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Camera trickery behind Obama and Oprah’s latest interview

Oprah Winfrey has revealed the extraordinary green screen technology behind her latest interview with President Barack Obama that made it look as though the pair were enjoying an in-person fireside chat – when in reality they were thousands of miles away from one another.

The TV mogul, 66, spoke to Obama, 59, about his memoir A Promised Land for an Apple TV+ interview, which is now available to stream. 

In the final film, it looks like the pair are sitting across from each other in a comfortable sitting room in Oprah’s mansion in Montecito, California.  

But really, President Obama was some 2,000 miles away in Washington, D.C.   

In the final film, it looks like the pair are sitting across from each other in a comfortable sitting room in Oprah's mansion in Montecito, California. But in reality President Obama was sitting in front of a green screen some 2,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. (pictured)

In the final film, it looks like the pair are sitting across from each other in a comfortable sitting room in Oprah’s mansion in Montecito, California. But in reality President Obama was sitting in front of a green screen some 2,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. (pictured)

The TV mogul, 66, spoke to President Obama, 59, about his memoir A Promised Land for an Apple TV+ interview, which is now available to stream. She revealed the truth behind their cosy set-up (pictured) in an Instagram video shared yesterday

The TV mogul, 66, spoke to President Obama, 59, about his memoir A Promised Land for an Apple TV+ interview, which is now available to stream. She revealed the truth behind their cosy set-up (pictured) in an Instagram video shared yesterday

Oprah shared a short clip revealing the clever green screen technology on Instagram on Wednesday, explaining that it had allowed them to conduct the interview safely, without traveling, and without masks. 

The video shows how Obama was filmed in a studio sitting in front of a green screen in an armchair that matched the one in Oprah’s home.   

An earpiece and hidden microphone picked up his side of the interview and allowed him to hear Oprah’s questions. 

Meanwhile Oprah really was sitting by her fireplace, where she had access to a screen that allowed her to watch her guest’s movements and responses. 

Oprah shared a short clip revealing the clever green screen technology on Instagram yesterday, explaining it had allowed them to conduct the interview safely, without traveling, and without masks. Pictured, President Obama partly in front of the green screen

Oprah shared a short clip revealing the clever green screen technology on Instagram yesterday, explaining it had allowed them to conduct the interview safely, without traveling, and without masks. Pictured, President Obama partly in front of the green screen 

The two filming set-ups were combined to create the illusion that the pair were together

The two filming set-ups were combined to create the illusion that the pair were together

President Obama and Oprah extended their feet to make it look like they were playing footsie

President Obama and Oprah extended their feet to make it look like they were playing footsie 

The two were put together seamlessly behind the scenes to create a single image.  

Fans were blown away by the technology and took to the Instagram comments to share their amazement. 

One posted: ‘Technology is amazing! I was shocked and surprised when I realized. I didn’t think Obama would spend 14 days quarantined in your guest house. Very impressive.’

A second wrote: ‘Oprah this is incredible!!! Bravo to your team!!’

A third added: ‘Omg everybody involved needs a raise. I had no idea.’ 

Fans were blown away by the technology and took to the Instagram comments to share their amazement

Fans were blown away by the technology and took to the Instagram comments to share their amazement

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