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TOP CHROMA KEYERS


Broadcast Video Producer focuses on chroma key software for live streaming. Although the technique was developed initially for canned video — actually it first emerged in the days of analog film photography, before digital — today’s live broadcast software allows you to use chroma key with live streaming as well....


Wirecast


With Wirecast, chroma key processing is done in the shot editor, and can be done in the course of a live broadcast. To access the editor, right click the camera source and go to “Edit Shot”. From the editor menu, click on the chroma key attributes button, the icon of which looks like a person. This opens a submenu that allows you to add either a still photo or a live video stream as replacement for the chroma key screen. To make things a little more interesting, Wirecast offers a set of virtual templates that let you incorporate your background stream into a predesigned setup for common streaming purposes. These templates add a closer foreground in some cases, so that the person in your video looks as if he’s seated behind a desk or podium. Each template has several layers to it, adding complexity to the simple chroma key process. After setting up the shot the way you want, click “Go” and you’re broadcasting live. These features are available with Wirecast 4 and later editions.


vMix


VMix requires a little more hands-on fiddling than Wirecast, but it still isn’t difficult to use. From the main screen, you can see small windows below the main view. Select “Add Input” for the left-hand window and add your foreground video stream. This should include the green or blue screen background, which now appears in that window. Double-click the image to bring up a set of option, and choose “Colour Key.” Click the eye-dropper icon and then click on the pop-up version of the image to select the exact color from somewhere on the screen (which should all be the same color if you’ve set up your screen photography correctly). Clicking the “Auto Chroma Key” button thereafter automatically removes the screen, replacing it with a black background. Fine-tuning controls are available if the program’s automatic functions don’t give an optimum result. Click the add input button again and select a background image or stream, or one of the built in virtual sets vMix provides. These work much like the templates in Wirecast (see above). Once the background is configured, click the Set Up button and choose what goes into each layer of the combined video stream. Your foreground video goes into the “Talent” layer. You can then choose camera angles, zoom, and other features.




123 Video Magic Green Screen Background Software

This green screen software includes 50 background images, each featuring a different theme. You can use these images as your background for your video projects that use green screens. If you do not want the included images, you can use your own as long as they are in the file formats that the program supports like GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP and TIFF.


Green Screen Wizard Software


It is a complete out-of-the-box solution that turns your iPad into a field ready teleprompter. Based on the popular Elements camera support system, ikan’s Elite iPad Teleprompter Kit is a portable through the glass teleprompter when you need it and a robust 15mm rod based camera support system when you don’t. Compatible with any iPad teleprompter software application and complete with ikan’s EV2 Adjustable Camcorder Baseplate, 12” rods, new and improved high quality 70/30 prompter glass with frame, and an adjustable iPad mount that’s compatible with the iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4. This lightweight and adjustable teleprompter kit is extremely easy to set up and designed for small to mid-sized cameras namely Video & DSLR Models. It has a screen size of 9.7” (iPad not Included). The model is Compatible With Any iPad Teleprompter Software Application (Software and iPad Not Included).




DebugMode Wax


Wax is an all-around special effects software that lets filmmakers use different kinds of special effects to produce dynamic pieces of film. These effects include 3D effects and chromakey compositing. You can use it as a standalone software or a plugin to assist your main video editor software in applying effects.


VidBlaster


With VidBlaster, chroma key is handled by adding an effect module. Click the “Module” pull-down menu and select “Add,” then choose “Effect” from the pop-up menu. This opens the effect module box with several drop-down menus of its own. From the top one, select “Chroma key,” which should be the first option. The left menu box allows you to select the foreground camera source, and the right box lets you select the background source. This can be another camera, a still photo, a program, a blank white screen, and several other options. In the more advanced versions of VidBlaster, right-clicking the background image brings up an advanced setting menu.


Lightworks


It is an advanced and popular video editing software, which can easily be used to chroma key green screen videos. It is an amazing video editing software and really popular among professional video editors. Since it’s a comprehensive video editing software, chroma key is not done in one or two steps, but can be a little tricky. It comes full of many advanced features for green screening or color keying a green screen video footage and putting other awesome effects. The best thing about this green screen software is its awesome interface, though it takes a while to get along with.


OBS


OBS offers less in the way of pre-designed bells and whistles than the programs above, but it’s very simple to use. To start with, go to camera properties in your source that contains your screen video. Chroma key is disabled by default, so you’ll want to enable it by clicking the check box labeled “Use Chroma Key.” Then double click the color box to bring up a color palette, and select the color of your screen background to be keyed out. Then set the “similarity” to tell the program the range of colors from that selection, and do the same with “blend” and “spill reduction.” Most users of this program will advise setting the similarity quite high, at least 800, but we’ve seen contrary advice saying that if you handle your physical screen and video shooting well, you shouldn’t need to go much above 100. Also, most people recommend not using the “eye dropper” method as described above for vMix. Once you have the chroma key working as desired, set up your background as a second source and preview to make sure it looks the way you want.


Openshot


It is one of the most popular video editor and open source project, which can easily be used to chroma key green screen videos. It has a nice user interface and different effects to add while editing. It is available for Windows, Linux, and OS X. Removing green background from a video in Openshot is easy and doesn’t involve many steps. Apart from removing the green screen, it also gives you a nice video editing experience. You can choose from many effects to add to your video such as Color correction, Saturation, Masks, Blur, Negative, etc. Also, its exporting option is awesome, where you can choose from multiple profiles and formats.



Blender


It is another very popular open source computer graphic software which you can use for green screen video editing. Blender is a huge application, plus it’s bit complex for chroma keying. Blender uses a node-based modeling technique to create animation and is really popular among animators. We are going to use node-based modeling to remove the green background from videos as well.



Shotcut


Another popular free and open source video editing software to be used as a green screen software. Using chroma key in Shotcut is really easy, because of its feature-rich and easy to use work environment. It is cross-platform and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


Videopad Video Editor


It is a general video editor that can also be used for chroma keying. It is absolutely free as long as you are not using it for any commercial purposes. It has a great interface and an easy to use work environment. While starting with it, you have to go though different steps in order to remove green background from a video and compositing with other media files.


Digital Anarchy Primatte Chromakey


This software is actually a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. By installing this plug-in to your Photoshop application, you will have the ability to do chromakey compositing. It works by creating a complex mask that is based on the transparency and the color of your choosing. This mask retains the areas of detail like hair, glass, water and smoke, making it a flexible tool in applying backgrounds to your photos instead of manually removing the background so you could replace it with your own. It is an efficient way of using your existing photo editor as a chromakey compositing tool.