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should i use a green screen

Twitch Streaming: Should I use a green screen??

What is best for you?

Should I use a green screen is a very interesting question to answer. Many people have different opinions on this subject, but at the end of the day it boils down to what is it you want to do. There are pros and cons to both, and depending on what type of content and effects you want to do, ultimately will be what determines what you go with. And remember, you can also change things up later!

Using a green screen

A green screen is typically used for effects, and to save visual space in a stream. If you have effects you want to do, you are going to need a green screen to pull it off. There are many cool effects you can do using only OBS studio and a green screen. You can put yourself anywhere you can dream up. Instantly warp yourself somewhere else in the universe, in a tree house, inside the game you are playing. Make yourself appear different using various types of software and OBS tricks. The possibilities truly are endless. However I do not recommend using a green screen just because other streamers do. You should have a plan of what you want to do exactly with your green screen. There are many streams to get some good ideas from to get started. Just make sure you have a reason! There are many benefits that you sacrifice by using a green screen

No green screen

The background behind you is intimate access to who you are as a person. With livestreaming, the connection to the viewer is everything. The things they can see behind you give the viewers a vibe. The colors, the objects, the mess, the cleanliness, whatever. Some streamers just have their background be whatever is back there. Some streamers put a lot of thought into the background. They think of it as a set. They design the vibe and feel of whats behind them. They know that the background compliments their character and gives the viewers access to their world. A wall behind you can have decorations added to it. Space behind you can be lit with nice colors and can have things placed for viewers to find. You can place hidden objects for viewers to find. It makes the stream seem more grounded or real.

Using both?

Now some streamers use both a green screen and extra camera angles, to have the benefits of being able to do both effects and give viewers more intimate access to the room. I do this personally and stand behind it 100%. I like people to see my studio as it looks pretty dope, and it allows them to see that I am in just a room like a normal person. I also like being able to utilize the green screen to pull off comedic and stylish effects to wow my viewers.

At the end of the day…

Having a green screen or not having a green screen, quite frankly, does not matter. Content is the most important tool at your disposal. Whatever you decide to do, just do an absolutely incredible job at it and make your stream better than the other guys.

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