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Buying a Green Screen

hello all, my son (10 yrs old) is really starting to get into video producing and editing.

This weekend he was trying to make a Lego video production and we realized we need a green screen (t-shirts and towels don't cut it )

Does anyone know where to buy this? Or rather what to look for when buying? I can see a ton of different options on Amazon but prices vary quite a bit and none seem to have 5 stars so I have no idea what to look for. Digitec has very few options.

we obviously don't need anything professional and don't want to "over-invest" but something that will allow him to make quality videos and something that is easy to setup/maintain. ex: don't want something i need to iron everytime we will use it

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Old 28.09.2020, 14:18
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hello all, my son (10 yrs old) is really starting to get into video producing and editing.

This weekend he was trying to make a Lego video production and we realized we need a green screen (t-shirts and towels don't cut it )

Does anyone know where to buy this? Or rather what to look for when buying? I can see a ton of different options on Amazon but prices vary quite a bit and none seem to have 5 stars so I have no idea what to look for. Digitec has very few options.

we obviously don't need anything professional and don't want to "over-invest" but something that will allow him to make quality videos and something that is easy to setup/maintain. ex: don't want something i need to iron everytime we will use it

thanks
I would buy green paint & use a wall, it can easily be painted over later.
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Old 28.09.2020, 14:26
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I would buy green paint & use a wall, it can easily be painted over later.
thanks we thought about that but it doesn't work
- window on one side
- large closet and door on another
- bed on the 3rd wall
- school desk and small library on the 4th

... and I don't need a green wall in the living room
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thanks we thought about that but it doesn't work
- window on one side
- large closet and door on another
- bed on the 3rd wall
- school desk and small library on the 4th

... and I don't need a green wall in the living room
Then buy something like this, various sizes available
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Selens-Po...oAAOSwA9teViYz

Those 2 colours look very good, don't use green felt as the material will be 'noisy' when compressed during recording

This is the example of a bad colour paper, it looks noisy in the photo, not enough brightness in the green
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-10ft-G....c100008.m2219
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Old 28.09.2020, 14:46
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Re: Buying a Green Screen

green towel should work. a green screen is just green material anyway.

if you're having problems, maybe it is poor software or uneven lighting.
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green towel should work. a green screen is just green material anyway.

if you're having problems, maybe it is poor software or uneven lighting.
The material is extremely important, if it's good will need very little lighting.
Generally use as small amount as green as possible because it will bounce about to where you sent want it, also compression is not your friend.

I generally spend more time blocking out too big screens than anything else
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FB market place posted 3 days ago. You need to sign into FB to see the ad.

He has had one person contact him so may no longer be available.

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/li...are_attachment

180chf for the lot, or individual prices listed
Pick up only (Geneva)

Pop up green screen (180cmx140cm - 250chf new - 150chf)
USB microphone (C.40chf new - 20chf)
Camera stand (C.25 Chf new - 10chf)
2 x lights (English plugs) (C.80chf - 30chf)
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Re: Buying a Green Screen

My son did it a few years ago. We used an old bit of green cloth.

Results were fine for a kid's Lego movies.

My son got too bogged down in the stop-motion filming.

In my opinion he needed to spend far more time on story boards and a good plot.

I never want to draw light sabres glowing frame-by-frame again -especially in a multi-character battle!
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The material is extremely important, if it's good will need very little lighting.
Generally use as small amount as green as possible because it will bounce about to where you sent want it, also compression is not your friend.

I generally spend more time blocking out too big screens than anything else
Maybe I was lucky, I've managed to use a towel and a proper green screen. The biggest issue I had with fabric green screens were getting rid of creases. However, software is so good now, that you can do complete background removal without a green screen (obviously the quality isn't great in that case).
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My son did it a few years ago. We used an old bit of green cloth.

Results were fine for a kid's Lego movies.

My son got too bogged down in the stop-motion filming.

In my opinion he needed to spend far more time on story boards and a good plot.

I never want to draw light sabres glowing frame-by-frame again -especially in a multi-character battle!
for stop motion, you can also use the latest AI techniques to boost framerates from 15 to 60fps and save a lot of work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFN9dzw0qH8
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for stop motion, you can also use the latest AI techniques to boost framerates from 15 to 60fps and save a lot of work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFN9dzw0qH8
Most stop motion work was historically shot on doubles as it halved the shooting budget, unless for a Hollywood production or high end commercial.
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Maybe I was lucky, I've managed to use a towel and a proper green screen. The biggest issue I had with fabric green screens were getting rid of creases. However, software is so good now, that you can do complete background removal without a green screen (obviously the quality isn't great in that case).
If the colour is mixed plus creases you need to make the key less accurate, or do multi levels of keying which is how it often works in reality. Often creating a matte can be better than keying especially for see through objects like smoke, glass & blowing hair.
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My son did it a few years ago. We used an old bit of green cloth.

Results were fine for a kid's Lego movies.

My son got too bogged down in the stop-motion filming.

In my opinion he needed to spend far more time on story boards and a good plot.

I never want to draw light sabres glowing frame-by-frame again -especially in a multi-character battle!
Ha! Exactly where my son started (and was 6 months ago). I finally showed him some youtube videos on how to story board and now he's getting the hang of it and enjoys thinking of comical stories and then playing them out with his legos... ninjago and minecraft in the same movie but darth vader has yet to make an appearance
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