Green Screen by Do Ink

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Make cool creations with accessible green-screen technology.

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age 7+
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Educational Value

Movie-making skills and the technology behind green screens. 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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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, including 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. While there could be privacy issues involved with kids sending their creations outside of the app, the videos are stored locally on the device and not in the cloud or with the developer. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bytifftr September 11, 2017

Amazing Tool for any age!

This is great for elementary to high school. Kids can create their own movies. Amazing!

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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 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 ...

  • Families can work together to create a video project using Green Screen by Do Ink. How do you divide tasks and responsibilities? Where can you gather images and backgrounds and video footage? What will you document?

  • Discuss safe video-sharing with kids.

App details

  • 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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