I'm very privileged to be on the BETA testing team for the Green Screen app from DOINK. Today I tried forcing an interaction between my pre-recorded green screen footage and the drawn animation layered before a solid color field. Here are the pieces:
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This app will allow you to combine live footage and drawn animations.
I film before green screen
and draw an animation in DOINK
Below is a look at the interface of the new GREEN SCREEN app by DOINK.
The app right now works by pulling in any combination of video, images, or live feed on the three layers available. They are made transparent with the chroma filter.
The drawn animation video is created in the DOINK animation app. To time it to the pre-recorded green screen video, I had to plan the way they interacted ahead of time. I used a screenshot of the video (left) imported into DOINK while composing the fairy animation. then I deleted the photo and replaced it with a solid color field that I would "erase" with the chroma filter in the new app. This took a bit of thinking, but it's certainly is worth it!
The Green Screen DOINK app is currently in beta testing and I'm fortunate enough to be on the team! It is very very easy to use which, as an elementary teacher, is extremely important for implementing in my art room. The above video layers a Doink animation drawing with a photo. My original animation had a solid blue background which I was able to elliminate using the chroma key FX with a click or two. But wait! There's more!
This animation was made with two video layers. The top layer was an animation drawn in DOINK with a solid background and the back layer was a time lapse video from my camera roll (made in imotionHD). But wait, there's even more!
This app can also be used to capture live video with audio while creating a chroma key FX. In this video above I used the effect to elliminate the ghost's background which was green so you can see me in a layer behind. You can also film in front of green screen and layer photos, video, or animation behind! Are the ideas flowing already? This is really amazing!
UPDATE (next day): Okay, I was so excited about this that I set up the green screen at school and tried capturing live feed from the camera with the chroma key FX in the middle layer, an animation above, and a photo behind. Sounds tricky, but trust me, after a few simple clicks you too can make a silly video like this.
I have many lessons to share using the DOINK animation app if you can't wait to get started. Try exploring my Digital Lima Bean Monster lesson. I also tried creating this green screen FX using DOINK and iMovie. The results are more limited, but fun to try. Explore that post here.
Click the image above to download the my Lima Bean Monster lesson using DOINK
Click the image above to download my alien animation lesson using DOINK
Okay, what if you wanted to teach your young students to make a landscape with foreground, middle ground, background, overlapping, relative size, a horizon line with primary, secondary, and neutral colors? Also, what if you also want to throw in a little bit of opaque and transparent too? And on top of all that you decide to turn it into an animation lesson on the iPads? Well, then, it might look like this:
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Animation with multiple layers drawn and animated in DOINK on iPad
I created a Spooky Landscape lesson
for my second graders a while back that covered many of the concepts I described above, but now with the magic of iPads and the awesome animation app, DOINK
, I think we can add much more (time permitting).
There are a bunch of ways to approach this lesson from starting completely from scratch on the iPad (animation above) to importing a photo
and animating over it (example below). This idea uses animation to teach opaque-vs-transparent and relative size. This is so fun and easy that I'm certain my 2nd graders will be able to do this in art class over a few sessions with our class set of iPads, styluses, and DOINK animation app. Maybe we will piece all their little animations into a class movie and compose spooky music as a soundtrack much like this 3rd grade alien animation
& this flying 5th graders animation
Landscape on paper by 2nd grader
Animated spooky ghost over art