Green Screen and Stop Motion Directions

Green Screen and Stop Motion Directions
Instructional Technology
Partnership Teacher Night – November 2016
Using a Green Screen to Create Images, Movies, and
Stop Motion Animation
What is a Green Screen?
A green screen functions as an empty background while recording video or taking pictures. The
solid green area can then be replaced with images or film from any source, creating the illusion
that the person(s) in the room are somewhere else. A green screen does not need to be green,
any color will do, but green is used traditionally because it is a color of clothing that most
people do not wear on a regular basis. If the person being recorded is wearing the same color
as the background, that part of their body will also be removed from the final image(s)—i.e.
floating heads, dismembered bodies, etc.
Green screens can be as simple as a painted wall or a bed sheet or could be as complex as a
fully illuminated LED screen. Obviously there are large price differences between these
options, but even the cheapest green screen set up can be used effectively with proper
Tools Needed for a Green Screen
Many teachers and schools choose to buy green screen kits. These kits come with a green
sheet or tarp, a frame to hang the sheet, some poles, and occasionally some beginner lighting
equipment (bulbs, stands, and white umbrellas). If you have one of these kits, directions are
usually included within the case or box.
Our list of Tools
Amazon Green Screen Kit-
iPad with camera or video camera
Software or app with green screen capabilities
Tripod (optional)
iOgrapher (optional)
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DYI Green Screen
If you are going to make a DIY green screen, here are some suggestions:
 Painting a wall green can be effective; however, be sure to ask first! If the school has an
extra classroom and other teachers are interested in using green screens for their classes,
see if you can all get together to create a communal room with a painted wall. The
additional benefit of having a quiet space will make videos better, too.
 You can also use a green bedsheet or green bulletin board paper for your green screen. If
you choose to go this route, make sure that you keep the green screen as wrinkle or crinkle
free as possible. Ironing the bedsheet before bringing it in to school would be a good idea.
 Whatever you choose to use for your green screen, make sure to choose a good location.
During the week leading up to the assignment, take care to look at the lighting in your room
during the day. Do you have windows? When does the sun shine through? Where does it
glare? Where are shadows cast? Is there a fluorescent bulb that’s burned out in your room
and hasn’t been replaced yet? Shadows on the green screen do make a difference, so
always try to keep even lighting whenever possible.
 If you can afford them, or you have access to them, setting up lighting stands with or
without umbrellas can make a huge difference in the quality of your students’ productions.
Proper green screen lighting is done both in front of the screen and behind the screen (if it’s
a sheet). For instance, hanging a sheet in front of a window where bright light shines
through may cause lighting problems.
 Think about what is involved with writing a script and recording in front of the green screen.
Separate students into groups, if you can, and rotate where students are, or what task they
are working on, so that when there is filming going on, students have a quiet location and
can continue working on a finished product. Suggested tasks include: taking photos outside,
researching in the library, recording, practicing their speeches, story boarding, etc.)
Apps and Programs that can be used for Green Screen Images and Movies
Now that you have a green screen, you need to download software for students to use it!
There are tons of options for you to choose from. The programs you select will depend upon
what equipment is accessible to your class.
iPads – For iPad-centered classrooms, we highly recommend Do Ink. Do
Ink is a simple, cheap app that will allow students to easily drag and drop
backgrounds, record their videos, and add music all in one program. It’s
also easy to fix mistakes.
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iPads – There is also a free app called Veescope Live; however, without upgrading to the paid
version, all videos have a watermark placed on them.
PowerPoint – PowerPoint on Microsoft devices (and some Macs) can be used for replacing the
backgrounds of green screened images. This program will only work for still images, though, so
don’t expect students to use it for videos.
Photoshop – Photoshop is also an image-only choice. Should your students have access to
Adobe Creative Cloud or one of the Creative Suites, Photoshop is a terrific program that will
create high quality products. Students who learn to use Photoshop will also have an advantage
in professional situations later, as it is one of the core photo editing programs in the workplace
today. There are also thousands of training videos available online that students can rely upon.
iMovie – iMovie has a green screen function built in to the program. Students can use this
simple tool to edit their videos, as well, making it a great all-in-one solution for a green screen
project if your students are using Macs.
WeVideo- Wevideo is a free program that can be used in the Google Chrome browser or on a
Chromebook. There is a free version that allows you to upload up to a 1 GB file that is 2
minutes or less per month. You can also purchase a classroom license that will allow you to
keep the videos that students create in one private area where the general public will not have
access to them. The education price allows for longer videos and 50 student users.
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Finding Background Images
The first step when creating a green screen video is to find the background image(s) that you
want to use. We highly recommend taking your own background images or using copyright
friendly images with students. (Hint: This is a great way to teach some copyright and digital
citizenship skills in your classroom).
Just be aware that some of these websites may not filter all content that is not child friendly, so
be sure to try this at school ahead of time to be sure the images on the web site are ok to use
with your students.
