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James BondaygeeCost of a good green screen.
by on Dec 14, 2007 at 5:56:58 am

How much does it cost to get a decent green-screen these days? One that rolls down nicely and extends outward on the floor 3 meters or so?

I hear refelecmedia is good but it's rather pricey.

Is green better than blue usually?



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Aaron zanderRe: Cost of a good green screen.
by on Dec 14, 2007 at 6:31:29 am


But seriously, get a base line on price at thats about the mid-ground, on guaranteed quality it may be worth it. Don't skimp now, good screen is CRUCIAL for time saving drag and drop preset keylight settings

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Dave LaRondeRe: Cost of a good green screen.
by on Dec 14, 2007 at 4:35:39 pm

[James Bondaygee] "Is green better than blue usually?"

In the realm of digital video, green is typically better, because the luminace channel of a TV signal -- the channel containing the most amount of detail -- is based on green. Then you'd need a keying plugin that can take advantage of that detail, like DV Matte Pro from DV Garage.

But the green-blue question really depends on what you're trying to do. For example, it would be a bad idea to put Kermit The Frog on a green screen. Similarly, you'd want to put the Blue Man Group on a green screen.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer

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beenyweeniesRe: Cost of a good green screen.
by on Dec 14, 2007 at 6:21:31 pm

Be wary of the cheaper muslin screens, every last tiny wrinkle will impact the quality of your keys. A good chroma key backdrop should be laminated to foam or some other backing material to keep it flat and wrinkle-free. These types of screens are more expensive but definitely worth it. Go to and search for "Matthews chroma key" to see some decent backdrops.

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Caleb ArmstrongRe: Cost of a good green screen.
by on Dec 14, 2007 at 8:23:27 pm

Best greenscreen I've ever used was a giant length of bright, bright green velveteen or velour that a friend of mine purchased from the local fabric store. And it only cost like $3.00 a yard or something like that. I'm not saying that it's the ideal solution for you, but we got great results from it, even with less than adequate lighting.

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Kevin CampRe: Cost of a good green screen.
by on Dec 14, 2007 at 10:38:22 pm

one problem with standard fabric can be the width... you'll probably need to hang a few side-by-side, and getting the seems to not be a problem can, well, be a problem...

but i will say that spending more time and money on lighting to over come a cheap green screen solution is often cheaper and produces better results than spending more money on a good green screen with poor lighting...

Kevin Camp
Designer - KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW

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