How to Remove a Green Screen From a Video Quickly and For Free

In this guide, I will explain how you can
remove a green screen from a video incredibly quickly. The whole process takes
just a few seconds once you have installed the software that I’m going to
suggest.

Follow the steps below to learn how it’s all
done. I will also explain how you can add your own background to the video, or
choose to add other effects.

The whole process should take less than an
hour if you have a reliable internet connection to install the software.

Getting Started – Installing Free
Video Editing Software

To start with, you must install a video editing software. For this guide, I’m going to suggest Hitfilm Express. You can download it from their website for free.

The entire software is free, so long as you give them a share on Facebook or Twitter. You can delete your share after the software has downloaded. Once the software has downloaded, it’s time to get started. Click File in the top left, then click New.

You can select the defaults, which should be
1080p Full HD @ 60 fps. Once they are selected, click OK. If your video has other dimensions, don’t worry, the right
dimensions can be applied automatically once the video is added.

Once you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll
be in the editor. The only parts you need to pay attention to for now are the
media and editor tabs at the bottom. The media tab is where you need to place
your imported video with the green screen. The editor tab works as a timeline
and you can drag imported media into it.

So, let’s begin. Drag your green screen video
into the media tab on Hitfilm
Express. Doing this is simple: find your green screen video on your PC, then
click and drag it into the media tab.

Next, drag the green screen video from the
media tab into the editor tab within
Hitfilm Express. You’ll see the outline of the clip in the timeline. Let go of
the mouse button and the video will be placed into your timeline. If the
resolution of your video is different, a pop-up will appear, you can click OK here.

Next, click the Effects tab in the bottom left window. In the search bar of this new window, search for Color Difference Key. Next, drag the color difference key text onto your video clip in the editor timeline.

The green screen will be removed. Generally,
the end result will be good so long as the video you have used has good
lighting conditions

After you’ve removed the green screen, it’s
time to add a background video. If you don’t need a background, you can skip
this step.

How to Add a New Background to a Green Screen Video

First, you need to have a suitable background.
It can be a video or a picture. Ideally, it needs to be the same resolution as
your original green screen video for the best results.

Once you have a suitable background, find the
file for it on your PC and drag it into the media tab on Hitfilm Express, just like you did with the green
screen video earlier.

Next, it’s important to understand how the
timeline works. When you add a new clip or image on top of another, it appears
over the top of it in the final video. You will need to move the background
underneath the green screen video.

To do this, first click and drag the green
screen video from within the editor timeline and bring it into the video 2 slot.

With your green screen video now occupying
video 2, you can click and drag your background media into the video 1 slot in the editor timeline.

Once it is in video 1, you can use the playback
tools in the top right to test the results. As you can see from our example
video, we managed to get the our green screen video to appear above the
background.

You can go back to the editor timeline and
press C to select the slice tool.
This will allow you to cut any excess footage of the background. With the slice
tool selected, hover over the edge of the green screen video and then click to
cut it.

Once the excess footage has been cut, you can press V to select the selection tool. Now, click on the excess footage on the right side of your cut. You can now press Delete to remove it.

Finalize Your Green Screen Video by Exporting

Once you’re happy with the results, you can export it. Right now, it’s only a Hitfilm project file. To export your video, Click Export on the right side of the screen, just above the editor tab. After, click Contents.

Doing this will take you to the export screen. Click Start Exporting at the bottom of the screen. Your video will now export. The time it takes will depend on how long the video is and how powerful your processor is. Once it is done, you’ll hear the familiar Windows alert noise. The Hitfilm icon in the taskbar will also glow orange.

You can open Hitfilm again and click on the
link in the Output fieldto find the
file on your computer.

Summary

If you’ve read this far, you should now know
how to remove a green screen from a video and how to add a background with free
software. If you have any questions about this guide, please leave a comment
below and I’ll reply to you when I can.

