Best Green Screen for Home Office Video Conferencing


The Best Green Screen for Home Office Video Conferencing

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I have several green screens that I use in my own video production business. But there are also some others that are better suited for use in a small space, such as a home office. Where possible I’ve tried to get first hand use of these products, for the rest I’ve spent several days on YouTube and Google to see what the professionals think.  

The 7 Best Green Screens for Video Conferencing

After comparing 7 of the best green screen products for home office video conferencing the order of preference is as follows.

  1. Corsair Elgato Green Screen MT
  2. Neewer 5’x7’ Collapsible Background
  3. Emart Pop Up Green Screen
  4. Webaround Big Shot Chair Green Screen
  5. Emart 6’x9’ Muslin Backdrop
  6. Savage Seamless Paper
  7. ChromaKey Paint

All of these green screen solutions work well. But the one that will be best for you will depend on the size of your home office and what changes you are prepared to make. For instance, I chose the Corsair Elgato Green Screen MT because it makes best use of my home office space and I have the budget from my video business. But, maybe you need a cheaper solution. So keep reading to find out which green screen you should choose.

Jump ahead to the Green Screen Buyers Guide

ChromaKey Green Paint

ChromaKey Video Paint 1 Quart Green Screen Equivalent
  • Same color as a Green Screen
  • Specially Formulated for Video & Photo Production
  • Water-Based Latex Paint
  • Low reflectivity for high resolution keying

Last update on 2020-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This paint product is sold by Ticonderoga Ventrues. Yes, that’s Ventrues, even though my Word autocorrect keeps trying to change it to Ventures. However, you’ll not see that name on the can. The product is sold under the name of ChromaKey.

If you like your purchases to come in glitzy packaging then this green screen paint is going to disappoint you. What you can I say, it’s green paint, it comes in a green can, and the white lettering makes it clear what’s inside. “ChromaKey Green. Flat latex paint. Interior use only”. There’s no photo of attractive models posing in front of a green screen, nor is there any attempt to sell to you. 

In truth, you either need ChromaKey Green Paint or you don’t. No amount of persuasive visual marketing is going to make you buy it if you don’t need the product. What may convince you to buy is the fact that it is America’s best selling green screen paint, which means you’ve probably seen the results of using it on many TV shows.  

The paint is made in the USA and is specially formulated to be a substitute for green screen cloths. As the name suggests the color is matched to a normal green screen backdrop.

Although it’s pitched at professional video, photography and media production, it will also benefit home and office video production. But obviously, you will need a space that is dedicated to making videos rather than a bedroom or family room.

Although permanently turning a wall into a green screen isn’t for everyone, but it will save you time each time you join a video conference because there’s nothing to set up and then take down. The result will be a consistent looking screen screen with no kit to store away between sessions. Furthermore, unlike a cloth or collapsible green screen, you won’t have any wrinkles to steam or iron flat.

For office or home use I recommend buying the quart size. But if you have a much larger area to cover you’ll be glad to hear that the gallon size paint can has a handle, making transport and pouring easier. The paint coverage with the quart can is 100sq ft with one coat applied or 50sq ft with two coats.

Before you start painting, clean the surfaces with soap and water and allow to dry. If you require the best color results apply a white undercoat before painting with ChromaKey Green. The paint should be dry within an hour, but leave about 4 hours before applying the next coat. Once complete, the green surfaces should have even luminescence and low reflectivity, making it easier to get a good green screen effect.

When you’re done painting, clean-up is much easier because the paint is water soluble. Just make sure you use plenty of water and soap.

Using green screen paint can give you a good flat surface that is will work well with chroma key software. With this solution you wont have any set up time when you next do a video conference call. However, do you want your office wall to be solid green?

What we like

  • Professional results
  • Water based so easier clean up.
  • No extra kit required
  • Saves set up time.
  • Great if space is limited.
  • No trip hazards since no need for backdrop stands.

What we don’t like

  • Requires good ventilation during application.
  • It’s a permanent solution.


Savage Seamless Background Paper

Savage Seamless Background Paper - #46 Tech Green (53 in x 18 ft)
  • Savage Seamless Paper is perfect for creating smooth photography backgrounds, video backdrops,...
  • 53 inches wide x 18 feet long – great for headshots and vlogs.
  • Cost-effective and easy to use – just unroll what you need.
  • Professional quality, non-reflective paper available in an array of vibrant colors and sizes.

