How To Use Green Screen Assets
A basic skill that lets you use tons of free/cheap footage easily
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I get DMs from people asking how to make x or y animation but when I dig a little deeper its not because they want to make animations, they want to make a video with a message behind it and the animation is helping to serve that cause.
No need to reinvent the wheel here.
Certain tasks require completely custom work or can be made from Motion Array templates, but for small accents like blinking arrows, a stick figure pointing to something, YouTube Subscribe popups, there are tons of small animations available as green screen assets from stock websites.
You can also find a lot on YouTube by searching “Royalty Free [SOMETHING] green screen”.
Just grab the video, replace the green, and layer it in with your footage. Today we will be working with this video, so if you want to follow along, grab this video now with the youtube to mp4 downloader of your choice.
Similarly, a lot of free and paid stock footage is filmed on a green screen background that you can replace with whatever you want, like this compilation of memes.
Today we’re going to cover how you work with this footage in software like Davinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere. If you use something else, it’s good to find out if it is capable of this compositing technique.
Suitable for beginners or non-visual people who have no idea where to start. Essential for pretty much everybody, even if you just want to add animated subscribe or follow buttons to your social media content.
At the least you’ll be able to throw together funny memes quickly. If you stack this technique with others like Masks, Mattes, various types of blending/blur, you can make some very impressive content.