When creating a message, you can use our in-app video tool to record a personal video to include in your text. For some that may feel a little scary. Here are a few tips to help you get started!
Lighting - Find a well lit room or record facing a window. That will usually do the trick. You want the light to be in front of you, not behind you.
Audio - Stay away from loud areas with background noise. Try to find a quiet room. If your room has a bad echo, you can dampen it with blankets and pillows.
Length - Sometimes a video needs to be a few minutes long. Sometimes 30 seconds will do the trick. If you have multiple things to mention in your video, make a list to reference. This will prevent you from getting off track, and help your viewers stay engaged.
Camera - Your webcam is a great way to capture a video. It's super easy, and will feel personal and off the cuff. But if you want to use a better camera, you can also upload an existing video from your phone or one created by your media team.
There's something to be said about a raw, unpolished video which often feels very authentic. Don't overthink it too much. Ultimately the point is for you to better engage with your church. 🙌
Ways churches use video
Announcements - Send weekly announcements from your pastor or team. Something like "Hey guys, this week we've got exciting things coming up..."
Guest Follow Up - Send a short personal video to your first time guests. Give a brief overview of what to expect, or send a video on Sunday afternoon thanking them for joining. You can set up a workflow to automatically send your video to each week's visitors.
Devotionals - Maybe you're doing 21 Days of Prayer or a Bible reading plan. Send a short devotional on the daily Scripture.
Training - Send a video to new volunteers to share your heart behind the ministry. Or send a step-by-step video on how to prepare and serve the coffee.
If you feel nervous to send your first video, test it out with friends or staff before sending to your entire church.