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How to Setup and Use a Green Screen with OBS Studio

Hey, this is Sasha and today I want to share with you how to create a green screen effect in OBS. Whether you want to show yourself on a different kind of background or you want to be put in the corner of a website, this tutorial is for you.

The first thing that you need to be able to create this effect is number one a green screen or some kind of seamless screen. This could be a green screen, it could be a blue screen, it could be some sheets that are one seamless color. Typically they use green or blue because it’s opposite of our skin tone. Green for example is very opposite of human natural tones and the skin color. So green typically works out really well. In fact, also blue tends to work out quite well as well. You could choose something like this and the one that I typically use is the cowboy studio photography reversible pop out background panel. And I use this because it allows me to move it very quickly.

Simply if you take a look at it right here, you can see the edges on the side but that allows me to also use a different backdrop for some of the other videos and trainings that I do which is typically a gray based background. Which I also have a dedicated side of the room for standing up poses and standing up filming on my gray screen. But as far as green screen when I’m doing screen recording on the computer this backdrop tends to work out really well. You can move it really quickly, you can flip it around really quickly.

It’s very flexible and versatile but If you just want to just use a paint bucket and get some green color paint, you can also do that. You can even use some foam construction paper or even some display board paper from like a wall green or some Hobby Lobby type of store. But in either case as far as a good product is concern right here, this cowboy studio photography reversible pop up background is a pretty good one to go with. It’s a 5×7 and extended and it is reversible.

There are a few other that are a little bit more pricy, that are $83, there’s even some longer chromakey based sheets. You could try those out as well and I’ll like to a few of these products in the description of this video. By all means check this product descriptions right below this vdieo. In addition, the other thing that you’ll probably need is something like this cowboy studio photography or video based lighting system. Soemthing that has consistent lights and these are the ones that I used. They are basically a five bulb head which allows me to create more light or less light coming in from these different angles right here in these two areas to help light up my face a little bit better.

For you if you want to go with a different one, you could do that. One thing to pay close attention to is some of the other ones that heat up a little bit. They make a little bit of a humming noise or fanning noise to be able to cool those lights down. A link to a couple of different ones but make sure to do your own research base on your needs and your personal preferences. But the one that I’m looking at right now and the one that I have is temporarily out of stock. But any lighting would really do as long as they have like a soft box and more of a defuser based system that kind of covers the lights.

If you look at this lighting system right here, you could see that this is a one bulb right there output. it’s a little bit different than the one that I have but this one should also work as well. Keep in mind, you want something that’s a softbox which just helps spread the light a little bit out. Those are basically two main things that you’ll need along with the OBS studio software program which you can see right here on screen. And besides that you should be good to go.

Now as far as doing the technical side of things and signing it up in the software, the software that I’m using is version 0.659D and again I’ll link all these things at the bottom of the description so you could get it again. The OBS is absolutely free, so you could go ahead and go with that. I tried xplit in the past but the recording with it for me just didn’t seem to pan out and work out really well. So I’ve had better luck with OBS. Takes a little bit of time to get used to but once you’ll get the hang of it, it seems to be fairly seamless.

In order to create this green screen effect, obviously once you have the seamless background behind you, whether it’s green/ blue it doesn’t matter what color it is. Once you have it kind of behind you what you need to do is set up kind of layers on top of things. If you notice right here I have sources and then I have scenes, then you create a scene so the one that I”m using right now is the intro scene and then I have the different sources, so I’m using my GH4 camera to be able to use as a web camera. And then what I could do is put image or different images behind myself even monitors. Now you won’t be able to see it right now because we don’t have the green screen effect but what this allows me to do is hide this different layers, as you can see here if I hide that layer then there’s nothing there.

If I pop in the image layer, it’s right there. And then if I activate the web cam layer or the GH4 camera layer you can see that layer right there. As I resize this, you can see that the layers one is on top of the other. And that’s ultimately what layers are doing.

In order for me to hide for me the green screen, what you need to be able to do is you can go to right click or properties right here on that source. If you don’t have a source there you will right click and add a source. And again this would be a video captured device and then you would add it in and then it would allow you to select which video captured device this is right here.

