Is using green-screen worth it?

    This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our Cookie Policy.

    The forums have been archived. Please read this thread for more information.

    • Is using green-screen worth it?

      Hi everyone! I posted this message on YouTube but decided to repost it here:

      Pewds is definitely a cool comedian, but I do have some personal negative thoughts about the design of his videos.

      I would like to begin with the camera frame (it's the area on the screen where Pewds inserts the image of himself, sorry, I don't know how to call it properly). It's basically too large and tends to cover some important information on the screen. A good example are recent Lucius 2 videos, where part of subtitles is constantly hidden. Pewds' image often contrasts with the actual games' picture too strong. An example is last Dread Out videos. It's night in the game, I watch the video in the dark room (where else would I watch a horror game playthrough?) and Pewds is literally shining and blinds me. Also, Pewds' face distracts from the actual gameplay process because of the same reason. Sure, Pewds is commenting, but there is "too much" Pewds on the screen. I think, the main object on the screen is still a game, so The Swedish should become a little bit smaller (not like Alice in the story, he can stay huge irl ;)

      I suspect this has become an issue partly because of green-screen compositing, which Pewdiepie picked for his videos (this is a trick which makes Pewds' background to seem invisible as I understood from damned Wikipedia). This technology is cool indeed, but is there a real need for it? I think it has more drawbacks then benefits. The only function of using it is just decorative, as I see it. Why Pewds has came up with the idea of adding extra decorations? Before the appearance of his new "know-how" the subs count has been growing and it is growing, maybe not so fast but this may be because just almost everyone has subbed already. So, the majority of the audience loves his videos.

      He used to simply insert a flat picture of himself on the screen which worked perfectly fine. Why get rid of it? Green-screen may be appropriate in the videos where the main focus is at the speaker like BroKen videos, but in playthroughs it is useless. I have zero experience in making videos, but the stylish green-screen may consume extra time to set up and edit. Pewds has to make the picture of himself larger because otherwise he would get lost on the background. He can only switch himself from the leftmost down corner to the rightmost corner of the screen because in other places it would look like his bust is cut off from the rest of the body and it is flying on the watcher's screen like a ghost. To fully understand what I mean watch the first episodes of Lucius 1 and Dread Out Act I and compare them to recent Lucius 2 and Dread Out Act II videos.

      So, I suggest to throw this green show-off feature in the trash can, burn it like a disgusting spider and come back to the warm and cozy framing like in the good times. Why not even make a sort of poll asking the bros about some current and upcoming features related directly to the Pewdiepie video-channel. I'm sure Pewds cannot be 100% certain about everything about the channel, so maybe give it a try? The Q&A rubric is seemed to be abused with "daddy" questions which looks like people don't really care about the design of the channel. Maybe they do, who knows?

      I'm writing this not because I'm a hater. I have been enjoying Pewdiepie's videos for almost two years and still enjoying them. I'm writing because I do wish Felix further success in youtubing.

      Noscopes for evryon

      UPD: Also Pewds should review games for a little longer. In his series like Three Free Games he sometimes jumps from game to game too fast. What is 20 seconds of the gameplay? This is ridiculous (but not fun, what it is intended to be). If a game so bad that it is not possible to dedicate at least one mere minute to the gameplay maybe it is not worth of showing at all? I would like to see what others think about it.
    • As someone who's been YouTubing myself for the last 6 months, I was actually inspired to incorporate a green screen into my workflow by seeing how PewDiePie used his. (I try not to copy anyone's style, but once I saw how genius it was for facecam, I just HAD to steal it.) I suspect there's a lot more deliberate thought that went into the decision than you might think; such as even the camera angle he's doing it from.

      The camera angle in a lot of his videos (that I've seen) is from the side. When he's facing the game, then, it actually looks like he's looking at what's happening on the gameplay feed. This also allows him to differentiate when he's talking to the game (side shot; one of his eyes visible) and when he's talking to the audience. (both [gorgeous] eyes visible and pointed at the camera). Yes, it's only him turning his head, but it makes it feel like so much more natural of a thing.

      Learning how to Chroma Key (greenscreening, as you call it) has actually been incredibly technical for me to learn, and (not to boast, but...) I have a Bachelor's in IT. Computers are literally my job.
      So, when I say it's technical, take my word for it; IT'S TECHNICAL.
      I sincerely respect PewDie for going out of his way to teach himself as complicated of a post-production tool as keying is.

      As for what you were saying about Pewds being blinding when his cam is overlaid atop his dark videos, I actually have to agree.
      You can do things to darken the cam feed and raise the brightness level of the gameplay feed; I actually do this for my Dungeon Nightmares episodes, since dark game video (such as Markiplier's SCP playthroughs) is a no-no on YouTube; the game feed is so muddy and indiscernible that you can't tell what's going on. This is because video compression takes the nearly-black gameplay feed and drops a lot of the almost-black into the same few shades of black, and makes it INCREDIBLY blotchy.

      Once I get better at it, I'll be able to edit the gamma level of my camera to match the footage it's being overlaid on, so they're both about the same approximate brightness in appearance. Which, when you're using a greenscreen in this sort of fashion, is pretty much what you have to do, so that the subject doesn't appear too wildly out of place.
      ~Stay Classy~