I have a YouTube Channel that has been a little lonely lately. On it, I mostly create “How-To” videos to address questions I receive. When someone has a tech question, often it is easier to create a short video to show them what to do instead of explaining it over the phone. Some of these are so super-specific that they never get publically posted on my channel. Other times, I just pick a common topic and create an explainer video.
I haven’t been very prolific on the channel lately so I thought I would reach out and see what you might be looking for help with.
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I am using Adobe Premiere Pro and Movavi to edit videos. Movavi is a much easier version of Premiere. The only challenge is that it is not easily scalable to recruit new videographers and maintain our brand as a church (integrated music, title slides). I’m trying to find a video editing platform that is cost effective but allows us to lock down branding elements in a menu of options. Videolicious is wonderful but not cost effective for churches. Are there any video software applications you recommend we pursue?
I’m also interested in your recommendation on digital signage platforms that are cost effective. I am testing ScreenCloud software with s Chromebit /TV and it is working but some of the features are limited (scheduling beyond a week at a time, mobile app to make changes). I’m interested in your recommendation for churches as they explore automating digital signage.
I am going to need to do so more research around video editing platforms. I haven’t found many churches trying to do exactly what you are doing. It sounds like a great idea though.
As far as signage… At the conference office we are using Chrome Sign Builder. As a non-profit, you can get a free subscription to Google’s G Suite. One feature that they don’t really promote is the ability to remotely manage Chrome appliances (like Chromebits). Using the G Suite admin panel and Chrome Sign Builder, we are able to manage 5 independent displays with Chromebits. Each one can be scheduled separately and they run Google slides. There is no limit to how far in advance you can schedule. I will admit, the interface is not especially intuitive. However, once it is set up it is easy to update. Our receptionist keeps up with scheduling and updating the signs.
There is no option for a mobile app. However, while I can’t change schedules, I can create and edit the Google Slides from my phone.
In checking in with some other communicators, some of the other options churches are using are:
Xibo (an open source option) xibo.org.uk
I also found someone using a solution including an app called Video Kiosk and Dropbox. You can read about that here: https://www.churchmotiongraphics.com/build-a-50-automated-church-lobby-digital-display/
I hope that helps get you started. If you are interested in learning more about the G Suite/Chromebit option, I would be glad to set up a demo.
I will keep researching the video edited options.
Thanks for the question!