Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Green Screen iPad Experiments with DoInk

In a recent iPad workshop a small group of teachers were exploring the capacity to create green screen video with an iPad  using DoInk Green Screen.

With a few recent updates to DoInk, including cropping video & moving the location of the video within the DoInk editor, the creative potential of this tool is now quite powerful.  Here are a few experiments that I was testing out to push the creative potential of the iPad with DoInk...

Experiment 1: Green Screen the face from a photo / picture:

1. I imported the image below into Explain Everything & green screened out the face of the Vitruvian Man.  Export the image to the camera roll.

2. Import the image as the top layer in Green Screen by DoInk & add a video clip in the second layer.  Resize and move the video clip until ones head appears in the place of the green screen.  Export the final video to the camera roll. 

Experiment 2: Green Screen out an image to reveal a video

1. Find an image as a silhouette where the main image in the picture is one solid color.  Import the picture into Photoshop Touch and replace the one solid color with a green screen color.

 2. Layer the green screen image on the top track in DoInk & add the video track in the second layer.  Resize as needed & export to the camera roll.

Experiment 3: Duplicate Yourself & Argue an Idea

1. Shoot two (or more) video clips of yourself discussing an idea in front of a green screen.  It may work best to shoot the first video (leaving time for yourself to respond) and then shoot the second video with the timing from the first video in place (wait time & response time).

2. Layer each video in DoInk & resize and move as needed to have the two videos of yourself side by side.  A background image can be added on the third track.

Why bother? Whether any of these approaches are useful or applicable in the classroom is a critical question to ask.  Are they useful in every situation...absolutely not.  However, there could be specific instances where a student could use one of these techniques to enhance their story and add some creative flexibility to their final product.  I simply enjoy figuring out what is possible and continually pushing the capacity of the device and truly open and creative tools like DoInk.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hybrid Photo Sketch-Notes: How-to Video

I posted a few weeks back about creating hybrid photo sketch notes.  With a bit of time today I created a short how to video that outlines my process of creating the sort of image below with an iPad.

Final Hybrid Photo Sketchnote:

Original Notes in Moleskine Notebook:

Tools & Process:
- iPad
- Keynote
- TiltShift Video
- Paper 53
- Explain Everything

Video How-to:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Animated Sketch Notes How To: 2 Video Approaches

Sketchnoting is both challenging and rewarding.  The final product is rewarding for both the creator and the audience as the process of creating forces the learner to refine, reflect and formulate their thinking in a visual medium.  The audience has access to a well formulated visual that allows them to quickly access the ideas in a way that could otherwise not be possible.  In an effort to continue to push the capacity of 1:1 devices, I have recently been exploring how to turn sketchnotes into not only a static visual product, but a video as well.

I recently noticed a tweet from +Sylvia Duckworth:

Here is the video that Sylvia was referring to in her tweet, an outstanding video created by @MsVictoriaOlson for her #ADE2015 submission. 

Victoria's video is outstanding and I was especially drawn to her process of using Paper53 to create animated visuals that supplement the live video excerpts.  In an effort to make this process accessible to both teachers and students who are creating in 1:1 iPad classrooms, I created the video overview below that outlines my process for creating this style video.

Approach 1: Animate Static Images from Paper53

Explain Everything
iMovie (optional)

Video How-to on the creation process:

Approach 2: Animate Static Images with Video

This process involves layering the animated Paper53 drawings from the first approach on top of live or virtual video by using Green Screen by Doink.  The video below outlines the creation process.

Explain Everything
DoInk Green Screen
Tellagami (Optional)

Bonus Step: Adobe Voice is a great option to create short animated images that export to the camera roll.  Simply modify the background to a chroma key green color, animate the image & use in the process outlined below.

Video How-to on the creation process:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hand Drawn Slides...Embracing Slow

Before I go any further, I publicly thank Michael Cohen @thetechrabbi ( The Tech Rabbi Site ) for the inspiration for this post and the idea of hand drawing ones slides for a presentation.

