Have you ever wondered how Christopher Reeves managed to fly in his iconic Superman movie? Well, all credit goes to a brilliant cinematic advancement called chroma key effect. The chroma key strategy is a process where the characters previously shot against a solid colored plain background (green mostly) are put into some special background effect later to create the desired catchy feel in the movie. You must have seen actors shot against collapsing skyscrapers or burning cars- all of these are actually the results of using chroma keying technical effect on the primary green background.
The good news is that much like the professional blockbuster movies you can also have the chroma key effect on your home videos. Yes, to help you out there are the green screen software applications that will enable you to assure very pro-like special background effects for your otherwise plain shots. Just shoot the video before some solid colored backdrop (say green) & use the green screen/chroma key software to make that background transparent. Now, add on the desired video clip, say a beach view or majestic mountains or lush forests, as the special background just like a blockbuster movie.
You would have to download & install the software on your computer. Make sure to take up a through the comparative study on different video editing software products before finalizing on the ultimate product. The one you take to should be backed by a strong healthy reputation in the market.
After you have installed the software on your computer, the next step is to import two media files, including the one with solid colored background & the other with a special background picture- into the software program. In case, you don’t have an appropriate clip for the special background layer in your own photo collection, you can derive them from the licensed video content sites.
After you have got both the files into your software program, it’s time to use chroma key tools to clear out the solid background color so that it gets transparent. If you can’t make the background fully transparent, get the closest shade possible. Then complete the chroma-key process by applying the special background effect to the original file. Finally, save the new video file which you can either convert to DVD or upload online on social networking sites or convert for a mobile device.
A Few Words On Chroma Key Effect On Videos
Chroma keying is one of the most interesting tactics to make an apparently ordinary video vibrant and catchier. Now, what does it exactly mean by chroma key effect? Well, chroma keying can be defined as the process deployed to separate foreground elements from the background one to ensure a special background. The effect is largely used in movies where you have the characters shot against some green screen (primary background) which then is replaced by some special background like scenic landscapes or burning cars or collapsing skyscrapers etc. Famous fantasy films -like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings- were all shot with chroma keying effect.
The best bit about using the chroma-key effect is that here you can easily put your characters into great make-believe situations and landscapes without the pricey cost of actually shooting before them. It ensures huge savings for the filmmakers where everything right from an exotic Hawaiian beach to the picturesque Switzerland landscape, could be created right inside the studio. In fact, the home-video hobbyists too can ensure such a special effect for their casual videos, right from the home. The chroma-key effect assures a fantastic blockbuster feel for your otherwise casual videos so that you can proudly flaunt it before your friends.
So, how to achieve the great chroma keying effect for your home video shoots? Well, you have got the chroma key software applications today that you would have to install in your PC to add on special landscapes or trendy effects to your bland green or blue screen shots. These are really easy to use and won’t call for any high end computing skills. Apart from the software, you would need two other media files for the operation. One is a shot against a solid colored background and the other is the media file with a special background effect. There are websites from where you can source licensed exotic backgrounds & interesting animations to insert as the 2nd layer background.
However, just remember to get your chroma-key software from a highly reputed brand since all such software applications in the market can’t always be compatible with you. Make sure to run a survey on 4-5 potential video editor software developer brands for a good comparative study. It’s advised that you go for an internationally acclaimed name, backed by positive reviews both from experts & users.
How to play NTSC American DVDs in Europe?
Are you looking forward to sharing your videos with your friends or family in Europe? Well, it must be mentioned here that to play American video in the European countries, you have to go for an NTSC to the pal conversion process. Yes, you must know that different nations follow varied analog TV encoding standards. United States follows the NTSC code (National Television System Committee) which is not followed in Europe. The European countries, on the other hand, follow the Phase Alternating Line or PAL format.
Thus, if your video is recorded in the US with NTSC camcorder, your European buddies won’t be able to enjoy it with their VCRs. It rings true for digital videos as well. DVDs recorded in the NTSC approach won’t run on PAL based DVD players. Hence NTSC-PAL conversion is an absolute necessity here which is made possible through the video conversion software programs.
First of all, you would have to download and install a video converter software in your computer. It’s advised that you go through a thorough comparative study between at least 5 potential video converter programs to find out the most compatible one for you. Check out the expert reviews and previous customer testimonials. The one you choose should be the most reputed of the lot.
After you have installed the video converter software in your computer you have to locate & add on the NTSC DVD videos you wish to convert, into your software program. In the next step, you will have to choose the PAL output video preset from the software. The best programs enable you to select from a wide number of presets. Once you have selected the preferred preset it’s time to start the conversion.
However, prior to commencing the conversion process, just remember to choose the folder for the converted files. The video converter software programs usually come up with something like the “Destination” tab from where you can choose your target folder for the converter PAL video. After you have specified the folder, click on the “Convert” tab in your software program to kick-start the conversion process. It’s just a matter of minutes and soon you would have your NTSC-PAL video ready and saved in the pre-specified folder. You can now burn the video straight to DVD.
The video converter software applications are very user-friendly and only require some basic computing knowledge.