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 The Reel Web 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?

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  • http://twitter.com/BrunoHug Bruno Hug

    Hi

    Great video, thanks. What editing program do you use ?

    Regards

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  • Nick Lan

    Laos

  • Cal

    One could also consider using "Shallow Depth of Field" if using a large sensor camera to soften the white background. Its a wonderful FX

  • Grant Crowell

    Tim, can you share what models of a soft box and fill light you use, along with the name of the background lights you use? I happen to use two soft boxes, so I'm wondering if it's worth getting a fill light and some backlights, or just be happy with what I got.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=170100766 Tim Schmoyer

      They're just cheap lights I got as a kit off eBay for less than $200. Nothing impressive. I'd experiment with some of your own lighting from around the house first. That's what I used for a while, actually (clamp lights from Walmart with a white cloth clipped over it to diffuse the light).

      I'm not sure you need a backlight with this because you actually want a bit more definition between your body's outline and the background. A backlight is usually used to create a "halo" affect to separate you from a darker background, but if you do that with a white background, it may just end up looking like messy and disappearing edges (if that makes sense).

  • Alan Lloyd

    Rather than softboxes, a less costly way of lighting an even background is Rosco or Lee Tough White Silk diffusion. It's (very) lightly scored to create lines running in one direction on one side, which spreads the light beam out at a right angle to the lines.

    Orient the lines vertically and the beams spread out horizontally, creating a very even light-field.

    I'd also double the white backdrop you used in your example, there was some green bleeding through on screen right toward the end - just a few seconds past the one-minute mark.

    Or you can simply use your greenscreen and fill it with a solid white field.

    (I do a lot of lighting and greenscreening for a number of things.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002694674772 Andy Deo

    Thanks! very useful