My process of going analog has been building as of late.  I've recently written about my approach of turning paper notes into share-able picture notes.  Increasingly when either reading or listening to a presentation or speaker, I leave my devices powered down in a bag and rely on a pen and my Moleskine notebook.  Based on the buzz that Michael created at the last iPad Summit in San Diego with his hand drawn slides, I decided I would take on the challenge of creating with a similar approach.  Here are his stunning slides...

But first, why bother? I can create my presentation slides with Google Slides with hyper speed.  Finding and inserting needed images, check.  Importing needed slides from earlier presentations, check.  Why would I essentially quadruple (and that is putting it lightly) the amount of time needed to create?

Reason #1: Reconnecting by disconnecting - While these slides were created using an iPad digitally, I didn't rely on the internal search tool in Google Slides that so easily lets me search and find any image that I might need in my slides.  I found that by not relying on stock images or the content previously created by others (or myself by importing old slides), I was forced to reconnect with the ideas and thing carefully about how I wanted to present the information.  Everything couldn't be included and I had to be very thoughtful about the balance between the amount of time it would take me to create each idea & what I was trying to share.  I also found myself explaining ideas in ways that I hadn't before, more precisely in many ways.

Reason #2: Humanizing Technology - I tend to run workshop on processes that can be at some points overwhelming and technical.  This workshop in particular could be placed in that very category.  I thought that by presenting the information in a slightly messy, hand drawn and raw approach, the ideas may possibly come across as more accessible.  The outcome of this goal is uncertain...

My slides for the EdTechTeacher Google Jamboree ( #ettgoogle )

Paper by 53
Google Drive App

1. Create a template slide in Paper by 53 & copy the page over X number of times.
2. Create individual slides on the template slide
3. Export all slides to the camera roll (screen shot is my method)
4. Upload images to a Google Drive folder
5. Open Google Slides on a Chromebook
6. Import images from the Google Drive folder

NOTE: I imported a blank template slide that was duplicated in the final presentation to allow for any necessary images or screenshots to be added to the hand drawn slides.

NOTE: This process could have been created exclusively on an iPad as well by importing the pictures into Keynote

Final Thoughts...the process was slow, challenging, at times frustrating, but ultimately I haven't ever been happier with the outcomes of a slide deck I've used in a hand on workshop session.

Good luck drawing.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Animated Sketchnotes: Take 2

In a few previous posts I have been working through a process of transforming my paper sketchnotes first into hybrid notes layered on top of a photograph and then into video notes with animated text. In this second attempt at animated sketch notes, I have introduced a new application into the mix to add a layer of animated images along with text into the final product.


  • Paper53
  • Explain Everything
  • TiltShift Video
  • Tellagami
  • Adobe Voice
  • DoInk Green Screen

1. Record the video segments in Telleagami with a white background & export to the camera roll.

2. Add the Tellagami clips to DoInk Green Screen on the bottom layer of the project.

3. Create animated images with Adobe Voice. Be sure to customize the background to a green screen. Record each image for the desired amount of time for playback in the final video and then export each image individually to the camera roll.


4. Create sketches in Paper53 with black ink and export them as transparencies to the camera roll.

5. Import the Paper53 transparencies into Explain Everything and animate the text on top of a green screen background. Export each bit of animated text individually to the camera roll. If some of the animations are too slow, TiltShift Video is an option to speed up the video clips to a perfect desired length.

6. Layer the Adobe Voice animations and Paper53 animations above the background video in DoInk's Green Screen App. Be sure to turn down the volume on these video clips. Adjust their length, location and size accordingly

Finally, export the final product to the camera roll and upload to the desired location.

As I attempted to explain and capture with the video, this process was tedious, sometimes frustrating and often things didn't turn out as I originally planned. I also has to revise and rethink my process along the way to make things work. But, ultimately the process was extremely valuable because of the many problems that had to be solved along the way.