How to Make a Bible Study Video
You can make your own Bible study video! It’s easier than you might think. Anyone with a video camera, digital camera, flip camera or smartphone, some basic editing equipment and a little creativity can make a video.
Coordinate a Bible study for your local United Methodist Women
- Invite a leader from among you or from outside to do it for you.
- Visit the United Methodist Women’s website for sample Bible studies.
- Set up a day and time and invite persons to your home or to your local church.
- Make the Bible study interactive.
- Use your camera or phone to record questions and discussions.
- Share the experience of your Bible study with other United Methodist Women members by posting the video on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or other video hosting sites, then share the link.
Your video will only be as good as the footage you shoot. So it is important to learn the basics. Here are some tips:
- Make sure the atmosphere is well lit. If the room is dark, you will not see your subjects. And once the video is shot there is little you can do to correct this problem.
- Keep the camera steady. You can either use a tripod or hold your elbows close to the body to keep the camera stable. Make your movements smooth and graceful. Jittery, jostled camera work is very difficult to watch, and in some cases can even make the viewer nauseous.
- Practice zooming and panning (moving the camera from side to side). Use slow and steady motion to move from subject to subject and from a close up to a wider shot. Be easy with the zoom. Use it only when you want to emphasize a person or other subject.
- Be mindful of the audio. If you don’t have an external microphone, then you will need to get close to each subject as they speak in order to capture their voice. If you try to tape a person speaking from a distance you will also capture the ambient sound making the person’s voice difficult to hear when you playback the video.
Many computers come with built-in editing software that allows you to make basic edits and add a few effects to your video. For example, Macbook comes with iMovie and Windows has MovieMaker. In the editing process you can:
- Clip video: This enables you to cut out all parts of the video that you don’t wish to include and arrange the remaining video clips in any order you choose.
- Add transitions: Each individual clip can be linked together using effects including: dissolves, wipes and fade to black.
- Add titles and graphics: You can add a main title page, pictures, credits, Bible verses or any other text or image.
- Add music: You can include a music track underneath your visual images (just be mindful of all copyright issues).
Share your video
Once you have completed your video it’s time to share it with the world! Upload your video to YouTube and send the link via e-mail, post it on Facebook, include in electronic newsletters and on websites etc. Note: YouTube will only let you post clips of no more than 10 minutes long, so if your overall video is longer than this, you will have to break it up into segments and post each one separately.
Ask for help
Videotaping and editing have gotten more user-friendly, but that still doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. If you don’t want to do the video work yourself, chances are someone in your congregation, youth group, or United Methodist Women is very much interested in video production and would be happy to take the lead for you.