Liven Up Your Online Lessons with these Top Green Screens
for Online ESL Teachers
Green screening was one of the movie industry’s best kept secrets for years. With current technology, anyone can easily set up a green screen and take advantage of the benefits of using them in the online classroom. Since everyone has different types of online classroom setups and lifestyles, we’re going to look at the best green screens for online ESL teachers through some of the more common contexts.
Best Green Screen Kits for Online ESL Teachers
The majority of online ESL teachers will be working from home. For those who have a spare room or home office where they set up their online classrooms, green screen kits are a quick, all-in-one solution. Green screen kits typically include a green screen cloth, lighting kits with umbrellas, and stand. They may also include a carry bag for portability, though the bag is more for transporting your kit by car than for air travel.
Green screen kit prices range between $40 – $300, but most online ESL teachers can get a decent complete kit between $70 and $80. Here are the best green screen kits for online ESL teachers.
- The kit includes:(4)79"(7 Feet)/200cm Light Stand+(2)Single Head Light Holder+(4)45W CFL Daylight Bulb +(2)33"/84cm Umbrella+(2)24"x24"/60x60cm Softbox+(1)1.8 x 2.8M/6 x 9 ft Musline Backdrop(Black,White and Green)+(6)Backdrop Clamps+(1)2.6M x 3M/8.5ft x 10ft Background Stand Support System+(1)Carry Bag for Background Support System+(1)Carry bag for Continuous Lighting Kit.
- (4)79"(7 Feet)/200cm Light Stand:Solid safety 3 legs stages,capable for stable,heavy duty work.And use quick single action locks,providing fast precision height adjustment.(2)The single head light holder allows you to attach a bulb to a light stand and add an umbrella.
- (2)The 33"/84cm white translucent umbrella can soften,broaden and diffuse the light output of any tungsten or studio flash source.(4)45W day-light studio light bulbs:equals to 200W regular incandescent light bulb output.5500K fluorescent spiral bulb generates a close match to natural daylight and a crisper view of the items being illuminated.It is best for photography lighting.
- (2)24"X24"/60x60cm Softbox:Softbox diffuses the light and gives you perfect even lighting when you need for the best shots possible.With E27 socket,you can directly connect light bulbs,fluorescent lamps,or slave flash to offer the light.
- (1)1.8 x 2.8M/6 x 9 ft Musline Backdrop(Black,White and Green)+(6)Backdrop Clamps+(1)2.6M x 3M/8.5ft x 10ft Background Support System:The background kit is ideal for television,video production and digital photography.(1)Continuous lighting kit carry case+(1)Background support system carry bag:Great for transporting light stands,umbrellas,and other accessories
- This kit includes: (1)x Backdrop Stand Support System丨(1)x 6 x 9 ft Muslin Pure Cotton Green Screen Chromakey Backdrop Background丨(2)x 4.5 inch Heavy Duty Spring Backdrop Clamps丨(2)x 7 ft Photography Light Stand丨(2)x Lamp Holder丨(2)x White Umbrella丨(2)x 45W Studio Light Bulbs丨(1)x Carry Bag
- Green Chromakey Muslin Backdrop Background Screen Kit, Ideal for Portraits & Object Product Shooting
- 8.5ft x 10ft Background Support System + 6ft x 9ft Photography Backdrop + Backdrop Clamps: Quick and easy set up a backdrop kit, very suitable for heavy duty work, use with the clamps, can be prevented background slippage, the backdrop is seamless and weaving surface, crimped along the edge to prevent tears
- 7ft Photography Light Stand + Single Head Photo Lighting Lamp Holder: Height adjust from 26.8’’ to 75’’. Max load capacity 13.5 lbs. Set up easily in a matter of seconds, perfect connection lamp holder and softbox. Single Head Photo Lighting Lamp Holder with E26/E27 Base, add bulbs and umbrellas
- 33'' Photo Umbrella Reflector: Works well to diffuse the light from bulb, reflects and spreads light stream evenly,eliminates glare and spots丨45W Daylight 5500K Fluorescent Bulbs: Accurate Color Rendering Index (CRI): 80~85. Temperature: 5500K. No noise and no flicker. Average lifetime is 8,000 Hours
- 🏝️【 2 in 1 Creative Idea】：The innovative concept of green screen backdrop with stand, making it more convenient to use the green screen kit. Aluminum alloy stand and soft green backdrop make the green screen kit with stand more durable.
