It doesn’t need to be expensive
Big churches can afford high end video cameras and edit suites costing thousands – but did you know you can get great results with your iphone?! I downloaded James Wedmore’s Iphone buyers guide where he claims you can “Transform your iPhone into a $2,000-Quality Camera…for less than $80!” For recording sermons it cost us less than a tenner!
If you want to use an iphone to record your church’s preaching in HD, then you will need three things…
1) An iphone (we use an iphone 4!)
2) A tripod
3) An iphone tripod adapter
Available for £0.93 from Amazon.co.uk*
And an optional 4th if you want full control yourself!
Topwell®Wireless Camera Bluetooth V3.0 Self-timer Remote Shutter Controller for iPhone £2.54 from Amazon.co.uk*
Video Recording with the Iphone
The iphone comes with a great camera app built in. Mount your iphone on the tripod holder and tripod. Click on the camera icon, slide it over to video and push the red button when you are ready to go. We have our iphone mounted on the front row of seating and the inbuilt microphone picks up preaching really well!
You’ll need about 3.5GB spare capacity for a 40min sermon.
It’s pretty easy to record iphone video upside down! Don’t despair – there’s a great free Windows 7 app to rotate it back from http://movierotator.com/.
If you buy Movie Pro at £2.99 you can also edit on your phone.
We run our video through Roxio Creator NXT 2 (PC) to tidy up the start and end.
Hosting the video
You have a couple of options here Vimeo or Youtube. The advantage of youtube is that it is the world’s second largest search engine after Google, so your hits will increase naturally.
We use youtube – you’ll need a google account to upload.
Youtube accounts normally have a 15min limit per video, so you will need to increase your limit (which is still free).
Once the limits is lifted, go to www.youtube.com then click “upload” having logged in
You’ll be presented with a fairly familiar looking upload screen.
You’ll need a good broadband connection to upload the videos which will be a couple of gigabytes in size. What you end up with is a church sermon videos every week for less than a tenner!
While it is uploading, fill in title, description and give it some tags.
It’ll take a while to upload and process, so leave the browser open!
You can always edit the title and tags later in the video manager section…
Adding Video to the church Admin Plugin
Firstly you will need to update your sermon file template with [VIDEO_URL] by editing in the Sermon Mp3 podcasting section and the link “iTunes Compatible RSS Settings”.
Here’s my file template
<h3><a href="[FILE_URI]">[FILE_TITLE] </a> </h3>
<p>By [SPEAKER_NAME] on [FILE_DATE] as part of the [SERIES_NAME] series. [FILE_PLAYS]>br/>
<p><audio class="sermonmp3" id="[FILE_ID]" src="[FILE_NAME]" preload=”none”></audio></p>
Then you can add video embedding to your sermons very easily…
The plugin will then embed your video nicely on your sermons page…