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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Green Screen by Do Ink lets kids create movies and pictures using green-screen technology, as with movie special effects or weather reports. It requires some prep work -- watching the tutorial video, reading instructions, finding something to use as a green screen, and gathering background images -- but it's pretty easy to pick up and create impressive images. Creations are saved to the camera roll, and kids share from there, so there could be privacy issues involved with sharing outside the app. Parents should discuss safe video-sharing with kids.
What's it about?
Using GREEN SCREEN BY DO INK, kids can create original videos and images using green-screen technology to change backgrounds. Green screens are most known for use with weather reports, but kids can create all kinds of scenarios using the green screen. They'll choose background images from their camera rolls, which may involve some Internet searching and saving to find (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. With Green Screen by Do Ink, kids can add a third layer, adding another image or incorporating animation created and saved in other app or using Animation and Drawing by Do Ink. Kids work with a time line just as in iMovie, moving the clips or images where they want them, and a variety of tools let them adjust and tinker. 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.
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: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 4, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 22.90 MB
- Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
- Version: 1.8.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
For kids who love getting creative
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