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Blue/Green screen video

Started by Tessa Gray 10 Jul 2012 12:45pm () Replies (21)

Hi all, just looking for some help. A local school is about to start making video stories using green/blue screen technology. What software/extras are people using in schools for a PC, Mac or other?

Any preference for blue or green screen? Equipment? What works best?

Green screen


  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 02 Dec 2013 11:42am ()

    Came across this post on twitter this morning from http://deonscanlon.edublogs.org/, 

    So you want to remove the background from an image on the iPad?

    The latest updates to Apple’s Keynote and Pages apps have brought to iPad one of the coolest features of the Mac versions of these two apps: INSTANT ALPHA.

    Yay!! All those looking for a decent green screen app. Your prayers are answered!!

    : ) 

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 11:53am ()

    We have used keynote and pages, green screen feature/alpha key very successfully in a year 3 and 4 class. We used an old lime green flannelette sheet as the green screen and we just hang it from wires or drape it over furniture. It seems to work particularly well because of it's flat and non reflective surface. 



  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 11:42am ()

    Thanks for these specs iDave, I also see there are more and more free options to 'cut out' images and place them on a variety of backgrounds. For example, PIZAP.

    If you could take your kids on a Magic School Bus ride, anywhere using Green/Blue screen technology, where in the world would you take them?

    For example, if your students could be scientists for a day, where could they go, that would normally be off-limits, dangerous or even impossible?


  • iDave (View all users posts) 30 Sep 2012 8:04pm ()

    This is a bit delayed but a useful update for those who may be still interested.  While getting ready for a workshop I revisited chroma key on the PC

    Now have blue/green screen working with Windows Movie Maker 6.0 running on the evaluation version of Windows 8. Works well. (was running ok on Windows 7 too)   

    Using the 64 bit version of WMM 6.0 (free) and the set of filters called RehanFX.  The only thing I had to do was check the versions and install DirectX (from Microsoft online)     RehanFX does cost $15 but you can trial the blue/green effects and see how well they work for free.  (... and work around the watermark.......)  

    Note: this will not work with Movie Maker Live but you can have both installed.

    Let me know if interested in more detail.  (...and just bought more green material from Spotlight....)

  • Fiona Robertson (View all users posts) 16 Jul 2012 9:53pm ()

    Hi Louise

    I have been reading the post on this topic and have always wanted to be able to use green screeing on a PC as this is what we have at school. I had a play on the weekend and found out how to do it.

    First you will need to down load paint.net . You also need to download chroma key watch this you tube clip to show you how to do this. Then I found this  link on
    Waiuku elearning Pd which tells you how to green screen using paint net. And yes it does work and is fairly easy to use.  Hope this helps.

  • Louise Tredinnick (View all users posts) 16 Jul 2012 9:15pm ()

    Hi Tessa, I'm also wanting to get into Green Screen but have never done this before.  I notice that Sean suggests to use  Premiere Pro as the software but this costs doesn't it?  I have iMovie at home on my Mac and ipad but I need to be able to use PCs as that's what we have in the computer lab.  Can anyone suggest the easiest and preferably free software to make a green screen movie.  I can't wait to understand how to do this as I see so many great learning possiblilities.

  • Steven Wills (View all users posts) 16 Jul 2012 4:47pm ()

    Tessa thanks for feedback. I enjoy making them as much as the children. I get most of my music from http://freemusicarchive.org/ My next suggestion for its use is to portray a monologue where the character is filmed answering questions they may have about themselves or others.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 16 Jul 2012 4:13pm ()

    This has been really enjoyable watching each example, thanks again Steve. What a lot of fun! Certainly brings learning alive beyond ONE DIMENSION.

    I really enjoyed the Van Gogh style artwork and informative commentary that went with it. Was very powerful to watch video as well as still images in the background and there's some lovely camera angles too (shoes). I see great potential for individual/group story telling (Gingerbread man) and lots of different genres in literacy developed as well (research, reporting, trips, sequential writing). There’s loads of ideas that can come from bouncing off these examples Thanks so much.

    Once again the music is very entertaining, helps tell the story. Have you used Creative Commons sound/music at all?

  • Steven Wills (View all users posts) 13 Jul 2012 8:37pm ()

    Tessa, as requested here are links to films with green screening. Enjoy.









    I have to admit that I am a relief teacher at the school and fim making is a passion of mine. The teachers are becoming increasingly enthusiastic about using video to demonstrate understanding.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 13 Jul 2012 3:35pm ()

    Wow thanks everyone for your input on this so far. Great ideas to pass on. 

    What a lovely example from your blog on, 'books can take you anywhere' Carol, simple idea. Great way to ask a question online - through video. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for sharing your example too Jenny. I love watching examples online, where the students tell us what they're learning about or learning to do (Road safety). Your example of green screen with the students in front of their work is captivating. Nice to know the 'youngest ones' can do this too :-)

    From Road safety to Cybersafety, a weeee while back some GATE students from Marina View school made an awareness movie/ad about text bullying , which also makes for a good context for using green screen.


    Steveyour walk-through tour is VERY practical for your learners. Thank you so much for the references to the screen taut, the wide angle camera, Youtube. I do like that funky opening music! I'd love to see what your teachers and students have been up to too :-)

    The other ideas for screens (iDave), top tips for iMovie and advanced tools (Tara) and lighting (Stephanie) has been every useful too. I have worked a little bit with green years ago, and never knew why we were getting the 'washed out' look. What kind of lighting arrangements specifically will help fix this? Is it something we need to buy?

    Rebecca, your number 8 wire mentality to use your white screen has made me smile. I'm interested to know if it worked for you?

    I wonder if there's any web 2.0 tools that can do this too?

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