How to Use Adobe Premiere to do Green Screen/Chroma Key Editing

Using a green screen is a really easy way to come up with some really creative video. Luckily, Adobe Premiere has an easy-to-use Chroma Key tool that will make this process quick and simple. Here are the steps:

1) Import both the green screen footage and the footage you want to replace the green screen with into Adobe Premiere. (File>Import).

Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Step 1

2) Place the video clip that will replace the green on the Video 1 Track on the Timeline.

Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Step 2

3) Place the footage that contains the green screen on the Video 2 Track directly above the other clip.

Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Step 3

4) Select the “Effects” tab next to the project tab where your imported clips are. Click on the arrow next to “Video Effects” so you expand the folder selection. Next, click the arrow next to the “keying” folder and drag the “color key” effect onto the video clip that has the green screen in it.

Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Step 4

5) Using the “effects control” tab in the center of the desktop, expand the Chroma Key effect controls by clicking the arrow next to the effect.

6) From the Chroma Key controls, select the eyedropper icon and place the icon over the color box as viewed in the sequence monitor window in the upper right side of the Premiere desktop.

Adobe Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Steps 5 and 6
Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Step 5

7) Expland the controls for “similarity” found beneath the “color” eyedropper control icon used in the previous step. Adjust the slider toward the right until the green is replaced by the video that you put on Track 1.

Adobe Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Step 7

8) Use  the “blend”, “threshold” and “cutoff” controls to fine-tune the key effect.

9) Save your project.

10) Render your project.

11) Save your project again.

Adobe Premiere Green Screen Tutorial Final Product
And that’s it! It is that simple to edit green screen footage using the chroma key tool in Adobe Premiere!

If you’d like to practice, we have a free stock video clip that you can download with a green element ready to be chroma keyed out:

Download Your Free Green Screen Stock Footage Clip


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