10 Recommended Chroma Key Software in 2021

This post reveals 10 great video editors that are capable to run Chroma Key. You can also learn the detailed steps to use chroma key from video tutorials.

Wednesday October 27, 2021 6:33 PM PDT by Karen Greene

Chroma key allows video editing/shooting users to change/remove video backgrounds. No matter you got a wrong background or just needed to find a better one, Chroma key would be your best bet.

Nowadays, there is a lot of software with chroma key functions on the market. The most important standard for the chroma key is the quality and clarity of the background removal, followed by the operational complexity and compatibility.

According to these selection criteria, we will introduce the 10 best chroma key software in this article, including 6 running on the Windows system and 4 running on the Mac system.

Top 6 Chroma Key Software for Windows

#1. FilmForth – Free Video Editor without Watermark

FilmForth is one of the best free video editing software currently only available for window users. It is made for non-professionals, and the main features of it are no-watermark and full functioning, including free chroma key functions. Using the chroma key of FilmForth, You can change or change the background at will without a cost. The advantage of FilmForth is that it is easy to operate and allows users to quickly learn and use.

#2. VSDC Free Video Editor

VSDC is a free-to-use video editor that is sought after and loved by its users all over the world. At the moment, there are five million VSDC window users worldwide. The reason why VSDC is loved by users is its high-speed, full-featured, and exquisite page design. It also has high-speed and high-quality performance on chroma key functions. Compared with similar software, VSDC’s matting results are more perfect and efficient, and the traces left by it will hardly be found. But the disadvantage is that VSDC and FilmForth are both video editors, so users cannot use the chroma key on pictures.

#3. Wondershare Filmora – Not Free

Wondershare Filmora is a short video editing software designed to help people record their beautiful lives. It works on both windows and mac systems. In order to make the user’s video look colorful, Filmora has added almost all functions for video editing, including the use of chroma key to remove and change the media file background. Although the effect of removal is not enough, and occasionally white borders are left (representing a poor separation effect), the advantage is that the operation of Filmora is more concise and the separation process is faster. And afterward, there are rich and shocking backgrounds you can choose to add.

#4. Shotcut – A Free Video Editor

Shotcut is a free video editor that can be operated across multiple platforms. It is currently available to windows, mac, and Linux users. Shotcut is characterized by its support for file playback and editing in multiple formats. Shotcut also has a chroma key function supporting almost all formats of the media files to complete the background removal or change process. Compatibility with multiple formats is the main advantage of Shotcut compared to other video editors. But the shortcoming is, after using Shotcut to delete or replace the background, the definition of pictures and videos will drop a lot.

#5. Adobe After Effects – Cost and Skill-required

Adobe After Effects is a video editor specially used for making dynamic scenes, currently servicing for windows and mac users. The main feature of Adobe After Effects is to focus on the design and addition of dynamic effects of videos and pictures. For better performance, Adobe After Effects strives to improve the clarity of the picture, which makes Adobe After Effects usually get clearer and perfect results when using the chroma key. The downside is that the operation process is more complicated. If you are a beginner, it may take a lot of time to master it.

#6. Camtasia – Has Free Trial

Camtasia is a free screen recording software and video editor(has a free trial), which can be run in the windows and mac system environment. The main feature is that the processed video content directly comes from a relatively high-quality screen recording instead of transferring files that inevitably lose clarity, which preserves the clarity of the original video to the greatest extent, and facilitates the subsequent chroma key processing. The disadvantage of Camtasia is that the background styles provided for users to choose are single and the sorts are scarce. This may limit the talents of the creator.

Top 4 Chroma key software for Mac

#1. iMovie

iMovie is a free video editing software for mac users. iMovie provides users with a large number of high-quality and outstanding filters and backgrounds. After using the chroma key, the user can select and add from these exquisite filters and backgrounds to get gorgeous video effects. The advantage of iMovie is that relying on a powerful material library, users can often get amazing synthesis results and realize their sometimes wild ideas. But the disadvantage is that its compatibility is poor, and several specified file formats must be used to edit videos and pictures.

#2. OpenShot

OpenShot is a simple and powerful short video editor, a free software servicing for mac and windows users. The feature of OpenShot is to allow users to add a variety of animation effects to the video, especially stunning 3D animation effects and supports multiple video formats. In terms of chroma key, OpenShot adheres to the consistent style of mac software, equipped with a powerful and reliable background library as the basis for user creation. Nevertheless, OpenShot also has its own shortcomings. The cutout effect of OpenShot is not very good, and the residual traces of separation can be seen.

#3. DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve is a professional video editing software, good at adjusting and matching colors to get the same visual effects as Hollywood blockbusters, including more than 100 special effects commonly used in movies. DaVinci Resolve can work on windows and mac systems. Since DaVinci Resolve is a highly professional software, its chroma key function is very powerful, and the separation effect and synthesis result are perfect, so it is very popular among professionals. But the extreme effect also brings very complicatedly debugging and operating procedures. It often takes a lot of time to use DaVinci Resolve to obtain perfect performance, which also makes it not popular among amateur editing enthusiasts.

#4. WeVideo

WeVideo is a free video editor that supports online editing, currently only available to mac system users. The main feature of WeVideo is that it is easy to operate. Both the elderly and the handicapped can complete their desired editing effects through simple buttons and operating procedures. It is as simple as opening the software with only three clicks to complete the deletion of the video and picture background using the chroma key, and five clicks to add a new background to generate a new video or picture. However, the overly simple operation and selection also mean that Wevideo has deleted many functions and reduced the possible manifestations of the work.

Conclusion

Chroma key feature is an essential function when we edit or create videos and pictures because it is basically impossible for us to find a background that makes us completely satisfied in reality. We need to change and adjust the video or picture background to get an amazing performance. The above 10 software can accomplish this task.

This 10 software have their own advantages and disadvantages, but generally speaking, better performance results are often accompanied by more complicated operation processes, and stronger compatibility usually leads to unclear synthesis results. After fully understanding the characteristics and limitations of each video editor, select the appropriate software according to your actual situation. Good luck!

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Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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FilmForth - Free Video Editor

  • No charge, no watermark, no skill required at all.
  • Export video to MP3 with one click.
  • Add transitions, effects, filter, text to the video as you want.
  • Remove, replace, record and edit the background audio easily.
  • Change the speed, volume, and subtitle on video with ease.
  • Stabilize, trim, rotate, and convert video in seconds.
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