Sources of Copyright Friendly Images
Google - use Google Image Search and select the “Search Tools” option. Then click on “Usage
Rights” and you can refine search results to include only images that are available for reuse.
World Images-
Creative Commons-
Using DoInk to create still images
Use the iPad camera to take photos in front of the green screen and save to the Camera Roll
Find a copyright free image from the internet and save to the Camera Roll
Launch the DoInk App
At the top-right of the app, hit the “+” sign to create a new project
Allow all permissions
Click Image in the toolbar right above the layers
Locate desired background image from the iPad’s Camera Roll and place it in the bottom
layer in the app screen
8. Locate the green screen photos from the iPad’s Camera Roll and place it in the top or
middle layer of the app screen
9. Edit and/or position the green screen image as needed to fit within the background image
10. When you have finished your project, press the “Save” button to add the image to your
Camera Roll
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11. You can now share the image or video by opening the iPad’s Gallery app and emailing,
texting, or sending the image to social media
DoInk User Interface
At the bottom of the screen are your “layers.” The top row is the closest layer, or the highest
layer in the hierarchy. Anything placed in this top row will appear “in front of” the rows below
it. The middle row will appear behind the top row and in front of the bottom row. The bottom
row is always in the back.
For this reason, we recommend placing all background images in the bottom row. This gives
you the opportunity to add either multiple photos to the project, or to add a watermark of your
own creation.
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Clicking on the plus sign next to a layer will bring up these options:
 Camera – Adds a layer where you can capture footage using the Do Ink Program. We do not
usually recommend using this option. Use the iPad’s Camera app, instead.
 Video – Adds a video to the selected layer.
 Image – Adds an image to the selected layer.
The toolbar above the layers also presents a few options:
 Chroma – The colorful wheel brings up the Chroma Adjustment Screen. Make sure Chroma
is enabled when adding green screen images to layers. If you choose to use the DoInk
Camera, add background image layers before taking the individual’s photo, and also make
sure Chroma stays enabled. You can also adjust the color that is omitted from the image in
this menu, as well as the sensitivity. This can be useful if you have a blue screen instead of a
green screen, for example.
 Crop – You may crop images and videos using the Crop command.
 Image Adjustment – The mask allows you to perform basic editing on photos.
 Save – This will save your project to the Camera Roll.
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There are also some editing options at the top of the screen.
The gear-like icon includes properties of the app and can be adjusted to suit your needs.
The question mark icon is the help feature and can be used if you need help completing a task
within DoInk.
30 Minute Exploration and Challenge
Use an iPad to find an image, then take a photo of yourself in front of the
green screen. Combine them both using Do Ink.
Create a green screen video following a similar process. This time videotape
yourself in front of the green screen and then put an image in the background.
For a challenge, see if you can insert multiple images behind you in different
areas of the video.
Other Tips
You should always have students save all movies as MPEG-4 files. This file extension is used for
nearly all videos on the web, is compatible across Macintosh, Windows, and Android devices,
and is of high quality.
If you are using a learning management system (LMS) like Blackboard, LiveText, or Google
Classroom/Drive and student’s disk space is limited, you can also elect to compress videos.
Compression reduces a video’s quality slightly and shrinks the file so that it can be emailed,
uploaded, etc. without being too taxing on storage space. Instead of being 20GB, for instance,
compression can reduce a video to 10 or even 2GB, depending on video length and desired final
quality. Handbrake is a simple video compression tool for both Windows and Mac OS. For
detailed instructions on how to use this software, visit the ITC’s website:
For more green screen information, please visit our online resources page: also has several articles on how to use the green screen in education.
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Exploring Stop Motion Animation Using StikBots
What is Stop Motion Animation?
Stop Motion Animation is animation that is created by using one image at a time, with objects
that are moved in each frame and when put together in a sequence, give the appearance of
movement. Generally you take a picture of an object, move it slightly, then take the next
picture, move the object slightly again, and repeat the process.
What are StikBots?
StikBots are plastic figures connected by
elastic bands and covered in suction
cups. Their unique design allows them
to bend in fun ways and stick to a
variety of surfaces. They also come with
a mini-green screen and can be used to
make stop-motion animated films.
While these are made to work with the
StikBot Studio app, you can use them
with any green screen tool.
This is the StikBot Studio app icon. More information about StikBots
including a link to download the app can be found at
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When you open the Stikbot App, always
use Stop Motion Video tool to capture
your content in order to create a movie.
If you take pictures in Picture mode, the
app will not allow you combine them into
a movie later on.
To begin creating your movie, click the
Stop Motion Video icon. If you are asked
to allow access to the camera on your
device, click OK.
You will see this screen, which allows you to prepare for creating your movie.
Go back to the menu
Switch camera
Zoom- does
not work
Green screen menu
Note: The zoom function currently does not work.
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Green Screen menu
The first thing you will want to decide when you create your movie is whether to record using
the green screen function or not.
