Create Green Screen Videos with After Effects

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I’ve been working with a lot of video lately and recently had a reason to play around with working with green screens. I have been mocking something up to test capabilities so I haven’t had the need to shoot my own green screen videos as of yet so this post is about the technical aspects not the actual shooting of video. Go here to pick from green screen videos on YouTube.

If you’re interested in learning how to shoot and light your own green screen videos check out the video embedded below.

How to Shoot Green Screen Videos

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(Import green screen video)

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(Adjust screen matte)

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(Layer 2nd video)

Step by Step Green Screen Video Directions

  1. Open After Effects and create a “New Composition”. You can then import your video to work with.
  2. Under the “Effects & Presets” you’ll see a search icon. Select your video in the composition and enter “Keylight”. This will open the Keylight plugin on the left side of AE.
  3. You’ll see an eye dropper next to the “Screen Colour” tab. Click on the tool and sample the green background in your video.
  4. At the top of the Keylight plugin you’ll see a drop down panel that reads “Final Result”. Switch this to “Screen Matte”.
  5. Under the “Screen Matte” tab adjust the Clip Black and the Clip White toggle switches until the background is all black and the foreground is all white. In this scenario I have the black set set to 0.0 and the white set to 100.
  6. Go back to the top of the Keylight plugin and set the view back to “Final Result”. This will clip out the green Alpha layer and allow you to import an image or video to place under your project.

That’s it. YO BAM! You’re welcome Internet.

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How to Add Flash Animations Over Video

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Today I wanted to add a quick tutorial for placing animated Flash content over any video. It’s fairly simple process once you get your Flash content created. Let’s get started now.

How to Create a Transparent Flash Movie
Once you have your video you’ll want to create a flash file the same size. You’ll be floating this swf over top your video content. This can be anything you want, text, graphics, etc. The one thing you’ll […] Continue Reading…

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How to Create a Realistic Sunrise with Flash CS6

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Hello again blogosphere. I put together this quick little tutorial on how to create a realistic sun rise with Flash. It’s a neat little effect that’s not all that hard to do. This animation is 100% Flash. There is no imagery involved other than for color sampling.

Create Your Sun Movie

Step by step directions on creating your sun movie.

The first thing your going to want to do is create 2 layers.
The […] Continue Reading…

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Tips for Animating with Flash CS6

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In my industry I’ve worn so many hats and learned so many programming languages and programs that I couldn’t even name them all. In 1999-2001 I was primarily a Flash programmer. Since the advent of HTML5 the use of Flash has steadily declined, however not where I am working now. I’m a conceptual interactive modeler. I create user interfaces for technology that doesn’t exist. I love what I do.

That being said I’ve found myself […] Continue Reading…

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Theme Inspired Headers

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I posted some new logo ideas a little while back before I re-developed my web site due to being hacked by scumbags. At any rate, I created a rotating header that changes every time a page is reloaded.

Below is the current list of TV, movie and otherwise geek inspired headers from some of my favorite tv shows, movies and books. I seem to keep adding to the list so I’m sure there will […] Continue Reading…

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Adam Carolla’s Jacuzzi Enema Story- NSFW

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I’m a huge fan of Adam Carolla. I’ve listened to him since about 1998 when I lived in the Hollyhood Hills off of Cherokee & Hollywood Blvd. Through his Loveline days back on K-rock (when I lived in Rapebank) to his day time radio show and now to his podcast which is where this little excerpt comes from. It’s been told before and is even written about in his book Not Taco Bell Material. […] Continue Reading…

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Using SVGs for Web Development

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SVGs or (Scalable Vector Graphics) are handy if you’re concerned with page load times or if you have repetitive graphics on your web site. Keep in mind this works better with single colors rather than multiple as the more complicated the SVG gets the more processor intensive it is to load.

If you have a graphic you use time and time again, but would like it in a different color this is your fix. SVGs […] Continue Reading…

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