TIKTOK: Green screens were once only available to those who had access to, well, a green screen. Allowing creators to superimpose a photo or video onto a background in a film or video has been around for a long time. Traditionally, this entails placing the subject behind a huge sheet of (typically) green material. Because of the solid hue, it’s simple to digitally delete it in post-production and replace it with whatever image or video you like.
Green screens have now gone digital as a method to conceal backgrounds in meetings or produce entertaining videos for social media. TikTok has taken this concept and run with it, producing an effect that accomplishes much the same thing within the app.
While it isn’t as sophisticated as a standard green screen, it does the job and allows the creator to remain on-screen while giving the viewers an image in the video’s background.
Here’s how you can do it in TikTok:
- Tap the + icon in the bottom center of the screen to create a new video.
- Click “Effects” in the bottom left corner.
- Choose “Green Screen” from the menu.
- Browse all of the Green Screen effects and decide which one best suits what you want to do with your video.
The most common effects used are the simplest: they add a photo or video to the background that stays in place as the subject moves around the frame. But there are others that you can try that get pretty creative. You can add an image as a sticker that can be resized and moved around, or you can superimpose an image over your clothing to change your look. There’s even a feature to add parts of your face to a photo just in case, say, you want to pretend your dog can talk.