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My First Green Screen | Quick Start Challenge

I’m continuing with the Quick Start Challenge and whilst it’s an effort, juggling with other tasks, I’m staying on track.

This week our challenge is to record and publish a video.ย  I’d already started that before so I decided to challenge myself to have a go at doing a Green Screen video.

Leave a comment below – Let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kevin Barham - My First Green Screen

  • Joe says:

    You are making us newbies look bad. Your really good. Someday I hope to get to that level to challenge myself to do a green screen video. Keep up the good work and good luck with the challenge.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      LOL – Thanks Joe
      If it hadn’t been for the Quick Start Challenge I wouldn’t have built this blog, let alone pushed myself to do the Green Screen.
      I know it’s not perfect, but I read recently that taking ‘massive imperfect action’ is the key.

      I used to stress over all the little details but now my new moto is: Good is good enough.

      Onward to week 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Keith Reilly says:

    Hey Kevin, great video!
    I’m waiting on my green screen kit being delivered today, then I can get some practice in. Hopefully I’ll get some videos made that are as good as yours.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Keith

      You are going to have so much fun when you get your kit. Let me know when you get your first Green Screen video done.

  • Outstanding job Kevin with your first green screen! I installed the Google Analytics by Yoast plugin. Do I need to put code on each page/post or does that plugin take care of that? I am excited about the Quick Start Challenge because it is forcing me to take action!

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Barbara ๐Ÿ™‚
      After you have configured the ‘Google Analytics by Yoast’ wordpress plugin, your GA code will be on all your pages and posts.

      The quick way to check that the code is installed is to navigate to one of your pages or posts on the frontend (when you are not logged in as administrator) and, in a blank area of the page, right-click and then on the flyout menu select ‘View Page Source’. You can press Ctrl+F and search for ‘google’. If the code is installed you should be able to find it.

      Shout if you need any help.

      PS: I checked your blog and can confirm that I did find your Google Analytics code – so all looks good ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Irena says:

    Thanks, Kevin. Excelent video. Straight to the point. I enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Kevin,

    Amazing video…this what I need, a green screen ๐Ÿ™‚

    I do not know your experiences with videos, but it is for sure a great job that you did !

    Was it a big investement ?

    Best regards

  • Riccardo says:

    Great video and great tips!
    I appreciate a lot your suggestions on Google analytics.
    Bookmarked your site! ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS: if you need support for your future videos, just le me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Riccardo – Thank you
      I really appreciate your offer of support – You are very kind.

  • Ant Carter says:

    Great video Kevin, you’re a really natural and extremely good presenter.

    I’m very impressed. What kind of scripting arrangements are you using? Do you have some notes below the camera, or are you winging it?


    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thank you Ant – that is very nice of you to say that.

      To answer your question… I wish I could just ‘wing it’ (on camera) but I’m not there yet. I will keep practicing until I am able. Each time I try I end up with lots of ‘uhms and ahhs’ and often go off on different tangents and then have to spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to edit the video, only to find it looks dreadful with all the chops!

      So the solution that I came up with was to firstly record my message into an audio recorder as if I was just telling a story to a friend. Then I transcribe the audio and edit out the ‘uhms and ahhs’ and any other uneccessary bits to create my final script.

      Then comes the magic.

      I record my videos on my iPhone 6 Plus and I was trying to see how I could make a cheap teleprompter using a craft box, some Beam-Splitter glass and an iPad! Then I went looking for a teleprompter app in the iOS App Store – I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found this:
      Teleprompt+3 by Bombing Brain

      The amazing thing about this app is that it will display your script over the iPhone screen whilst also recording you onto video. If you make sure that the text is positioned towards the camera end of the phone, it will appear as if you are looking straight at the lens. I think it costs $25. It’s brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope that helps

  • Roy Miller says:

    Kevin, this video was really well done. You are a natural. Very nice rhythm and and volume. You seem very comfortable in front of the camera. Which video program are you using? What editing program? Looking forward to following you.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Roy
      Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

      I recorded the video on my iPhone 6 Plus and then edited in Adobe Premiere. Having lots of fun with it.

  • Brice Great says:

    Great done Kevin! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am impressed! Well i take it as an inspiration!
    Like you i am not used to free traffic strategies… Let’s see! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Brice – That’s very kind of you to say.

      It’s funny, having been attempting this for some considerable time, I’ve always known about these, and other, free traffic methods but have always discounted them. I don’t know why – Just crazy I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Let’s keep taking action

  • From the blogroll it looks like there were over 350 of us that actually made it this far. I am looking forward to seeing how we progress over the next 3 weeks, especially the part that wants us to write a good post every day. And as for doing a video? still it looks like you are off to a good start here.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks for your comment Simon.
      I’m determined to stay at this and to complete the course – I’ve achieved more in the first 2 weeks than I have with other courses.

