Every week we aim to provide a producer tip for video producers, a short and simple lesson that we hope you find useful in your own video creation efforts. For this week's producer tip we're going to go behind the scenes of for a little bit and show you how to make a nifty little infinite white background like you see in our videos.
Creating An Infinite White Background For Video
There are many different ways to achieve an infinite white background depending on what kind of editing software you have, what kind of camera you use, how good your lighting is, and a whole bunch of other different variables.
For today's producer tip, we're going to show you the method I use for all of our Reel Web videos:
- I have a white sheet as a backdrop, but you can use a white wall or anything similar, but try to avoid backgrounds that are reflective.
- I set up two lights casting light onto the background, to avoid shadows from the main lights.
- Find the color-correcting filter (or whatever it might be called in your editing program) and boost the whites and the mids a little bit until the background disappears.
Be careful with this method, because you can easily make the video very grainy if you boost the whites and the mids too much.
And there it is... how to make an infinite white backdrop for your videos on the cheap.
Tell us what you think..
Do you like the look of a white backdrop for videos like the ones we're doing? What types of backgrounds do you think work best for news related video content intended for the web?
For this week's creator tip, we're going to go behind the scenes of the ReelWeb a little bit and show you how to make an infinite white background like you see behind me.
There's many different ways to do this depending on what kind of editing software you have, what kind of camera you have, how good your lighting is and a whole bunch of other different variables but this is how I do it. I'll back up a little bit for you. I have a white sheet hanging up here, you can use a white wall or anything like that and I have two lights right here and over there. And that casts light onto the background so that my key light and my fill light back here, my umbrella light, aren't actually casting shadow on the background.
This is what my setup looks like, you can use pretty much anything that's white just as long as it's not too reflective. Find the color corrector filter or whatever it might be called in your program, just going to boost the white and the mids a little bit until the background disappears and voila, there you go, white background. Just be careful of this method because you can easily make the video very grainy if you boost the white and the mids too much.
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