Best 2019 Budget Gaming CPUs Compared – Intel vs Ryzen for Low End Builds

Whilst Intel used to hold the crown for the
best gaming CPUs, it has completely changed now that AMD has brought their
Ryzen line into the industry.

To begin with, Ryzen absolutely blew their competition out of the water at the low end, and for some time, Ryzen was the clear choice for low end machines. But it didn’t take long for Intel to fight back.

These days, both later generation i3 and i5 chipsets are just as equipped as Ryzen CPUs. The battle is ongoing, and each CPU manufacturer is constantly fighting to be ahead. But in 2019, which option stands out to be the best?

In this guide, we focus on which are the best
2019 budget gaming options between both Intel and Ryzen.

Cheapest Intel vs Cheapest Ryzen – i3 8100 versus AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

So we have two neck and neck choices in terms
of pricing at the very low end. The i3 8100 is essentially the cheapest, and
latest i3 chipset available for desktop gaming in 2019. On the other side of
the fence we have the equivalent, the Ryzen 5 2400G.

In terms of pricing, the i3 8100 sits at $129
on Amazon, whilst the Ryzen 5 2400G sits at $139. So, the pricing is close, but
if you’re really on a tight budget, every extra dollar counts.

However, in terms of performance, what’s the
difference between the i3 8100 and the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G? Well, surprisingly
the performance is very, very close. Both have 4 cores at a clock speed of
3.6GHz, both score very similarly in benchmarks when using a high end graphics
card, and the typical TDP for both is 65W.

Now, there is a slight advantage to owning the
Ryzen 5 2400G. If you’re on a very tight budget, the integrated graphics in the
Ryzen chip is far better than the Intel UHD Graphics 630 chip in the Intel
i3-8100.

You can also boost the clock speed of the
Ryzen chip to 3.9GHz, and if you plan to upgrade in the future, you may stand a
better chance at being able to keep your motherboard if you get a good B450
motherboard with the Ryzen option.

So in terms of real world performance, the
processors are neck and neck. Pricing-wise, the i3-8100 is better, but if you
won’t be getting a graphics card, the Ryzen 5 2400G wins.

Winner:
Ryzen for integrated graphics, i3-8100 with standalone graphics card

Mid-Range CPUS – Intel i5-8400 vs Ryzen 5 2600X

At this particular price point, there’s a
clear winner. Firstly, the i5-8400 sells for $201, whilst the Ryzen 5 2600X
sells for $175. Pricing for motherboards is similar no matter what you choose.

I’d only recommend this option if you plan to
get a standalone graphics card, otherwise your CPU will be bottlenecked, so the
graphics doesn’t really matter. However, I should mention that the Ryzen 5
2600X does not have integrated graphics.

In terms of raw performance, benchmarks put
both CPUs neck and neck, with some results showing the Intel i5-8400 coming
slightly ahead, whilst other benchmarking software shows the Ryzen 5 2600X ever
so slightly in the lead. However, in terms of real gaming performance, the
Ryzen 5 2600X is quite the step up from the i5-8400.

Another great thing about the Ryzen 5 2600X is
that once again, once you get this CPU, you will have a few generations to wait
and upgrade, unlike the i5-8400, which will require a new motherboard after we
move onto 10th generation CPUs.

In terms of specifications, it makes sense, too. The Ryzen 5 2600X has 6 cores, but 12 threads. The Intel i5-8400 has just one thread per each of its 6 cores. Both CPUs have a max turbo frequency, but the Ryzen comes in at 4.2GHz, ahead of the 4.0GHz of the i5-8400.

TDP for the Ryzen 5 is 95W, which is quite power hungry, whilst the i5-8400 is just 65W, but for mid range products this shouldn’t matter all that much. It’s important not to be cheap on a power supply regardless of your budget, so this shouldn’t be a concern.

Winner:
Ryzen 5 2600X

Best CPU Under $300 – Intel
i5-9600k vs AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

If you haven’t spotted the trend already, I’ll
spell it out for you. Ryzen is winning the low to mid end war in 2019. Their
CPUs have better gaming performance at all price points and at a sub-$300 it’s
no different story.

