What can you do with a green screen? Green screens are what weather reporters and movie editors have used for years to display themselves over a map of your neck of the woods or fight an alien on another planet. It’s a camera trick that allows you to video a person or group of people in front of a green screen and then later impose a different background. Luckily, over the past several years, with the wide availability of portable devices like iPhones, iPads and other smartphones and tablets, you don’t need a fully tricked out production studio to get started.
All you need are a few simple items!
Get what you need
- A green screen-literally all you need is a wall, a green plastic table cloth, and some tape. You can invest in a nice green screen if you have the resources and space, but for most teachers, a green tablecloth will do.
- A device – You can use pretty much any smartphone, laptop, or tablet. My preference is an iPhone, ipod touch, or an iPad. You can also record your video on one device, and then edit it on another, if needed or that is most convenient.
- A green screen editing app. Here you have a few options:
- DoInk Green Screen ($4.99)-this app has been around for a while and is easy to use. There is a video walkthrough of this app below
- iMovie – available only on Mac
- WeVideo (Chrome App/Extension) Free trial, $4.99/mo.
Make your video
Assuming you have:
- an iPad
- a green tablecloth taped to a wall
You can get started right away!
- Step 1 – Record the video in front of the green screen
- Step 2 – Get your background – photo or video
- Step 3 – Use DoInk to create the new recording with your selected backgrounds.
For a detailed walkthrough, watch the video below!