Follow Robert through this YouTube tutorial as he demonstrates how to use our virtual sets, virtual studios, and green screen backgrounds with Adobe Premiere Elements. In this tutorial, Robert will demonstrate how to use a green screen with Adobe Premiere Elements using the chroma key feature. Should you need it, we included the transcript below for you to reference when creating and editing your own green screen projects.
Hey this is Robert and today I am going to use a green screen Chroma key in premiere elements. So first, start up Premiere elements and change your video setting to whatever you need, add a title to your project and click ok.
First thing you want to do is to drag your video project assets into your project. So, i am going to drag in 3 files for this project. The first file is talent shot on green screen. We also have a virtual studio news file and a b-roll footage file that we will use in the monitor of our virtual studio layer.
Next, drag your talent layer (which will be our top layer) onto the timeline. I am going to drag it above the other layers which will create a new video layer. Generally, if you have a footage file with a solid looking background, premiere elements will ask you if you want to apply a video merge to this layer. In this instance, we will say yes, and this will knock out the green in our talent clip.
The next layer we will bring down is the studio layer. So I will drag that down, and place it below our talent layer on the timeline on video layer three. Elements may ask you if you want to apply a video merge to this layer, but we will say no in this instance since we will apply a chroma key manually to remove the green monitor in this clip.
Our last layer is the b-roll footage clip, so click that and drag it below the studio layer on the timeline. It may ask again to apply the video merge, and we will click no once again.
First, I am going to rename the layers just so we can get a little organized on our timeline. So right click on the layer names and click rename to change the name of a layer. Call this one talent, the next studio and the last broll.
So, since we already have the green screen knocked out of our talent layer, I am going to apply a green screen chroma key to our studio layer to take out the green in the monitor to show the b-roll footage underneath. The same technique we use here could be used to knock out the green screen in a talent layer if you need to do that manually.
First, go over to edit, then effects, now do a search for chroma in the effect search bar. This will bring up the chroma key effect. Click that effect and drag it onto the studio layer in your composition. It may do some weird things to clip at first, but we will fix that in just a second. Right click on your studio layer and click show properties. This will bring up the clip properties where you can see the effects properties for the chroma key we just applied to the layer.
Right now, the chroma is set to remove white in the layer, which is why it is making the clip look weird. So, select the eyedropper button which will allow you to sample the green in the monitor of your layer so you can tell the effect to remove green from the clip rather than the white. You can adjust the slider to knock out more of the green and also to fine tune your key with different edge effects and that kind of thing.
You can see below that our b-roll footage is now peeking through our studio layer now that the monitor has been removed. Right now, the scale and position is off on the broll layer so we will need to scale and position this layer to get it into place. So click on the broll layer, click show properties and drop down the motion control properties for this layer. This will give you scaling and position control over the clip. So first, lets scale the clip down a bit, then you can position the clip using the position numbers. It may take a bit of effort to get it in the right position, just scale and move as you go to get the clip to go where you need it.
Once you get the clip in place, you are pretty much good to go. You can play through your timeline to see how everything is coming together. Now, just edit your footage and b-roll the way you need it and render out a final movie. Thanks for taking the time to watch this tutorial, see you next time.