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Savage Universal’s roots stretch back to 1937 when the company started producing quality board and paper products.

From the very start, Savage has been a family run business that has focused on enabling photographers, and then videographers, to create stunning imagery by shooting in front of its world-leading backgrounds. However, there’s more to Savage than just paper backgrounds, it also supplies a range of innovative photography products 

The business is based in Chandler Arizona and supplies its products to customers across the US, and internationally through distributors on six continents.

Its dedication to quality and innovation has ensured the company’s growth for more than eighty years. Although new photography ranges have been added to the Savage product catalog, high quality photographic backgrounds remain a major part of the company’s production.  Savage seamless background paper has a strong following, whether for photography, live streaming, or home office video conferencing.

Savage recommend their seamless background paper #46 Tech Green for green screen work. It’s a thick acid-free, non-reflective dyed paper that’s supplied wound onto a cardboard core. Although intended to be hung from a backdrop support or wall mounted paper background system, you can pull off the required length and attach it to a wall.

This seamless paper background is attractive in many ways. The paper surface is smooth and wrinkle free, plus the green color is uniform across the paper’s surface. This means the paper green screen will give you professional results when lit properly. Unlike woven cloths, the green screen paper is solid and does not show anything behind it, for example, bright windows or office lights. Seamless paper backgrounds also represent a cost-effective way of setting up a quality green screen.  

The roll is 53 inches wide and 18ft long, so can easily be hung from a backdrop support stand. Of course that’s what the pros do, but you could unroll the amount you need, cut the paper, and either tape or pin it to a wall. Using this approach, just like using ChromaKey Green paint on a wall, you don’t need to buy or use a backdrop stand. 

You could leave the green screen paper on the wall, but unlike the ChromaKey Green paint, you can easily remove the paper at any time. Plus it’s 100% recyclable.

If you are wall mounting the paper you need to consider whether the paper will be close enough to the camera to fill the video frame of your camera. If not, perhaps have two strips of paper side by side. It may not be perfect but will give you good enough results.

If you tape the paper to a wall that is relatively close to your chair this may be an option for you. However, if you frequently attach and detach the paper to the wall the paper will become creased through handling and storage. Seamless paper would probably work best if you could leave it on the wall.

What we like

  • The paper is thick and heavy duty.
  • Smooth and non reflective.
  • Can be used with a stand or attached to a wall with tape or pins.
  • Solid, so nothing shows through from behind.

What we don’t like

  • You may need help setting up.


Emart 6 x 9 ft Muslin Backdrop

Emart 6 x 9 ft Photography Backdrop Background, Green Chromakey Muslin...
  • Kit Include: [1 x ] 6 x 9 ft Green Muslin Backdrop, [4 x ] Backdrop Clips
  • 6 ft wide and 9 ft tall green muslin backdrop background screen
  • Nice soft non reflective surface, professional looking portrait photos
  • [4 x ] Photography Backdrop Clips, keep the backdrop tight and wrinkle free

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A group of techies in Los Angeles launched EmartUS in 2014. Their desire was to create a business that could provide an expanding range of essential photo and video gear. This would become a top resource to help creatives to tell their story. Their portfolio of products includes green screens, backdrop stands, photo backdrops, lights, and many other photography accessories. 

Providing a wide range of photo and video accessories is one thing but EmartUS also excels at making these photography essentials accessible to all levels of photographers and videographers. 

This is a woven 100% cotton green screen cloth that’s 6x9ft in size. Now, obviously, this muslin backdrop cloth has to be folded up to be mailed to you. So inevitably it will arrive with fold lines or creases in the cloth. This is nothing to worry about since there are a number of ways these wrinkles can be removed. I have written an article about removing wrinkles from a muslin backdrop cloth and the techniques can be used with this green screen cloth.

Make sure you do remove the wrinkles otherwise your software will have difficulty keying the green backdrop. You may even find that just leaving the cloth to hang will help pull-out the creases. Whichever wrinkle removal method you use, try to leave the cloth hanging between video meetings or videos. If you can do that you won’t have to repeat the wrinkle removal every time you set up the backdrop.

