If you are looking for information on setting up your green screen for an upcoming event, please refer to the Settings Guide below. This was created by the creators of Social Booth, the software that we utilize for our photobooths. You can find this (and more helpful articles) by clicking here!
- Enable Green Screen
Social Booth has built in green screen removal. If you shoot your photos on a green background, you will be able to let users select their own backgrounds that replace the green.
- Enable GS Overlays
Green Screen Overlays are transparent png files that are placed on top of the photo after the green screen effect has been applied, creating a bit of depth in the shot. The included examples are just a brick wall that gets placed on top of the final photo. But you can use different overlays for each background. The overlays are defined by having "-overlay" at the end of the file name. For example, the overlay for background_01.jpg is background_01-overlay.png. Be sure to follow this naming convention if using green screen overlays.
- Use Custom Color
If you are shooting on a different color besides green, you can define the RGB values here.
- GS Background Folder
The default green screen folder is C:\Program Files (x86)\Photo Booth Solutions\Social Booth\Assets\GreenScreen but you can define your own folder with your own backgrounds. You can have up to 6 backgrounds. You can have less than 6. If you only have 1, the user won't choose the background, and every photo will automatically use the same background.
- Choose BG/Each Shot
Enabling this will allow the user to select a different background for each shot in the session. Otherwise, the same background will be used for each shot.
- Auto Cycle BGs
Enabling this will have the software go through each background in the folder. The first background in the folder will be used for picture one, the next background for the next photo and so on.
- Minimum/Maximum Tolerance
These are a few parameters to tweak if you are having problems getting a good green screen image. With proper lighting, the default settings should be fine in most cases. Min tolerance = .1 and Max tolerance = .3
- Blur Edges
This option will give you a little blur around the edge of the green screen removal.
- Disable Live View GS Removal in DSLR Mode
This will remove the live green screen removal when using a DSLR camera. This is a good option if your computer is lagging.
- Use webcam for live view
In DSLR mode, use the webcam for a live background of the green screen. This will help guests with placement.
- Scale and Place Green Screen
This will take the photo and scale it down and put in a specific area. See the example video below.
- GS Interactive Shot
This option uses the first shot as the background for the 2nd shot.
Other Helpful Info
Additionally, I want to let you know about a couple items to be aware of prior to your event so that it runs as smoothly as possible. In order to access the folder that houses the preset green screen backgrounds, please go to your desktop, select the "Backgrounds" folder, and then select the "GreenScreen" subfolder. You should see different images already contained within this folder. You might also notice that there are two types of images-- some simply say "background," while others end in "-overlay." The background images are just what they sound like-- this image will be placed behind the users of the photobooth. The overlay photo, however, will be laid over your the template images (on top of the photos of your guests). You do not need to use an overlay; I just wanted to explain the difference between those upfront!
It is essential that the files you place within this folder are the correct size. Any images that will be used as the green screen background must be in a JPEG format and have a size of 1800 x 1200. This is a slightly different size than other files utilized in Social Booth, so double check to make sure the size is correct! Alternatively, any images that will be used as the green screen overlay must be in a PNG format.
One last suggestion is that you may want to bring an extra light, as the green screen function will not work as well if the setting/room is too dark.
If there are any other questions that you have in particular, it may be beneficial to reach out to Social Booth's support team. They are likely to have a few more tricks up their sleeve if you encounter any complex issues with the green screen setting. The best email address to contact them at is: firstname.lastname@example.org.