      I’m really enjoying being part of the community too.

  • Shane Dolby says:

    Great job I wish that I had the ability to do what you did. Hopefully with practice i will be able to accomplish great video like yours. And as the commenter before me asked do you use a written script of just wing it.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Shane – Thank you.

      I know that if you really WANT to master video, then you absolutely can. That is where I started and it’s been challenging and fun along the way so far. And to think, I’m recording all my videos with an iPhone – We are blessed with some amazing technology now.

      I know that I haven’t mastered it yet by a long way, but I’m loving it and I’m determined to keep on learning.

      I’ve just posted my answer for Ant above – Let me know if you have any further questions.

  • Rich says:

    very nice work! I didn’t see any of the Green fuzzy you talked about. I was thinking of doing the same thing with a green screen but have done much research on it. You seem comfortable in the process just a couple slow downs or hiccup. bit without watch for it, it would be missed very easily. Now I need to get of my butt and make my video.


  • Roberto says:

    Great video Kevin, and great effects, loved it! Green screen is something I wanted to do for over 2 years now. My first “reward” after I finish successful the QSC will be my brand new “green screen set up”. Thanks for the tip on getting special attention to the proper lights.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks for stopping by Roberto. I appreciate your comments.
      Green screen is so much fun – I look forward to seeing your first one soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ozer Tayiz says:

    Great video, Kevin! I wish some day I be as natural and relaxed on camera as you are! I was nervous at my first video. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Kevin Barham says:

      I know what you mean Ozer – I didn’t even publish my first ones!
      The good thing is, the more you do the easier it gets ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hello Kevin

    You are a natural in front of the camera.

    I used to have a chroma-key screen setup, I had to sell it as it was too bulky to transport out to Saudi with me. As you point out, avoiding shadows with good lighting is key to a successful chroma key video.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Igor
      I have a way to go, in particlular with the lighting but I’m determined to crack it 100%

  • Carlos says:

    Hello Kevin,

    You are a professional in front of the camera! You mention this was the first time with green screen, wow! It does look very professional, get sound, great look.

    Glad to see you are taking action and continuing, eventually you will be up there. Continue sharing your content via video, you can only go up from there.


  • Desana says:

    Hi Kevin,

    loved your video from the very beginning to the very end! I will listen to your words – the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll get with it! Keep up the good work and I’m looking for more!

  • Hey there Kevin,

    I see you use the Lavalier mic: Neewerยฎ LM10 Lavalier Lapel Clip-on Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone. How long is the wire? I need another mic for my kodak Zi8.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Carlos – Based on your question I just updated my previous reply in which I mentioned the Lavalier Mic.

      You raise a very good point – The mic I purchased has a very short cable (only about 1mtr) – So I would recommend looking for a mic with a longer cable – perhaps around 3mtrs.

  • Hello Kevin,

    really good work your video. Respect.

    Your blog looks really professional and what for a support desk software you use?

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Jochen – Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚

      I use OSTicket for the support desk. It’s free, open source software that you install on your server – I created and added it to a subdomain.

  • Rino says:

    Hi Kevin,
    You keep being “extra-motivator” in this year’s QSC – thank you.
    You are obviously 1 step ahead – you completed this week’s task in the first week and now you are taking us to the next level! Needless to say, since many have already said it, but I will say it, too – the video, with you in it, looks perfect!
    I may as well revert to you for any help if I get stuck.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Reno – Looking forward to seeing your first video.

      Please do let me know if I can be of any assistance ๐Ÿ™‚

  • scott says:

    Great video my friend. Its awesome the action you took making it and its an inspiration for me to do the same. Progress in the challenge is what its all about.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      You are so right Scott – It’s because of these challenges that I finally feel as though I am now moving in the right direction.

      I’m sure that is the same for high number of action-takers in this years QSC. It’s great to be a part of such a focused bunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Boris Qs says:

    Talking about massive action Kevin Barham just show what it all means.Kevin Barham You have taken the challenge to a whole new level with your video making some of us really look stupid but motivated.Great video there man if it was not the lottery draw my guess is you would have won this challenge.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hey Boris – Thanks for your lovely comments. It’s all about constant imperfect action.
      I’m delighted that you found it motivating – Now go make another video! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Kevin

    Great video. It worked ๐Ÿ™‚ I also appreciated the reprise of the week 2 QSC webinar. You have a nice easy speaking manner – a pleasure to listen to. I’m going to enjoy coming back to your blog. All the best.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Lauretta,
      You made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

      It DID work and I was so thrilled – but even moreso with all the wonderful comments – Thank you for yours.