This backdrop has one edge folded over and stitched to form a pocket. If you’re using a backdrop stand you can slide the cross bar through this pocket. But you could use a curtain pole or a long wooden dowel as a cross bar that’s held up at the ends on wall hooks.

Being one piece of material, the fabric is completely seamless. So no worries about seeing lines are too difficult for the software to key out. The cotton material is also non-reflective, so it won’t have shiny areas like some synthetic materials.

The edges have been properly hemmed and finished so make the cloth more durable, preventing fraying and tears. If the cloth should become dirty it’s safe to dry clean and is machine washable.

Four backdrop clips are included with the cloth. These are fairly light-weight and only meant to hold the cloth flat from the sides. If you’re thinking that you can use them to keep the cloth under tension to stretch out any wrinkles, forget it. However, they are absolutely fine if used for the purpose intended.

Note that this is just a green screen muslin backdrop cloth, a support stand is not included. That’s not a problem because it can be hung in a number of ways, including sticking it to a wall with duct tape.  

Like most backdrop cloths this is not a heavy material. Don’t expect something like heavy drapes, in fact, if you hold the cloth in front of a light it will shine through. Because the cloth is light-weight, just like most other material backdrop cloths, I would not advise using it in front of a window or bright background. Ideally, hang the cloth in front of a wall so no light can come from the back. If you do not need the full 9ft length you can fold it to double the thickness.

Would I buy this? I actually have three or four, purely because of their flexibility. But I don’t often use them because of the time required to remove creases and wrinkles in the cloth. If you really need your green screen to be cheap, get a muslin cloth.

What we like

  • No color variation across the cloth.
  • Good size for smaller areas.
  • Non reflective.
  • Can be hung from a stand or attached to a wall.
  • Reasonably priced.

What we don’t like

  • The cloth is a little thin.

Neewer 5’x7′ Collapsible & Reversible ChromaKey Background 

Neewer Chromakey Green Chromakey Blue Collapsible Backdrop Collapsible...
  • 1.5x2m Collapsible twist Green/Blue ( One side-green, Other side-blue) flexible background
  • High quality super thick muslin material can reduce light reflection, get better quality picture,...
  • Easy to carry, great for on location shoots
  • Quick set up, easy to fold and collapse

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Established in 2010, Neewer is a multinational business that regularly introduces new products for individuals with a creative streak. When you are starting out, you will find almost all the accessories you’ll need from Neewer’s cost effective audio, photo, and video catalog.

The balance between good quality and affordability has led to their products gaining ground among media content creators needing to equip their home video studio.

This Neewer backdrop uses good quality thick muslin. Consequently, the material is non-reflective and less likely to show any shiny areas.

The green screen backdrop is reversible, you can use it either as a blue or green screen, simply by turning it around. This is an advantage because it gives you more flexibility in what you can wear. For instance, if you are wearing a green blouse one day you can use the blue side of the backdrop. If another day you’re wearing a blue suit you can use the green side.

The blue/green material is stretched and sewn onto an oval flexible metal frame that will stretch the material more-or-less flat. When opened up the background is 5’x7’, with the corners rounded rather than square. But folds down to a circle that’s a little over 2ft in diameter. This can be stored in the provided black circular carry bag with zipper.

Although the metal rim stretches the material flat the creases don’t all completely disappear, but it’s not really a problem. This is especially true if you light the background from the front and not the sides, since the creases are less likely to create shadows.

The collapsible backdrop is easy to set up. Once taken out of the carry bag, the steel spring frame that is sewn into the material, will pop open the backdrop within a few seconds and then helps to keep the backdrop’s shape. Once opened out, it’s just a case of hanging the backdrop from a stand or support. It’ll take you a matter of seconds.

One of the short sides of the frame has a velcro buckle, which is handy for hanging the backdrop on a stand. Of course it could also be used to hang the background from a wall hook, or other fixture. If you don’t want to spend anything on a support stand you could just lean the backdrop against a wall, since the steel rim will maintain the screen’s shape.

This backdrop would appeal if you want the flexibility of using either a blue or green screen. It’s also quick to set up, can be used with or without a support stand, and is a relatively cheap option.

What we like

  • Folds down small for storage.
  • Strong and durable metal frame.
  • Quick to set up.
  • Reversible, giving a choice of blue or green.

