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It’s hard enough getting up in front of your friends and family to play, but this is the worst.

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TED Video Edit Tips

Poorly edited video can be so distracting, and the editors at TED know this better than anyone, their whole site is built on their event talks. These are great tips for all the video editors out there.  It’s definitely worth the read.  It would be great to share with anyone editing video for your youth ministry.

She covers camera angles, shot selection, graphics, keeping it moving, and more. The post also includes samples to illustrate the points.

My favorite quote:

We strive to keep our edits invisible.

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Read: 10 tips for editing video in a thoughtful, compelling way | TED Blog.

Great Game Ideas

Chris —  March 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

Who couldn’t use more game ideas for Wednesday Night?  Last week the YS Idea Lab featured the king of youth group games, Les Christie giving some fun ideas.

What’s your favorite youth ministry game?

Need more games ideas, check these out:

Ball and Game Bundle - Physical
Games - Video Edition - Physical
Absurd Holiday Games Vol 1 - Digital

The fine folks over at Download Youth Ministry have a great new video series called 5-Minute Youth Ministry.  Like the name implies these are short videos with great youth ministry training.  The first one with with Doug and Cathy Fields talking about how the spouse feels after a late night of ministry.

Catch the rest of the series HERE.

How to Cut the Cord

Chris —  February 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

I know a lot of you have already cut the cord and I’m constantly hearing from people that they are thinking about getting rid of cable and just going with Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.  Here’s a great episode from the new podcast Cordkillers with a great tips to get started and live cable free. They talk about getting over the air broadcasts, where on the internet to watch, how to find out what’s available to stream, and even some suggestions to what to watch.

I highly recommend the podcast.  Click the link below to subscribe.

Cordkillers Audio Podcast

Have you cut the cord? Or do you still have cable?

In honor of flag day, enjoy this premier episode of Fun with Flags, with your host, Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

Weekend Worship Review #4

Jon —  November 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

A Topic Teaser video, Slide for Joust, and much more!

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Weekend Worship Review #3

Jon —  October 29, 2012 — Leave a comment

Yesterday we wrapped up our 4 week series “How To Annoy Your Family.” I preached on making good choices from Psalm 1. We showed some hilarious videos, and had a student testimony about how God is teaching their family through adoption.

A Helpful Piece of Software:

A few years ago our youth ministry had a huge budget. In fact we had $20,000 budgeted just to spend on weekend worship services. This meant that we could spend close to $400 a week just on our weekly youth service. Since the fallout of 2008 our church had been weathering the storm pretty well. This past year has been tremendously difficult on our budget. However, the production value of our services has remained high, and our youth ministry is reaching more teens than ever! Since we can’t simply buy a new video to show in a service we have relied on creating our own, and using sites like YouTube. One of the handiest pieces of software out there is Youtube Downloader HD. This software allows us to rip videos that we have used in our services. For instance, each week we have music videos playing pre-service, and for the LEGO series we ripped 4-5 LEGO Stop Motion music videos and had them looping. Being able to rip videos has saved us loads of money. Just make sure you don’t rip videos that people sell as intellectual property.

If you would like a more detailed look at our service I have attached a copy of our cue sheet:

Cue Sheet 10/28/2012

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on student ministry service design/programming. Share your thoughts/ideas with us in the comments below.

I’m a big fan of TED and what they do online with their videos from their events.  They just released a new tool that allows anyone to build an online lesson using web video.  You can select a video and video and create questions, quizes or give links for people to dig deeper.

Here’s a diagram to show the parts of the lesson:

I could see using this as a quick training to send out to volunteers, student leaders, or even to get kids thinking about a topic before they come to small group, sunday school, Wednesday night, or what ever other gatherings you have.  I know a lot of educators are big fans of having the lecture portion of teaching done independently before a student comes to class so that class can be about discussion and unpacking the material.  This is a tool that allows you to do that.

To learn more, visit Ed.TED.com.  Also did I mention the service is FREE?

Though I am not using this at our Passover Seder, I couldn’t resist sharing it here.  Those who were a fan of the digital story of the nativity will love this.  I am definitely using this the next time we talk about the exodus!