Experimenting With Green Screen

Green screen or Chroma Key is a film or video technique where one object is superimposed over another still or moving image. Some films today are shot entirely against a green screen background, with the actors later dropped in against footage that was made or taken elsewhere.

I’m using inexpensive Movavi software for this experiment. I bought two green plastic folders at Walgreens and taped them together. Then, I moved my hand across this green screen while shooting a video of it.

First video showing green screen from Thomas Farley on Vimeo.

I added this footage to what is called an overlay track in Movavi. It’s the top track you see in the photo below. I then added some footage of video I recently filmed at Red Rock.

A few clicks of controls in the Movavi program resulted in the video you see here. I now need to make or buy a larger green screen if I want to appear in front of moving landscapes, outer space scenes, or walking into a volcano.

The video you see below is not simply my hand in front of the computer monitor, it is within the film itself.

You can’t shoot yourself in front of a monitor because all sorts of weird halo effects occur. You’ll notice these in the video below because I shot that footage with my iPhone off the monitor.

Second video shot off of monitor with halos from Thomas Farley on Vimeo.

Now notice this footage, this is the final video, no shooting off the screen. Much cleaner. You can make a green screen as big as you want. Just get a tripod and some heavy duty green paper. Don’t move quickly or you will leave green traces as you see in the video. Photography stores sell complete kits including proper lighting.

Final product, not shot off of screen from Thomas Farley on Vimeo.

Green screen seemed daunting by the descriptions I read but the process is straightforward. I’m looking forward to more experimenting.

Out to Nopah (Again)

I’m leaving writing and most of social alone for now. My handle at Instagram is tgfarley if you want to check out some of my latest trips. 

Writing feels extremely unhealthy these days and I am much better when I can get outside and rockhound without having to write up everything about what I find and do.  I’ve done enough of that and it was enjoyable while it was enjoyable.

Here are two videos I placed in the public domain. You’ll find them on YouTube as well. I’ve written about Nopah countless times and you can find more photos of mine by looking up the Nopah Range on Wikipedia.

And here is some iPhone footage looking into the South Nopah.

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Baby Girl Mining Keeps Going!

The folks at Baby Girl Mining continue working their ground in their latest video. They are finding more gold and more evidence of an ancient streamed as they encounter rolled rocks. This is real small scale miner stuff, not some wildly dramatic gold series you might find on cable TV or the exaggerated nonsense you get from many YouTubers. Good luck to them!

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Map Videos Coming

I’ll take a stab at why certain hardcopy maps are still essential, providing a big picture view that a small screen cannot begin to give. For prospecting and traveling to new areas, maps like BLM’s Surface Status Management Maps (Status maps), still lead the way to new ground and new adventures.

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