Green screens used to be reserved for those who had access to a green screen. This method has been around for a long time, allowing creators to overlay a photo or video onto a film or video background. Traditionally this means using a setup that has a large sheet of (usually) green material behind the subject. The solid color makes it easy to digitally remove that color in post-production and add the image or video that needs to be there.
Today, the idea of green screens has gone digital as a way to hide meeting backgrounds or create funny social media videos. TikTok took this idea and exploited it by creating an effect in the app that essentially does the same thing. While not as polished as a traditional green screen, it still gets the job done and allows the creator to stay on screen while showing the audience an image in the background of the video.
The effect is a great way to spice up a video and provide an interesting visual. I use it regularly on Means I/O of TikTok so that the public can see any object or subject that I discuss. While I generally rely on the basic green screen option, which adds a photo to the background, there are plenty of different effects to choose from.
Here's how you can do it in TikTok:
The most commonly used effects are the simplest:they add a photo or video to the background that stays in place as the subject moves through the frame. But there are others you can try that get quite creative. You can add an image as a sticker that can be resized and moved, or you can overlay an image on your clothes to change your look. There's even a feature to add parts of your face to a photo in case, say, you want to pretend your dog can talk.
The options are limitless once you use a little imagination.
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