Green Screen Made Easy in Camtasia

August 15, 2013 · 15 comments

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Green Screen Made Easy in Camtasia

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Green Screen Magic 
With Camtasia! 

 

Green Screen is the video “magic” of removing the background from an image so you can put other backgrounds in it’s place. Formerly only a tool of the Hollywood elite, now even you and I can add Green Screen effects in a snap!  

Green Screen effects are a new feature in Techsmith’s Camtasia for Windows version 8.1. (A similar tool is also present in the Mac version 2.1)

“Easily superimpose yourself into your videos and make it appear as though you’re inside of your presentation, floating through outer space, or on a beach in Florida. Camtasia Studio’s new green screen effect, called Remove a Color, gives you the power to create videos that make an impact.”

While this second video is geared at the Mac users, it gives a few examples of what you can do with Green Screen to help inspire your creativity. 

Here’s a super quick video, by the team at Techsmith, to show you just how easy they’ve made it! 

This feature is not available in versions of Camtasia before 8.1 so if you have not upgraded, now is certainly the time!

You can find numerous green screen backdrops, affordably, on Amazon, but I recommend the pop-out green screens from the  CowboyStudio collection since they are small, light weight, and fold up nicely. (They are the ones you see in the video above as well. 

Do you use Camtasia? 

~ Kim ~
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Amrik Virdi August 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Hello Kim,

Thanks for the amazing tutorial. You have explained everything about green screen effect. Previously I was using Ulead Video Workshop for making green screen effects for my personal projects. Let me try this now and I will let you know my experience soon.

Regards,
Amrik Virdi

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Dr. Erica Goodstone August 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Kim,
I have not yet used Camtasia. And my videos could certainly use improvement. I may need a new camera, new mike, new lighting – and – Camtasia. First step is to monetize a few other things and then start Camtasia. That green screen is so important.

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Babanature August 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Hello Kim,
I am using camtasia and to be honest with you, it is one great editing software i have used for my youtube videos. This new feature will definitely help alot, i better upgrade mine.

Thanks for sharing this with us and do have a nice weekend :)

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Lesly Federici August 16, 2013 at 6:01 am

I LOVE Camtasia. So glad I purchased it. It is so much easier to use this latest version and the Green Screen – wow, you can have a lot of fun with this as I’ve had lately. I think it’s a must have for your business.
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Donna Merrill August 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hey Kim,
Thank you so much for showing me this. We are moving soon and were going to paint a wall in our office green. Really!
Now I don’t have to. I have been doing tons of videos and they are in the “can” but now I can have more fun and also look more professional.
Best part for me is I don’t need to create that backdrop!

-Donna
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Jupiter Jim August 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Kimberly,

I absolutely LOVE the way you always keep up with the latest technology! I shoot all my video tutorials using Camtasia so this, of course, is great news! The thing I really love, though, is the link to the pop-up green screens!!! How helpful is that!

Thanks for sharing!

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Marty Diamond August 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Great idea – Yes I use Camtasia – and I’ve been wondering how people did the “weatherman” routine in their videos – talking & having their points show up on the side while they point to them and now I know – thanks to you

Also great link to the Camtasia Green Screen – it’s wonderful – my only problem is I don’t use it as much as I should :)
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Cherrie Bautista August 18, 2013 at 12:25 am

I haven’t used Camtasia yet and was thinking of purchasing one. I am using screencast-o-matic for now. The green screen is awesome, with all its amazing possibilities. Thanks for the tutorial. I will surely visit this again once I’ve finally made the purchase.
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Justin Rash August 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

Awesome, I am looking to get into video more. I just began learning to use an email based video production system and this looks just like what I need to spruce it up some. Great stuff as always, thanks Kim.
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Robert August 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

Great article. With camtasia it look like we can ditch expensive adobe for easy blog video creation. Just wanted to add the camtasia is different in mac and pc versions, anyone knows if green screen is available on mac too?

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Kim Castleberry August 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

Yup, see my note above that it’s available in Camtasia 2.1 for mac. :)
Kim

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David Merrill 101 August 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Green screen is a great way to make your videos pop.

Videos are still one of the best ways to get your readers and visitors to stay on your site longer, and interact more robustly.

Anything you can do to enhance the look and feel of your videos will go a long way in your personal branding campaign, as well as your SEO rankings.

Green screen technology really makes video production more creative and fun to do.

Thanks for the tutorials here, Kim.
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Ryan Biddulph August 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

This is so darn cool Kim, although I can do the tropical background for at least a few months each year in person ;)

Astounding tech availed to us, don’t you think? Amazing!

I use YouCam. It came with the laptop I purchased in Vietnam so I go this route but might upgrade in the near future.

Thanks for sharing!

Ryan
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Amrik Virdi August 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Hello, I am back and I would like to share my experience about camtasia. The software is amazing and it allow me to add Green Screen effects in a minute.

Everything seems easy and simple.

Thanks

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Christian B August 22, 2013 at 4:57 am

Hi Kim,

(I’m a producer with a small film studio in Denmark.)

We use relatively expensive gear (screen and lighting) and pretty high-end software (After Effects etc.) for our green screen work. But I think it is fantastic how far we’ve come in the “democratization” of previously expensive, complex, and quite frankly inaccessible Hollywood techniques. It’s the same thing that happened with video recording in the 1980s and 90s and with DSLR video in the past 7-8 years or so. More power to Camtasia!
- Christian

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