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Using a green screen with RingCentral Video Virtual
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Using a green screen can drastically improve the quality of RingCentral Video Virtual Background and Presentation Mode features, minimizing the impact on your computer’s performance.
This article includes instructions on setting up and using a green screen and some green screen best practices for optimal performance during your presentation.

Configuring green screen on RingCentral Video for Virtual Background

To use a green screen on RingCentral Video, you need to turn on the green screen feature in your Virtual Background settings or in Presentation Mode settings. Read more about Virtual Background in Using RingCentral Video Virtual Background.

Configuring green screen on RingCentral Video for Presentation Mode

To use a green screen on RingCentral video for the Presentation Mode feature, you need to turn on the green screen feature in your Presentation mode settings. Read more about Presentation Mode in Using Presentation Mode in a RingCentral Video meeting.

Best practices for setting up your green screen workstation

You don’t need professional equipment to use a green screen in your home office for a simple setup. You just need enough space, good lighting, and a solid background in either green or blue. 
Wear simple clothing patterns and basic colors when presenting — high contrast and overly busy patterns are discouraged. Don’t wear the same color as your background to avoid editing out yourself or your clothes in your video feed. 
There are several different types of green screens at your disposal. You can DIY a green screen by using a solid color sheet or curtain, or you can purchase different types of green screen tools and products. 
Learn the different types of green screen tools and products.

Types of green screens

Collapsible backdrop

A collapsible backdrop uses a flexible metal frame that stretches a muslin cloth.
  • It can be folded and ‘collapsed’ when not in use and springs up and/or pops open when needed. 
  • It can be handled similar to a plain muslin cloth backdrop or a paper backdrop, like hanging it from a stand or attaching it to a wall. 
  • Many options are portable and easy to set up, so you can bring your green screen anywhere.
A collapsible backdrop can be purchased online, and it can often come in two colors: green and blue. 

Detachable office chair green screen

Similar to a plain collapsible backdrop, a chair green screen can be attached to the back of your chair. No need to tape or tack anything to the wall.
See your options here

Seamless background paper

A seamless background paper is a thick, green dyed paper that is wound onto a cardboard core.
  • It’s non-reflective and an ideal backdrop to provide you with a consistent solid color.
  • The paper’s texture is smooth and consistent when handled properly. 
  • Some options may require a backdrop support, but you can cut out a portion of the paper and tape it to your wall.
Check out seamless background paper options by clicking here

Muslin backdrop

Muslin is a multi-purpose cloth used in a variety of settings and industries. 
  • Like paper, it is also non-reflective and easy to handle. 
  • It can also be hung on a stand or attached to a wall behind your workstation. You can purchase a stand separately, or you can DIY one yourself. 
  • A muslin backdrop can be reused many times, and you can easily remove any creases and wrinkles.
Browse here for options on muslin backdrops. 

Green paint

Paint your wall green, or paint a large canvas that can act as a green screen background. 
This type of green screen may not be the most practical option, but if you present or record a lot on video,this would be the most effortless method. 
The best shade of green paint to use is Chroma Key. Ask your local hardware store if they carry this shade, or you can purchase it from Amazon.

Setting up lighting with a green screen

In the case of a DIY, low-cost green screen setup, a simple overhead ceiling light can work. However, it has to be bright and you have to position yourself so that the light bounces off in front of you and not directly overhead. You can also be creative with your lighting, such as using different types of lamps you already have like a desk, table, or floor lamp. 
Whatever your lighting setup is, remember that the best light position is in front of you, not behind, below, or overhead.

Types of lighting options

There are many different options available for lighting, although natural light is best. 

Use multiple light sources

Overhead lighting can often create unflattering shadows under your eyes. Using multiple sources of lighting, set at different angles can reduce unwanted shadows.

Control brightness

Sitting too closely to your light source can overexpose your face, causing you to look washed out, regardless if it is natural or artificial light. Distance yourself from your light source by either moving the light source further away from you, or moving your setup away from your light source, such as your window. 

Use proper lighting equipment

While there are many ways you can set up lighting using on-hand equipment, you can get better results by purchasing lighting equipment. 

A ring light, such as the one purchased here typically provides different lighting hues which can make your face look different. 

The key is to test what works best for you and your location.
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