Turn on or off
Background Image
Change screen color
When the Green Screen dot is to the left, the green screen function is off.
If you keep the green screen off, then whatever background is in your video will be the
background you see when recording your movie. Or, if you want to use the green background
here, then you could import your movie into another piece of software and use that software to
make changes to the background.
When the Green Screen dot is to the right, then the green screen function is on.
This will change the settings of your device so that the background looks like it has disappeared.
When you choose to use the green screen setting, the ability to add a backdrop will be enabled.
If you click Camera Roll Backdrop, you will have the option to use an image that is built into the
StikBot Studio software, or you can use an image in your camera roll as the backdrop. If you add
an image as your backdrop, you will see that image as you are filming your StikBots.
Depending on the lighting situation while you are filming, you might find that you need to change
the Sensitivity feature of the green screen. Sliding that button right or left, will adjust the way
your device’s camera reads the light. Your goal is to get rid of all green, but also see the details
of your Stikbot.
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Once you have chosen the green screen settings, it is time to look at the Settings Menu and make
a few more changes. Click the gear icon to access the Settings Menu.
Suggestions for settings
 Keep the Auto White Balance, Auto Exposure, and Auto Focus on. These settings will keep
you from having to worry more about lighting and focus.
 Keep the Ghost Image and Grid settings on. These tools will help you as you are filming
because they give you a point of reference to work from. See more info on the next page.
 The Self-Timer is a good option if you want to quickly make a movie. This will take images
at the intervals that you choose, freeing up your hands to move the Stikbots. Just be
aware, you need to move fast to make your changes
Enabling Ghost Image leaves a shadow
of the prior shot on the screen. It can be
very helpful when creating stop-motion
videos, indicating how far the subject has
moved (or should move) between
Enabling the Grid allows you to see nine
rectangles on the screen, which help you
determine the space around the items
on the screen as you are creating your
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We recommend that you have a storyboard of your movie before you begin so that you can think
through the actions and placement of characters before creating the movie. This will help the
movie process go a little faster.
Take a look at the Tools for Planning section on Kathy Schrock’s web site for tools to use to plan
out your movie ahead of time. There are
also some other great resources here for turning your stop motion project into a digital story.
Creating your Movie
Click the icon of the red StikBot head to begin creating your movie. This will allow
you to begin taking pictures.
While looking through the camera, if your StikBot or other items are out of focus, then click on
the screen to focus the camera before taking your photos.
Continue moving your objects and taking images until you are done with your movie.
Stikbot Studio Gallery
This is the StikBot Studio Gallery, which is accessed from the Gallery icon.
Video projects that are in progress and/or finished will appear here.
Viewing and Editing your Project
Click on the icon of your project to view
it. This will take you to an editing menu
and a screen where you can also
preview your movie
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View your Movie
Click the Play button to view your
In the timeline at the bottom of this
screen, you will see each of the images
contained in your movie. You can also
click on these individually to see each
Notice the camera icon in the timeline.
If you need to edit your movie, click the
camera icon to return to a place where
you can insert more images.
Editing your Movie
There are several ways to edit your
movie using the Stikbot Studio app.
While you are viewing the movie, clicking
on one of the images in the timeline
allows you to edit just that image. One
trick to try is to copy and paste the same
image multiple times to make that action
last longer in your movie.
There are also several editing options in the menu on the left side of the screen.
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The Settings menu (gear icon) allows you
to choose whether you would like your
video to loop or not, and also to adjust
how many frames will appear per
second. The more frames per second,
the faster your images will cycle. Play
with it and see if you like the video faster
or slower. You may be surprised at the
results of this one change.
The Add Media icon brings up this menu.
You can record your voice and place it at
different parts of your video from here.
You can also access sound effects that
have been premade and are a part of the
StikBot Studio program.
Pressing the bottom left Download icon
will give you the option to save your
movie. As you can see, the quality can be
as high as 1080p, however an iPad’s
camera is not really strong enough to
produce HD images, so 540p is more
than enough. The lower the p value, the
less disk space the video will take up.
Keep this in mind because emailing
videos or placing them on websites can
eat up a lot of disk space.
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Once you choose the video format, the video will be saved to your Camera Roll. From here, you
can share it on a social media site, email it, or text it.
A Little more About Stikbot Studio
If you hold down your finger on a project, this small menu will appear. You can delete the project,
add it to your favorites, or edit the title from this menu.
Adding Favorites
If you create many projects and want to
easily get back to one of them, you can
add it to your Favorites.
Click and hold on top of the project icon
to open the menu. Click Add to
Favorites. From here, you can click on
the Favorites icon to see that movie.
Editing the Title of the Movie
That same menu option allows you to
edit the title of the movie.
Type the name of the title and then click
the green Submit button.
Additional Suggestions
Work in pairs or with a tripod to take photos. Stop motion takes time!
If you would like more resources on stop motion animation or green screen technology, check
out our website:
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