Dean Shareski Teaches us How to Use Green Screen

Link to Dean's Viddler Video

Dean Shareski‘s keynote captivated my two classes. Many of them commented on the wiki, and Dean did a great service to all of us by sharing how he did the Flat Classroom keynote (and blogging it.)

This is great, because he has modeled and shown them the power of asking and collaboration and connection! Dean, you are great!!

If you're using video at all, this is a must see. I don't have any money in my budget, but somehow I'm going to figure out how to get Adobe Premier elements or Pinnacle Studio (I have 10 but would have to buy an upgrade) and a green screen. I want to do this!

And he even showed how they can green screen and put both of them on the same screen. Now wouldn't that be cool.

Thanks, Dean! You inspire in so many ways.

I wish I wish I wish I could do green screen. How?

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Pierre October 31, 2007 - 5:34 am

You can use a green screen using Pinnacle Studio 10, you just need a smooth green cloth (you can change the color you’re using in Pinnacle Studio) and good enough lighting.
The steps are the same as shown in the video.
So go ahead and have a go! :-)

achivetta October 31, 2007 - 2:57 am

Leopard has a very cheep backdrop effect that you can apply in photobooth while taking videos. Cheep, not great quality but VERY easy.

At my school, we bought a can of chroma key blue paint ($50-60) this summer and went to town on a helpless wall. Add in two cheep photo lights and you have the makings of a very basic studio. The hastily put together instructions I made for our students are here (for FinalCut):

Jim Dornberg October 31, 2007 - 8:36 am

Vicki, are you sure Pinnacle 10 doesn’t have green screen aka chroma key? Also, as far as a green backdrop goes, I once used a $2 bright green plastic tablecloth and it worked pretty well. If you don’t see any in the stores now, just wait until St. Patrick’s Day.

meyerisland November 6, 2007 - 2:29 am

Great video Dean.
What does anyone suggest for mac users? I’ve tried a number of green screen plug-ins for iMovie, but never really had any success. Any other ideas? I recently bought a mac book but haven’t had time to try and figure out final cut express, having 5th graders, I don’t have anyone with the technical expertise that high school students might provide. Help anyone?

Mathew February 10, 2008 - 11:55 pm

@meyersisland Final Cut Pro is what we use on a mac and it’s green screen filter is terrific.

Mathew February 15, 2008 - 10:08 pm

Thank you for this article it has been included it in the Digital Storytelling Blog Carnival.

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