Puppet Video


A puppet video is a short skit or story created with virtual or real puppets.


Initial Setup

  1. If you’re going to use virtual puppets, download a puppet video app.
  2. If you’re going to use real puppets, you’ll need to borrow or purchase finger puppets and setup your recording area. A table with an uncluttered background works well, and a tripod is recommended. You can use an external video camera or a built-in laptop video camera. iPad cameras can work well too.
  3. Create an account on a video sharing website where you’ll upload and share your videos.

Ongoing Use

  1. Plan and storyboard your video. Optionally, create a script.
  2. Record and export/compress your video.
  3. Upload your video to a sharing site.


Virtual Puppet Apps for iPad

  1. Puppet Pals Director’s Pass HD ($3, recommended) or Puppet Pals Pocket (free)
  2. Sock Puppets (free but in-app purchases required for extra features)
  3. Toontastic (free version or $13 for “all access”)
  4. iStopmotion for iPad ($10, similar to puppet video apps but different)

Video sharing sites

  1. YouTube
  2. Vimeo


  1. Santa Goes to Washington DC (Puppet Pals)
  2. Yakkinn: Monique, Amy and Jema (Puppet Pals)
  3. Lessons Learned from GPS (finger puppets)
  4. Pray Consistently to God (finger puppets)
  5. More on share.playingwithmedia.com

* Image attribution: Digital drawing created by Wesley Fryer on Brushes for iPad

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