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06-09-2020, 04:17 AM   #1
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Looking for a good relatively inexpensive green screen

Doing some video and photography that requires a green screen. Would like one that's relatively easy to put up and put away due to a lack of space in my current living quarters. I see a lot of stuff on amazon but it looks amazingly overpriced for such terrible quality stuff so I was wondering if you guys know of anything decent.

Looking to spend not much more than 200 if possible.

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For the price and the useability this is hard to beat, amazon.com : Savage Seamless Background Paper - ?tag=pentaxforums-20&#46 Tech Green (86 in x 36 ft) : Camera & Photo . It comes in various sizes, provides a nice wrinkle free surface. I also use various Muslin backgrounds because of the lighter weight, but they are easily wrinkled. Even though I keep them rolled on an overhead roller system, they still require some steaming prior to use.
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Wrinkles are the one thing to avoid.

Paper is a good choice. I also like PVC sheets, they are often more matte and more durable.

If you want a canvas, I strongly suggest getting one which can be stretched, instead of muslin. I have a black backdrop, I got it from B&H and believe it's this:

Westcott 9 x 20' Wrinkle-Resistant Polyester Backdrop 138 B&H

I use cheap clamps to hold it stretched by clamping along my vertical posts. It creates a clean, uniform and wrinkle-free background in seconds. I've seen photographers use heat and vapour to remove wrinkles with little success, using a stretch fabric is much simpler.
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For those of us who belong to a certain age group, this the first thing that comes to mind when reading the words "green screen." It's getting hard keeping up with the times.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Smoke665 Quote
For the price and the useability this is hard to beat, amazon.com : Savage Seamless Background Paper - ?tag=pentaxforums-20. Tech Green (86 in x 36 ft) : Camera & Photo . It comes in various sizes, provides a nice wrinkle free surface. I also use various Muslin backgrounds because of the lighter weight, but they are easily wrinkled. Even though I keep them rolled on an overhead roller system, they still require some steaming prior to use.
Got any ideas of what stands would be good to go with that? Honestly didn't think of paper but it makes sense.

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For those of us who belong to a certain age group, this the first thing that comes to mind when reading the words "green screen." It's getting hard keeping up with the times.
I have an old wyse wy-60 terminal next to me that I'm planning to get up and going with a raspberry pi connected via serial. I also have the keyboard which I use on my modern computer with a converter I put together with a teensy thanks to the wonderful people who create the conversion software for these old things! Nothin like using a keyboard from the late 80s with more f keys than you know what to do with

My favorite though are the amber screens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ZombieArmy Quote
Got any ideas of what stands would be good to go with that? Honestly didn't think of paper but it makes sense.

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I have an old wyse wy-60 terminal next to me that I'm planning to get up and going with a raspberry pi connected via serial. I also have the keyboard which I use on my modern computer with a converter I put together with a teensy thanks to the wonderful people who create the conversion software for these old things! Nothin like using a keyboard from the late 80s with more f keys than you know what to do with

My favorite though are the amber screens.
I'd say the stand depends on intended use. I have a mounted overhead roller system that I love. For portable use I have an inexpensive stand that works well. I've seen everything from DYI PVC stands, to cheap light duty, to more expensive heavy duty. The weight you intend to support is the biggest factor.
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Got any ideas of what stands would be good to go with that? Honestly didn't think of paper but it makes sense.
Paper rolls are able to slide on standard stands, many photographers use them because if they can damaged or dirty they can be cut and use a new section.

I personally prefer PVC as it is more durable but opinions vary.
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