Capturing directly into an app has its advantages, as soon as you get it right you are good to go, but it does bring its problems:
- It can be time consuming getting it right
- Artifacts can creep in that you dont find out until later
- Or you actually find a better background
- You just may not like using an App
- or don’t want to limit your options and may have a second camera available
Capturing the ‘real’ footage, green screen an all still allows you fake your scene through post capture editing. There are a range of great software options such as iMovie or Adobe Premiere but you need the hardware or software at a cost. A budget option is VSDC, it’s free (be careful when installing as it pays for itself through bundled software that you can choose to not install).
It’s not the most intuitive of software but their are plenty of Youtube video tutorials to guide you through, with two of the best covering basic chroma-keying and layering:
Great little video regarding lighting a green screen (and on a budget) as well a position considerations by David Griffiths on YouTube – https://youtu.be/6OkWL1jCSFo
At the Betts Show earlier on in the year I saw the amazing Green Screen by Do Ink and liked the clean interface. However it is only available for the iPad , Do Ink have this on their development roadmap but they are a two person outfit and there is no deadline for it currently, I really wanted something for my iPhone 6+. Enter Veescope Live for iOS that is available in two flavours:
- Free with watermark (in app purchase for removal)
- Full £2.29
The interface is not as pleasing on the eye but looking at the developers website www.dvdxdv.com it seems they have a wide range of products for Macs (including other Veescope products) and Final Cut. So what does it do? Well you can elect to have either movie clip backgrounds or photos that you can step through as you record (I imagine the holiday photo slideshow from hell!).
Now this is a fun app, practical and easy to use but its also another app that has made me spend money (after opinion and Pebble smartwatch apps) and it is money well spent! The app allows for not only green screening but also keying any background. My first attemt at using this app was to record against a pure white background and turn a 30 guided learning hour unit (50% already online) to fully online in about 90 minutes. A quite environment with good lighting and a clear background, allowing me to steady my iPhone, step in front of the camera at a bleep, and step away upon another bleep, tweak the “Key Fine Tuning” and I was good to go! A laptop (and remote presenter), a dry-wipe board in the background and a colleague to start/stop recording and I was a star in the making!
I have since found that using a real green screen (for under £40) is even easier, no having to steady the camera, hold a white sheet of paper in front, remove, bingo!
What I also like is the ability to apply “mattes” to the edges of your capture, say for if you have only a small green screen or recordable area you can reduce the overall recordable area. The ability to change your backgrounds (on the fly with a remote device or keyboard) and include recorded video clips really adds to this app and remote control (an upcoming post). It saves to your camera roll seamlessly.
There are even built-in tutorials from the app. I cannot recommend this app enough, especially if you are looking for a greens screen app on an iPhone.