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Why You Should Consider a Portable Green Screen

If you dabble in video production, or even if you are a seasoned professional, you owe it to yourself to give a portable green screen a try. Often overlooked, it’s one of the best ways to make your workflow easier. Much like the screens your local weather reporter uses, these portable options let you insert yourself in front of any backdrop image you choose. They couldn’t be easier to use. Place the screen behind you (or whatever is being filmed), start the camera, and you are done. Later, software can be used to replace the green background with the image or video you select.

When Choosing a Green Screen, Make it Portable

Portability will pay great dividends in your production process whether the screen is to be used as a simple webcam backdrop or a professional background. It’s not too difficult to find a portable screen if you shop around a little. If you find yourself needing to film at a moment’s notice in a poorly lit or otherwise difficult location, having your green screen with you will definitely come in handy.

A Portable Green Screen Is Convenient

Such a screen will also help you be much more flexible during production. Put yourself in the shoes of a traditional cinematographer, and imagine how nice it would be to have any background at all in your film without having to create a new set. You can effectively involve multiple locations in your film. What’s even better, it can be done from a single filming spot. You also save yourself the hassle of needing to arrange trips to various spots just to find a different backdrop.

Your Wallet Will Thank You

Of course, the most obvious benefit of using a portable backdrop is the amount of money they save. It’s also possible to accomplish this without skimping on quality. You can also save significant amounts of time, since you can potentially shoot just one video, yet apply numerous backgrounds to it. It’s hard to overstate how annoying it is to have to film the same action in multiple places. You also avoid the difficulty of reproducing the exact conditions more than once. Needless to say, there are various other problems you can eliminate, including inclement weather or availability issues with your favored venues.

Need Consistency? No Problem

Continuity issues are a notorious problem in filming, and this is another place where green screens shine. If you have several locations, the potential for inconsistency goes up even more. Not having to move to a different place means that it’s easier to keep your environment consistent. Lighting is another area that is aided by these screens. In general, you’ll have more fine-grained control of your video’s visuals.

As you can see, portable green screens can be indispensable. When you use them with the right mindset, you can significantly improve the efficiency of your work without reducing its quality.

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