The best green screen backgrounds don't cost much, but they deliver a lot. Namely, the ability to change your backdrop when you're vlogging, streaming or recording video content, or having a meeting on Zoom or Teams.
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They can also be used in photography, especially if you create composites. For instance, you could take a portrait against a blank wall and make it look like it was taken in the Australian outback in a few clicks. So once you've chosen the best webcam or best camera for streaming and you've invested in the best microphone, consider a green screen to your list of kit. You might also want a blue screen background for when you're subject is wearing green.
These backgrounds come in all shapes and sizes, from collapsible ones that require a frame, to pop-up portables that fold down like reflectors. There are even some that hook onto the back of your office chair, which are great for Zoom calls. Read on to discover best green screen backgrounds available today.
Best green screen backgrounds
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This green screen background from Neweer is collapsible so can be taken anywhere with you. It folds down into a small carry case and pops out in a second. It doesn't have a stand but it does come with mounting loops on both edges so it can be attached to a background support kit or hung from a wall.
One of the biggest advantages is that it comes with a blue screen on the reverse, which is useful if your subject is already wearing green. It's also big enough to comfortably fit two people in front, which is ideal if you're recording an interview or if two people are co-presenting.
This green screen is ideal for anyone who now works from home and is frequently on conference calls or someone who games a lot. It attaches to the back of your office chair and is big enough to fill the area your webcam can fit in shot.
Whether you want to transport yourself to a different world or just want your background to look more professional, the Big Shot ensures everything around your head and torso can be easily changed. You'll just have to make sure you don't swivel too enthusiastically as it only works when you're facing the camera.
Already own a backdrop stand? Then this is the best green screen option for you, as well as being the cheapest! This muslin backdrop is huge at 6 x 9 feet, making it suitable for full-length filming, presenting and photography. The material is non-reflective, too, meaning that it plays nicely when using flash or other supplemental lighting. In addition, the set comes with four background clips to keep the material nice and taught, so you don't have to worry about wrinkles or draping.
If you're starting from scratch and don't already own lights or stands, this Chroma Key Kit by Emart provides a ready-to-go solution. The kit includes a muslin green screen that measures 2.6 x 3m, a backdrop stand with heavy-duty clips and lights with 7-ft light stands and white, shoot-through umbrellas. It also comes with a handy carry case so you can keep everything together and transport it easily.
If you shoot or film regularly, but don't want to leave your green screen up permanently, then this will be an absolute godsend. This collapsible screen pops up super-fast, and packs down just as quickly, which takes a huge amount of fuss out of the process of setting up your green screen each time. As is the case with many backdrops, it's taller than it is wide. But because it's free-standing, you can easily put two side by side to create a wider area. That's something that isn't easy to achieve with other large screens that require bulky stands!
If you're a streamer, this collapsible green screen is made for you. Its portable chroma key panel is optimised for webcam background removal, its durable fabric is wrinkle-resistant, and it's simple to set up: just lift and let the pneumatic x-frame automatically lock the screen in place. If you're short of space or travel a lot, you'll appreciate its compact size and aluminium hard case. On the downside, its width is narrow, which make not suit everyone's needs.