I've been trying for hours to remove my white (well, grayish white) background from a video, and I thought you could remove it with keying nodes in the compositor (cycles). I managed to get somewhat close, but it still has pieces of white, and it affects the colour of my sunglasses. I've tried tutorials meant for green screens, keying/chroma/difference/luminosity nodes, but I just can't figure out the right settings. Core matte mask helped a little, but made it impossible because my body moves in the video. I played around with the keying colour a lot, and nothing seems to help.

Is this possible or is a green screen absolutely necessary?

I've attached the .blend file with a screenshot rather than the whole video due to file size, but I imagine it's the same principle.

Here's a screenshot of the original image:

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Here's the node setup:

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Thanks in advance!


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as you can see, with this setup you get pretty far.

Of course you should mask out roughly your body before, so that it won't "hurt" your face ;)

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! Seems so simple and effective. Only thing is, I move in this video...if I mask the body, how could I make it so that it doesn't cut out when I move? $\endgroup$
    – lakerice
    Apr 15, 2021 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ If you move you have to use the tracking feature of the video sequencer - but this is a second question...😉 $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Apr 15, 2021 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ Ah thank you! I'm learning about that now. $\endgroup$
    – lakerice
    Apr 15, 2021 at 18:32

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