Video Tips & Tricks

We've provided some handy tips and tricks for anyone wanting to record a children's lesson video.

Video Ideas

You don't need to create costumed characters like Auntie Corona & Uncle Vincent. In fact, it's lovely to see the different styles and approaches people take. We're all individual members of one Body, so let your personality show.

If you want to feature a YouTube video beforehand and talk about it. No problem, we can set it up as a playlist like the Sunday service videos.

If you don't want to be on the screen, that's fine. Your voice and hands are enough. Something like this would be more than appreciated by the kids.

You can check the schedule of upcoming videos below, to ensure you don't prepare the same lesson as someone else.

Date ScheduledVideo TitleScripture Reference
Mon 1st June The Story of Esther | Part 2 Esther 1v19-3v15
Tue 2nd June Location Location Location Matthew 7v24-27
Wed 3rd June Mistakes Mark 11v17-22
Thu 4th June Surprises/Blessings Genesis 1v28, Genesis 12v2, Numbers 6v22,6v26
Fri 5th June The Haribo Gospel
Mon 8th June The Story of Esther | Part 3
Tue 9th June[Currently Empty]
Wed 10th June Running the Race Hebrews 12v1-2
Thu 11th June Rainbows
Fri 12th June What Do I Do? Philippians 4v8-9
Mon 15th June The Story of Esther | Part 4
Tue 16th June[Currently Empty]
Wed 17th June Tired Times Exodus 17v 9-16
Thu 18th June Loving Kindness Psalm 103v1-4
Fri 19th June Gladys Aylward: Missionary to China | Part 1
Mon 22nd June The Story of Esther | Part 5
Tue 23rd June[Currently Empty]
Wed 24th June[Currently Empty]
Thu 25th June Time To Go Genesis 12v1, Matthew 4v18-22, Matthew 28v19-22
Fri 26th June Gladys Aylward: Missionary to China | Part 2

Recording Videos

Lighting

The key to photography/videography is light. Try to get as much light into the location you are filming. Use natural light from a window if you can. But make sure the camera isn't pointing directly at the window, this may cause you to appear in silhouette. Even better go outside, if it's quiet enough and weather permits.

Sound

Built-in microphones may not capture your voice very well from far away, especially outside. Wind noise can also be an issue when shooting outdoors. Do a short trial run and check the sound is ok, and your voice can be heard without having to increase the volume to its maximum setting.

If using a phone or tablet to record your video, remember to turn on airplane mode to prevent unwanted vibrations/sounds.

Framing

If using a phone, make sure to position it horizontally, landscape videos are more versatile than portrait ones.

If possible, get the camera level with your eyeline. Stack boxes or books or whatever you like to create the height you need. Or simply get someone to hold the camera as steady as they can.

If you have notes to look at, place them directly above or below the camera lens. It will prevent you from having to look off to one side to see them.

Editing

If you're recording the video on your own, please leave a few seconds after starting the recording and before stopping the recording, this will allow the parts showing you reaching for the camera to be edited out. If you are able to edit your videos before submission, please do so. If not, and time permits, videos will be edited after submission.

If possible have someone else start and stop the recording for you to remove the need for the editing mentioned above.

Remember: These are all just pointers to use if you can. Don't be stressing if you aren't able to do them. The Gospel is no less true from a blurry camera phone as it is from a megachurch production.

Reserve a Video Idea

To prevent multiple people recording similar videos, you can reserve your video ideas. Simply email tommy@brooksidepc.org with your Video Title and Scripture Reference(s), and it will be added to the scheduled video table above.

Submitting Videos

Follow the simple steps below to submit a video.

  1. Upload your video(s) using the Dropbox link provided.
  2. Email tommy@brooksidepc.org using the exact subject line "Children's Lesson".
  3. Include the following information as formatted below -
    Title: The title of your video. (This may be shortened/reworded to fit website)
    Scripture References: The scripture reference(s) your lesson is based on.
    YouTube Link: A link to any YouTube videos you would like to include.
    Further Instructions: Any instructions regarding order of videos, resources to include with the video etc.

Click here to view an example submission. This will open the default email client on your device/computer.


To request an upload link email tommy@brooksidepc.org.

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