Green Screening for Dummies: Kim Adair and Mark Perlman

DEN Green Screen Gurus

DEN Green Screen GurusDEN STARS Kim Adair and Mark Perlman fine tooled this presentation specially for PETE&C. Wanting to see it in the past, Mark tells me this version is their best, so I will enjoy bringing two of my favorite STARS to you today. This session by description will engage the audience interactively in video production. Whether a MAC or PC user, these presenters will make your star shine brightly as a green screen producer. Goal for this session from Mark: make experts and get people who haven’t tried it to try it this week, realizing how powerful it is. For more information on this presentation, please see Kim and Mark’s collaborative wiki; I can tell you it has a WEALTH of information and you will want to request membership. Interactive, both Kim and Mark enjoy your comments.

Mark says he and Kim will make you experts, and since perception is truth, you WILL leave here as experts. Green screening is a trial and error process; MovieMakes isn’t working well with chromakey, so they are using Adobe Premier to demo, and find it well worth the expense to purchase. Jcut was dual platform but it was taken away, so Adobe Premier is your go-to choice albeit a purchase.

If you want to got to during the presentation or for blog readers afterwards, you can Q/A and comment. Kim and Mark promise to respond and continue to improve. In their third edition of this presentation, they began with Green Screen Studio $2.99 and Green Screen Movie Effects $1.99 as fun apps for your smart phone. The latter does video, but you need to understand green screen concepts to make it sing. Check their blog for more tips.

So, what do you use to green screen: chromakey green exists, or you can go to to buy an expensive green screen. Mark and Kim recommend Yoostar purchased on eBay or Amazon–I’ve seen this and highly recommend it. If you are a MAC user, use Photobooth; set your background and record. Not that option available? Use a flip or pocket camera; the source doesn’t matter because you will edit. Get as close as you can when you film.

You need enough lighting for green screening or you will get an old-time movie effect. Although lighting is critical, distince from subject to green screen is also critical. Keep close to avoid a shadow effect. Put in a low watt compact flourescent near the subject or use a LED flashlight in a student’s hand to illuminate the subject. A soft light is also an option but will depend on the situation. Mark’s mantra: it’s not about the gear; it’s about the CONTENT. If you don’t have a lot of height for the from, have your subject site and relocate the subject/s to accommodate lighting to avoid shadow. But most importantly, let your kids be creative.

Last FAQ: how do I get started? Try a day in history. Discovery Education is a great vetted source for digital content.

Green Screening in Action

Kim green screens with her second graders; you can use a teleprompter (iPad has an app) but younger students sometimes read from larger posterboards. Make it work for you; as longs as your students have fun, that’s all that matters. But nothing is more fun than watching adults, many of them teachers and administrators, green screen for the first time. Our seasoned teachers and presenters came with 8 different scripts for green screen demonstrations. Just like students, some volunteering teachers were reluctant to film or read, so Mark and Kim adjusted roles accordingly.

Kim demonstrated dual platforms, beginning with Adobe Premier Elements, and Mark said you can buy bundled packages for educators at deep discounts ($60 or less, depending). Watching what you will see as you import your film for green screening is critical, and this explanation was thorough. You will want to check the tutorial for PC users on their glogster or watch this video.

Green Screening on a PC

Depending on your audience and expectations, you can use a variety of microphones, or you can use the sound system in your computer (audience Q&A). Several steps need to be followed, but since you have their video tutorial, I am leaving the details for your perusal later. Personal reflections from having done green screen in the classroom with both PCs and then MACS, the process with a MAC is so much easier. However, follow the steps and you will get a wonderful effect. In the image to the left, after editing, the speaker has a tornado video as her background. Imagine the power of this tool in the classroom. Unlimited.


Green Screening on a MAC

To work on a MAC, more effortless, fewer steps (hear my bias but remember, have done both ways in the classrom), check Mark and Kim’s wiki for the MAC tutorial near the bottom left of the Glogster. Please check their wiki for a green screen link on the left menu bar. One of their very interesting videos is one students are flying.

As a session wrap, I must say this presentation was polished perfection, with two veteran presenters, teachers, and DEN STARS at their very best. So glad I was able to bring this session to you. Thank you, Mark and Kim, for sharing your passion.

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  2. Mark said:

    Great thanks to RJ for persevering and making time to come to our session. The Blog Master has a busy schedule, and we were blessed with her presence. It was a great time – we love sharing!

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