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How to add Chroma key (green screen effects) to a movie for FREE 2

video How to add Chroma key (green screen effects) to a movie for FREE 2
NOTE: The video above is at low quality, so I recommend you download the high quality video here. And if the link is broken, please report.

My previous tutorial showed how to use a free software called WAX to add chroma key (green screen effects) to your movie. WAX, however, had many problems. People we're complaining that this and that didn't work, something screwed up, etc.

So I looked for a better and free video editing software, and found T@B ZS4 (download it at the downloads section of the site). I was amazed at how great the program was. The input/output compatibility was large, it had several more features than WAX, and definable output quality.

But the best part is, it's got a higher quality Chroma Key plugin! And, also, a Key Smoother plugin to make your video look real professional in quality!

You don't need to be a computer nerd (... like me...) to use this program, just follow the video tutorial.
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The link to the high-quality version of the video doesn't appear to work.

Is it free
The link to the high quality video is broken. Nice instructable by the way!
cereira3 years ago
Can someone tell me what files this suports, cos my videos are not showing up on it.
i downloaded this for my mac and its not good haha, it wont even load the video, dose anyone know of a good free greenscreen program for mac?
 T@B ZS4 has an OSX version at www.zs4.net/download
d1ndian5 years ago
hei can u please tell me how and where to get some full green scree effect softwares for free........this ones - adobe after effects , sony vegas etc.....or please someone tell me where to go for full free adobe after effects software .............thanks
Well... The problem is that they are all expensive. And they are expensive for a reason. If thay were given out for free, the companies would lose a lot of money, because of the developing cost.
Let me put it this way: would you like to be ripped off of $900+?
I could, but they no longer work. Adobe saw a youtube video on how to download CS4 for free, and they made a program that sniffs out the false programs, the moment they connect to the internet. Tough luck.
*ahem* Would that not be illegal?
miimaster24 years ago
can you cut AROUND a picture for the part you want transparent...like a person with a multi color background...can u make ALL the colors transparent? Please respon to this at my email...(miimaster2@gmail.com) becuz i hardly ever come on...tahnx in advance
-Mii Master
Antonella++4 years ago
I have a little problem.... i've putted a background video... but is shorter than the greenscreen one... what can i do?
 if the background video is still, then you might as well make it a picture or just copy it and paste it so it loops. otherwise, you have to either refilm the background or cut down the foreground
sniper69jr4 years ago
i think wax is easier and simpilier

knoxarama4 years ago
i'm not a fan. Almost nothing worked on it, everything did something else than what happened on yours, and i just can't find the problem.
mmould034 years ago
Kudos. I've been looking for a good, FREE, chroma key solution and this is absolutely it. Great video; high quality or not, it was simple enough to follow and certainly got the job done. Thanks so much for sharing.
can you use blue screen with it ( a blue cover perhaps?)
Yes, you can use a red screen for that matter. In the video he shows a step where you select a large portion of the background (green in his video) but no matter what the color, it will work. Mind you if you use a blue screen and you're subject is wearing anything blue, that part of them will be transparent and show the background image/video in its place.
saxman124 years ago
ok so the background goes for a while but then goes back to the green screen what do i do?
Great job! The video is very good, the quality is okay I guess, but I can still get what you mean, nice job!
I tried to install it but it didn't work.
where can i download it???
come on, you cant simply read to the third paragraph? lazy??
piratetom955 years ago
only my import shows, the mediamixer is just a black box on the right, on top of the imported video, this video is confusing, could you sum it up for us....? thanks
erikals5 years ago
Could not load one of the .dll files it required so had to abort installation. Sorry about the negative comments, just how it is. Can anyone else suggest another program for chromakey other than WAX?
Rockerx6 years ago
Do you by chance go or are a member of Indy Mogul.com? Both of these programs are recommended there.: )
That was exactly what I thought when I saw these two ibles!
you like Indy Mogul?
Extremely!
Sweet! Me, too!
Me too, I have since they started.
cool
BluryBlue (author)  Rockerx6 years ago
No, I find my way around the net by Google.
that works to:)
uhmmm yeah when i try to open the exported file is says i dont have the codec?
Bridel5686 years ago
hey I got a new question. on this program it`s got reverse but I can't seem to get the reverse to work so can someone help me to get it to work?
Our version of the software seems to be different from the one you use in the tutorial. When you say to press the button with the white rectangle on the upper right hand side, we don't have that button. ?????????
BluryBlue (author)  sircastick896 years ago
I've been getting a lot of these questions lately. For now, check to see if you downloaded version 0.958, that's the version used in the video. If that doesn't help, try seeing if you missed something in the video. My video is unclear at some parts, so I don't blame anyone for the complications involving understanding the video. I'm currently working on a non-video instructable on the subject of ZS4 Chroma Keying that will be more clear to understand.
What kind of file does this work with? I tried AVI but it only played the audio, and any other file type just makes it freeze. ???????
BluryBlue (author)  sircastick896 years ago
It should work with AVI. I'm not sure why it's not working for you. I'm working on a new non-video tutorial on how to use T@B ZS4, it should be more clear and less misleading to some people.
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