- ✈️【Portable & Set-up Fast】：Ultra-portable stand, only about 1kg, and can be easily picked up with one hand, which is easy to carry and store. The creative T-shape stand with one shaft is very easy to set up in only 2 minutes.
- 🎖️【Quality Green Screen】：The completely uniform greenness greenscreen background with stand is perfect for chromakey. Machine washable, ironable, easy to clean, foldable, easy to store and carry.
- 🔰【Practical T-shaped Tripod】：Features adjustable telescoping mechanism for raising and lowering the stand as desired,adjustable height is from 2.3 ft to 6.7 ft.Completely folded tripod does not take up space, is easily stored.
- 💟【Wide Application】：No matter you are a vlogger, photographer, YouTuber, streaming video maker, if you want backgrounds to be much fun or protect your privacy, you need to use a green screen suit.
Best Collapsible Green Screen Backdrops for Online ESL Teachers
If you teach online in your home with limited space, then your best option is to get a collapsible green screen backdrop. The clear advantage of collapsible backdrops is that they can be quickly opened and closed, don’t require assembling or fudging around with separate stands, and can be stored away in a closet or in the basement when you’re not using it.
The disadvantages of collapsible green screen backdrops is that they are more expensive than full-on kits, and don’t include lighting sets. So, you will need to spend extra on lighting, and for this we recommend LED lamps for illuminating your workspace and backdrop.
Best Portable Green Screen Backdrops for Online ESL Teachers
Online ESL teachers who frequently travel will best meet their needs with a portable green screen backdrop. Portable green screen backdrops are different to collapsible green screen backdrops in that they can fit in a suitcase, making them the ideal option for online ESL teachers on the road. In addition to their portability, they are also more affordable than the full-on green screen kits and collapsible green screen backdrops. Due to their frame, they also don’t wrinkle easily, which is great because we want to avoid wrinkles in the green screen for best background results.
One major downside of portable green screens is that due to their compact size, you have to position them more precisely to fully cover your background. As well, while they are compact, they are sometimes a bit cumbersome to fold. Finally, if you are an online ESL teacher who likes to teach while standing, then this type of green screen backdrop is probably not the right item for you.
As with collapsible green screens, you’ll need to purchase your lighting set separately, and for portability, LED lights work best.
Wide Application: Neewer Chromakey Backdrop enables quick and clean chroma key compositing in videos and images—ideal for vlogging, TV broadcast, gaming, portrait/product photography, and more
Simplified Setup: Pop-up backdrop allows setup in a few seconds. The double-sided design provides green and blue screens for more flexibility in use
Bi-Directional Mounting: Three loops hang the backdrop on a stand or wall-mounted hooks in vertical or horizontal orientations
Foldable & Portable: Easily folds into a compact circle and stores in the carrying bag for great portability
Package Contents: Chromakey Backdrop, Carrying Bag, User Manual
- Kit Includs: (1)5'x7'/150x200cm Collapsible Pop-up Blue/Green Backdrop Panel; (1)239.4-102.4 in /100-260cm Support Stand; (1)Backdrop Clip; (1)Carrying Bag; Note: carrying bag is ONLY for backdrop and it can NOT hold the light stand.
- Durable and Foldable Pop-up Design: Durable steel frame sewn into the fabric so it will still hold its shape with no creases. The steel spring frame pops open the backdrop in seconds and helps maintain its shape to ensures fabric stays tight. The support stand is made of aluminum alloy to provide exceptional strength for heavy duty work
- Lightweight and Easy to Carry: The backdrop panel is easily portable. It can be folded down to be compact 2.1x2.1x0.1 feet/ 65x65x3 centimeters. Easy for storage or carry. The support stand can be extended up to 102.4 inches /260 centimeters
- Strong Backdrop Clip: Made from metal and plastic, easy to hold the backdrop without an assistant. Just attach the panel to the support stand through the backdrop clip
- Wide Use: Ideal for YouTube tutorials and live videos, interviews, portraits, product photography, passport photos and etc. Say goodbye to the problems of carrying single green backdrop or single blue backdrop. With the included support stand and backdrop clip, no need to specially find a place to hang it. Or you can lean it against a wall or door on its frame to provide a backdrop pretty much anywhere
- 💙 [Collapsible Photo Background Panel] - 2-in-1 100x150 cm 3.3x5 ft double-sided background board foldable non-reflective preferred for studio photography, outside shooting, let you become a successful natural light photographer
- 💚 [2 in 1 Chroma-key Blue-Green Screen Feature] - One background paper has two colors, chromakey blue on one side and chromakey green on other to meet your different shooting needs. Excellent background for poster or magazine shooting, as well as daily life records, sharing beautiful pictures to your personal channel.
