London Conference YouTube Channel Information
As of October 2012 this channel, which can be found at youtube.com by searching for United Church London Conference, is now up and running.
FAQs for Making YouTube Videos for London Conference Congregations
So You Want to Make a Video for the YouTube Channel.…
"So now send me an artisan skilled to work in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics, trained also in engraving, to join the skilled workers who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem...." 2 Chronicles 2:7
These days, if Solomon were looking for workers for the building of the Temple, he’d put out the word for makers of video too. Here below is some of what the modern-day Solomon would hope his video workers know. But before you read farther, some pre-advice: Pay conscientious attention to, but do not be intimidated by, anything you read below. The main thing is, to work knowledgeably in faith and joy to produce a video, as a way of sharing your congregation’s or your project’s experience with others.
If you have any questions about making videos or copyright or licensing, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Better to be sure ahead of time than be in doubt later.
We’re looking forward to viewing your videos, and mounting them on the London Conference YouTube Channel where you can share them with others.
Good luck and may God the Creator bless your creativity!
1. THE MAKERS:
Identify someone - or a team - in your congregation, or known to your congregation and willing to take part, who has the skills to make a video.
2. THE STORY:
Identify your message; your story. What is it about your congregation that you want this video to tell and show?
3. THE STYLE:
Make your video while keeping your audience foremost: How can you make it in a manner and style that will hold their interest?
Short is best - 3 minutes max!
Pay really close attention to the technical details in production: You want a variety of steady shots, clear audio and make sure your scenes are well-lit. A dimly lit sanctuary with pictures entirely shot from the back and muddy audio won’t attract anyone. Make sure that shots of your congregation don’t show empty pews; encourage people to sit at the front, in the shot, so the pews look fuller.
Privacy is a critical legal issue. In short, you should arrange a signed release from anyone who appears in your video, authorizing his or her image to appear in that particular video. In the case of anyone younger than the age of majority - in Ontario, under 18 - a parent or guardian must sign. Before you begin any shoot, inform everyone present that you will be recording and ask for their consent to appear in the video; indicate a location that will be off-camera, i.e. out-of-shot, where anyone who does not want to be seen can move to. (Hopefully, that won’t empty your shot!)
In the case of photos or slides from your church archives, or from any contributor, any member of your congregation for example, you should do your best (‘due diligence’) to identify those who appear in the photo and ask their permission for their image to be used in the video. If this is not possible, it is important that you have tried your best within the limits of what is practical; this is what ‘due diligence’ means. Examples of when this will not be possible include photos of people recorded overseas, or shot some time past by someone no longer identifiable, or even no longer living. In future, to be prepared, it’s a good idea to identify everyone in photos added to your archive collection, and the date and location, as you file them.
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Copyright is also a critical legal issue. In short, you need prior permission from the copyright holder to use her/his material in your video recording. This applies to all previously-recorded audio, video, photos, other graphics and especially MUSIC!
The simplest strategy is to use only material in the public domain, that is, out of copyright; this occurs when the creator (or copyright holder) has been deceased for more than fifty years.
In the case of music, there is one saving exception: You may record material being sung or played live during a church event such as Sunday worship by your choir, organist, pianist, band, or other musical groups or individuals choral or instrumental of your congregation, as long as the excerpt you use in your video is less than 90 seconds in duration, and as long as you have not previously recorded it.
However, this does limit you: you won’t be able to use much modern or contemporary music. If you really do want to use currently copyrighted material, read on:
Obtaining permission to use copyrighted material in video can be time-consuming, and frustrating. In the case of printed music, such as Voices United, below each hymn is printed the copyright holder (music, lyrics, and/or arrangement) whom you need to contact for permission. Contact information for copyright holders is found starting on page 976. And on The United Church of Canada website:
If you wish to use any material already on the internet (an image, a photo, a sound or video), the same rules apply: You must ensure that you have permission from the copyright holder. If you are thinking of making a lot of videos or webcasting your services, there are companies that offer annual blanket licences on behalf of many copyright holders. But you still have to report your usage to them.
For more information on this matter, visit www.united-church.ca/local/copyright and look under "Podcasts and Live Video Streaming."
You can also buy CDs of royalty-free music, photos and footage to help your production. Check the internet for deals.