Back in the day, green screens were reserved for people with access to, well, a green screen. This method has been around for a long time: creators can place a photo or video on a background in a movie or video. Traditionally, that means using a setup with a large sheet of (usually) green material behind the subject. The solid color makes it easy to digitally remove that color in post-production and add any image or video.
Now the idea of green screens has gone digital as a way to hide backgrounds in meetings or create fun videos on social media. TikTok has taken this idea and started working with it by creating an effect in the app that basically does the same thing. While it’s not quite as polished as a traditional green screen, it still gets the job done and allows the creator to stay on screen while the audience shows an image in the background of the video.
The effect is a great way to spice up a video and give an interesting image. I use it regularly on The edge‘s TikTok so that the audience can see what object or topic I am discussing. While I mostly rely on the default green screen option, which adds a photo to the background, there are plenty of different effects to choose from.
This is how you do it in TikTok:
- Tap the + icon at the bottom center of the screen to create a new video.
- Click on “Effects” in the lower left corner.
- Choose “Green Screen” from the menu.
- Browse all Green Screen effects and decide which one best suits what you want to do with your video.
The most commonly used effects are the simplest: they add a photo or video to the background that stays in place as the subject moves through the frame. But there are others you can try that can get quite creative. You can add an image as a sticker that can be resized and moved, or you can put an image over your clothes to change your look. There’s even a feature to add parts of your face to a photo, in case you want to pretend your dog can talk, for example.
The possibilities are endless if you use a little imagination.