[Review] 5 Best Green Screen/ Chroma Key Software (Free and Paid)

Green screen software/ chroma key effect lets you remove green (or blue) background from you videos by keying out a solid color in your footage. It’s a very common technique, which has been used in TV shows, weather forecast, and action movies. There are many different types of green screen software available on the market now. How to decide which one is suitable for your need? That’s what I come in today.

In this article, I will share with you 5 best green screen software (free and paid) which lets you remove completely green background from your videos in just a few mouse clicks. They are not only simple to use, but also very lightweight when it comes to editing videos.

Let’s dive into the detail now!

Editor notice: This is my personal idea about green screen software. My below list does not include other pricey professional video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final cut Pro, Hitfilm or Lightwork Pro as I think they are not suitable for you if your concern is about green screen effect only. Find them in this article!

[Review] 5 Best Green Screen/ Chroma Key Software (Free and Paid)

1. VSDC Free Video Editor

The first, and most simple to use green screen software you can use completely free is VSDC free video editor. This video editor lets you remove green screen background from your video by using its built-in background remover, integrated in VSDC’s video effect control panel. Like other programs, VSDC lets you select an area on your video to remove, and adjust the chromatic parameter to control the background.

VSDC free video editor is compatible with Windows 32bit and 64 bit. Its green screen effect is free to use. The output videos will not be watermarked in VSDC free video editor. If you want to add more chroma keys, you can upgrade to VSDC Pro version which cost $19.99 per license. Read more about VSDC in this article.

2. Filmora 9

Filmora 9 is another simple to use green screen software you can use to remove green background of your videos easily. This program is available for both Windows, and macOS. It’s easier to use than VSDC when it comes to green screen effect and editing videos. However, it’s not completely free like VSDC. Filmora 9 free version will leave a watermark on the output video. So, if you want a free green screen software, go ahead with VSDC. If you have budget for green screen software, try Filmora 9. Its lifetime license price is $59.99 only. Learn more about Filmora 9 at this article!

3. Camtasia

Camtasia is a pro-level screencasting software which is designed for making online training videos, how-to tutorials as well as different types of marking videos. Camtasia green screen effect is as simple to use as Filmora 9 I mentioned above. If you’re making YouTube by recording your computer screen, and your webcam with a green screen background behind you, Camtasia can help you do the job perfectly. Like Filmora 9, this is not a completely free program too. You can try Camtasia in 30 days and after this period, you’ll need to purchase a license to continue using it. A single license of Camtasia is $249 per lifetime. Read more about Camtasia here!

4. Lightworks (Free Version)

Lightwork is another easy to use, and lightweight video editing software which offers green screen effect inside the program. With Lightworks free version, you can remove green background color in your video and export to 720p quality without watermark. It’s a good option for those of you who are not able to learn how to use chroma key effect in VSDC Free Video Editor, and have no budget for Filmora9 or Camtasia. Read my review of Lightworks in this article.

5. ActivePresenter

Last but not least, is Atomi ActivePresenter, an all-in-one eLearning authoring software which I’ve been using for years. This professional program is designed for creating screencasting videos like Camtasia, and other pro-level eLearning authoring tools. With ActivePresenter, you can apply chroma key effect to remove any background color of your video quickly. If you’re online trainers, software reviewers, marketers who often make videos by recording your computer screen and webcam, ActivePresenter is no doubt a great option to go. Read more about ActivePresenter in this article!

There are many different kinds of green screen software available on the internet now. All you need is to find a program that meet your requirements. I hope this list can help you save your time and effort searching for green screen software. If you have any question about these programs, don’t hesitate to contact me any time.

Good luck!


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