This week we got to play with ReflecMedia’s Chroma background kit
, and this thing is pretty wicked! Before we dive in, let’s talk about some basic green screen methods. If you have a bit of knowledge with Green Screen, it usually requires some additional lighting, specifically for the Green background. You try your best to light the background as evenly as possible trying to minimize shadow casts. All of this additional lighting (often large softboxes), lots of space, and this can all generate heat in the small room you’re working in.
The ReflecMedia kit may not be as good as a full green screen studio, but it makes quick and simple work of ‘green screen on location’. The ring light shines against the backdrop. The special background with glass beads reflect the light and it appears to be a very even distribution of Green (or blue) color. That’s very important to have an ‘evenly diffused color of green’. It’s effective at pretty far distances too as seen in the video example. You no longer need to light the background, just the subject. We managed to key out the background pretty well with just Final Cut Pro, and keep in mind we’re also not experts with this. We lit this piece using the cheap softboxes found below.
The price is a bit high for most green screen hobbyists, but there are some huge benefits if you’re often doing green screen location shoots. The entire kit packs up fairly small, and you only need to be concerned about lighting for your subject. There is also a kit with a very large Pop-Up background which doesn’t even require backdrop stands. Just lay it up against a wall, which makes this whole kit even more portable. We’ll be doing more tests with the ReflecMedia soon, but it can be found on eBay (click here).
ReflecMedia Chroma Light Ring Bundle Kit
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