YouTube’s Toolbox [Infographic]

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Is your church, ministry or nonprofit on YouTube? YouTube should not be overlooked. With more than 1,000,000,000 unique visitors every month, it's a platform that simply cannot be ignored. Here's a toolbox of YouTube's tools for your viral video creating pleasure: ... Continue Reading

YouTube on the Go [Infographic]

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Like everything else on the web, YouTube is getting used on mobile devices more and more. If you were in doubt that the Internet is becoming more mobile (smartphones and tablets) and less stationary (laptops and desktops), here's further proof. YouTube on the go: ... Continue Reading

Has the Church Overlooked YouTube?

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Has the Church overlooked YouTube? Posting updates on Facebook and Twitter and throwing in an image or two now and again requires far less 'know-how' and technical requirements, whereas producing a video to upload onto YouTube has a far more drastic learning curve for most churches. Perhaps that is why so many churches don't utilize YouTube when it comes to the different social media platforms. Here's how the different social networks stack up in ROAR's Social Media in Church Survey: ... Continue Reading

Can You Watch This ENTIRE Video?


Squirrel! Who can forget the classic scenes from Disney Pixar’s film, Up. During the adventure to Paradise Falls, our hero finds a pack of dogs with ‘voice translators,’ giving us some insight into a dogs attention span: ... Continue Reading

Copyright Challenges of Using YouTube to Host Video

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In July of 2005 I started my first podcast. I'd already been doing Church tech for a few years by that time, so when I went to look for theme music I wanted to honor the artists by following copyright law. I searched for what was called "podsafe music," music that wasn't published by the major labels, so permission could be granted by the original artists. After a couple of hours, I came across a band that was really good. They were a Christian group, so even their lyrics worked for me. The ... Continue Reading

Sherlock + Sesame Street = Muppetastic! [Video]


When I was growing up, you knew when someone was famous if they appeared on The Muppet Show! Now, following in that great tradition, Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's 'Sherlock'), has appeared in a spot for Sesame Street. Benedict's been set a tricky conundrum by the wile Murray-arty (get it?!). With the help of Count von Count (he's always been one of my faves!), can they solve the puzzle?! ... Continue Reading

25,000 Domino Screenlink [Video]


After three months and 25,000 dominos, this EPIC domino relay was created. In technical domino YouTube jargon, this is known as a “screenlink”: “Each clip is separate then edited together to make it look like one long setup. The first half are my clips (built in USA) then at 1:35 it switches to millionendollarboy's (built in Germany.) This was a collab video so it was impossible to do one take, not to mention how much floor space and dominoes would be needed.” It's cool to see how these ... Continue Reading

Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions

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Cover photos are all the rage. The use of big images to make your social media profile more visually attractive is very "in" right now. The problem is, each social network has different dimensions for their cover photos and it takes a bit of searching to find all the specs. Well, it's your lucky day, as you will never have to hunt down those elusive cover photo dimensions ever again! That is, until the networks change the sizes. In the meantime, here is your one-stop social media cover ... Continue Reading

How Churches Can Overcome YouTube’s Live Streaming Hurdles

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I've been live-streaming training over at my blog for a few months now, so when YouTube lowered the number of subscribers necessary to take advantage of the service, I thought I'd take a look. For the purposes of this article, I'm assuming that you'd want to embed the video of your stream on your church's website along with moderated chat. Unfortunately, how YouTube live streaming works doesn't make it easy. Soon, I'll write about how to overcome these hurdles, but first I want to talk about ... Continue Reading