Max Boast using a green screen

A green screen, or a chroma key as it’s otherwise known, allows you to replace your background with a different background of your choosing. You could transport yourself to the Grand Canyon, the red carpet, or even to outer space – the only limit is your imagination.

It’s really fun to experiment with this skill when you first learn it, but after you’ve had some fun, it’s important to think about how you can best use it to benefit your course. 

You don’t want to shoot the whole of your course with an imaginary backdrop that is totally irrelevant to the topic, as this will come off as unprofessional and confusing to your students.  Instead, choose locations and settings that will add value to your teaching, or which are hard to get to or would be difficult to film in.

For your talking head shots, I would advise against using a green screen, as it creates extra work in editing and lighting. You will save time in the long run by creating a proper set for your course, as explained in the last lesson, and it will look more professional. If you have limited space or an ugly background, a printed screen, like my wooden one, will look great and make your life much easier. 

In this free lesson, I cover 5 reasons why you may wish to use a green screen and give top tips to follow when recording using a green screen.

Click the video below to watch the lesson.