Category: how-to


I wish more presenters knew how to give good presentations. I’ve been to many presentations where the presenters didn’t use their presentation software for the benefit of the audience but for their own. They would put up a bulleted list and just follow each point in turn. I’ve done this myself and I regret it. When I taught classes at each of the first two ChurchMedia.net national conventions, I basically used my presentation as a teleprompter to help me remember what I intended to say. This is fine, but it didn’t really add to what I was trying to do.

A better way to do it is to augment the vocal aspect of the presentation with visuals that aren’t easily described, but not text that can just as easily be said. There are a couple of people that are particularly good at this sort of thing. I don’t care if you prefer Windows or voted for Bush in 2000, Steve Jobs and Al Gore are more effective because they follow this method. For more information on how Jobs presents, read this from BusinessWeek.com. For more about Al Gore’s presentation style read this from Wired.com.

I just wish more pastors and business professionals could do this. They’d be more effective. My last class I taught on podcasting about 18 months ago changed tactics and the response was overwhelming.

Paul

Cartoon of my younger daughterNow this is cool. Upload a picture and tweak it to look like a cartoon. It took me longer to save it than to do it. Check it out: BeFunky

Paul

Making Videos Loop

I know I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating. You can see this tutorial I wrote back in 2005 over at ChurchMedia.net or check out more tips here.

Good stuff there.

Paul

An article I wrote in Church Production Magazine a couple of years ago is quoted in a great book: Special Event Production: The Resources

The author sent me a copy and it looks great! And I’m not talking about the quote. The rest totally rocks.

Paul

As you might have guessed, I love twitter. I also love my blog and Facebook. Now, thanks to the Twitter Tools plug-in for WordPress (the blogging engine I use), and the TwitterSync app for Facebook, a single blog post, tweet or facebook update, changes the other two. That makes me happy.

Paul

Final Cut Pro Countdown Video

For some time I’ve been promising people a copy of the FCP project file I used to create a countdown. I found it and here it is: FCP countdown.zip (right-click or control-click to save). BTW, it’s in FCP3 format, so it should be editable in versions 3 and later. Additionally, this isn’t a video file, but a project file. Don’t expect it to play if you don’t have Final Cut.

Notice that I used nested sequences to minimize the work needed to create this countdown as I did each number by hand, not merely reversing timecode as I had in the past.

Paul

I’ve talked about building a DIY light kit. Here’s a post on how to do it from Shuttertalk. It’s geared toward still photographers, but has some tips that videographers could use, too.

Paul

I’ve talked about building a DIY light kit. Here’s a post on how to do it from Shuttertalk. It’s geared toward still photographers, but has some tips that videographers could use, too.

Paul

Now, I can think of something to do with this. We have a teaching pastor who likes to draw on the screen for showing historic locations on maps. This would do the trick for almost no money. We actually have a Wii at church, so we could do this. Watch the video here: Clips: Use a Wiimote to Make Whiteboards Out of Anything or visit the site for the guy who wrote the software here.

If I can get the Mac version, I’ll do it myself. It seems like a good alternative to a touch screen.

Paul

In episode 13 of “Tech, No Babel”, I basically told you how to do this, but they’ve added tumblr to the list of free hosts (among others). It’s an interesting read (at least for me).

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