      I look forward to future conversations – If I can be of any help, do let me know.

  • This is a great site , I love the green screen . i want to learn how to do this . Best of luck to you in the challenge.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Kevin
      As with anything, the desire to achieve something is the main ingredient.
      I look forward to seeing your first green screen video very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Craig says:

    Wow Kevin! Very impressive! If you wouldn’t have mentioned it I never would have even picked up on the very faint green outline. I loved the picture in picture part and I am always jealous of those with cool accents. Very nice recap of the lesson last week and excellent work on the green screen.

    Hope we can stay connected after all these lessons are done.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Many thanks Craig – I really appreciate your kind words.
      I had fun doing the PIP part – The video editing does take a bit of time but it’s something that I’m really enjoying.

      Yes – let’s stay connected. I love the topic of your blog and it is going to be of benefit to so many different people. Product creation is one of those things that can really elevate your business to the next level.

      I’m very keen to see how your site develops Craig.
      Talk soon,
      ~Kevin ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Kevin,

    I actually came to your blog via your YouTube video rather than the group blogroll – just to let you know that it works!

    I think we’re all having a great deal of fun with the Quick Start Challenge and the group vibe is inspiring too.

    Catch you again soon,


    Steven Lucas

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Steven – It’s good to know all the links are working.

      You’re so right – the group is excellent and full of like-minded, helpful people.

      Talk soon

  • Pete Bentzen says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Great video, I really enjoyed it and can tell, you are a lot further ahead than myself.
    I have done my first, just a straight recording without any editing, etc. I have bought the software for video editing, mixing, etc but haven’t had the time to learn it as yet. Likewise with green screen, I am quite keen to get into this, have just recently bought the kit, and hope get into it very soon.

    All the best!

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hey Pete – Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind comments.

      It’s great to see you have the green screen kit – Nothing holding you back now.

      I look forward to seeing the next video – Keep me posted

  • Gary Carter says:

    Kevin – BRAVO – BRAVO – BRAVO !! Excellent job my friend. Your site and video are clean and fresh. Very professional top notch work you’ve accomplished here. I’m signing up to follow your blog. You are an inspiration to me. All the best. Cheers ~ Gary

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Gary ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re very kind.
      I look forward to learning and sharing more as we continue – It’s an exciting journey.
      Talk soon

  • Greg Muir says:

    Hi Kevin. Well what a great imperfect video. I think you have done videos before. Ha Ha. I also enjoyed to content you offered in the video. I was very well structures and explained.
    All the best to you Kevin. And thanks for dropping by my blog.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hey Greg

      I think it was Mario Brown that said we should all be taking “massive imperfect action” and I couldn’t agree more ๐Ÿ™‚

      I truly appreciate your comments.
      Talk soon

  • Kevin โ€“

    Wow! Your website is impressive.

    I can see that you are already well-versed in using WordPress and making videos. Your videos are formatted nicely and you appear to be very comfortable in front of the camera. Your presentations seem to be well thought-out and I like the way you summarized what was taught on the webinar.

    I noticed in your “About Kevin Barham” page that you haven’t had as much success with your WSO’s as you would have liked. Perhaps, the SigniTraffic Method presented in this week’s webinar will be of some help in improving that situation.

    Your text and videos give me the impression that you will absorb all the information you receive from the Quick Start Challenge and apply it successfully to your business. Because I don’t think you’ll need good luck, I will wish you continued progress in your success.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Craig
      Thank you – You are very kind.

      I like what you said there about the ‘SigniTraffic’ method and doing that would have helped for sure. The biggest problem was that although I had the initial sales I didn’t have anything of a plan of what to do next. I completely neglected the new list I was building – Not because I was being rude but simply because I was confused about what I should sharing, how I should be sharing, when I should be selling, when I shouldn’t be selling – all as a result of reading about too many different methods from too many different ‘Gurus’ and ultimately this confusion led to inaction!

      The Quick Start Challenge has, fortunately, opened my eyes to do things that, although I have known about them since I first started back in the ‘days of yore’, I haven’t implemented. I think I wanted it all to be much more difficult ๐Ÿ™‚

      I will wish you continued progress in your success too Craig.

  • Annette says:

    Wow Kevin !!! I m very impressed about your video… you are doing that perfect (NOT IMPERFRCT) !!!
    I m looking forward for more… keep going !!!

