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How to make green screen videos in Windows
Apple’s iMovie has a fantastic green screen feature built right in and is beautifully simple to use. I spent days trying to find video editing software that was even remotely comparable to install on my school Windows laptop. To save you the job, there just isn’t one.
But I want green screen stuff I hear you cry. Yes, me too. So...
There are video programs for Windows that do offer green screen functionality but their user interface is such a mess it negates any positives buying it would bring. Costs for those are generally $50 upwards as green screen is considered more of a pro feature. If you are used to the intuitive simplicity of iMovie then installing a whole new video editor that sucks anyway is going to be no fun at all.
Determined to find a solution, as my students love the tricks we can do with green screen, I went through all the green screen Apps in the apple store to find one that was quick and simple to use on my iPhone. The plan being to import that movie into my school laptop.
I did initially go through all the free versions but almost all provided no way of saving or exporting the videos without the in-app purchase. I’m sorry develoers but if your free demo doesn’t work I’m not going for the paid version. Chroma Key Studio Pro - Green, Blue & Pink Screen by iDevMobile Tec on the other hand is a delight to use and is just $2.99 from the app store. It's a universal App so works just fine on iPad too. Especially great value considering I was prepared to buy a $50+ video editing package just for windows just for that one feature.
It needs a little bit of planning to get great results, but in a nutshell:
Backgrounds: This can be a photograph or video you record on the iPhone. These can be taken with the iPhone camera or imported from the library. If you want to really go to town, with a video of a tropical island of example, then download a video of your choice from youtube then save that via iTunes into your phone. The app recognizes the move and will use that.
Next find your self a nice green sheet, or as I use, a large roll of green construction paper pinned to the wall behind me. At school I now record my green screen elements using this App then import those into Windows Movie Maker, and from there into PowerPoint Mix.
I'll put some example footage here up at some point, probably xmas. I thought I'd try and save you some heartache by posting this now.
Please feel free to link to any flipped classroom videos with green screen use below so that it can help inspire teacher professionals like yourself. Thank you - Tim