Oh am I happy to see this topic in Cool Tools! When I was at AASL in Phoenix I had a chat with a vendor that sold green screen kits that include everything you need in a pretty simple to carry (and loan) package. I bought the Padcaster Studio knowing almost nothing about green screen recording, but wanting to offer the equipment to my librarians.
So, the equipment arrived, but now what? Oh my goodness! There are SO. MANY. PARTS! I’m not sure what I was thinking when I thought people would be eager to borrow equipment if they didn’t know how to use it. I spent a lot of time with the vendor at the Future of Education Technology Conference so I feel better about all of those parts that came with the kit. (Luckily, most of the parts aren’t necessary for the novice user.)
Still, I knew nothing about actually using the screen and apps to make fun projects. I grabbed this resource guide from the FETC Conference website. It came from a pre-conference workshop that I wasn’t able to attend, and I’m so grateful the presenters were generous enough to share. Between this and the Cool Tools resources, I feel much more confident. So confident, I made a few fun pictures to share.
I made both with the DoInk app. The iPad that I purchased to go with the Padcaster setup is not ready yet, so I had to bumble along with just my phone and no tripod. I can just imagine how much easier it will be with a tripod and larger screen.
I also did a little app-smashing and used ChatterPix to bring my library kitten, Baker, back to the Cliffs of Moher. I was using a green file folder and Baker’s backdrop, and I’m not sure why the ride side is so much lighter than the left. I tried a couple of different angles, but the result was always the same. The folder looks pretty much the same all over, too. It’s a mystery.
Anyway, this is so much fun! I can’t wait to be able to try it out with kids!