    I wish you all the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Luis says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Great video. Wow. I someday wish to make a green screen video. I am looking forward to your future posts.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      If ‘someday you wish’ then someday you will – Or you can do it sooner ๐Ÿ™‚
      I just saw your very first video Luis – And it was brilliant.

      Good luck for week 3

  • Linda Babb says:

    Kevin – that was sooooo professional – just look forward to the day when I don’t find so much of the language ‘double dutch’. Good job!!

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Linda – I know what you mean. I might bring out a course; “Understanding Double Dutch”!

      I was exactly like that when I started and then it all just began to click into place. Just gotta keep trying ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for visiting

  • Joe Vajda says:


    Awesome job my man,

    I have always been a huge fan of video and have taken a few different courses online about green screen and just video in general. I don’t have the green screen equipment yet but thats one of my goals for the near future. I am working with my daughter to get her business set up as she is just starting college this fall for Marketing. I live in Alberta Canada about 3.5 hrs away from the Great Canadian Rocky Mountains. It was one of my goals to put together a package of video backgrounds for green screen and market this online as my first project, I put together an awesome package on my iPad when Crystal and I were down in the Rockies. Truly spectacular Majestic footage. If you may be interested please keep in touch and let me know. You did a great job on your video by the way much continued success.

    Joe Vajda

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Joe – Thanks for your comments.
      I would be very keen to see what you do with your background footage – Sounds like a great plan – Do keep me posted ๐Ÿ™‚

      BTW – I went to your blog to have a look but there seems to be a problem with your links – All blog posts link to the same ‘Coming Soon’ page. I hope you get it sorted (Shout if you need a hand).

  • Jeremy says:

    Outstanding Kevin.
    I want to start doing these sort of videos. Did you use Screnflow to add all the graphics and things on?

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Jeremy – Thanks for stopping by.
      I edited this with Adobe Premiere CS5.5 – It’s challenging, but fun!

  • Oggie says:

    Wow Kevin, you raised the bar so high for the whole QSC community with this video, especially with the magic finger snap! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your tip on the Teleprompter iPhone app is gold, thanks for sharing. I wish you all the success with the QSC!

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Oggie
      I’m very pleased that the teleprompter app idea is helpful.
      Talk soon
      ~Kevin ‘Magic Finger Snap!’ Barham ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ian says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Fantastic use of green screen, makes it look very professional. Well done.


  • Hi, its Steven here from QSC,

    That was an awesome presentation! Very well done.Keep it up.

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Steven – really appreciate your comment.
      I have no intention of stopping now! LOL

  • Hi Kevin,

    Great video! I think you did a really good job with the green screen.

    Getting the lighting right is an essential part of all video. I learned some good techniques from Joey Xoto. He’s someone who really knows his stuff when it comes to video and I highly recommend him.

    It’s great that you’re going to actively do forum and blog commenting. Blog commenting is the core of my traffic strategy and it brings me the highest quality traffic by far. As you mentioned, it does take time and you have to work at it diligently and consistently, but even a few laser-targeted blog visitors can end up being much more valuable and, indeed, profitable than 100 solo ad clickers.

    Well done for all the progress you’re making with the QSC, I look forward to seeing you progress even further. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Kevin Barham says:

      Thanks Glenn

      I’ll be sure to check out Joey Xoto and appreciate your input on the traffic method ๐Ÿ™‚
      Talk soon

  • Rick says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Great job on the video! I’ve created many videos over the years with being a graphic designer. I enjoy it. I created my first video with me in front of the camera for the second challenge, it wasn’t as tough as I expected. I’ve also been in IM for several years but never used a blog as my hub for the sites I created. It’s a new experience for me also.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your progress and with you all of the great success that comes with taking action!!! Great video!

    Rick Tenney

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hey Rick – Thanks for stopping by.

      It seems we are on a similar path ๐Ÿ™‚
      Good luck with this week’s challenge.

  • Rino says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Opt-in is up and running, congrats on that ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, I got used on finding motivation in your posts to create my posts so … I’m kind of missing your new post. Is it going to be soon? I am counting on that. Keep me notified when you do. Rino

    • Kevin Barham says:

      Hi Rino – Thanks so much for your message.
      I’ve been stuck dealing with one of my client’s problems. He had his hosting account hacked and I am rebuilding the site. There never seems to be enough hours in the day!

      I plan to have my next post up this week and really appreciate you giving me a nudge along ๐Ÿ™‚
      Talk soon

  • Shaneman says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Your really good at doing video – in this video you look so professional that you look like someone who is doing news on television.

    Keep up the excellent work ๐Ÿ™‚

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