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Green Screen vs Blue Screen: Which One to Go For?

Melissa posted on Aug 31, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Whether you realize it or not, you have actually seen green and blue screen movies many times in your life. All those special-effect movies have actually been shot with a green screen. Making a green screen video brings you the question as to what color you should prefer for your videos. Both green and blue screens can be used in your videos but each offers certain advantages and disadvantages. If you are new to this and have no clue about which one to go for, this article should give you some hints.

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Part 1. Green Screen vs Blue Screen

This section of the guide explains to you the difference between these two screen types.

What is a Green Screen Video

A green screen video is a normal video where you have used a green background behind the main object. Later, you can replace that whole green background with any image, video, or other content you want. You have the flexibility to choose whatever items you want in place of the green background. A green screen background could be a green plastic board, a green cloth, or any item that is solid green in color. You are not recommended to use a gradient green color as that can cause issues while using chroma keys.

green screen video explanation

Pros:

  • Requires relatively lesser light which means it can work with weaker lights
  • Some cameras have built-in functions to identify green screens
  • Many video editors only support the green screen

Cons:

  • A green screen spills more color than any other color so it is not for precision-level editings
  • It does not work well when there are wrinkles in your footage

What is a Blue Screen Video

A blue screen is just like the green screen except for the color that it uses. Instead of using a solid green color, a blue screen uses a solid blue color. This is the only difference that is there between the two colors. However, the way these screens work in video editing is different. You might not have many video editors that support the blue screen. There are certain scenarios when you would want to use a blue screen rather than a green screen. This usually includes when you are recording something with extreme accuracy.

blue screen video

Pros:

  • The blue screen does not spill colors as much as the green screen does
  • The blue screen works just fine to cut out blonde hairs where a green screen often fails

Cons:

  • Blue is more of a dark-ish color and you are going to need some really powerful lighting to use this screen
  • The blue color is common and it is used everywhere so it is difficult to distinguish it
  • Many video editors do not support the blue screen

Part 2. Prepare a Video with Green/Blue Background

If you are looking to make a green or blue screen video by yourself, you have a couple of ways to get started on that. The following two methods will help you make green or blue screen videos.

Method 1. Shoot a Video with a Green or Blue Background by Yourself

Initially, it might sound a bit too difficult to record a green or blue screen video by yourself. However, once you learn how to do this, you will find that it is actually much easier to do than you think. Recording a green or blue screen video only requires a camera and either of these screens. These screens could be solid color clothes or anything that has these colors on them.

shoot a green or blue screen video

The first step towards recording a video is to prepare the object and the background. Place your object in the front and the green or blue screen right behind them. Then, start the camera app on your phone and record your video. Once the video is recorded, you can export it to your computer and use a software tool to cut out your object from the footage. You can then replace the green or blue screen with whatever it is that you prefer.

Method 2. Download a Video with a Green or Blue Background from Online Websites

If you have not got the time to prepare and record a green or blue screen video by yourself, there are actually several websites that you can download these videos from. There are a ton of such videos on the Internet and many of these sites let you download them for free. The following are some of the sites from where you can download green and blue screen footage.

Site 1. Pixabay

Pixabay is known for the great quality stock images that it offers but it has many green and blue screen videos as well. These can be accessed by heading into the videos section on the site. Once you are there, all you need to do is perform a search for the video you want and it will appear on the screen. A good thing about this site is that it lets you download those videos in your chosen quality.

pixabay green and blue screen video downloader

Site 2. Pexels

Pexels is yet another website for finding and downloading stock images. It has several green screen footage as well that you can use for free in your video projects. While this site may not have as many videos as the site mentioned above, it certainly has some really high-quality and appropriate footage that you would want to include in your projects.

pexels free video downloader

Part 3. How to Make a Green Screen Video

Now that you have learned the differences between the green and blue screens and that you know what screen you should use for your project, you might want to learn how you can actually implement these screens in your videos. One of the easiest ways to use a chroma key and to replace the green or blue screen in your videos is by using EaseUS Video Editor.

This is an excellent choice for the users who are looking for a quick way to get their green or blue screen videos edited. Not only does this software let you use green and blue screens but it also helps you to edit your normal videos. This program can do more than make a green screen video, for instance, it can make a slideshow with music too. Finding the option to cut out your green or blue screen objects is extremely easy and the following steps will help you get started on this.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Editor and import the source file (with green background) from your computer.

Choose an aspect ratio

Step 2. Right-click the file and choose "Add to Project" to place it to the timeline. You can also drag and drop it to the timeline.

Add Project

Step 3. When the file appears in the timeline, right-click it and choose "Green Screen Cutout" to apply the green-screen effect. You can also add a filter, text, music, and other elements to the file.

Add Green Screen

Step 4. Single-click the painting brush and click the area you want to remove from the original picture. The software will remove the original green area after you hit the "OK" button.

Remove the Original Background

Step 5. After removing the green background, you may add a new background to your file. Put the new background (video or image) to the timeline, and you will find the original file and the background file are played together. Note that the background should be placed above the timeline of the original file, just as we show you in the image below.

Change Background

Step 6. Trial play the video you made. If it meets your satisfaction, click "Export" to save it to your computer. There are six video formats you can choose from.

Export file

Conclusion

Once you get into videography or anything that requires recording and editing videos, you will need to find out whether a blue or a green screen video is appropriate for your projects. This guide should tell you what both of these mean and when you should use them. For editing these videos, EaseUS Video Editor has a pretty efficient cutout tool with custom options. You can use it to quickly get rid of the background from your videos and use the objects elsewhere.

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