The i5-9600K is a great CPU, for sure, but the
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is better. The price difference may be a concern though. The
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is $285, whilst the I5-9600K is $260. Arguably, though, the
performance increase is far better than the price increase, giving the Ryzen 7
2700X a higher price/performance score.

The Ryzen 7 2700X just has far more going for it. You get 8 cores with 16 threads, whilst the i5-9600K still has 6 cores and 6 threads. Not all games will utilize all of those cores efficiently, but in 2019 we’re finally reaching the point where more cores really does matter.

The clock rate of the i5 is higher at 4.6GHz max clock speed, with the max on the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X being 4.3GHz. However, with the improved architecture and core count, the performance is better still. Both CPUs are power hungry, with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X listed to have a 105W TDP and the intel i5-9600K has a 95W TDP.

Winner:
Ryzen 7 2700X

Summary

In summary, at every price point up to $300,
Ryzen wins as a better gaming CPU in 2019. In the future, things may change,
but as it currently stands, AMD holds their title to be the budget king. If you
have any questions about the hardware mentioned in this article, leave a
comment below and I’ll reply as soon as I can.

How to Make Your Own Discord Music Bot

In this guide, we’ll be explaining how you can
make your own Discord music bot to play your favorite music to an entire
server. As long as you follow this guide step by step, the whole process is
generally very easy, and you’ll have a lot of control over how everything works
for your specific server.

To begin with, we’ll explain what you’ll need
to make this work, and then we’ll look at how you can get the bot set up and
how you can configure it once it is on your server.

Getting Started – What You Need for a Music Bot on Discord

Before you can install the Discord music bot,
you must make sure you have the right permissions. Either you need to be the
server owner, or you need to have administrator rights. If you don’t have any
of these rights, you’ll need to ask the existing owner. To find out what
permissions your role has on Discord, click ‘server settings’.

To do this, click on the drop down arrow next to the server name in the very top left. Then, click Server Settings on the window that appears.

On the settings page, click Roles on the left, and then on the right, look for your role. It should either be the very top role, which is essentially the server admin role, or one of the others.

Click on your role and make sure that the ‘Administrator’ option has been switched to the on position. This will allow you to add bots to your Discord channel.

Next, it’s time to find a good Discord music bot. For this tutorial, we will be using Rythmbot. You can find the download page here.

On the Rythmbot download page, click the Invite Rythm button. This will add Rythm to your server.

Next, you’ll need to choose the server you’d
like Rythm to join. You may need to sign into your Discord account on your
browser before being shown this option. If you have administrator permissions
on multiple servers, make sure you choose the right one.

After that, simply click Authorizeand Rythm will be added to your server. Next, it’s time to create a voice channel for the music bot. It can be a fun way to create a radio station or a social listening experience, but you don’t really want the music bot in your standard voice chat channel.

To do this, go back to Discord and click the ‘+’ button on the voice channels section, found on the left side of the Discord window.

After that, choose a name for the server and make sure you select the Voice Channel option. It’s now time to get Rythm to join the channel. To do this, first find any song on the internet. For example, visit Youtube and search for a music track.

Then, copy the URL for that song, and go back to Discord, and type !play ‘youtubeurlhere’. Make sure to replace ‘youtubeurlhere’ with the URL you’d like to play. The Rythmbot will join the first voice channel and start playing. You can then click and drag it to move it to your music channel.

If you want the music bot to leave, simply type !disconnect and it will leave the channel it is currently in. If you want the bot to join the channel you are in, type !join.

There are many other commands available for
you to use with Rythmbot. For example, typing
‘!lyrics song name’
can return results for the lyrics and paste them into
the text channel.

You don’t even need to find the specific URL
for a song, either. In fact, you can simply type !play ‘song name’ and the bot will search for it and then add it to
the play queue.

