From major Academy Award-winning movies to shoestring budget indies, it seems like everyone in Hollywood uses green screen technology. With the ability to replace flat backgrounds with hard-to-shoot aerials, distant locations, the wonders of space, or entirely made-up fantasy worlds, it’s easy to see the imaginative yet still budget-conscious appeal of green screen backgrounds. Yet, for those who have never worked with green screens or learned how to chroma key, the entire process can seem like strange voodoo magic—which is why we’ve rounded up the best tutorials around the web for working with green screens and editing with chroma keys.
Chances are, if you’re reading this primer on editing with green screen backgrounds, you’re looking for the simplest, easiest way to start keying your footage, which is why we’ve highlighted film editing tutorials that emphasize working in Adobe Premiere. Just remember, there’s more than one way to key a film, but these tutorials will cover the essentials.
Simple Step-by-Step Editing in Adobe Premiere
Quickly and easily edit your green screen videos in Adobe Premiere with either the “chroma key” or “ultra key” function. Which one you use will depend entirely on which version of Adobe Creative Suite you’re working with. If you have CS4 (or even earlier), then you’ll be working with chroma keying. However, if you have CS5 or later, including Adobe Creative Cloud, then you’ll want to use ultra keying. Check out one of the two tutorials below depending on which version of Adobe you’re working with.
Easy Green Screen Backgrounds Using the Chroma Key Tool (Adobe Premiere CS4 or Earlier)
Premiere Tutorial 7 – Chroma Keying by Sonic Orb Studios
Get our step-by-step instructions for using Chroma Key here.
Easy Green Screen Backgrounds Using the Ultra Key Tool (Adobe Premiere CS5 or Later)
Using Ultra Key in Adobe Premiere Pro by Sonic Orb Studios
Get the step-by-step instructions for using Ultra Key here.
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