is also used by many no/low budget movies in germany. Also with a good lighting you get a good key.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Dec 2005, 3:56am

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That would be perfect for what I'm after if only I had a store near me or they took online orders sad
Posted: Thu, 22nd Dec 2005, 4:00am

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a good 2nd (but not as cheap) way is to go into a... I dunno how this is called.. a shop where you can buy paper, scissors, glue and stuff like that.

Search for green paper (not paper like the print paper... look for something a bit thicker and bigger) which doesn't reflect the light at all.

pro: you won't get wrinkles into paper if you tape them together on the backside.

contra: you propably need lots of them..

I hope you know what I mean...
Posted: Mon, 9th Jan 2006, 6:51am

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Stepladder - Yellow Pages is your friend! wink

Clicky Clicky!

There's a few fabric retailers near you - your best bet is to shop around, and see who can get you the best deal . If possible, obtain a bunch of samples of the different green materials they sell, being them home and see which keys best, and then order a lot of that particular one.

Hope this helps smile

Cheers,
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Posted: Mon, 9th Jan 2006, 9:23am

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thanks all, I eventually bought a very cheap professional screen on ebay smile 10 ft by 5 ft for £36, including shipping, from the states smile ME chuffed smile
Posted: Mon, 9th Jan 2006, 10:57pm

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i got a 9x11 foot one for cheaper than that from ebay... i would look around some more if you want the cheapest price.
Posted: Mon, 9th Jan 2006, 11:39pm

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At the time, it was the only one that would ship to the UK, I'm just lucky it was so cheap.
Posted: Thu, 12th Jan 2006, 8:23am

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Katsu wrote:

I might want to add an important information:

If you have an "IKEA" in reach (yeah the furnitures with names...) look for a fabric called "DITTE" ditte is avaible in many colours, but only in ONE green.

This green is not only cheap, it is also used by many no/low budget movies in germany. Also with a good lighting you get a good key.
I bought some of this when I was last in Ikea to try out (I've got a 4 - 5 metre length of it). I haven't had time to try it properly yet though.

I had to iron it because it ended up really creased and it took ages!