How to Make a Green Screen Video on TikTok

If you frequent TikTok, several videos have probably come across your For You page using an effect known as a Green Screen. This effect lets creators place themselves over a picture or video as their background, making it appear as though they’re in another location or helping them show something specific to their audience. It’s similar to the idea of filming a movie scene with a green screen, with editors later adding a background. It’s also common to use similar green screen effects for video meetings today if your natural background isn’t ideal.  

The Green Screen effect is a popular TikTok trend, but more importantly, it can come in handy for multiple uses on TikTok, including promotional videos or how-tos. 

How to Make a Green Screen Video on TikTok: Step-By-Step Instructions

Clipper for movie filming on a green screen

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If you know how to use effects on TikTok, such as TikTok fonts, you can probably figure out how to find the Green Screen effect. However, using this effect is a bit different from other effects, as it requires a few more steps than other effects to work. Here’s what to do:

  1. Open TikTok and press the + symbol at the bottom of the screen to create a new video.
  2. Tap the Effects button.
  3. Select Green Screen to start the effect. The icon looks like a photo with a down arrow.
  4. Select one of the photos TikTok shows from your camera roll, or tap the + sign to add a new photo as your background.
  5. Hold your phone in front of your face to show your face on the screen. 
  6. Use your finger to move yourself around the screen to showcase the background how you’d like. You can also pinch or separate two fingers to make yourself appear smaller or larger on your screen.
  7. Continue making your video as usual by setting the video’s length and recording.

TikTok also allows GIF backgrounds. Rather than tapping on a photo to use as your background, tap the GIPHY button to search for a GIF to use as your background. 

To create a TikTok video with a video green screen background, you’ll need to use the Video Green Screen effect. The icon is similar to the regular Green Screen effect but with a video and an up arrow. Create your video using the same steps as outlined above.

How to Use Green Screen Videos on TikTok

Green screen jogging video screenshot from @thefashionjogger on TikTok

Screenshot from @thefashionjogger via TikTok

The Green Screen effect is often used when creators want to put together quick movies or stories. Sometimes, the creator acts like different characters for each new background to tell their story, usually to boost the comedic factor.

You can also use the Green Screen effect to show photos or video that you’d like to explain more in-depth. The effect allows you to point to what you’re referring to on the screen, so it’s helpful when creating how-to videos and tutorials.

The best way to gain inspiration for using this effect is to browse the Green Screen Effect on TikTok. To do this, search for “Green Screen” in the app. The Green Screen effect should show at the top of the page. Tap ‘Green Screen’ to see videos posted using the effect. 

TikTok Green Screen Video FAQ

The following are some frequently asked questions and answers about using green screen videos on TikTok.

Why is my TikTok green screen video not working?
If you can’t find the Green Screen effect or get the effect to work properly, you may need to update your TikTok app. Locate the app in your app store to see if you have the latest version. If so, you can force restart the TikTok app to refresh it.

How can I use Green Screen on TikTok with video?
To make a green screen with a video background on TikTok, be sure to use the Video Green Screen effect. It looks like a video icon with an up arrow and green background. 

Can I use GIFs with TikTok green screen videos?
Yes. To use GIFs for a TikTok green screen video background, choose the regular Green Screen effect for photos. Rather than adding a photo to the background, tap the GIPHY icon to search for and add a GIF as your background. 

What are the best ways to use TikTok green screen video?
TikTok’s Green Screen effect can be used in many ways, from simple explanation videos to more in-depth stories and comedic content. Browse the app’s content created with the effect by searching Green Screen in the app’s search bar. 

The TikTok Green Screen effect is just one more tool to use occasionally to make your TikTok content interesting for your audience. Whether you’re just getting started on TikTok or you’re an experienced TikTok creator, you want to get as many TikTok views as possible. Adding the TikTok follow button to your website will help you grow your audience.

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