Make boring video backgrounds interesting by changing the background and customizing it according to your requirements. You can simulate any location, and transform videos into high-quality learning experiences.
Record videos against any clutter-free, solid-color background, which you can then replace with your desktop screen or an image or video of choice including assets shipped with Adobe Presenter Video Express.
Move, position, and scale the foreground against the customized background to enhance the effect.
You can now customize the backgrounds in the videos that you shoot.
Shoot your footage with a plain background of a single color, remove that background, and replace it with something more attractive during post-production.
Here is a before and after example that illustrates how you can use this feature to alter your background.
You can change the background of your course at any point in time. You can do this either at the start - before you start to record or after you record your video.
If you have multiple recordings within a single project, there are variations in the background effect applied. These variations occur because you have to take a fresh snapshot for each recording.
Change background before recording
- Make sure that the backdrop is evenly lit and with a solid color.
- Wear plain clothes that contrast with the backdrop.
- Move reflective objects away.
- Make sure that the lighting is uniform.
- Ensure there's a gap between you and the wall behind you.
- Decide on the placement of the webcam. You cannot move the webcam after you take your snapshot.
Click the i icon next to these options to go through a quick tutorial slide that shows how this feature works.
Keep the following points in mind while posing for the snapshot:
- Keep your open palms visible so that it is recorded in the snapshot. This action of raising your palms helps Adobe Presenter Video Express to register its lighter skin color, and reduces pixelation if you move your arms while recording your course.
- Make sure that the screenshot includes the upper half of your body.
To produce a better-quality foreground image, press Ctrl and draw a line from the marking line to edit the foreground to include just your image.
Select the background of your choice from a list of default backgrounds, or click Get more assets to download various background options from the Cloud server.
Both image and video backgrounds are supported.
You can use jpeg, png, and mp4 file formats.
Custom: Select Custom if you want to use an image or video that is not packaged with Presenter Video Express. If you want to replace a custom background, select Custom again, navigate, and select the image you want.
You can also change the size and position of the presenter. Go back to Enhance Webcam video panel.
To change the size: Move the Size slider until you are happy with the size of the presenter image.
To change the position: Move your mouse over the thumbnail image of the presenter, and move the image until you like the placement.
If you have taken your snapshot and opted to customize your background, you can select a filter and then apply it to:
If you have not opted to customize your background, you can only apply a filter universally.
- Foreground only - The effect is applied only on the presenter
- Background only - The effect is applied only on the background
- Filter both - The effect is applied universally (throughout the entire screen).
There can be some problems associated with color overlaps between the foreground and the background. You can fine-tune these issues by adjusting the settings in the Settings panel.
Move the slider across the various settings to fine-tune the image quality.
Click the eye icon to preview the setting changes. Click the reset icon if you want to revert to the default settings.
The maximum number of objects in the foreground. For example if there are 2 presenters, set this to 2. Otherwise only one presenter (object) is seen in the output. The algorithm always picks the largest objects for output. Higher values adversely affect performance.
Note: When you sit really close to the camera during a recording, your hands may get cut off in the output if they do not appear to be connected to your body in a frame. To avoid this phenomenon, place yourself at a sufficient distance from the camera. Or you can increase the Maximum Objects to account for the hands.
Filter out small objects in the foreground. This setting is useful for removing small artifacts that can be present in the output (especially when you increase the number of objects in Maximum Objects).
Edge Filter Radius
This parameter controls the area around the edge of the foreground to be smoothened.
Matting makes the edges of the presenter look smooth, and allows subtle details like hair strands to be correctly separated from the original background. The Matte Bias parameter controls the underlying method of matting used. You can play around with this slider to improve the quality of the output along the edges.
Matte Drop Off
Fine-tune the matte bias levels further to make the foreground more opaque and the background more transparent to give a realistic feel.
You want to set this factor as low as possible and instead try to adjust the alpha around the edge using Edge Filter Radius and Matte Bias.
To delete a background, click in the Enhance Video panel. Adobe Presenter Video Express clears the selected custom background and replaces it with the background you recorded originally. Also, this option clears your selection.