TruthCasting- Audio/Video Hosting for Your Church

I wanted to share with you some great resources that I learned about while I was at the Echo Church Media Conference.  The first is TruthCasting.  TruthCasting is an audio, video and written hosting service for your church or ministry.  There are many great benefits to their service, but the best benefit to you is that there are no monthly or storage fees.

You are able to upload full audio, video and written resources at no ongoing cost to you.  The only cost is for the media relay to upload your content.  They are working on a software version of the relay.  So very soon there will be no costs for the TruthCasting service.

I was amazed how easy it is for a church to upload their content.  If you want to learn more about this great service check out their video presentation here.

Echo Church Media Conference Day 3

Today the Echo Church Media Conference wrapped up with a great talk from Kevin Steele of Steelehouse Productions.  He spoke on the importance of Christian artist to create work of the highest quality and to be a catalyst to other artist in the world.

Earlier in the day I attended Phil Cooke’s seminar on branding.  Based from his book Branding Faith, Phil gave an incredible amount of great information for churches and ministries to use as they identify themselves in their communities.

Overall Echo Church Media Conference was one of the best, well run, beneficial conferences I have been at in awhile.  Echo will have all the main speaker sessions and the breakout sessions available on DVD.  Be sure to check it out.

Echo Church Media Conference Day 1 (cont.)

This post is a continuation of my updates from the Echo Church Media Conference.

Earlier today I attended a session on creating motion graphics in After Effects.  There are some great resources and links from this session on the Echo Media Conference website.  You can check them out here.

Echo is providing lunch and dinner each day of the conference.  You won’t get that from most conferences.  Way to go!  They have really done a great job in making everyone feel welcome and have given a lot of opportunities to connect with other media type people.

I am sitting right now in a session on editing using Final Cut.  Trent is going through step by step on how they created the Echo Church Media Conference teaser trailer.  You can watch it here.

Live Blogging from Echo Church Media Conference

Today is the first day of the Echo Church Media Conference in Dallas, TX.  I will be posting some updates throughout the conference.

They started out this morning with pre-conference labs.  I went to one about podcasting.  The team from Geekbrief.tv gave a great overview on setting up a blog, creating a podcast and posting it to iTunes.  It was very informative and they gave a live demonstration using Garage Band, VID Blaster and Ustream.tv.

Short Film DVD For Your Church

Are you a media pastor/director or in charge of outreach at your church?  If so, here is an opportunity to try a new ministry strategy with your church using short films.  I have ten short film DVDs available for FREE to the first ten media pastor/director or church outreach director that contacts me.  Just send me an e-mail with your address through the contact form at http://www.churchvideoreviews.com/contact.  I will get a DVD sent out to you with more information.  You can find out more about the DVD at http://www.globalshortfilmnetwork.com.

Update:  Thanks to everyone who responded.  All 10 DVDs have been sponken for.  I will let you know when another opportunity is available.

Echo Church Media Conference

There is a cool new conference just around the corner.  It is the Echo Church Media Conference.  You may already know about it.  If not, it will be August 14-16 at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas.  Echo is brought to you by the team at Igniter Media, Worshiphouse Media and Collide Magazine.  You can find out more about the pre-conference labs, breakout session and register at their website.   I will be there.

Updated Top Video Downloads Page

Last month I provided several links to the top sermon and church video downloads.  I have updated that section and you can access it through one link now at http://www.churchvideoreviews.com/sermon-video-downloads.  Be sure to bookmark this page.  It will be updated on a regular basis.  You will find the top sermon and church video downloads from Sermon Spice, Worship House Media, Grove Films and Faith Visuals.

“JESUS” film Anime Version

I want to let you know about a very cool project that is in the works by The JESUS Film Project.  One of my co-workers is heading up this project.  It is an Anmie version based on the original film.  There will be a series of short films that will be created and utilize some of the dialog tracks that have been recorded.

The JESUS Film Project is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.  Back in 1979 the movie “JESUS” was released in movie theaters nationwide.  It was originally distributed by Warner Brothers.  Since then “JESUS” has been seen in every country of the world and translated into 1026 languages.  It also has been viewed over 6 Billion times (multiple viewings by some) and over 221 Million people have indicated decisions for Christ  (official stats).

The best animation style is still being tested.  It will most likely be done in anmie style done by artists from Asia.  You can view the concept video below.  Also, please take time to give us feedback at http://en.whoishe.org

Unthinkable: The Scott Rigsby Story

Unthinkable: The Scott Rigsby Story

Scott Rigsby is the first double-amputee to complete the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii last October, 2007.  Scott’s amazing story of faith, perseverance, and triumph will inspire church audiences across the world.  Filmed by Grovefilms.com, the media ministry of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media based in San Clemente, California, Unthinkable will challenge Christians to do the unthinkable for God.  This six minute short film can be seen and is available for digital download at www.grovefilms.com.  Grovfilms also offers 5 other inspirational clips by Scott on these themes: depression, walking with God, forgiveness, and steps to doing the unthinkable.

Not only will Christians be inspired by Scott’s story, churches can participate in the six-week small group bible study called The Unthinkable Experience.  The Unthinkable Experience is a perfect outreach opportunity for churches to challenge their members to “Do the Unthinkable.”  The Unthinkable Experience comes complete with a color, coiled bound study guide, small group leaders instruction, a bulletin insert and bulletin announcement for churches to explain the Unthinkable campaign.  Participants will spend six weeks studying the life of the Apostle Paul as they pray for God to show them how to do the unthinkable in their lives, families, communities and world.

To interview Scott Rigsby and to find out more about The Unthinkable Experience, please contact Joey O’Connor at The Grove Center for the Arts & Media. 949-584-8868

May’s Free Church and Sermon Videos

Here are the current free church and sermon video downloads available.

Worship House Media- 10 Commandment #1 (Steelehouse)

Sermon Spice- Out of The Storm

Grove Films- Buy 2 Get 1 Free