The Discord Bot Isn’t Playing Any Music – Help!

This is a common problem many Discord music
bot users come across, but generally it’s very easy to fix. First, if it’s not
playing any sound, you may need to switch your server to a location closer to
the bot. In my experience, I’ve found switching to a US server helps.

To do this, click the drop down arrow next to your server name in the very top left. Next, click Server Settings. Then, under server overview, click the server region option to change your server.

If this doesn’t work, make sure that the
Discord music bot isn’t muted. Right click the bot when it is in the voice
channel, then make sure ‘user volume’ isn’t at zero. Also, ensure ‘mute’ and
‘server mute’ aren’t ticked. Your options should match the image shown above.

If you’re still experiencing issues, try typing !disconnect in the general chat and then type !join to disconnect and reconnect the bot. Sometimes this can solve issues.

As a final note, make sure you are actually
connected to the server. You must be connected to the server to be able to hear
the music, too.

Finally, one more tip. If you want to make it
so only the bot can play audio in the channel it is in, you’ll need to assign a
unique role to the bot.

First, click the drop down arrow next to your server name in the very top left. Next, click Server Settings.

Click Roles and then click the small ‘+’ button at the top. Name it something like Music Bot. Save changes and close down that page.

Next, right click the Rythmbot and give it the music bot role.

Finally, right click the music channel and click Edit Channel. Go through each role and make it so no roles can use voice chat, but ensure that the music bot role can use voice chat.

The ‘everyone’ role needs this setting on the
‘x’ and the Music Bot role needs this setting on the tick.

Summary

Hopefully this Discord music bot guide has
been useful. If you have any questions or need further help, leave a comment
and I’ll get back to you when I can.

The Best Affordable Smartphones in 2019

The greatest thing we’ve noticed about the
best affordable smartphones in 2019 is that they offer a surprisingly great
experience. You can often find a smartphone with a good display, some
reasonable specs and even a myriad of camera sensors in some cases.

If you’re a mid range buyer, there’s never
been a better time to buy a smartphone. In fact, this list serves to highlight
exactly why. Here is a look at the best affordable smartphones to release this
year. Please note, the prices are estimated and based on US prices.
International pricing will vary.

Moto G7 Play – $170

Motorola has always been one of the most popular budget handset manufacturers, so it should come as no surprise that their ongoing Play handset has received a refresh in 2019. No matter what region you are in, this is going to be a reasonably priced smartphone.

The G7 Play comes equipped with a 5.7 inch display with a resolution of 720×1512. On the inside, you get 2GB RAM and a Snapdragon 632 processor. The G7 Play is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and you also get a 13 megapixel primary camera, as well as an 8 megapixel selfie camera.

Pretty middle of the park, honestly, but it
should be noted that no areas have been attacked massively to achieve a low
price. You get a reasonable experience across the board.

Moto G7 Power – $220

If you want a slightly better handset from
Motorola, take a look at the Motorola Moto G7 Power. This is essentially a
direct upgrade to the Play in every way. First, let’s talk about the unique
feature that allows the G7 Power to stand out.

It has a huge 5,000mAh battery, bigger than even some flagships. And, to top it off, the 6.2 inch display has a resolution of just 720×1570, which, whilst not the prettiest, it means that battery consumption is far lower.

On the inside, you get 4GB RAM and the same Snapdragon 632 chipset. This smartphone also has the same 12 megapixel primary and 8 megapixel selfie camera setup.

Huawei P Smart 2019 – $200

The Huawei P Smart is one of Huawei’s best budget smartphone lines. This year, it comes with 3GB RAM, a 3,400mAh battery and a Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor. Sure, the specifications are limited, but the overall design is very impressive.

You get a 6.21 inch 1080×2340 display with a waterdrop cut out for the camera. The cameras include a single 16 megapixel sensor and a back facing 13/2MP camera setup. You’ll also find a fingerprint sensor on the back.

