Although there are many companies offering green screens, only Westcott offers a compact, portable, and versatile solution that’s perfect for photographers, streamers, and videographers on the go with their 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Green Screen. If you do a lot of streaming to sites like Twitch or Hitbox and make YouTube videos of your Magic: The Gathering matches or other video game sessions then chances are that at some point you’ll want to upgrade your setup to include a green screen. A green screen, in conjunction with a good webcam, allows a gamer to impose their head onto their gaming videos without taking up as much space. As a result your stream will look much more professional.
While some streamers might be able to just hang a green screen on a wall behind themselves, this gamer’s computer is in a position where a stand is needed so that watchers don’t see the entire house behind him. One of the reasons that the Westcott 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Green Screen is the ideal solution for others in a similar situation is that you won’t end up paying a superfluous amount of money for a traditional background stand that isn’t necessary for the average Twitch streamer or YouTuber.
Out of the box you receive the 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Chroma Key Green Background itself, the X-Drop stand, and a travel case which fits both the X-Drop Stand and up to three backdrops. All together the whole system weighs less than 3 lbs. That’s incredibly light, making it easy to take with you to photo shoots or when traveling with a laptop to stream games or create high quality videos from any location.
Setting up of the 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Green Screen literally takes less than five minutes. Start by extending the legs of the stand out. Next slide the three metal poles with hooks into the holes of the plastic top of the stand. Attach the green screen to the top of the stand with the three grommets, then do the same thing to the bottom two legs. Just extend the poles, lock them into position, and turn the other lock in the base of the stand and you’re set to go. If you’re shooting outside and it’s windy you’ll want to attach something to the bottom hook of the stand to keep it in place. Using the hook of a backpack with extra gear or the looped straps of the travel bag work in a pinch.
We streamed Magic Online, along with several other video games, for a little over a month with the Westcott 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Green Screen. Getting the green screen to work in both of the popular streaming software programs, Xsplit and OBS, was a breeze. You can Google how to do that, however the most important part is making sure that you have the proper lighting so that the chroma key works correctly. This another thing that you can Google. For our day-time set up all that we needed was a couple of CFL bulbs between the screen and the subject to do the trick.
A fantastic feature of the system is that the background is machine washable. We haven’t yet had the need to wash it after just one month of use. We’ll be updating the review with our experience after we do. One thing that we have noticed is that the sides of the backdrop have begun to slightly curl in. With a more traditional stand one could use clamps to secure the middle portions to the stands on either side. One cannot do that here with the X-Drop stand. Removing the backdrop and carefully ironing it seems to do the trick, albeit temporarily. This may become an issue when trying to shoot multiple subjects in within the five foot width (think parties of four or more people) but it wasn’t a concern as a streamer or for video conferencing with one less inch on the sides.
One of the biggest reasons for choosing the Westcott 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Green Screen is because of the stand itself. Westcott offers a large variety of other backdrops for use the X-Drop system. There’s a Wrinkle-Resistant Black, Wrinkle-Resistant White, and along with a wide selection of patterned backdrops to choose from. This makes the 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Green Screen great for photographers because you’ll get the versatility of using it for more than just a portable green screen.
- Light weight.
- Quick set up.
- Backdrops are wrinkle resistant and machine washable.
Between the ease of set up, portability, price point, and ability to purchase additional backgrounds, the Westcott 5′ x 7′ X-Drop Green Screen gets a perfect five. Please note that this review was based upon a free sample provided courtesy of Westcott.
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