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Online streaming has become quite the trend in the past decade. And it’s not just about streaming content to watch, it’s about becoming a content creator yourself and streaming your own videos. You can find channels and content on just about any category and topic out there today, giving people even more opportunities to create their following. If this sounds like the kind of thing you’ve been wanting to try, one of the most important factors to consider is the background to your video content.
Tips to Create a Cool Background for Online Streaming
Any successful and professional content creator knows that their background is incredibly important. It shouldn’t distract or interfere with the content itself, yet it needs to look eye-catching, unique, and professional, so you can set yourself apart from others. Here’s a look at some of the ways you can create a cool background for online streaming.
Use a Green Screen – Simple but Effective
If you want ease of use, versatility, and something cost-effective you can’t go wrong with a basic green screen. Once you have the green screen up you can then choose from all kinds of background images thanks to chroma-keying. This is where two layers of videos are put together, which is called keyed, creating some cool effects. Your background could be a skyline, a scene in a video game, a beautiful tropical beach, a winter scene, the options are endless.
This technique is really easy to master yet the results look professional. One very important tip to keep in mind is that your clothing can’t be the color of the screen or it will disappear. There are plenty of video mixers that make this process possible.
Be Creative with the Type of Lighting Used
While your first impulse may be to rely on the studio/filming lights you have purchased, there’s no reason it should stop there. The use of lighting can be a creative outlet and make your background a lot more interesting-looking. Use LED strip to create different scenes and even swap the color of the strip light. This kind of lighting is soft and some can even be dimmed, giving you more control over the final look.
Other types of lighting meant to add interest to the backdrop can include candles, up-lighting, down-lighting, string lights, soft lamps, and so forth. You’ll probably need to play around and record segments using a variety of options so you can figure out what looks best.
Make Sure There is Depth in the Background
The final tip is to make sure that you’re able to create depth in the background. This will allow the objects in the background to blur and become soft-looking, while you stay sharp. It also helps to eliminate the odds of you creating a shadow on the wall.
The general rule of thumb is to be at least three feet from the wall in your background.
Using each of these simple tips can help you to spruce up the background in your online streaming content and ensure it looks professional and creative.