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Using Green Screen Techniques with Still Images

  1. Picture Postcards
  2. Storybooks
  3. Use later in "talking" app

Using Green Screen Techniques with Still Images - Tips and Tricks

  1. Take a picture of your students in front of the green screen then use an image editing program or app to replace the background image. Also use other items like puppets to change the point of view. Then write about the journey of the character and turn it into a postcard. See Hammy exploring Space in the pdf below.
  2. Transport your students into other locations and use the images for storybook pages.
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  3. Use Blabberize or apps like Chatterpix or FaceTalk and turn the images into interactive talking pictures.



Use with permission from Lindsay Foster

Software/Apps for Green Screen Techniques with Still Images


  1. Paint.net (Software Program Free)
  2. VSCD Free Video Editor (Software Program Free)
  3. Photo Booth (MAC and iPad)
  4. Green Screen Mobile Effects (GSMX) (iPad Freemium)
  5. Camera Magic (iPad Free)
  6. GS Wizard (iPad $4.99)
  7. Green Screen by Do Ink App (iPad $2.99)
  8. Veescope Live App (iPad $2.99)

Video Production Area: Green Screen Setup

  1. Pop Up Green Screen
  2. Bulletin Board
  3. Projected Image
  4. Shower Curtain
  5. Painted Wall or Board
  6. Fabric

Video Production Area: Green Screen Setup Tips and Tricks

  1. Pop Up Green Screens are portable and if you buy the reversible ones, can be used for both blue and green chroma keying
  2. Bulletin Boards can be covered with blue or green bulletin board paper. this will give you an area that is always setup but is not in the way during the classroom day.
  3. A projected solid green image can be displayed on walls, white boards, interactive white boards or any other clean surface. You can then place the background image of either the green or blue chroma key behind the students
  4. Shower Curtains can be hung on a handmade pvc rack, portable clothes racks or even on a curtain rod place along the top of a bulletin board or on a wall. This allows you to utilize the space for multiple reasons. Just pull the shower curtain when you are ready to create your green screen movie.
  5. Painted Walls are permanent. This would be a great option for an extra room in the school or a wall in the Media Center that will be used permanently for making multimedia productions using the green screen.
  6. Green Fabric can be purchased as most fabric stores and some department stores where there is a crafting area. One issue with fabric is if it is used and then stored. Fabric has a tendency to wrinkle and takes some time to have all of the wrinkles removed.

Images Courtesy of DEN friends: Sue Levine, Lindsay Foster, Jessica Felker Wheeler, Peter Panico, Chad Lehman,Margie Rogers, Carolyn W. Rains, Dorie Hoon Glynn, Dacia Penley Jones, Deborah Thonus,Susan McCutchen Bowdoin, Jennifer Wagner, Sonja Fehlmann, Heidi Morgan

Video Production Area: Lighting Setup

  1. Backdrop vs Actors
  2. Overhead lighting/Standard Classroom lighting
  3. Tripod Side Lighting

Video Production Area: Lighting Setup Tips and Tricks

  1. Backdrop vs Actors - If the background (green/blue) is causing issues with the "halo" around your actors, it could be because the lighting on the background isn't consistent. If you have a diffused light to the side of the backdrop, this may help. Also, try moving the actor closer or further away from the background. They could be casting a shadow due to the distance away from the back.
  2. Overhead lighting/Standard Classroom lighting - School buildings in general do not have the best lighting for this type of project. You will need to be aware of your surroundings and try different locations if you have no lighting options available to you. Are you directly underneath an overhead fluorescent light? Do you have skylights? Are you near a window that has no blind or curtain?
  3. Tripod Side Lighting - You can purchase tripod lights to assist with lighting of the background, actors or other areas of concern. These can vary in cost. I have had many teachers tell me that they added a simple stand alone light (the one with the dome that shoots the light up in the air) from a department store and that was sufficient. Other teachers have stated that they purchased a more expensive set up from various online sources.
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Tri-pod Light

Video Production Software Programs

  1. WeVideo - Online
  2. iMovie
  3. VSCD Free Video Editor Software (Windows only)
  4. TouchCast (BETA) for Windows 7 & 8

Video Production Apps

  1. Green Screen by Do Ink App ($2.99)
  2. Veescope Live App ($2.99)
  3. TouchCast App (Free)


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