Definition of blue screen in English:

blue screen


  • 1often as modifier (in film and video techniques such as chromakey) a blue background in front of which moving subjects are filmed and which allows a separately filmed background to be added to the final image.

    ‘a blue-screen effect’
    • ‘Various behind-the-scenes reports indicate that about 90% of the film was a CGI creation, shot primarily in front of a green screen.’
    • ‘Get ready for a slew of horrible green screen videos on YouTube.’
    • ‘This isn't blue screen, it's really the beautiful New Zealand sky.’
    • ‘There's also some truly heinous use of blue screen.’
    • ‘I gather he was just a little uncomfortable with some of the technology and the green screen.’
    • ‘Filmmakers have been working toward a completely fake movie star since the early 1980s, when blue screens were the latest in technology.’
    • ‘Certain cinema techniques are innately unrealistic, such as the blue screen and zoom lens.’
    • ‘Some of the visual effects are distracting in their execution, especially some cheesy bluescreen work at the end.’
    • ‘You once vowed never to do green screen work.’
    • ‘But really, the work was more for the cameras - the positioning of the ship - and everything was against a green screen.’
    • ‘See yourself flying on a magic carpet over Frankfurt using blue-screen technology or experiment with some of the earliest film technology.’
    • ‘Some of the behind-the-scenes information is fairly fun, especially the helicopter drop scene, shot with large mechanical rigs and blue screens.’
    • ‘There you see her in front of the green screen.’
    • ‘It was not a blue screen effect to overlay the plane into the tape.’
    • ‘And the blue screen was pretty obvious at times too.’
    • ‘An actor stands in front of a green or blue screen.’
    • ‘She actually found the blue-screen stuff, acting to nothing, easier.’
    • ‘It's not like working with blue screen, for instance, where you have to imagine the performance opposite you.’
    • ‘Gone from the original is any feeling of blue screen or the sense that this guy is being elevated by wires into the air.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's because you get a real sense of the actors interacting with an actual environment instead of a green-screen.’
  • 2(on a Windows computer system) a display in the form of an error message in white text on a blue background, occurring in the event of a system crash.

    ‘the user restarts the PC after the blue screen’
    ‘tricks for understanding and troubleshooting the dreaded blue screen of death’


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  • (of a Windows computer) experience a sudden system failure, resulting in the display of an error message in white text on a blue background.

    ‘my computer just blue-screened every time it would try to boot up’