Now I have a few different advises, I have logitech web cam C-920. I have a couple of those and I have an HDMI video for my GH4 camera. And that’s the one that I’m using right now. It’s already configured, I don’t need to do this but for you, you’ll just basically hit one of these dropdown right there and set that up and then you’ll go ahead and then you’ll do the settings like I have them right here.

Here it is the same thing properties and all I’ve done here really is flip horizontal image, just allows me if I point to the right, you’ll actually go to the right for me. Whereas right now on video it’s going to the left. So this just flips the image going the other way. You can of course flip it vertically, so there’s some different things that you could do in here but the important part behind this is ultimately what you’re doing is using the chromakey. Now, I’ve had a few different variations that I tried with this chromakey, you can see right away when I turn it on you can see that secondary background that comes in from that image layer that we’ve created.

For some people one of the ways to do this is if you hit select and then you choose a color that someone in the middle right there and start playing with these things if I start with let’s say zero on everything, you can see it’s not really green. As you start mopping things up, let’s say fifteen here, let’s get rid some of that green. And we go to twenty here, we go to 20 here, you can see that slowly things are starting to work. You have to play with your settings.

This is going to depend on your lighting, not everybody settings going to be different. If I got to forty-five on similarity, I go to fifty five over here, you can see how most of that is really gone. If you’re going too far, let’s just say I go 222, you can see I kind of look ghostly like. Again, it’s really about finding settings that kind of work for you and then making it work.

That’s one of the ways to do it, another way to do it that some people go is rather than selecting colors, they go right here to select a true green color and then what they’ll do is they’ll bumped it up to a higher level of green. When you see how this lays out for you this time. Soemtimes if you go a little too far, it will actually blend out the short here that I have as well, that depends on what you’re wearing how see through it is, how light it is. But as you start playing with things, you’ll get different effects. But that’s basically the two ways about doing it. You can also use just these arrow keys right there and slowly start blending this things out.

For some people, doing this true green and then blending it in will work well just depending on your color. For me what I found tends to work well selecting the color itself and then bumping these settings kind of down to around fifty level, maybe sixty level. And that seems to work out.

Now, what you can do is edit the scene, if you click edit scene you’ll have this box. If you move it, it will compress it but if you hold alt, it will go ahead and contract this edges and get rid of those. You could go ahead and do that and then move it either to the side. If you hold control and resize the corner you can make it smaller and there you go. You could go ahead and put the monitor on there and then go ahead and talk about whatever is on screen or you could go ahead and put the image on there. If you play video games as well you could do those kinds of things. Obviously it’s about finding the settings that work for you but that’s ultimately how I do it as far as putting together the settings and creating the green screen effect that works for me.

Again, I’ll put some of the links for these products in the description below. I do get an affiliate commission on some of them but you found this video helpful I would appreciate it if you would use the affiliate links.

In either case if you have any questions be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll try and help you out as best as I can but just keep in mind that some of these things are just playing with the settings. It should be too crazy or too difficult as long as you have your settings setup.

Thanks for joining me in this training video, if you enjoyed this one you want to see more training videos like this one then just click this thumbnail right here and you’ll continue watching and learning with me. But if you want to sign up to my newsletter list where I share with you some other insights about business training and evolving your business to the next level then go ahead and sign up to my newsletter list right over here and you’ll be taken to that sign up page.

In the end, remember do what you love, contribute to other people but most importantly live life abundantly. I’ll see you next time.

Resources & Helpful Tools

* Camera & Lenses *

Panasonic GH4 Camera
Panasonic Lumix G X 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens

* Audio Equipment *

Countryman B3 LAV Mic
Sennheiser EW 112-p G3
Blue Yeti Mic
Heil PR-10 Microphone
Scarlett Solo Audio Interface (2nd Gen)

* Other Equipment & Tools *

5x7ft Collapsible Greenscreen
Savage Seamless BG Paper
19" Ring Light

* Please note: some of the items listed below could and may be affiliate links **

 

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