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Chroma Key in Adobe Premiere Pro: How to do Green Screen Keying

Those who are new to this editing world must be curious to know about what is the Chroma Key processing and how it is done. Chroma Key, also called a Green-screen key, is actually the process of replacing background color of a video with another desired background to make videos more appealing. Adobe Premiere Pro platform allows easy editing options for such type of changes with its great tool named as "Ultra Key". You can use this tool if you are using a version CS5 or later.

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If you are a beginner then you may find this task difficult on Premiere Pro platform. The complexity of this software tool may take all your excitement and the classic chroma key effect may turn out to be a complete mess. Don't worry! If you want to make eye catching videos with green screen then you can access many other user friendly tools. One of the best recommendations for beginners is Wondershare Filmora.

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The article below will help you to know about how chroma key effect can be used in Premiere Pro platform.

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Getting Started:

Here are few basic rules that users must follow if they want to develop their own green screen footage:

  • Shadows do not appear good in green screen videos so it is important to be highly careful while shooting feet of the actor.
  • Actors are advised to stand at least at a distance of 10 feet from green screen. It will help to avoid light spilling around their shoulders or other parts of body.
  • Add lights to background so that you can have smoothness for shooting. Also provide proper lights to the actors during drama.
  • Green backgrounds must have smooth appearance; prefer to use paint instead of fabrics as it helps to avoid unwanted folds and wrinkles.

How to Chroma Key in Adobe Premiere Pro

If you are ready to add Chroma Key effect into your videos using Adobe Premiere Pro platform then here are few easy to follow steps:

Step 1: First of all users need to import a green screen footage to Premiere Pro timeline and then get your video that you want to edit with your Chroma Key effect. To accomplish this task, simply go to File menu and then choose import option from drop down menu. It will help you to make selections for media files that are stored inside your computer.

Step 2: Now simply place your imported video clip that is going to replace the green screen, into Video 1 Track of the Premiere Pro timeline.

Step 3: It is time to place green screen containing footage into Video 2 Track of timeline, it will be positioned above Video 1 Track.

Step 4: Go to the "Effects" tab that is located next to the project tab and contains all your imported clips. Here you have to search for "Ultra Key" effect and drag it to the video clip containing green screen.

Step 5: In the "Effects control" tab, expand controls of Chroma Key effect from the arrow attached to Effects option.

Step 6: Now go to Chroma Key controls and choose the color picker tool from available options. Simply select the green screen area from background at preview window and within fraction of seconds this selected background will get replaced with the green screen of the video that is available in Track 1.

Step 7: In order to fine tune your green screen effect, use Choke, Highlight and Transparency controls from the Matte Generation option.

Step 8: Once you are done with all these settings then simply save you project.

Step 9: You have to render your saved project now.

Step 10: After rendering it, save your project again.

Video tutorial on how to do chroma key in Adobe Premiere Pro:

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Nov 22,2017 20:38 pm
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