Green screen – an easy way to create an impression…

At our recent research day, ‘Nurses today, tomorrow and the future’, our librarian Jose Lopez Blanco and I decided to give a future ‘feel’ to the day. Working with FLIE LTs Tracey Webb and Stephen Pyne, we used chroma keying (where a block of colour is replaced by an image or video) using a piece of software called Bandicam. Presentations were filmed in front of a green screen background enabling the presenters to appear against a computer-generated backdrop. We are piloting this initiative currently so contact your Faculty Learning Technologist if you would like to know more. Presenters in front of green screen with laptop

The library team are considering using this technology to provide short videos on the importance of avoiding plagiarism or to introduce the library to new students. This technology could also be extremely useful for welcoming international students with warm and interesting clips.

The first section of the clip outlines the emphases in the digital health industry, and speed to market changes, creating opportunities for nurses to contribute to, and lead, bidding activities. Framed by the BGB video clip, the possibilities of our new home are clear. The Healthcare Trends Forecast 2019, published by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, outlines 5 key areas of real-world applications:

  • Broader adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in population health
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality as routine treatment for pain control after surgery and as an adjunct for chronic pain control
  • Wearables and implantable health devices to enable more routine detection of chronic conditions and monitor treatment effectiveness
  • Increased use and impact of digital therapeutics to enhance medical adherence and as an alternative to traditional treatments, such as diabetes prevention programs and other models relating to preventing or mitigating the impact of chronic conditions
  • Broader use of voice recognition and intelligent assistants to reduce clinical burden

The report is available here: Forecast 2019 (

The second half of the clip features the work of the library, and how the staff there play a key role in supporting research. For example, library staff have been involved in systematic and scoping reviews and teach advanced literature searching skills for research. Another important aspect of research is understanding where to publish and your librarian can help you navigate the complex world of citation metrics (and to avoid predatory journals). Finally, the librarians can help you with Open Access enquiries. The library team has produced a lot of guidance for researchers in this link:

What do you need?

  • Book a quiet space
  • Presenters may choose to utilise a script
  • A relevant background presentation or video that is copyright free (ours was Estates footage of the BGB)
  • The software and equipment – the Learning Technologists have the software available on a hi-spec laptop and will provide the camera and portable green screen. (There is a portable green screen available at each site).
  • A practice run to work out timings. Think about what you will wear – block dark colours work best; avoid patterns.
  • Editing software to tidy up your presentation. Your LT can help with this.
Presenter in front of the recording of their presentation Presenter in front of their presentation recording

View a shortened version of the presentation here – HSS presentation (edited)

Debbie Holley, Jose Lopez Blanco, Tracey Webb, Stephen Pyne

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