TikTok had it first, then Instagram copied it, and now it is on Facebook! If you put up a lot of stories on Facebook Stories, there’s a new editing tool to liven things up. Green Screen, as the name suggests, is now part of Stories on Facebook that lets you play around with backgrounds. The tool is borrowed from an effect of the same name on Instagram and is currently under testing with select users. Also Read - India's cyber agency cautions Facebook users to update privacy settings after data breach
The Green Screen editing tool was first spotted by a Twitter user going by the name of Mamun Billah, who also shared screenshots of the same. The feature is currently under testing and only a few Facebook users have access to it initially. Once rolled out globally, Green Screen will allow users to add Stories with varying backgrounds. Also Read - Facebook's Clubhouse rival app set to launch this summer
Green Screen comes to Facebook Stories
The feature works in a very simple way for users to employ the advanced effects for their Stories. Once this feature rolls out to you, here’s what you need to do to use Green Screen: Also Read - Facebook to take on Clubhouse, Zoom with social audio products launch
-Open Facebook Stories and locate the Green Screen tool next to the Text option.
-Green Screen by default lets you add a photo or video as a background. Choose your desired background from your phone’s gallery.
-Once you care done choosing background, tap the shutter button for taking a photo. Hold the same for taking a video clip.
-Green Screen lets you choose between front and rear cameras, as well as toggle the camera flash.
— Mamun Billah (@mamun91bd) March 20, 2021
The feature has been developed by Instagram, as is evident from the tag from the screenshot. Do note that Instagram itself offers Green Screen as an effect and not a tool. One needs to search for Green Screen from Instagram’s vast library of effects. Given that it’s imported from Instagram, the end result should be quite similar.
A couple of days ago, Facebook introduced a feature for content creators to recommend their Reels on Facebook. That’s one of the reasons why you may be seeing a lot of Short Videos done in the Instagram Reels style. Facebook still does not have an option to let users directly record Reel-style video from the app itself.
Additionally, Instagram, also revealed a new feature restricting adults from sending direct messages to youngsters unless they follow each other. If an adult user tries to do the same, Instagram will send a message prompt informing the inability to send messages.