Australian Council on Children and the Media

Green Screen by Do Ink - DK Pictures Inc

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A movie and picture making App using ‘Green Screen’ technology to create special effects. Caution – not suitable under 15 due to direct link to the App Store, project sharing to social media, and content in the Prop Library containing violence, death, other inappropriate themes.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Green Screen by Do Ink was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 18 November 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Green Screen by Do Ink
Developed by: DK Pictures Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable under 15 and parental guidance 15-17 due to link to another App by the developer with no parental control, online content includes weapons, animations of violence with injury/death and potentially frightening images, and defamatory comments.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Green Screen by Do Ink contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Reviewer explored the App for several hours, creating a number of movies and reviewed randomly selected pictures and animations from the Prop Library.

App description

This App is a movie/video making App, using Green Screen technology to create videos and pictures with special effects, like a television weather report. Three layers of images can be used to create the project, using saved images, videos, live camera and the Prop Library.

The instruction page is comprehensive requiring good reading skills, a video sample and tutorial are supplied. A ‘green screen’ is needed, so some adult help may be required to source and set this up, the App requires images from camera roll, iCloud or other sources.

The App allows for sharing of projects, including sharing to your device’s Facebook, Dropbox, etc these can be easily turned on or off in the App, with no parental controls.
There is a link to the App Store to purchase another App by the developer, with no parental controls.

Reviewers comments

The Prop Library (the developer states, "with thousands of drawings and animations") contains cartoon images/animations of violence, death, one has hand writing that states, “your dead”, weapons and some potentially frightening images for young children, such as skulls, skeletons, derogatory remarks, etc. This function becomes disabled when offline.

Death

   

(* Please note the background was chosen by the reviewer.)

This App is easy to navigate once the instructions have been read. The tutorial and sample video are helpful and can be reviewed. The reviewer created a ‘green screen’ with green fabric and a blue sheet, both worked successfully.

Sharing of projects is easily done when exporting or saving, parental guidance needed to explain the implications of sharing.

The App has some technical issues, such as crashing, since a recent update.

The App can be used offline, disabling potential sharing and the Prop Library.

No connection with others through social media was noted.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • A link to another App by the same developer in the ‘Instructions’ and the link goes straight to the App Store with no parental lock -
    • Animation & Drawing by Do Ink $7.99
    • Creativity Bundle by Do Ink – Complete My Bundle (regularly $12.48) $5.50

Online information

There is some online connectivity, such as:

  • Sharing/exporting of projects to social media, importing projects - this can be turned off and on easily in-App.
  • The App can be used offline - this will disable the Prop Library.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There is advertising in this game, including:

  • Advertising for another App by the developer, which works with this App - Animation & Drawing by Do Ink, advertised on the ‘Sample Project Video’ and in the ‘Instructions’ page with a link that takes you straight to the App Store without a parental control.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

There is some gender stereotyping in this App. For example:

  • Some hand drawn animations in the Props Library have defamatory remarks towards women.

 

(A screen shot from an animation from the Props Library)

There are some sexual references in this App. For example:

  • Kissing scenes in animations.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this App.  For example:

  • One of the pictures in the Prop Library has, “WTF”.
  • Another hand drawn image has, “Stop Humping”.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewer’s comments above.

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