Chroma Key effect by Movavi

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How to Use Chroma Key Effect

Even if you are not familiar with this term, you have seen this effect on TV, when actors are shot against the green screen that later is replaced by burning cars, collapsing skyscrapers or landscapes of astonishing beauty. You can create your own video with the very same effect using the following simple tips. Just shoot your video in front of solid color backdrops, then download Movavi Video Editor and make this solid color transparent. Finally, add any background video clip. Get the power of the professional editing tool on your desktop!

Chroma Key effect: before and after

These simple steps will teach you how to use Chroma Key effect in Movavi Video Editor:

Step 1: Download and Install Movavi Video Editor

Download Video Editor for Windows or for Mac. Then run the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 2: Import Media Files to the Program

Step 2.1. Launch Movavi Video Editor.

Launch Video Editor and import two media files to the program: the first file – with a solid background color and the second one – with necessary background picture or video, which you want to add to the first file. Both files will be added to the video track on the Timeline.

By the way, you’ll find a wide selection of clips with solid backgrounds and interesting animations for second-layer video on VideoBlocks - our media partner site, which provides licensed video content at a reduced price. Click Add Stock Video (or visit the VideoBlocks page) to learn more about this option.

Step 3: Add Chroma Key Effect to Your Video

Step 6. Choose the right color that will suit your background and apply the effect

First, select the foreground video on the Timeline and start dragging it upwards. This will create an additional Overlay track above the main video track. Drop your foreground clip on the Overlay track and leave the background clip below on the main track.

Step 6. Choose the right color that will suit your background and apply the effect

Then double-click the foreground video. In the preview window, choose Chroma key from the drop-down list. Click the green box near the list and then click on the background of the video in the preview screen.

Step 6. Choose the right color that will suit your background and apply the effect

The color of the box is now the same as the background of your video. Adjust the Tolerance and Border smoothness sliders so that the background video is clearly visible. Finally, click Apply to complete the addition of the Chroma Key. Your blockbuster is almost ready!

Step 4: Save Your Movie

Choose the right way you want to save your video or share it right from the program.

Click the Export button and choose the option that best suits your needs: save as a video file, prepare for uploading to YouTube or Facebook, or convert for viewing on a mobile device. Then click Start.

That's all!

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