Kinect No Need 4 Green – The Green Screen without a Green Screen


This little piece of software allows you to produce easily, quickly and cheaply the type of picture that you would normally need a proper green screen setup to create. The software uses a Kinect for Windows or Kinect for XBOX360 device connected to a Windows 7 or 8 pc.

All you need to do is stand in front of the device and it will cut you out. You can choose between different backdrops, which you can add to by copying your own pictures (JPEG or PNG) into the PICTURES sub-folder. You can zoom in & out and move the cut out image using the keyboard or by on-screen controls.  You can take snapshot pictures of what is displayed in the window and these pictures are saved into the SNAPSHOTS sub-folder.

Kinect No Need 4 Green The Green Screen without a Green Screen
Kinect No Need 4 Green
The Green Screen without a Green Screen

The keyboard controls are as below:-
SPACE bar takes a snapshot photo
W,A,S,D keys move the cut-out image left, right, up and down
+ and – keys zoom the cut-out image in and out
UP and DOWN keys allow you to adjust the viewing angle of the Kinect Device
LEFT and RIGHT keys allow you to choose the backdrop picture
M toggles mirroring mode on and off
F11 toggles full screen mode on and off
C toggles depth cut off mode on and off. This mode changes the way Kinect cuts the image out, by cutting out based on the distance from Kinect, rather than trying to cut out individual people. When in this mode the < key and the > key allow you to adjust the cut off distance.

Download it from the link below, unzip it and double-click on the .EXE file to run it. You require Windows 7 or Windows 8, XNA4 runtime and Kinect SDK 1.7 installed.

Click here to download No Need 4 Green version 2 in zip format.

I created it using Visual C# 2010 with XNA4 & Kinect SDK v1.7.

Click here to download No Need 4 Green version 2 with C# source code in zip format.

I must give a shout out to my friend Jimmy Edwards who did a similar thing earlier this year, you can have a look at his project here.

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2 thoughts on “Kinect No Need 4 Green – The Green Screen without a Green Screen

  1. Hi. This is a great self-contained programme that is ideal for I one-off activity. I would love to use it however whenever I turn off the on screen display using H key, the screen freezes when in full screen mode. Tried on windows 7 on both bootcamp MAC and Dell Laptop but same problem on both. Any advice would be welcome. – thanks, Darius

    1. Are you speaking about my “NoNeed4Geen” software? I don’t remember programming H to do anything. Have you tried downloading my full Kinect Games v4.1 (https://drenton72.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/kinect-games-version-4/). Download the version without the SDK installed (since I assume you have already installed that) from https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/51033091/xGames/Kinect%20Games%20v4.1%20without%20SDK.exe

      Email me at drenton@reidkerr.ac.uk if you have problems.

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