What we don’t like

  • Fold down can be tricky at first.


Webaround Big Shot Office Chair Green Screen

Webaround Portable Webcam Background, Big Shot, 56", (Chroma Key Green...
  • Perfect for both gaming and video conferencing, collapsible and storable when not in use. When open,...
  • Chroma key green gives you the ability to set any image for your background when using green screen...
  • Universal adjustments, fits most office chairs as well as gaming chairs
  • Go to https://thewebaround.com/tips/ for help with zooming your webcam, using different video...

Last update on 2020-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Webaround, the company, was established by Linda Bovay, who is the company’s CEO. Linda is a Registered Nurse and the idea for the Webaround green screen came to her while working a midnight shift in a Detroit Intensive Care Unit (ICU). At the time, doctors in the ICU would interact with patients remotely from their homes using a webcam video link. The doctor had set up his webcam in his messy kitchen.

Unfortunately, that mess was distracting and also undermined his message. Linda realized what was needed was a small green screen that could attach directly to the back of a chair and could be used by anyone and anywhere.

Linda has perfected the design and gone from just offering a 42” Webaround to adding a round and square 52” version plus a new 56” portable green screen. With the help of family and friends Webaround has grown to where it is today, with an international customer base and the proud boast that the Webaround has been used in almost every corner of the globe.

The product looks amazingly simple. It’s essentially a circular collapsible green screen that opens to a diameter of 56-inches and straps onto the back of your office or gaming chair. Using a chair as your support has two consequences, you can fill the video frame with a smaller green screen and you don’t need a large and expensive backdrop support.

The front of the Webaround has sewn-in mounting straps. For easy storage the webaround  and folds down to a small circle and fits into a 21-inch high carry bag (including handles).   

Being 56-inches in diameter this is an ideal personal green screen solution that works well for gaming, video conferencing, and online course creation. Not only does it function well as a webcam green screen, it also collapses down to take up very little storage space. 

The built-in spring steel frame opens the Webaround to its circular shape and keeps the material flat. Although some tiny wrinkles remain in the material these probably won’t affect your ability to remove the background. If you do need to get those wrinkles out you can use a steamer or an iron.

The front side includes universal mounting straps to firmly attach the product to most office and gaming chairs. The straps are 12” long and are elasticated. If you need the straps to be longer, Linda at Webaround can send an extra piece of the elastic.

Depending on the design of your chair, the Webaround may need some adjustment. You can straighten the product by using the front and back strap. Then use the integrated stabilizer to push the bottom of the Webaround away from the back of the chair, so that it is vertical and flush with the chair back. Not only does this help maximize the visible area of the green background, it also helps reduce shadows that may make background removal tricky.

Keeping the Webaround clean shouldn’t be a problem and it’s unlikely to need much cleaning. But if your Webaround does need a clean, get a damp cloth and wipe the soiled areas until clean again. Once you’re done leave the Webaround open until it is completely dry.

This is an ideal solution if you don’t have much space in your home office. However, because the material is thin, don’t have a window or bright light behind the Webaround. The light will show through and make the green screen effect difficult to pull off.

Here’s the official video showing how to set up and use a Webaround.

What we like

  • Compact personal green screen solution.
  • Easy to set up and put away.
  • No support stand required.

What we don’t like

  • For the size it’s a little pricey.
  • The material is a little thin.

Emart Pop Up Green Screen With Metal Base

Emart Green Screen, Collapsible Chromakey Panel for Photo Backdrop Video...
  • [Pro Level Chroma Key Screen]: This green screen is ideal for camera chroma keying, you can easily...
  • [Wrinkle Resistant]: The collapsible design ensures the green screen is free from wrinkles, dust or...
  • [3 Second Set Up]: Position the legs, open it up, then lift the handle to a suitable height, and let...
  • [Multiple Scenarios Usage]: Use this green screen indoors for Youtube videos, virtual studio,...

Last update on 2020-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

As I mentioned earlier, Emart was launched in 2014 with the intention of developing a large range of photography and video essentials for any level of photographer or videographer.

So what’s so special about this pull-up backdrop? 

If you are familiar with pop up marketing banners you’ll easily understand how this Emart pop up green sreen works. The main difference is that this product is designed to be more durable and delivers greater ease of use.

