How To Change Video Background

How To Change Video Background (Green, Blue and White Screen)

When we were younger, we might have been fascinated with the background of the news anchor.

How do they almost always have a background of the skyscrapers?

It is not until you get older that you realize they were all shot in front of a green screen.

So, what is a green screen?

What Is A Green Screen?

A green screen is a large green backdrop placed in the background of a shot commonly used to add special effects or change the background of a video.

Although called a green screen, the screen doesn’t always have to be green. In fact, George Albert Smith originally used black cloth to make objects ‘disappear’ in 1898.

Later on, people started to use a blue screen as it has a cleaner edge, less color spill, and works better at night.

Moving on, people started to use green screens because the background color needs to be different from skin tone and wardrobe. While blue is more common to be used as a wardrobe, neon green is less likely to be the case. Hence why it is now called a green screen.

Examples Green Screen?

1. Broadcasting

As we have mentioned earlier, news and weather production crews use a green screen. This way, special effects can be added when news is delivered.

2. Movies

That Avengers movie you watched was recorded with a green screen. Superman? Green screen. Batman? Green screen. A lot of movies these days were shot with green screens to create a more realistic feel.

Not only movies, but TV shows also use green screens. For example, the Italy scenes in the K-drama Vincenzo were filmed in front of a green screen.

3. Vloggers

Many bloggers nowadays use green screens to record their videos or do live streams. The screen allows them to change their background and create more aesthetically pleasing videos.

4. Zoom Meeting

If you’ve been working from home for the past 18 months, you know exactly what we are talking about. Thanks to Zoom’s green screen, you can now say goodbye to your messy living room and in an instant, your background is the calming green mountains.

How To Change Video Background?

Change Your Video Background With Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is indeed a very powerful video editing tool.

Here’s how you can change your video background:

  1. Open your project in Adobe Premiere Pro and load your video in layer 2.

  2. Go to Effects > Video Effects > Keying.

  3. Drag the Ultra Key effects to your video.

  4. In the effects control, click on the pen tool and click the green/blue area on your screen. Your background will automatically be removed.

Sometimes, the Ultra Key effect does not work the way you pictured it out. For example, when the background is white, this effect may not work. But, don’t worry! There is another way!

  1. Import your video in layer 2.

  2. Go to Effects > Video Effects > Keying.

  3. Drag the Color Key effects to your video.

  4. In the effects control, click on the pen tool and click the white area on your screen.

  5. Adjust the color tolerance according to your liking.

In this example, Premiere Pro also removed the white color from VideoTranslator’s logo. So, what can you do to fix it?

  1. In the effects control, click on the ellipse or 4-point polygon mask and choose your area. In our case, we want to invert the masked area.

  2. Tick on the inverted box, and you are done!

Change Your Video Background With iMovie

If you don’t have a subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro, no problem! You can do remove your green screen using free video editing tool from Apple!

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Load your background video/image to your timeline.

  2. Add your green/blue screen video above your background image/video.

  3. Click on your green/blue screen video and then click the Video Overlay Settings icon.

  4. Change the settings from Cutaway to Green/Blue screen.

Yes! Removing your green/blue screen is that simple!


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to change your video background by using the Green, Blue, or White screen!

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