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Green Screen by Do Ink

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Make cool creations with accessible green-screen technology.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn moviemaking skills and the technology behind green screens. Working with the chroma key filter, they'll notice how the colors cancel each other out. They can work with the sensitivity controls to see how slight alterations can make drastic differences. As kids plan their movies, they'll develop storytelling and writing skills. As they find the images and videos to be used, they'll develop tech skills. Green Screen by Do Ink is a versatile tool that kids can use for a variety of projects, both for fun and for school.

Ease of play

Video tutorial and written instructions walk kids through how to create videos, but it may take some trial and error for kids to put all the pieces together.

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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about working together to create a video project. How do you divide tasks and responsibilities?

  • Watch the news together and look for places you think green-screen technology is used (for example, the weather report). 

App details

Device: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

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