Just unfold the two built-in feet, open the latches, pull-up the sprung roller green screen with the handle, and the pneumatic X-frame automatically locks the green screen in place. Once you’re done, the screen retracts back into the base, fold back the feet, close the cover, and carry it away with the built-in handle.

For a very quick look at this pop up green screen watch this video.

Unlike other collapsible green screens, with this product the screen is stored on a roller within the case. That means the green screen cloth is going to be free of wrinkles since it is never folded over on itself. Since the screen stores away rolled-up in the metal base/case, it will also remain dust free and clean for the next time you need it.

Set up time is incredibly fast. Once you’ve opened up the feet and opened the case, all you need to do is pull up by the handle to your required height. The pneumatic X-frame at the rear will automatically lock the screen in place. The maximum height to which the screen can be extended is 72-inches.

Once you’ve finished your video session push down and the screen will retract into the aluminum case. Once the feet are folded back into place the whole thing is small enough to store in a closet or under a bed.

The screen weighs in at 19lbs, which is heavier than the other green screens, but that includes the storage base and feet plus the X-frame support mechanism. With the screen retracted the product size is 3.94” x 4.72” x 61”. 

The one-piece retractable rugged design is durable, portable, and compact when not required. The green screen fabric is thick, wrinkle free, and non-reflective. For portability, ease of use, and a quality backdrop, this would be my best green screen kit.

This is another great solution if you have a small home office, want the set up to be just seconds, and don’t want your equipment to take up lots of space.

What we like

  • Fully set up in 5 seconds.
  • Durable aluminum storage case with carry handle.
  • Thick wrinkle free green screen.
  • Portable.
  • Easy storage.

What we don’t like

  • The base locking clips could be stronger.

Corsair Elgato Green Screen MT

Elgato Green Screen MT - Mountable chroma key panel for background removal,...
  • Instant immersion: Wrinkle-resistant Green screen optimized for camera Chroma keying
  • Ultra-quick deployment: Set up and pack up in seconds; Material: 100% polyester
  • Pop-up Tech: Lift and let the pneumatic X-frame automatically lock the screen in place
  • Concealable design: Retract into the hard case and stash out of sight

Last update on 2020-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Premium content creators will be familiar with the Elgato brand. The company produces high-quality hardware and software that enables creators to produce professional-quality video content. From lights to microphones, green screens to video capture cards, Elgato products help you raise the bar, whether you’re a live streaming gamer, a YouTuber, or someone who needs great quality accessories for video conferencing.

In mid-2018 Elgato became part of CORSAIR, but Elgato has remained a separate brand, with its products designed in California and Germany.

This green screen looks very much like a ceiling or wall mounted projector screen. In fact, if you were to switch out the green material for a reflective white material you would have yourself a great projector screen.

That said, this is a superb space saving green screen design. Mount it on either a wall or from hooks in your ceiling and you’ll have a high quality green screen backdrop available whenever you need it.

The Elgato Green Screen MT is a self-contained screen in a mountable metal case. The case is almost 83.5-inches wide and 3.15-inches x 3.74-inches  in profile. The whole unit weighs 11.9lbs.

The actual screen is 74.8-inches wide and 78.74-inches tall. So that’s large enough to cover most people’s height and out-stretch arms if standing just in front of the screen. The fabric is 100% polyester (Dacron® by DuPont) which ensures it will withstand repeated set up and take down and deliver a wrinkle-free surface. The chroma green is designed to give you the cleanest key available.

The Green Screen MT can be wall mounted using two screws. The corners of the unit include a couple of metal ceiling mount loops so that you can hang the unit from ceiling hooks. Whichever mounting method you use you will save yourself valuable floor space and avoid any trip hazard.

Here’s the official video showing how to mount the Elgato Green Screen MT.

Once mounted, you can pull down on the handle to unroll the amount of green screen you need. When you let go, the precision roller drive automatically locks the screen in position. When you call it a day, tug the screen handle and the roller lock will release and the screen will automatically retract into the metal case. Nothing could be simpler.

This would be perfect if you want your green screen to give professional results, take up little space, and be self storing. Because of the thickness of the material light from a window behind the screen shouldn’t cause any problems. It’s ideal for small rooms.

