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Greenscreen and minidvd cameras

Posted: Wed, 18th Jan 2006, 12:17pm

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jojodungy92

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I was wondering if by using a minidvd (canon dc10) if you could use greenscreen effects. I am wanting to buy some green paint from a paint store and paint over cloth, Is this the best option?

Also when filming do I need alot of lights for it to look good? can i Use desk lamps? What colour should I ask for at the paint store? im planning on using green, cause the forum likes green a bit better. And how big does the screen need to be. Im testing out other video editing software before chromonator but i don't know if chromonator is better for it.

Thanks ( im a newbie)
Posted: Wed, 18th Jan 2006, 12:44pm

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Simon K Jones

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Stephen Goicoechea wrote:

I was wondering if by using a minidvd (canon dc10) if you could use greenscreen effects.
Of course. You can use any kind of camera you want, essentially. The higher quality the camera is, the easier the compositing will be, but I've used a hi8 camera and got decent results.

I am wanting to buy some green paint from a paint store and paint over cloth, Is this the best option?
Depends on the paint and the cloth. If it turns out to be a smooth, even green then it should be fine. Wouldn't it be easier to just buy some green cloth in the first place, though?

Here are some more tips:

http://fxhome.com/support/tutorials/view.php?i=14

Also when filming do I need alot of lights for it to look good? can i Use desk lamps?
We well-lit greenscreen shot will composite much easier than a poorly lit one. Different software has different tolerance for low quality greenscreen shots - CompositeLab is very good at dealing with sub-standard footage.

Ideally you want to light you greenscreen and your subject separately.

What colour should I ask for at the paint store?
'Chroma green' is the official colour, I believe, but any strong green should suffice. Make sure it isn't too light or too dark. It's also vital for it to be matte (non-shiny) so you don't get big, bright, reflecting highlights.

And how big does the screen need to be.
That depends entirely on your requirements. Ideally you want it large enough so that you can get your subjects far enough away so that they don't cast awkward shadows, and so you can light it easily.

Im testing out other video editing software before chromonator but i don't know if chromonator is better for it.
We don't sell Chromanator anymore, it has been entirely replaced by CompositeLab which is vastly superior. You can read about it here:

http://fxhome.com/compositelab/

Let us know if you've got any other questions!