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 8 best green screen software (free and paid) for Windows, or Mac. All these programs are capable of removing completely green background (and other color) in your videos easily without steep learning curve.
Being noticed that, you must have good quality green screen footage to make sure it works perfectly. In order to get perfect green screen videos, you’ll need to take care of your lighting condition, backdrop, your character’s clothes and so on. Once you captured great green screen footage, you can bring them into the video editor for removing green background from your footage.
Let’s dive into the detail now!
This is not a sorted list since I don’t know what kind of content you’re going to produce. Be sure to read my detail review of each program to know if it’s suitable for you or not.
8 Best Green Screen Software/ Chroma Key Video Editor – Free & Paid (2019 Updates)
ActivePresenter is an all-in-one screencasting software for Windows/ Mac. This program comes in handy when you need to make software tutorials, product demonstration, software reviews, and so on. With ActivePresenter, you can remove green background in your video (or any other color) with just a few clicks. Check out this tutorial to see how it works.
To learn more about this program, take a quick look at our full review of ActivePresenter here!
VSDC is a powerful video editor for Windows with lots of amazing features. It has everything you need from basic to advanced editing features. With VSDC, you can also edit 4K, 360 degree videos and export your project into various formats without any restriction. Green screen effect is just a small part of this program. It’s as easy to use as any other video editors you see on the market now.
In order to remove the color of your video’s background with VSDC, you’ll need to put that clip under the image or video you want to use as background. Right click on the clip, video effects->Transparency-> Background remover. Then you can use the color picker to choose which color to remove.
To learn more about this free video editor, take a look at our review here!
Filmora is one of the easiest video editors I’ve reviewed. It has everything you need from basic to advanced features. You can cut, trim, crop videos, add titles, special effects, filters and transitions and many other special effects right inside the program.
To apply green screen effect in Filmora, just drag your clip into the timeline, right click on it, choose Green Screen. Then you can pick up the color you want to remove, adjust the tolerance, edge thickness or border. Watch below tutorial to see how Filmora’s green screen effect works.
Filmora is compatible to both Windows and Mac. Its free version give you full access to all its basic and advanced features including chroma key. By the way, the output will be watermarked. To remove it, you’ll need to purchase a license at $59.95 for 1 machine. It’s an affordable deal compared to other expensive video editing suite out there. But, if you don’t want to pull out your pocket, keep on reading.
To learn more about this video editor, read our detail review here.
Movavi video editor is an easy-to-use video editing software with green screen effect you can try now. It’s very similar to Filmora and other classic timeline video editor on the market now. This program lets you cut, trim, rotate video, add text titles, callouts as well as applying filters and transitions easily. If you’re beginners, Movavi video editor is a great option to go too.
Using green screen effect in Movavi video editor is quick and easy. With a few clicks, you can remove completely this color background from your video. Like Filmora, it’s also possible to adjust the tolerance, noise, edge and opacity. The only drawback of Movavi video editor is its huge watermark on the output, and it does not have a free version. You can only trial it in 14 days. After this time, you’ll need to buy a license to continue using the program. It sets at $39.95 per lifetime license for 1 machine, personal use. To read our review of Movavi video editor, click here!
First off, Camtasia is an expensive video editing suite, i.e $249 per lifetime license, for professional screencast creators. It’s available for both Windows and Mac. No free version is available. You can trial this software within 30 days before you buy it. During this time, the output will be watermarked. For those of you who are a fan of freeware, this is not the program for you.
Camtasia includes everything you need to create stunning online training courses, product demonstrations and learning video for uploading to YouTube, Facebook or your own local host server. It has a bunch of basic and advanced video editing features including green screen effect/ chroma key. Like other expensive programs, using green screen effect in Camtasia takes less effort, fewer clicks than what you often do in low budget/ or free programs. All you need is import the clip to the timeline, drag and drop the Remove color effect on top of the clip, pick the color you want to remove, and it’s done. Take a look at this review to learn more about Camtasia.
Shotcut is another great free video editor with green screen feature that works on Windows, Mac and Linux. This program is completely free to use without any restriction. It’s supported by a huge open source community too. We believe that this software is a perfect choice for post production video as well as home movies maker. Applying Chroma key in Shotcut takes a little bit more time than above mentioned programs. However, it can do the work perfectly.
Frankly speaking, I am not a big fan of open source programs since they often lack of technical support and advanced editing tools. However, they are good options for those who are not ready to invest their money in video editing work. Before you go, just to make sure this free video editor can meet your requirements, read our full review here!
Lightworks is a professional film editing software for multiple platforms for years. Many Hollywood films were created by Lightworks. Its interface, workflow and feature rich video editing package made me surprised. For those of you who need a software that many filmmakers use, take a look at Lightworks. Lightworks free edition is available to use within 7 days as trial. The output is limited to 720p only.
To apply chroma key effect in lightworks, you can right click on top of the clip-> Effect->Add-> Chroma key. Then you can use the color picker to choose which color you want to remove. It’s a quick and simple process.
Davinci Resolve is a decent free video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. The program is packed with lots of professional editing features you may love to use. Green screen effect is only a small feature of this powerful program. It’s also easy to use too. However, make sure that you have a strong machine to run Davinci Resolve as it is not designed for low-end computers. Read my detail review of Davinci Resolve here to understand more about it.
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