Introduction: 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.

Comments

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ChrisM858 (author)2017-06-19

a good free chroma key software solution is FXHOME hitfilm express (not hitfilm pro witch is over 300$), its free safe and it has tons of great tools including chroma key.

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PeterK6 (author)2014-12-10

You wouldn't be asking how to illegally download it in a public space would you? THE thing is you'd have to be a PIRATE to do that and still keep the authorities at BAY.

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nickh4 (author)2014-10-20

where is the download link to the software?

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simone.martini.946 (author)2014-07-25

The link to the high-quality version of the video doesn't appear to work.

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cooltronics3200 (author)2012-07-16

The link to the high quality video is broken. Nice instructable by the way!

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cereira (author)2011-03-19

Can someone tell me what files this suports, cos my videos are not showing up on it.

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andydrumer12 (author)2008-12-31

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?

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fjsailor (author)andydrumer122010-05-16

 T@B ZS4 has an OSX version at www.zs4.net/download

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Evidenceremoved (author)2010-04-08

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+?

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miimaster2 (author)2010-02-19

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

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Antonella++ (author)2009-09-27

I have a little problem.... i've putted a background video... but is shorter than the greenscreen one... what can i do?

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cclementi6 (author)Antonella++2009-11-19

 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

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sniper69jr (author)2009-10-20

i think wax is easier and simpilier

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knoxarama (author)2009-10-04

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.

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mmould03 (author)2009-09-22

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.

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aprilfisrt_94 (author)2009-01-13

can you use blue screen with it ( a blue cover perhaps?)

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mmould03 (author)aprilfisrt_942009-09-22

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.

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WhiteTigerTails (author)2009-09-14

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.

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saxman12 (author)2009-08-13

ok so the background goes for a while but then goes back to the green screen what do i do?

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-24

Great job! The video is very good, the quality is okay I guess, but I can still get what you mean, nice job!

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movie man (author)GorillazMiko2009-06-16

I tried to install it but it didn't work.

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mr.brightside6564 (author)2009-05-16

where can i download it???

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A.C.E. (author)mr.brightside65642009-05-30

come on, you cant simply read to the third paragraph? lazy??

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DSAdzionator (author)2009-04-07

*ahem* Would that not be illegal?

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piratetom95 (author)2009-01-19

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

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erikals (author)2008-11-24

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?

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Rockerx (author)2008-02-17

Do you by chance go or are a member of Indy Mogul.com? Both of these programs are recommended there.: )

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Keith-Kid (author)Rockerx2008-09-03

That was exactly what I thought when I saw these two ibles!

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Rockerx (author)Keith-Kid2008-09-03

you like Indy Mogul?

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Keith-Kid (author)Rockerx2008-09-04

Extremely!

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rubberchicken (author)Keith-Kid2008-11-05

Sweet! Me, too!

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mg0930mg (author)rubberchicken2008-11-06

Me too, I have since they started.

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Rockerx (author)Keith-Kid2008-09-04

cool

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BluryBlue (author)Rockerx2008-02-18

No, I find my way around the net by Google.

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Rockerx (author)BluryBlue2008-02-20

that works to:)

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The Red Button (author)2008-11-05

uhmmm yeah when i try to open the exported file is says i dont have the codec?

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Bridel568 (author)2008-07-19

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?

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sircastick89 (author)2008-07-14

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. ?????????

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BluryBlue (author)sircastick892008-07-14

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.

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sircastick89 (author)2008-07-11

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. ???????

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BluryBlue (author)sircastick892008-07-11

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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dnicky2288 (author)2008-04-24

Can you send me an email to reply to this teachimg me how to do it.(I don't get the video.) (comments go to my email)

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Bridel568 (author)2008-06-24

on t@bzs4 web site under the downloads which one should I pick. cause I don't know what one is the one you are talking abought. please help me =(

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jonross (author)Bridel5682008-06-25

its the one tht says "video"...

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andyhuntdesigns (author)2008-06-24

THIS MUSIC IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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alexer (author)2008-06-12

that is exactlly what im looking for :D

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dnicky2288 (author)2008-04-23

It good! But it's still not as good as windows movie maker. I still need help on this software

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BluryBlue (author)dnicky22882008-04-23

Well, It can do everything Movie Maker can do and more, way more, but it is very complex.

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Rammer124 (author)2008-03-24

I watched this tutorial a couple weeks ago. I had a dark green screen and low lighting. I finally have the right kind of screen, and some nice lighting. Thanks for this tutorial, this was great!