DIY Blue (or Green) Screen

Instructables has a post up today demonstrating how to build a cheap, portable bluescreen. The authors of the post have additional instructions on their own blog.

And if this is too upscale for you, you can use those cheap neon-green vinyl tablecloths they sell at dollar stores. I’ve not done this, but I’ve seen it done. It ain’t elegant, but it can work.

2 Responses to “DIY Blue (or Green) Screen”

  1. Chris Says:

    I did a blue screen once with one of those cheep vinyl table clothes. It works well enough, but the biggest problem is smoothing out the folds. If you can get that figured out, it’s a decent alternative!

  2. Mark Schaefer Says:

    Now that I read this article, it takes me back to the days when I did my 1st super low budget music video. I had no money and I was in the band and we shot at a public access studio. They had a big blue screen on the wall that they used to do Blue screens with. When I saw it, I couldn’t help but think it looked like those blue plastic tarps you can get at Home Depot. Their blue screen was only on the wall, but I wanted to be floating in space. BTW, I had made some low budget space backgrounds in Stratvision (mac). Wouldn’t you know it, it worked. The tech guy just had to tweek the settings on the blue screen machine thingy. The music video came out very good. It looked like we where floating in a fake ass space background with robots flying around! (man, I got to pull up that VCR tape) Now, 20 years later, I’m doing Green screen with my Mac Mini and Final Cut Express at my house. I always beleived I would have the power to do that at my house, I just didn’t know it would come so soon! Now, I have a movie studio in my garage! Viva new technology! Hmmm what was this rant about anyway! Oh yeah, bend your brain like a little kid and get things done for cheap!

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