Archive for the ‘Videos’ category

Rural Resource – Balance Beam Video

February 20, 2012

Each Monday on the Rural Ministry Blog I post a book review, article link, website link, video, or any other type of resource that I think would be of interest to the Rural Ministry community.

Today’s Rural Resource is a video clip from Francis Chan called Balance Beam.  In this video Francis challenges us to stop playing it safe.  This is a real issue in Rural Ministry.  Way too often we go with what’s safe instead of doing what will make the most impact in the Kingdom of God.  You can watch the video here:

URL – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA_uwWPE6lQ

This video makes a great sermon illustration or discussion starter.  To download it  simply go to http://www.keepvid.com and paste the URL into the download box.  After about 45 seconds the download links will appear.  My suggestion would be to right click on the .MP4 link and choose “save as.”  Once you have downloaded the video you can convert it to any other video format by using the Any Video Converter software featured in this Freebie Friday article.

What do you think about Francis’ message?  In what areas are you currently playing it safe?  Leave a comment below.

Disclaimer: The books, videos and articles mentioned on the Rural Ministry Blog are things that I feel contain content relevant to the Rural Ministry community.  This does not necessarily mean that I fully embrace or support everything that the author embraces or supports.  For more information on this topic please read this Rural Ministry blog post – Eat the Meat and Spit Out the Bones

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Freebie Friday – Video Conversion Software

June 10, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources.  To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has Freebie Friday!  Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

In last week’s Freebie Friday post I talked about how you can download free video clips from the Vimeo website.  Unfortunately, many of these clips are in formats that do not work real well with PowerPoint – i.e. mp4, FLV, Quicktime, etc.  To combat this problem I use a free video conversion tool called Any Video Converter.

Any Video Converter, like its name implies, will allow you to convert virtually any video clip to another video format.  It also contains some basic editing tools, which I have not used.  The user interface is very simple and the program works pretty quickly.  I would highly recommend it for any of your video conversion needs

You can download Any Video Converter for free by clicking here.

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this product review

Freebie Friday – Vimeo

June 3, 2011

Since we live in a multimedia world I’ve found that video clips are a great way to enhance my church services.  They help hold people’s interest as well as increase retention rates of the sermon.  The problem, however, is that church video clips tend to be kind of pricey.  It’s nothing to see a four or five minute clip selling for $15 or more.  As much as I like to use video, my church budget won’t allow me to spend that much money on any kind of regular basis. This is why I was so happy to find Vimeo.

Vimeo is a website very much like YouTube, except a large portion of their videos are downloadable!  Yes, I know that there are ways to download YouTube videos (I’ll write about how to do that sometime in the future), but with Vimeo you do not need to worry so much about copyrite issues. If the creator of a video does not want you to use it, they simply do not make it available for download.  I’ve found everything from countdown timers to service openers to sermon clips all available to freely use in my church service.  (click on the links to see examples that I have used).

To download a Vimeo clip you have to be a registered user.  Registration is quick, painless, and free.  Once registered simply scroll down to below the clip, and on the right hand side you will see a link to download.  Right click on the link and save it to your hard drive.  The videos are often posted in .mov or .mp4 format, which do not work very well with PowerPoint, so they may need to be converted. Next week I’ll write about a free utility that converts videos very nicely.  (If you can’t wait until next week e-mail me and I’ll send you the link.)

To use Vimeo click here

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this website review.

Freebie Friday – Free Creative Materials

April 29, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources.  To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has Freebie Friday!  Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

Today’s freebie is from Open Lifechurch.tv, which offers high quality creative materials for sermons, small groups, youth, children, and worship services.  The materials include videos, graphics, and message notes.  The best part about it is that it’s all free!  Here’s a direct quote from the Open Lifechurch.tv website:

“… all we ask is that content is used in a non-commercial application in which the overall mission is to lead people to Christ. That’s absolutely it. And if a free gift with no strings attached seems too good to be true…well, isn’t that why we’re all doing what we’re doing anyway?”

I have used their material for my church youth group and found it to be absolutely outstanding!  The videos and graphics are top notch and the message notes are easily adaptable and customizable for almost any setting.  Open Lifechurch.tv also has downloadable worship sets in which their worship team leads a full contemporary song service complete with on screen lyrics.  These worship sets are perfect for Sunday morning services, youth services, or whenever you need a high quality contemporary song service.

My hat is off to Lifechurch.tv – this is a ministry that gets it.  They could easily charge for this material, but instead are more focused on offering their resources to further the Kingdom.  Although they do not ask for anything, I’m sure they would accept a donation to their ministry if you choose to bless them for blessing you.

Check out all the resources available at Open Lifechurch.tv at http://open.lifechurch.tv/ or go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LifeChurchtv.OPEN

FYI: Some of the files are huge (one worship set I downloaded was over 900MB) so you will need a high speed Internet connection to take full advantage of the site.

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this product review