Elgato Green ScreenSource: Elgato

Whether you're someone new to the world of streaming or simply looking to improve the look of your current stream, a green screen is a great way to add some quality to your broadcasts.

When it comes to green screens, the first thing you'll need to figure out is which streaming software you'll be using. For the sake of ease, we'll be talking about Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and Xsplit in this guide, which are two of the most popular softwares, and ones that mostly every streamer utilizes. Once you've got your green screen, setting it up is surprisingly simple.

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How to set up a green screen on OBS

  1. Download OBS.
  2. Open OBS and add your webcam as a video source.

    OBS chroma keySource: Windows Central

  3. Right click on the video source and select Filter.

    OBS chroma keySource: Windows Central

  4. Click the + button beneath the effect filters box.

  5. Select chroma key.

    OBS Chroma keySource: Windows Central

  6. Enter a name for the layer, and tune the settings for the layer should you need to.

How to set up your green screen in XSplit

XSplit chroma keySource: Windows Central

Activating the chroma key in XSplit is equally straightforward, though it lacks a couple of the ultimate end features you can get in OBS. That sounds odd for a paid product over a free one, but one of XSplit's best value propositions is its ease of use.

Here's how you set up with your green screen once you've added your webcam as a video source.

  1. Right-click on your webcam in the sources box.
  2. Select the color tab.
  3. Enable the chroma key option.

XSplit chroma keySource: Windows Central

If you're using a color other than green (red or blue), then select those from the drop-down box. The default is green. Unlike OBS, there isn't much else you can do specifically with the green screen effect. Instead, you'll have to tweak the camera settings to manage color and exposure, limiting the noise you may see as best you can. Good lighting is always essential, though.

How to set up a green screen for Twitch on Xbox One

Unfortunately, as of right now, the Xbox One does not support any chroma key or green screen features on the console. If you're looking to stream through the Xbox One and use a green screen, you'll have to do it through a PC.

Do you need a green screen?

As you begin researching various green screens, it may be a bit alarming to see there are so many options out there. Thankfully, the differences in many screens are minimal, with many only offering either anti-gloss features or more of a "standard" screen.

When it comes to pricing options, many of the more expensive choices out there simply offer more convenient ways of displaying or setting up a green screen. Using a green screen isn't exactly necessary to stream, but it certainly couldn't hurt. Plenty of people stream without the use of one and do just fine, but the addition of a green screen is a good way of upgrading your streaming experience without doing too much.

The most significant selling point on a green screen is how smooth it makes everything in a stream look. Not only does a stream look more professional with a green screen, but it helps the audience see more of the game, or immerse them further in the action.

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Elgato Collapsible Green Screen

Produce a professional quality stream

Using a green screen while streaming not only helps your audience see more of the game, but it gives your stream a more professional and clean look overall. When it comes to a green screen, Elgato's collapsible option is as simple as they come, and allows for easy setup and tear down, giving you something when you need it and being out of sight when you don't.

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