Raubay’s popup green screen background stand can transform any room into an actual studio.
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There’s something about backdrops and backdrop systems. No matter what we choose, there will always be things we like and things we dislike. With this in mind, I’m always on the lookout for new background systems.
While this one was released a couple of years ago, it hadn’t popped up (if you’ll pardon the expression) on my screen before. So, I’m bringing it to you today, in case you haven’t seen it, either. It’s by a company called Raubay, and it could be a great solution for certain uses.
Despite having the most annoying voiceover ever – where every single word in the script is emphasised – the above video shows how it works quite well. I have a projector screen that works similarly to this – it’s handy when we go camping.
The concept is very simple. You place a long rectangular container on the ground. Then, you spin out the feet and lift the screen. A support system is behind the screen that holds it in position. They’re not a new idea. Popup banners like this are used in marketing for years. But this is the first time I’ve seen it used at such a size for a specific photography or video intent.
I should point out here that this isn’t going to be an ideal solution for everybody. It’s not going to work under certain conditions. For example, if you want to film or photograph somebody full-length, particularly if they’re quite tall.
What I think it really shines at is a YouTube studio in your home.
A Home YouTuber’s new best friend?
For many of us, if we wish to start up a YouTube channel, we’re doing it at home. We need a place to film but does everyone have a dedicated room for this? No, you don’t. Most people will want to hide at least their home.
With ease, you can do this with a backdrop such as this. It’s easy to set down and pull up when you need it. And it’s also just as easy to pack down and store when you’re done. You can also choose green or blue for chromakey. You can also choose black, white, or grey for a neutral, flat look.
Compact for small spaces
Popup backdrops come in two sizes. The larger (or “wider”) version is 78.7 x 78.7″ and costs $209.99. That equates to a hair under 6’7″ x 6’7″. The standard-sized backdrop is 59.8 x 78.2″ or a hair under 5ft wide by 6’7″ tall, and costs $159.99.
There are five colours in total available for each size:
I don’t think I’d use one of these for photography, but I think for regular video use in places where space is an issue, absolutely. Why not? I mean, you can transform a room in seconds into a shooting space, and then tuck it all under the couch a few minutes later.
It’s not the only solution
There are other solutions that we can do ourselves. If we have enough space to create a dedicated area, we can build a set and paint the walls. If we don’t and still want to get rid of the background behind us, here are a couple more options.
Impact Collapsible Background (8’x10′)
This one’s only really a benefit if you’re going with green screen. I think that there are simpler options for black/white/grey. But, finding the right material in the right color can be difficult with green. You must be precise. With black/white/grey, you don’t.
The Impact Collapsible Background covers an 8’x10′ area, which is pretty large. It can be used to shoot full-length footage, if necessary. But you’ll want to make sure you’ve got suitably tall ceilings in the room you wish to use it. You’ll need plenty of space to unfold the tent.
They are also available in black, white and various other colours in different sizes, but the green Impact Collapsible Background 8’x10′ is available to Buy Now for $79.
Westcott X-Drop Kit (5′ x 7′)
The Westcott X-Drop Kit isn’t as large as the Impact Collapsible Background, so it’s much easier to manage. While the smaller size will limit your shooting options in comparison, it’s likely still more than plenty for many situations.
This is an excellent option for YouTubers who want to separate themselves from their background or composite themselves over other footage. Set down and unfold when you need it, fold it back up and store it away when you’re done.
The Westcott X-Drop 5’x7′ backdrop kit is available to Buy now for $119.90. The company makes a larger 5’x12′ version for $139.90. They’re also available in green, black, white or grey. There’s no blue.
As I mentioned above, I don’t think the Raubay stand is objectively “better” than the others mentioned here or any other solutions you might come up with yourself. But it’s an interesting backdrop stand that definitely offers some advantages to certain needs.
What background do your videos at home have?