- 💙 [Portable Foldable Green Screen Backdrop] - Collapsible background panel comes in a carry bag for easy keeping & storage. Also keeps it wrinkle-free and flat as it should be, easy and convenient to carry and bring to on location shoot, including a carrying bag with zipper. Stains or droplets can be easily wiped.
- 💚 [Foldable Background Board Excellent Material] - Our backdrops panel are made of high quality material, it is durable and sturdy for you to use with excellent durability and portability, you can do fashion shots, video filming when the studio space is limited, also can pack them all up as a travel set. It is easy to collect all the accessories and can be taken outside conveniently.
- 💙 [Easy to set up] - set up reversible backgrounds in seconds for quick, simple shoots, YouTube Video photography or Live streaming, high quality super thick muslin material can reduce light reflection, get better quality picture, perfect for ideal applications and films, etc.
Best Green Screen Paint for Online ESL Teachers
Though not for everyone, some online ESL teachers prefer not to mess about with positioning the green screen backdrop. If you have enough space and a wall you can paint, green screen paint is an excellent option. Even if you would rather not paint your wall green, you can get a wooden board, drywall or a thick sheet of cardboard to paint over. The great thing about green screen paint is that you don’t have to worry about creases and folds, kicking or tripping over the green screen stand, or messing about positioning it. You just paint the wall, or lean the board against the wall, and you’re good to go.
Of course, painting a color across a wall or board means you will need to know how to paint, and to make sure the paint is consistently applied. You may also need to apply a few coats to the wall or board.
- Same color as a Green Screen
- Specially Formulated for Video & Photo Production
- Water-Based Latex Paint with Low reflectivity
- Made in the USA
- Dries in 60 mins
- Same color as a Green Screen
- Specially Formulated for Video & Photo Production
- Water-Based Latex Paint
- Low reflectivity for high resolution keying
- Dries in 60 mins / Made in the USA
Factors to Consider when Choosing a Green Screen
The color of your green screen is crucial, because that will have the biggest impact on your green screening results. Green is the desired color because it doesn’t match any skin tone or hair color, so it is easy to isolate and delete. You will notice other color varieties available such as blue, black, and white. These are more useful for photography, especially for family portraits and passport photos, to give a clean, consistent background. A blue screen might also be used in situations where actors must wear green apparel for a movie or other videography, in which case, the color blue can be deleted to retain the actors’ green outfit. We want the green screen because we can replace the green color of the backdrop with an image or video using software with chroma key capability such as ManyCam.
Non-reflectiveness and Consistency
The ideal textile for your green screen is a green muslin cloth, because it is not very reflective, easy to iron, and does not wrinkle too easily. Other options are to use a wooden board, cardboard, or a wall, and paint it green. Either way, you want to ensure that the color and non-reflectiveness of the cloth or board is consistent, so there is no green screen bleed.
If you are using a cloth for your green screen, you need to be sure that the cloth is attached tensely to the frame so that there are no folds or creases in your backdrop.
Size (Length and Width)
You will need to determine the length and width you need your greens screen to be, based on your work space and whether you will be sitting or standing. It’s best to measure the space around your workstation to make sure your green screen can cover your background completely. We recommend measuring the length and height of your work area with you sitting or standing before buying a green screen.
While a green background is essential for high quality green screening, lighting is vital to your success with it. We have a complete article about the best LED lamps to use for online ESL teaching, and choosing good lighting is a combination of the brightness of your workspace (natural and artificial lighting), and positioning of the lights to achieve a consistent green screen background with no bleed.