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Camtasia: How to Add a Green Screen Effect

by Ivan

Hey all!

In this video, I show you how to add a Green Screen effect to your Camtasia videos. I made a Screencast-O-Matic video in the past (you can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtQCRXKXJZ0) so you can take a look and compare the two.

But as mentioned, Camtasia is a more professional tool that you would use for your more special videos. Screencast-O-Matic is more beginner-friendly but lacks many features Camtasia offers, at the very least the Green Screen effect capability.

The first thing you might be asking is “why green?”.

And the answer is that it doesn’t HAVE to be green. But the reason why green is so commonly used is because it’s a neutral color that doesn’t really match any other skin colors.

The idea behind a “green screen” effect is that you remove the color of your background and therefore only keep yourself.

So by having a very neutral color that doesn’t match anything else, this is easiest to accomplish.

The way we do this with Camtasia is pretty simple.

You would have your recording set up as per the previous video on how to record using Camtasia, and then go to the “Visual Effects” tab on the left-hand side.

From here, you would choose “Remove a Color” and drag it to the clip where you want to remove the color from – in our case the recording of me talking.

Ideally, the green screen background is ironed out and therefore the exact same color for you throughout. The more uniform the green color in the background and the less “kinks” there are in the screen, the easier it will be for you to remove the entire green from the background and have the “green screen” effect you are looking for.

In my case, that is not the case because I didn’t iron the curtain and the lighting is a bit different in different parts.

However the green screen effect will still work just fine because we can play around with our “Tolerance” and remove as much green as possible in the background.

In my case, my magic number is anywhere from 28% – 31%, which is where I see that all the green goes away and only I remain. But it could be different for you, and the more uniform your green is, the less you will have to increase the tolerance by.

But that’s pretty much it for setting up the green screen effect.

Once you do that, simply save the video as discussed, and you have officially created your first green screen video!

That’s it!

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