30 New Videos in 30 Days

Hey everyone just letting you know we had a HARDCORE month of cranking out videos. Here’s a list of all the stuff the Pumthuggee Underground produced in the last 30 days:

Check them all out or check the playlists above!  Sample below:

 

Crowd Goes Wild For YouTube Obama Interview!

Actual screen grab from the post-State of the Union streaming Q/A time with members of the White House staff as they take questions from -omg- TWITTER!  As you can see the facial expressions ranged from asleep (or dead) to mild smirking and potentially vomiting in the background.

youtube president obama Q and A interview youtube Q and A state of the union

Ten Ways for Churches to Use Video Right Now

#1. Announcements:

Instead of using a traditional PowerPoint slide show, use a video instead to draw extra attention to a special event. You can play it before and after the service as well as posting it to your church website.

#2. Pastors Video Blog:

One way for pastors to reinforce sermon points or to share other real life experiences to encourage and challenge the congregation is to create a video blog. This could be done weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on your time and resources. This helps add a personal touch that can reach the entire congregation with minimal work.  No need to get fancy at first, just sit at your desk and start yakking!

#3. Testimonies:

Video can be a great aid when presenting people’s testimonies during a service or special event for those who do not like public speaking. It is also helpful for situations where someone that is scheduled to share is unable to attend the service or event.  If the person on video is ok with it you could even collect these and add them to an area on your website called “life changers” or “real-life.”

#4. Event Follow Up:

Using video to provide a summary of an event is a great way to keep the congregation informed, to thank volunteers and allow others to see the success of your event.

#5. Mission Trips:

Video is a great tool to use for informing others about upcoming trips, to connect a missions team with the congregation and for recording actual trip events to share once the team is back home.

#6. Missionary Updates:

Incorporating missionary video updates is a way to keep the congregation connected with the many missionaries that your church supports overseas.  It provides a face to those who are far away as well as provides visual insight into the world and work of missionaries. Skype is also a tool that could be used to conduct a “live” update as well.

#7. Sermon Illustrations:

Websites like sermonspice.com let you search by passage, topic or holiday to find exactly the right kind of video content for you to use in a sermon. There are a lot of great videos available on every conceivable topic; funny, serious and everything in between.  Feel free to check out our sermonspice videos HERE.

#8.9. Visitor and Welcome Videos:

If you’ve ever been new to church you know how important it is to have a welcoming environment: the people, the facility, the overall experience you have while you’re there and after you leave. A church welcome video is a great way to provide a campus tour for such locations as the children’s nursery and bathrooms. You can also introduce staff and provide a preview of the Sunday morning experience. You can post this on your church website and include it in a welcome basket.

#10. Ministry Spotlight:

In order to highlight certain ministry needs, you can provide a ministry spotlight video to communicate growth, needs and updates. This medium allows for a more focused visual update among all the busyness of a Sunday morning and often has a better chance of emotionally connecting with potential workers than a simple request for help.

I hope these ideas serve as a tool to enhance the good works you are already doing at your church. May you be encouraged and challenged to try new things as you serve the Lord and minister to His people.

Car Vinyl Video Training Series

Hey everyone we just completed a very detailed training video series on auto vinyl graphics.  In this 3 part video series we will cover all the information you need to design and apply vinyl graphics to your car! This is a lot easier than painting your car if you’re going for custom graphics and don’t want to get messy or find a huge garage to paint it. If you’ve seen any of the “The Fast and the Furious” movie or been to any car shows then chances are you’ve seen some pretty amazing vinyl graphics. Vinyl is basically a huge bumper sticker with images and graphics printed right on it. You need to design it on the computer, get it printed then apply. There are a lot of tips, tricks and techniques that you’ll need to know so make sure you watch every second of these training videos!   Here’s a link to the playlist where you can see all 3 videos.  Go!

BRING IT ON, TEACH ME THE WAYS!

Here’s a teaser:

Green Screen: 5 Rules

If you’re doing green screen video here are the rules to get the best quality:

1. Light the green screen backdrop as evenly and brightly as possible.

2. Put as much distance between you and the green screen behind you as possible.

3. Light yourself well but don’t aim the lights so you get shadows on the greenscreen.

4. Don’t wear a green shirt.

5. Make sure your green screen is big enough to cover the whole area behind you.  Double check in your viewfinder
Green Screen Jon Barnes

INSANE DSLR Rig Contraption

Don’t spend thousands of dollars on an expensive DSRL rig for your new Canon video set up! For a just a couple bucks and using common household materials you can create this INSANELY elegant and practical DSLR rig. Features include:

Shotgun mic mount
Nintendo NES controller
LED book light
ipod holder
Compass with cigarette lighter plug
GPS unit
Large LED light
Old-school flash grip
Stylish handle
All-black assassin styling

Talent Show CONTEST!

Do you know about the talent show contest yet?  It’s during the month of june and there are awesome prizes!  Watch this video for the details: