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What parents need to know
What's it about?
Using GREEN SCREEN BY DO INK, kids can create original videos and images using green-screen technology to change the backgrounds. Green screens are most known for their use in weather reports, but kids can create all kinds of scenarios using the green screen. They'll choose background images from their camera roll or cloud storage, which may involve some internet searching and saving (a great opportunity for a discussion about fair use and copyright), and then record a video or image in front of a green backdrop. Green butcher paper or plastic tablecloths can work in a pinch, but actual green screens start at around $20 and work best. Kids can also use the masking tool to remove the background or other objects from pictures and use the green screen to create different backgrounds. The drawing and animation tool lets kids add up to 30 frames of original artwork. They can also use the prop library to add extras to their videos or pictures, as well as add text. Creations are saved to the camera roll and can be shared however kids choose (email, YouTube).
Is it any good?
Kids can create impressive images and videos with this unique tool. A video tutorial is preloaded as the first project and shows the features and how to create in an easy-to-follow format. Once kids get started, they can access instructions through the question mark above the time line. This is an impressively easy and inexpensive tool for the quality of movie it creates, but it does require some prep work. Kids will need to find and set up a green screen and choose any images or video clips they want to add to a movie before starting, which parents may want to supervise. Once kids get used to it, they can really use their creativity in a wide variety of ways. It's also a great way to practice patience and perseverance as they use trial and error to figure out the best way to bring their ideas to life.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
Creativity: imagination, innovation, making new creations, producing new content
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: Paid
- Pricing structure: Paid ($4.99)
- Release date: September 5, 2020
- Category: Education
- Size: 57.90 MB
- Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
- Version: 2020.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
- Last updated: October 31, 2020
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