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The Best Green Screen For Your Twitch Stream

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Green screens are the most important part of Twitch streaming everyone forgets about it. Having the ability to chroma key is the biggest step in having a visually appealing stream. While it’s very possible to have a nice looking stream without a green screen, many games will suffer from a blocky face cam, especially those that are cinematic or take up a lot of visual real estate. You could forego the face cam altogether, but it will severely hinder your ability to develop a personal connection with your audience. Having a face to the name is unquantifiably important. Because of this, a green screen becomes a necessary evil.

So why not throw a piece of green poster board behind you and call it a day? Why spend money on a “good” one?

Well, if you’ve spent a lot of time in photography studios or video editing, you might be able to survive with the poster board. You will also know that everyone who doesn’t have that experience is severely underestimating how difficult chroma keying is. 

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​OUR TOP GREEN SCREEN PICKS

Scroll down to read our review of each product.


Just a note: Did you know that green screens are actually affected by light and shadows? And, when they are, they do their job much less effectively. The professional set ups listed here range from budget options to much more high end, but they all have simple and useful lighting set ups. Then, at the end of the article, we will briefly go over one of the most widely used and effective “do it yourself” green screen set ups.

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ePhoto 10x20' Green screen & lighting kit

The ePhoto Muslin Chromakey Green Screen kit includes a 10x20 Green Screen and a nine bulb lighting set-up, including soft boxes to diffuse the light. This set-up provides an exquisite, professional visual. The lighting set-up, once correctly placed correctly will cast a minimal amount of shadows on the green screen, making it incredibly easy to key. You will find that this set-up, or something similar, is what is behind your favorite streamers. The size is certainly big, but this kit is phenomenal if you can accommodate it. Some customers complained about the build quality of the stands, but these are easily replaced and shouldn’t be problematic without movement.

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Pros:

  • Comes with a quality lighting set-up 
  • Professional studio quality
  • Large and covers most backdrops

Cons: 

  • May be too large for certain setups or room sizes
  • Stands can be flimsy and break if moved often

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JULIUS STUDIO 6x9' Photo studio kit

Made from the same material as the ePhoto Muslin, the Julius Studio Photo Studio Kit will largely provide the same professional quality, and in a smaller size. Customers stand by the great quality and build of this kit, with many noting that the build of the soft boxes is lightweight but sturdy. The only shortcomings with this kit seem to be in their shipping, as many customers reported missing pieces. This is easily resolved, however, and you are sure to be satisfied. This kit is perfect for those who need a smaller, professional kit.

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Pros:

  • Standard studio size, large enough for most setups
  • Professional studio quality
  • Lighting kit, clamps and carrying case included

Cons: 

  • Fragile lighting system
  • Not as big as the ePhoto 10x20' kit, may not work for bigger streaming rooms

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Ravelli THREE prism 10x20 green screen

The Three Prism 10x20 Green Screen kit provides the same size as the ePhoto Muslin ChromaKey kit for a significantly smaller price tag. Unfortunately, it does not include a lighting set-up. If your current lighting is fine, however, this may be the best physical green screen on this list. The sturdiness of this build is well loved by many customers. The size is also perfect for anyone doing streams with friends, as you can easily and comfortably fit multiple people in front of this screen. 

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Pros:

  • Big enough size for almost any setup
  • Very sturdy frame build

Cons: 

  • Not a complete system/kit, so it doesn't include a lighting setup

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Fancierstudio h69g 6x9' green screen

The name Fancierstudio seems slightly ironic, as the Fancierstudio H69G is one of the cheaper options on this list. However, the quality is nothing to shake a stick at. While it isn’t quite as professional as the more expensive kits, only the most trained eyes will notice any of the differences. The two point lighting set-up included with this kit is incredibly simple, and is a set-up that you may find yourself returning to even when other options are available. The only issue that many buyers have with this kit is wrinkles in the screen, which can be easily solved, but is something to be on the lookout for.

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Pros:

  • One of the cheaper options to fit most budgets
  • Includes a basic lighting setup that should work most non-professionals

Cons: 

  • Screen can tend to wrinkle if not stored properly

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ephoto 10x12' studio green screen

Again, it seems ironic that the same company makes both the most expensive and least expensive green screen options on this list. As expected, this Chroma Key suffers from the same issue as it’s more expensive brother, as the stands are built of recycled aluminum making them fragile. Largely, the cost of this Chroma Key comes from the lack of a lighting set-up, but if you’re clever I’m sure you’ll make due.

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Pros:

  • One of the cheaper options to fit most budgets
  • Just the basics with a screen, stand and carrying case

Cons: 

  • No included lighting kit or clamps

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the Do-it-yourself option

The New York Film Academy posted a very in-depth article on how to create a DIY green screen. There are three major options provided.

The first is to use a large sheet of single-colored fabric, which can be easily keyed. The second is to go out and purchase a large sheet of fabric. Fabric wrinkles easily, and lint will not key, so you must make sure to clean and iron the fabric as often as possible.

The third, and possibly best option, is to paint the room you are going to be in. This is a permanent and labor heavy solution, however it may function even better than a professional green screen with the proper lighting set-up. Popular and tech-savvy streaming company Loading Ready Run uses this technique for their green screen.

Green screens are cheaper than ever. You may not deem them a necessity, but don’t take the option off of the table. As a streamer, you should be experimenting and testing to make your stream the best that it can be. Green screens are more than likely a tool you should be using, and you certainly won’t know if you never try.



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