Using a green screen background is an easy way to make an imaginative and creative video, especially when you don’t have access to the same resources as high-budget Hollywood films. Luckily, Adobe Premiere has an easy-to-use Chroma Key tool that will make this process quick and simple.

The Chroma Key plugin will work with earlier versions of Adobe Creative Suite (up to CS4). If you’re working with later editions of Adobe, including CS5 and Creative Cloud, check out our tutorial on editing green screen backgrounds with the Ultra Key tool.

This detailed video tutorial from Sonic Orb Studios can help you visualize the keying process, or read on below to view our step-by-step instructions.

How to Edit Green Screen Footage with Chroma Key

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

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

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

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 “chroma key” effect onto the video clip that has the green screen in it.

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.

7) Expand 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.

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.


And that’s it—it’s that simple to edit green screen footage using the Chroma Key tool in Adobe Premiere.


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(Image via Sonic Orb Studios)