Have you ever watched a promo video and thought, "Wow! I want to make a video like that for my church!"? Well, it's never been easier than it is right now, to do it yourself.
If you have the time and the desire, then you can make a great video without any formal training and with a little bit of determination.
Making room for video production in a church can be a great move, especially since they are so popular.
We all know the value of a video. We are inundated with videos of all kinds when we use the internet. They are everywhere. According to weforum.org, YouTube is the second most visited site in the world (as of April 2017). That says a lot about the value of video today.
Making room for video production in a church can be a great move, especially since they are so popular. Finding ideas as to what to make a video be about is as easy as searching on Google. The process doesn't have to be complicated to create, produce, or edit a video. There are many tools that are right at your fingertips and are just waiting for you to use them.
Windows offers a free program called Movie Maker for video editing. If it's not already installed on your PC, then you can get it for free online. A Mac comes with iMovie already installed. Both programs offer an amateur video editor tons of options for making a great video.
There are, of course, many other video editing software options, but most come with a price tag. If you want to stay in the free realm, then Movie Maker and iMovie are your best software choices.
Templates, storyboards, shot lists
Audio manipulation: Background noise reduction, voiceover, improve sound quality, add music (either your own track or a preprogrammed option)
Video and/or picture manipulation: Make clips smaller, slow them down, speed them up, zoom in/out
Titles: Add a variety of text options to a clip
Transitions: Make cool effects from one shot to another
Those are just a sampling of what you can do with a free video editor.
I personally use iMovie. I've learned how to work the various options and tools, and have found the process of learning to be quite easy. I'd consider myself an amateur video producer and editor. I've never received formal training for either, but I enjoy making videos and better yet, the congregation loves them! If you love doing something, then it's usually not difficult to learn how. I also have a video-making partner who loves video as much as I do, so we work together to come up with ideas and to do the work it takes to make them for our church.
Here are three videos examples that were made with iMovie:
iMovie video #1—This video was made using an iMovie template. We used the preset shot list that came with the template. Once we had the footage shot, it took four hours to create the video in iMovie.
iMovie video #2—This video was made using iMovie without a template. You can see the variety of tools that were used to create the video: titles, transitions, zoom, and music. This video took about three hours to create in iMovie.
iMovie video #3—This video was also made using iMovie without a template. It took about four hours to create this video in iMovie.
Those are just a few examples of what you can create with free software and with a little bit of time and ingenuity. Video production is a fun and exciting way to get your message across to a wide audience.