It’s hard to lay claim to easy visible authority when you’re radiating green from every pore.

In other words, the green screen fringe. This is one of the last problems people try to solve because it’s just so persistent.

Fortunately I’m more persistent. 🙂

This isn’t the only thing you need to do to get a superior key, but if you can’t do this, none of the rest matters.

Here’s how to get on a better road.

You’ll want the pdf that goes into more detail about the physical set-up…i.e. lights, camera, distances, screen fabric and other peripherals that help the cause.

    12 replies to "Beyond the Fringe"

    • David Szymanowski

      Excellent explanation and thorough

    • Ivan Remus

      Hey, Steven,
      I hope you are doing well.
      As usual, your video quality and content are both top-notch!

      I have a question, where can I find a digital backdrop for my videos?
      Without copying your same backdrop, I would love to find a similar high-quality and pleasing image for my videos.

      • Steven Washer

        I’ve always found the best selection of background images at

    • Fernando Trindade

      Super Useful 🙂
      Thanks, really

    • Kevin

      Hey Steve,

      Good video. I get a lot of help from Premiere Pro by using the “aggressive” setting in Ultra Key. What is the 100 MBps setting? It is setting for what? Thanks. k

    • Jason Price

      Excellent video Steve and a really great series to be following. The ‘skin tone’ and colour correction video I’m very much looking forward to.

      I’ve moved to using DaVinci Resolve, as a free and exceptionally powerful editing package, which has an immense range of options for colour correction, and a green screen treatment. I’m sure there’s scope for a nice, focused video on the essentials in that platform too if you’re able.

      I appreciate there’s so many platforms, but having previously used final cut pro and premiere in the past, resolve is definitely up there as a fully functional, free editing platform for broadcast quality so may have wider usage as a tool.

      This is a great follow up series for your green screen guide, especially for those with small rooms.

      Do you also have any hints for the optimum placement of the toplight/backlight, particularly in smaller studio rooms? I’ve increased the distance as much as I can, but still end up with some green screen backwash which I use the Resolve post edit to clean up. Making sure I have the overhead backlight in exactly the right place to eliminate as much as possible would be great.

      All the best


      • Steven Washer

        It’s not the placement as much as the color temperature and intensity. A little intensity goes a long way. You’ll have to experiment with temps. Some rooms like a lower temp and some the same temp as the screen lights. You want it to hit the back of your head and shoulders mostly, and just enough to blend out the reflection, but not enough to cause a big hot spot. I like the little Viltrox lights for that. Usually put them about 2 or 3 feet away, a head height above.

        Hope that helps!

        • Jason Price

          Very helpful, thanks as always Steve. I managed to get one of the little viltrox lights following your recommendation in the excellent green screen guide, so will play with placement.

    • Gary Ivey

      Cheers Steve,

      Great video, some great ideas duly noted!

      Looking forward to skin tones! Mine always look muddy and blotchy when I play back on a TV screen as opposed to a PC.

      I’ve tried adjusting the midtones but it doesn’t seem to work. Not sure whether to reduce contrast, sharpness etc.

      Anyway, until next time.

      All the best.


    • Tom

      I love the intro and the way you demonstrated the suggested changes!
      You provided the most concise and clear green-screen advice I have ever seen.
      Thank you!

    • Don Simpson

      Brilliant as always. Makes me want to do so much more with video even if it’s just for me.

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