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GREENSCREEN Tricks WITHOUT Using a Greenscreen (Premiere Pro)

December 8, 2019


This video is brought to you by Storyblocks A green screen is a very popular
tool in films to composite different shots together
and create an illusion or visual effect. However, you don’t always need
an actual green screen to create one of these effects. [Cinecom’s intro music] Hey folks, Jordy here for cinecom.net
and it is Creative Tuesday. A weekly series where we think
outside of the box and share some exciting filmmaking tips. We work a lot with green screens
on the channel, sometimes it’s a huge fabric
to cover an entire car. Other times it’s a simple piece
of green paper, which fits in a cabinet to create the illusion
that a camera flies through a mirror. And that’s where we are gonna
take a look at further. We are going to use all kinds of materials
to create a fun editing illusion. But you know what is not an illusion,
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link in the description below. Starting off with the first green screen trick. For this you’re gonna need
a phone or a tablet. Download an all green image and
set it to full screen on your device. Important now is that you’re
gonna film from a tripod, as we’re gonna put two shots
on top of each other later on. Film yourself taking a specific pose
and try to remember that. Then you or a friend can wave
that tablet in front of you. After that, keep the camera rolling
and remove your clothes. You could also wear something different
or put a doll or skeleton where you stand. And that’s the only thing you’ll need. Jumping into Premiere Pro, you simply
place your normal shot on track number 2. From the Effects Library, search for
the Ultra Key and apply that to the clip. Use the Color Picker to remove
the green from the tablet. This will leave an empty black hole,
since there’re no layers underneath. So next up, simply take out your naked
shot and place that in track number 1. And since you’ve filmed everything from
a tripod, these two shots line up perfectly. And there is your ‘see-through
clothes device’. [Music] -Yannick? What are you doing? Yannick, damn it! You sick bastard! I’m sorry you had to see that. Yannick could have also picked
out a pretty girl, but we thought about our female
audience today. Last year we showed you guys
how to mind-control objects and make them float through the air. We’re gonna do something similar, which
is actually gonna be a whole lot easier, which we should have thought
about back then. Anyways, take a green straw and stick
that to the back of your desired object. In our case, a €10 bill. Again, film that from a tripod and
let someone else pick up that bill and make it float to you while you are
making mind control movements. When you’re done, step away from the
shot and let it capture an empty space. Then in Premiere Pro, you put
the empty shot in the bottom and the floating object clip on top. With the top clip selected, head over
to the Effects Controls, Opacity and from there click on the Pen tool. You can then mask around your body,
who’s holding that bill, and when you’re done, go back
into your mask Properties and click on Invert. Then enable animation for the
mask path and adjust it over time to make it follow your object. And since we’re working
with that green straw, you can do this pretty rough and quick. When you’re done, apply the
Ultra Key effect like before and select the green straw to remove it. [Music] Moving on to the third
green screen effect! For this one you wanna print out
a green piece of paper. Of course you can also buy green paper
or use anything else that is green. First film a monitor, again
from a tripod. Then remove that monitor
and change your background. You can also hang
a fabric behind you. As for that green paper,
stick it to a box that is as high as the bottom
of your monitor. Then place a mug or a glass
in front of that green screen. You now wanna sit behind that table
and act like you’re in that monitor, but suddenly you decide to drink
with a long straw from that mug. And this is by the way inspired
by Zach King, who does tons of these editing illusions. Going back into Premiere, place
your monitor shot on the bottom and on top of there,
the green screen clip. Select the clip on top and go
into the Opacity property, I’m going to lower it to 50%, and
this allows me to see through the clip. Now you wanna reposition that clip, then align your green screen to
the bottom edge of the monitor. Next, I click on the Pen tool
from the Opacity property and draw a mask around
the edge of that monitor and roughly inside of the green screen. When you reach the muck you want to be
more specific and draw around it. Then change the opacity back to 100, apply the Ultra Key effect to the clip
and remove the green. And that’s it. -Hey Jordy!
-Hey Yannick! -I’m working on a cool new app,
you have to see this. But first, let me get my iPad. -No, Yannick, I know which kind
of apps you develop. -Damn it! You know what?… …gonna steal your drink. And this brings me to the last trick, which is inspired by the Apple
iPhone XS commercial. Like before, film yourself from a tripod, but pay attention to the
height of the camera. It’s currently at my eye level. Then take out your desired pet, baby
or anything else that is small. Now I’m using a blue shirt, which
I’m taping to a small bench. Which I can now put my cat on. From a smaller height I’m also filming
the cat at eye level. And now it seems like the green key
-or the blue key in this example- is gonna be pretty straight forward. But we’re gonna run into some
complications which we’re gonna fix. But first the easy part,
you take your normal shot which goes into the bottom
of your timeline. Then on top of there goes the cat. With it selected, head over
to the Opacity property, click on the Pen tool and draw
inside of your green or blue t-shirt. Then apply the Ultra Key effect
and remove the blue, in this case. Now, simply reposition or scale
your pet onto the right spot, and if you payed attention to filming
at eye level, the perspective should match. And here comes the issue, we’re missing
an important thing, which is the shadow. For that I’m gonna move my cat
one track higher. From my Project window, I’m
gonna create a black solid and drag that underneath the cat. With it selected, go to the Opacity
and take the mask Pen tool. You wanna draw on the floor,
now just underneath your pet. The reason I’m not using
a Drop Shadow effect is because we don’t want shadow
behind the cat, only underneath. When you’re done, feather
the mask a bunch and play around with the mask expansion
and the opacity of the layer itself. Find something that looks natural. [Music] And that was it again for this
week’s Creative Tuesday! Now a little reminder, we’ve recently created a brand new
class about lighting for video. And the responses that we’ve already
received so far are incredibly positive, which we are very happy about. If you’d like to check that out too,
you can try that yourself, two months for free at Skillshare through a link which you can find
in the description below. Now thank you so much for watching,
thank you Storyblocks for the support. Make sure to check those
guys out as well! But the most important thing of all: Stay Creative! -We can’t get the cat to sit
on the blue t-shirt. -I got him! Now the trick is to make him sit still
on the blue t-shirt. Are we going to cooperate? I don’t think so.

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