What we like

  • Great space saver.
  • Ready to use in seconds.
  • Superb quality screen material.
  • Wrinkle free.

What we don’t like

  • Not very portable.

Green Screen Buyers Guide

Elgato Green Screen MT - Mountable chroma key panel for background removal,...
Instant immersion: Wrinkle-resistant Green screen optimized for camera Chroma keying; Ultra-quick...
$158.66
Neewer Chromakey Green Chromakey Blue Collapsible Backdrop Collapsible...
1.5x2m Collapsible twist Green/Blue ( One side-green, Other side-blue) flexible background
$53.99
Webaround Portable Webcam Background, Big Shot, 56", (Chroma Key Green...
Universal adjustments, fits most office chairs as well as gaming chairs
$75.00
Emart 6 x 9 ft Photography Backdrop Background, Green Chromakey Muslin...
Kit Include: [1 x ] 6 x 9 ft Green Muslin Backdrop, [4 x ] Backdrop Clips; 6 ft wide and 9 ft tall...
$23.99
Savage Seamless Background Paper - #46 Tech Green (53 in x 18 ft)
53 inches wide x 18 feet long – great for headshots and vlogs.; Cost-effective and easy to use –...
$35.00
ChromaKey Video Paint 1 Quart Green Screen Equivalent
Same color as a Green Screen; Specially Formulated for Video & Photo Production; Water-Based Latex...
$39.99

Last update on 2020-09-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Chroma Key Background Choices

You have a number of choices when it comes to choosing a Green Screen. It could be:

  1. ChromaKey Paint
  2. Muslin cloth
  3. Seamless paper
  4. Collapsible background
  5. Pop up background

ChromaKey Paint

Chroma key or green screen background replacement can use a variety of different materials. Professional video studios will often use ChromaKey green paint for their walls and floors. However, this way of doing green screen work isn’t necessary just for the pros. 

Many amateurs will use the paint color matching systems in DIY stores because they believe professional green screen paint must be expensive. True, it is expensive, but so is color match paint. In reality, the equivalent amount of professional ChromaKey paint can work out a little cheaper than color matched paint. The pro version also, from your camera’s perspective looks much better. It will reflect more green light and appear more evenly lit across the surface.

Painting your office wall green also means you don’t need to factor in any set up or take down time into your video conferencing sessions. Your green screen is always going to be there behind you. 

The only trouble is, do you want your office wall to be permanently chroma key green? If that’s not a problem for you, this could be a good solution for you.

Muslin Cloth Backdrop

This is a popular choice for anyone on a budget. It’s cheap, reusable, and can either be hung from a proper background support or just taped to a wall.

Because of the nature of this product it will crease and wrinkle. If the wrinkles are too noticeable you may have to spritz, steam or iron them out before you can use the green screen cloth.

One thing that you might not like about a muslin cloth is that it’s not opaque. If you have a window or bright light behind the cloth it will be visible. You’ll now have a green screen that isn’t the same shade of green across its full width. That’s a problem for the green screen software, so potentially, not all of your green screen will be removed.

Seamless Paper

Seamless paper backgrounds are often seen in photographer’s studios, where two or three different color paper rolls are mounted on a wall. A length will be pulled down and if it gets dirty it can be torn off and another length pulled down.

In a home office you probably don’t want brackets on your wall to accommodate a roll of paper, but, like a muslin cloth, you could tape some paper to your wall. Although, with the 53-inch since rolls you could hang it from a backdrop stand just a little behind you.

The paper is relatively thick and available in widths of 53 inches to 12ft. However, stick with the smaller size since larger rolls of paper are heavy.

Because seamless paper is opaque you’ll have much less trouble if it’s mounted in front of a window or light, although you may need a double thickness. 

Collapsible background

These are spring steel frames that have been sewn into the material of the backdrop. Consequently, they fold up quite small and can be stored away easily.

They also are quick to set up. They spring open, so take care you aren’t close to something that could be easily knocked over.

Most collapsible green screens are also reversible, so they’re green on one side and blue on the other. This is a superb feature if you want greater flexibility over what you can wear.

What isn’t so great is that many brands of collapsible green screens do tend to let the light through. So don’t get one if you want to place it in front of a window or light.

Pop up background

These are like sprung roller shades but stored in a metal case. There are two types. The first has fold out feet, so it can rest on the ground. The second type can be wall or ceiling mounted.