Sony Xperia 10 – $344

Sony has released a very unique set of
smartphones in 2019, and two of them are reasonably affordable. The most
affordable smartphone is the Sony Xperia 10, which comes with a 6.0 inch, 21:9
aspect ratio display. This is the widest, tallest smartphone you’ll ever lay
your eyes on. Sony claims it’s excellent for cinematic experiences.

In simpler words, it’s excellent for watching movies and playing games. The Xperia 10 display has a resolution of 1080×2520 and there’s plenty of Sony display technology going on under the hood. Besides that, you get 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 630 chipset.

The battery is just 2,870mAh, which looks tiny now compared to the Moto G7 Power. You also get a dual camera setup on the back, which includes a 13 megapixel primary sensor and a 5 megapixel depth sensor. The selfie snapper is a single 8 megapixel sensor

Samsung Galaxy M30 – $260

Samsung’s budget handsets are always hit and
miss. In the past, many of them have often been a little overpriced for what’s
being offered. Take the new M range and your mind will be changed. The M30 is
the more expensive of the two budget handsets from Samsung, but it’s still
reasonably priced.

So what do you get? Well, you are given a smartphone with a 6.4 inch display and a 1080×2340 resolution. The display is almost edge to edge and it has just a small waterdrop style cut out for the single 16 megapixel selfie camera. On the back, you get a triple camera setup.

That includes one 13 megapixel main camera, a 5 megapixel ultrawide, and a 5 megapixel depth sensor. On the inside, you’ll find an Exynos 7904 processor, 6GB RAM, and a huge 5,000mAh battery. Finally, the M30 also has a fingerprint sensor on the back. Ultimately, this is one of the best budget smartphones we’ve ever seen from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy M20 – $220

If you want a step down in price, you can get the equally beautiful M20 smartphone from Samsung. The design is very much the same in many ways, with few changes. You get a similar cutout for the camera, but the selfie camera is just 8 megapixels.

The display is 6.3 inches but still an impressive 1080×2340 resolution. You get two camera sensors on the back – a 13 megapixel primary sensor and a 5 megapixel ultrawide. On the inside, you get 4GB RAM, but the same Exynos 7904 chipset. Finally, the fingerprint sensor and 5,000mAh battery is still there too.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (Xiaomi Redmi 6
Pro) – $175

Depending on your region, this smartphone will either be called the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite or the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. This smartphone has a 1080×2280 resolution 5.84 inch display.

You get a small notch cut out for the speaker grill and single 5 megapixel selfie camera. On the back, the camera setup includes a 12 megapixel main sensor and a 5 megapixel depth sensor. You’ll also find a fingerprint sensor. The insides include a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery.

In many, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite looks and feels
like a budget Google Pixel device, so it really isn’t a bad buy at all.

Summary

Thanks for reading our list on the best
affordable smartphones in 2019. After reading through this list, which
smartphone stands out to you the most? If you have any questions about these
smartphones, please let me know and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

The Best Resources for Royalty Free Music to Use for YouTube Videos

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at a
number of resources you can use to find royalty free music to use in your
YouTube videos. We will also explain how you can make sure that the music you
use doesn’t get you copyright claims, and what happens if you do get one.

Hopefully, by the time you’ve read through
this article, you’ll have a solid understanding about how music copyright works
on YouTube and how you can stay on the good side to ensure your videos can be
monetized.

How to Find Royalty Free Music

To start with, let’s take a look at the best
ways to find royalty free music for YouTube videos. There are plenty of sources
online, so it should be quite easy to find music that’s suitable to your video
and your tastes.

Here is a quick overview of what we’ll be
covering in this section;

  • Copyright free music through YouTube search
  • YouTube provided royalty free music

We’ll start with the safest option and that is to use royalty free music offered directly by YouTube. Simply navigate to YouTube.com/audiolibrary/music and you’ll be able to browse through thousands of free music tracks and sound effects.

Not only are these tracks royalty free, but
you can use them in your video without worry that they may mistakenly get
copyright claimed. YouTube specifically provides the audio on this page for
creators to avoid getting copyright claims.

