Make a Sock Puppet Video on Your iPad
For those looking for a fun tool for making short videos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, the free Sock Puppet app is a great option. With this app, creating a video is as easy as selecting characters (which, in the free version of the app, include both animated socks and real socks), a background and props and then recording up to 30 seconds worth of audio. The user interface is very intuitive, which makes the app a fun option for all ages. Selecting each option is as simple as touching the desired item. Selected items show googly eyes to indicated that they have successfully been selected. You can choose multiple characters (up to 4), backgrounds (up to 5) and props (up to 4). The characters and props can be moved around the screen by touching and dragging them and you can move between the selected backgrounds using the icons in the upper left corner of the screen. You can also choose between a landscape or portrait layout by simply turning your device to the desired layout.
Once you have your scenario set up, you can use the icon at the top of the screen to start recording. As you speak, the app animates the characters to lip sync to your dialogue. Once your 30 seconds are up or when you are done with your dialogue, you can stop recording and save or share your video. If you save your video, you will be able to replay it in the app, but won’t be able to go back in to edit it. Sharing options include Facebook and YouTube in the free version of the app, though you can also buy the option to save the video to your device’s photo roll. Other items available for purchase include the ability to import your own background images, extended recording times up to 90 seconds and a host of new character, background and prop sets including Socktoons, aliens, real socks and Halloween. Even without these add-ons, this is an extremely fun app that could be used in the classroom or for library outreach or training videos, particularly for videos geared towards children. (Thanks to @actinginthelib who shared this app on Twitter).