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How to Use Chroma Key Effect

The Chroma Key effect is a fan favorite for the lion’s share of our users who are into either blogging or streaming as it allows them to morph into a floating head of joy and entertainment in a matter of clicks.

Simply speaking, the Chroma Key effect allows a person to make their background transparent while either streaming or recording. This way a significantly smaller portion of the screen’s real estate is obscured by the rectangular camera frame.

That said, software alone can’t pull off the effect. You’ll need to invest in a sole-colored material you’ll use as a background.


The step-by-step guide for adding the Chroma Key effect in Animotica

  1. Start a new project and add the clip you’d like to edit.

  2. Select the Overlays option, then click on the Add Photos/Videos button.

  3. Pick a video you’d like to add the Chroma Key effect to. It has to have a sole-color background.

  4. Now mash the two videos together. Make sure that you’ve adjusted the starting and ending points of the effect and that the overlaid video (the one with the effect) is on top.

  5. Click on the Chroma tab and turn it on.

  6. Choose the background color.

  7. Finally, adjust the tolerance with the slider to make sure that the background has disappeared.


Important notice:

Important notes: You can ONLY apply Chroma Key as an overlay to photos and videos. Even then, there are several specific requirements for movie magic to work.

For once, the quality of the video has to be exceptional, otherwise, the edges of the sole-background will stick out like a sore thumb.

On the bright side, we don’t demand a green screen as the background. Animotica is a pretty smart piece of software. It knows more than one color so feel free to hang that white bedsheet and kick start your professional gaming career on YouTube.

That said, wearing a white T-shirt would be a terrible idea. In general, you should avoid the clothes that are of the same color as your background. You don’t really want to be a floating head, do you?

Chroma editing

Animotica also allows you to edit the videos shot with the Chroma key effect from the get-go. Simply click on the Adjust tab to edit:

  • Brightness on a scale of 1 to 100

  • Contrast

  • Saturation

  • Sharpness

  • Temperature

  • Tint