Can anyone recommend a set up for a background for Camtasia's webcam?

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Can any experienced Camtasia users recommend what I should purchase in order to use as a background while using Camtasia's webcam?
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Dubie

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The most versatile would be a green screen.

With that setup can can put what ever you want behind you in editing.

You can find a bunch of green screen setups and kits on Amazon

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If greenscreening isn't what you wish to do you can pretty much use what ever you like.

Just be sure the background isn't reflective or is some kind of light source such as a window or a lamp etc.

Also keep the background behind you enough so that you don't create shadows on it.

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Hi there

Are you planning on using the "remove a color" in order to fill in what you want as the background?

You might find the videos at the link below to be helpful.

https://www.techsmith.com/blog/?s=green+screen

Cheers... Rick :)
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The remove a color feature in Camtasia is less than robust.


You could purchase the proper lighting lighting, a green screen and shoot your footage with a first class camera.

And still have green fringing and pixilation around you. Plus, unwelcome artifacts in the background.

Remove a color is not a true Chroma Key filter. Which is the industry standard for green screen removal. Even with an actual Chroma Key filter. Achieving high quality results can be elusive. Not all Chroma key filters are created alike.

Here are 2 posts that covering what I’m talking about. There are many more like it.

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/green-screen-remove-a-color-improvements

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/pixilation_with_chromakey_green_remove_a_color

So, just a heads up.

I'm sure Camtasia for MAC uses Remove a Color as well.

Some people hang black or white backdrops behind themselves. You can rig a stand or purchase a cheap one.Same thing goes for backdrops. 

Amazon has lots of large Tapestry's for under $20 with all kinds of muted designs. 

Lots of options easier than green screening. 

Regards, Joe  


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Actually, the Mac version of Remove a Color was the first to offer the feature. Then began the wailing and gnashing of teeth of all the PC users and how badly they had been mistreated because they didn't have it. It was quite amusing to watch play out.
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Finally PC users finally see what we have had to deal with as Mac Users.  We've been dealing with this for 40 years or more. Always ending with the short end of stick simply because  of platform we use. If we had been dealt with equally to start with, there would be little differences now.
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Well, to be fair, the Macs were in the minority for a long long time. So it only seemed to make financial sense that businesses focused on PCs.  You need to satisfy the masses!

And really, you only have Apple itself to blame for not "opening up" its architecture and allowing generic parts to be used like the PC world did. As I see it, that's where Apple really shot themselves in the foot. ;)
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Actually, Apple focused on business and got left out most other platforms. Not so much today as other platforms wanted Apple users money. So they adapted their software to run on Apple computers.
That was only a few years back.
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It doesn't matter what software you use (Premiere, After Effects, Camtasia), if you shoot a green screen background it means that you will be futzing with the background on every single video. Perhaps every single minute of every single video. 

On the other hand, if you shoot against a bookcase or panelled wood wall, your background is boring. But here's a secret: boring backgrounds are what most viewers expect, and what most professional videos use. 



Boring background.



Boring background.
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I agree, but this is about a webcam green screen. To me, that "Should" mean no background at all in most cases.


The screen cast is the background.
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Looking at @Joe Morgan's example above, that's a great use of a green screen. And while you still will have to futz with the lighting on the green screen itself to make sure it is uniform and there isn't any spill on the person, Camtasia should be able to do an adequate job here. The bigger problem will be the quality (as in, "lack of quality") of the image from the webcam itself. Laptop cameras in particular tend to adjust aperture and color balance frequently, throwing off the colorkey.
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