In both cases you pull the green screen out of the metal housing. In the floor mounted variety a scissor type support extends with the screen and locks in place at the desired height. With the second type the screen is plugged down like you would pull down a window roller shade or blind.

This type of green screen is at the more expensive end of the price range but you might feel they are worth it. They save space, there are no wrinkles in the material that might cause shadows, they can be positioned just behind you, and they take about 5sec to set up (and take down). They’re also rather cool.

If you can afford this type of green screen I would go for it.

What size of green screen do I need

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “size matters”. Well that also applies to your green screen for video conferencing.

Basically, you need your green screen to be big enough to fill the video frame of your camera. I know that sounds vague but the correct size will depend on your webcam’s field of view and how far away your screen will be.

Good news! You can easily work it out.

Setup your webcam or camera and frame yourself the way you want to look. Next, decide how far back you want to place your green screen. This could be about a foot behind your chair or a few feet where you have a wall.

You should then take a pole, or some other handy object, and move to one side until the pole just exits the video frame. Mark this point on the floor with a non marking tape. Now repeat but move off to the other side until the pole just exits the video frame. If you measure distance between these two point you will have the minimum width of the green screen you require.

Do you need a support stand for a green screen

Not always. Some green screen products come with their own support system while others give you a choice of using a support or not. The screens that can be used with some kind of support include muslin cloth backdrops, seamless paper, and collapsible backgrounds.

But even these tree green screens could be attached to a wall with tape. Or in the case of the collapsible backdrop, you could lean it against a wall.

If you decide to get a backdrop support, the two most common types are a crossbar supported at its middle on a single stand and a crossbar supported by a stand at each end.

You should consider safety if using a screen support. These can become unbalanced and can easily topple over. Use sandbags over the legs of the stands to keep them secure and minimize any possible accidents.

Why is green used for green screen?

Green is the favored color for chroma key work because human skin tones and hair colors are not green.

Whether you are Black, Asian, or White, your skin tone is a mix of red with some yellow. Basically, the color of blood under the skin. So if you want to pull a good “key” to remove the background, you would ideally choose a color that is very different from red.

If we look at a color wheel we can see that green is as far away from red as possible, in fact they are opposite each other, and termed complimentary colors. 

Blue is also very different from red, but as you can see it is not as far away from red on the color wheel as green.

Why is green screen better than blue?

When Hollywood invented chroma key technology it used blue screens because blue worked better with 35mm optical film. But a video camera’s sensor is more sensitive to green than blue light. This results in the green video channel being less noisy. The amount of video noise, or the lack of, is important. If you have less noise in the green video channel then the chroma key software will be more effective at removing the green background.

What do you wear when filming a green screen?

Whatever type of green screen you opt for there is one important rule you must stick to. Do not wear anything green. If you do, your green jacket, blouse, or pants will be considered part of the green screen background and removed.

You will end up as a head with hands floating below and to the sides over your virtual background, probably not the look you were trying to achieve.

If you have to wear green consider buying a blue screen instead of a greenscreen. Of course, you mustn’t wear anything blue.

QUICK TIP: If you’re using a green screen don’t wear anything green. The chroma key software will treat your green clothing as part of the green screen and it will be replaced by your virtual background.

Another thing to consider is not wearing reflective jewellery and glasses.

In the case of jewellery, the reflective surface can reflect a little of the green screen. So when your software removes your green background those small green reflections on your jewellery will also be removed. The final result will be that parts of your jewellery will appear to have holes that show through your virtual background.

The same applies to eyeglasses, but for slightly different reasons.

Firstly, depending on the strength of the lens, part of the green screen can appear within the area of the frame of the glasses.

The second reason is that if your lenses have an anti-reflective coating any bright objects that would normally reflect through to the camera now appear faint but green. In both cases, the green screen software will remove the green and you end up with “holes” in your face.

Tosh Lubek runs an audio and video production business in the UK and has been using the Canon EOS R since it was released in the Autumn of 2018. He has used the camera to shoot TV commercials for Sky TV, promotional business videos, videos of events and functions, and YouTube creator content. He has also won international awards for his advertising and promotional work. You can meet him by visiting his “video booth” at HashTag business events across the country.

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