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Thursday, July 11, 2019

How to Create a Green Screen Video in iMovie

Creating green screen videos is be a fun way for students to share what they've learned through research about a place or event. Making green screen videos is also a great way for kids to make their own weather forecast and newscast videos. Through the use of green screen editing students can virtually appear in front of almost any landmark, appear on stage in front of an audience, or any just about any other place that they can find a picture or video of. If you're interested in having your students create green screen videos, here's my short guide to making green screen videos in iMovie.


Materials and Tips for Making Green Screen Videos

  • Your live action needs to be recorded in front of a green screen. You can purchase screens specifically made for this purpose or do what I do and head down to your local Walmart an purchase a queen size green bed sheet. 
    • If you do choose the green bed sheet option, make sure you stretch the sheet tightly enough to remove any wrinkles.
  • When it comes to lighting, the goal is to remove any shadows and cast an even light on person(s) in the video and on the screen itself. Again, you can buy lighting kits made specifically for this purpose or use a couple of cheap clamp-on lights like these that I have in my office.
  • Whenever possible try to have students use images and video clips that are in the public domain as the background for their videos. Pixabay and Pexels offer large collections of public domain videos and pictures. 
If you're interested in making green screen videos on Chromebooks or Windows computers, I recommend trying WeVideo. You can watch my video tutorial on using WeVideo to make green screen videos here