Your Green Screen Footage Shouldn't Be Too Busy

Decades of psychology experiments have shown that the average human being can focus on only a few things at a time—beyond that, the person experiences sensory overload. This is a valuable lesson to keep in mind when you're shooting a TV commercial or YouTube video that has a lot of “moving parts,” including a green screen onto which you can project background footage.

When you incorporate green screen footage into your video, you need to strike the right balance between the action in the foreground and the action in the background. If the “live” portion of your video consists only of a narrator or talking head, then it will usually be okay if your green screen footage is bustling with action. But, if you have a bunch of actors running around in the studio, shouting their lines, your green screen background should be fairly static because, otherwise, the viewer may not know whether to concentrate attention on the background or the foreground, and the result will be a whopping headache.

Of course, it can be hard to tell how well your green screen footage complements your foreground action until you view the results in the studio. At that point, you can make strategic changes. At Gearshift, our green screen experts may be able to point out ahead of time when a particular piece of green screen footage is too busy or too static for the action transpiring in the foreground—and when you'll be better served by another piece of footage entirely. Questions? Call us today at 703-962-1270 to learn what we can do for you!

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