Whilst you may not be able to find exactly
what you are looking for, you can use this page to filter music by genre,
instrument, duration, and even mood, which makes it a powerful tool to find
music specific to your needs. The sound effects tab is a nice addition, too.
You can organize by sound category and all of these sounds are free to use,
too.

Next, we have copyright free provided by different channels on YouTube itself. Performing a simple search for ‘copyright free music’ can often return some useful results.

You can even include specific terms like ‘copyright free piano music’ or ‘copyright free comedy music’ to find more specific tunes. Keep in mind that just because a video has copyright free in its title, doesn’t mean it’s free to use on YouTube.

Carefully read the description of the video
and see what rules apply. In many cases, it will state that you are allowed to
use the song for free, so long as you credit the artist. In some cases, the
video may state that you must pay first on their website to use their song –
avoid these ones.

In some rare cases, using these songs, even if
they are marked as copyright free, can cause you to run into copyright claim
issues. At any point, artists can get signed or set up copyright for their
content and this could make an older video that has promoted it invalid. We’ll
talk more about how you can avoid this in the next section.

How to Make Sure Your Music Doesn’t Get You Demonetized

If you do not want to risk it, you should
always use the music and sounds provided by YouTube on the music library that
we linked earlier in this article. However, if you are willing to go further
for slightly more enjoyable music, you can ensure your videos don’t get
demonetized by following the steps I will outline below.

Step 1
Make sure you read
the description
of any video you want to use the music from. Make sure it
says in the description you are free to
use their song
without
demonetization
.

Step 2
Ensure you go
through the proper routes to claim the music
that has been provided for
free. Usually, this may be a third party 
link or hosted on a music website like Soundcloud. Don’t just rip the
music from the video.

Step 3
Add the music to your video, making sure to save the
project file in case you need to remove the music in the future. Next, upload
the video to YouTube, let it process, but do not upload it.

Step 4
Fill in all of the details you normally would, such
as video description, tags, title, and thumbnail. Do not press publish.
Instead, set the video as unlisted and then press done. Don’t worry, you can
still switch it from unlisted to public in the future and your subscribers will
still get notifications.

Next, you’ll need to wait some time. The best
bet is to wait roughly 2 hours. If YouTube’s content ID system detects
copyrighted material on your song, you’ll be notified by email. You can then
remove your uploaded unlisted video, go back to your original project file, and
choose a new song.

If you’ve followed the first steps, it’s very unlikely your video will get copyright claimed, however. But, this makes sure you don’t get caught out by rare cases where it does happen.

For example, once I used a song that was on a copyright free channel, but the artist got signed by a record label after it was published to that channel, which meant the information they provided about it being free to use was outdated.

By following the steps above, you make sure
you test the system first to ensure you don’t fall victim to something like
this. This then allows you to publish your video knowing that it’s safe for
monetization and there’s no risk that you might have to reupload and lose your
views.

What Happens if You Get a Copyright Claim on Your Video?

If you get a copyright claim on your video for
using music, don’t worry. It won’t impact your channel. In most cases, any of
the revenue you would have earned will just go to the original artist instead.
In some cases, the video will be blocked from being published.

Copyright claims like this are completely
different to channel strikes, which can cause your channel to be banned.
Channel strikes are often only applied when you blatantly steal content without
any fair use applied, for example uploading an entire movie, and a company
manually files a DMCA notice. When using audio, this is very rarely going to
happen, especially if you follow all of the steps in this article.

Summary

Thanks for reading this far. If you’ve read up
to this point, you will have learned the following things:

  • How to find music that’s safe to
    use on your YouTube channel.
  • How to test that music won’t
    demonetize your videos.
  • What happens if you do get a copyright
    claim and why you don’t need to worry.

I hope that this article has been useful. Do
you have any questions about YouTube’s copyright or content ID system? If you
do, leave your question below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.