Monday, October 23, 2006

Boring Announcements

Hey everyone. Haven't much to say tonight. It's been a week since I've posted. Been busy again with life. Lot's of things have happened that I'd just bore you with, so I'll spare you...

Naaa... I'll bore you with an idea I implemented in youth group. I went to a Youth Leader's Conference last weekend and we were discussing how to creatively and effectively do announcements. Everyone seems to have the same issues as the next guy with students not really paying attention and flyers being left on the floor to be trashed. So, this guy throws out this thing he's done with video and shows us an example.

You take a clip from a movie that has lots of dialogue and interesting characters. You rip it and then bring it into a program that can edit video and sound. Then, you cut out voices and replace them with your own recorded one's telling about your events and activities in a funny or creative way. The results are hilarious and kids definitely pay attention while your announcement is being embedded into their brain.

I decided to put it to the test myself and so I used AoA DVD Ripper to get a clip from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's the scene when the White Witch shows up in her sled with the dwarf and meets Edmund. I imported it into Adobe Premier and separated the video from the sound so that I could export the sound clip into a program called Goldwave. In Goldwave I took the sound clip and pressed a button that reduced all vocals. It worked like a charm. The program only left one actual word but cut out the rest leaving me with the original sound effects and music score. I saved it as an mp3 and continued.

Then, I watched the clip over and over again, scripting every word so that I could come up with a new script that was similar in word formation and length, but talked about my announcement, which was about Youth Convention.

After I finalized the script, I recorded each line on my C01U - USB Studio Condenser Microphone in Goldwave separately and saved them as mp3's. Then, I imported them into Adobe Premier and matched the recordings with the visual dialogue of the characters. When I finished editing, I applied some fades and additional slides before and after the clip along with music.

I showed the announcement in Youth Group and the students laughed and were paying attention. It must have gotten through because I collected almost every single registration yesterday... on the due date. Amazing.

Have you done anything creative lately?


ruthrap said...

my last creativity involved pepperoni and pizza dough when i made 'stuffies'! and was i ever proud! but you are really "on it" Jimmybob and I'll bet those kids are proud to have you for their pastor!!

Mike Jones said...

That sounds really cool! I am big into technology, but have not tried anything like that. Keep up the good work man.

sandytrif said...

sorry i've been mia lately~computer problems. But got them resolved today!! Woohoo! The last creative thing I did was scrapbook.

I can not even begin to understand what you are talking about!! The only thing I got was the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe part. After that you completely lost me~but glad that the kids got it.

Donna said...

That sounds cool. At our campus church we also do video announcements. Each week we give a student (or students) the opportunity to come up with some kind of skit or creative way to present the announcements.

Jake Atkins pretended to be a kidnapper and his friend Paul gave the announcements while hiding in a dumpster. Jake is amazing at playing the role of the crazy man. (I'll send you the link when we put it on Youtube.)

I think that giving the students the opportunity to do video announcements provides them with a creative outlet and helps them to feel like part of the group.

JimmyBob said...

Thanks everyone, for the comments. I know I haven't been blogging much lately, but I really appreciate my friends here and wanted you to know it.

Shieldsy said...

Wow ... completely amazed by the amount of skill and effort that went into producing an announcement. Hats off to you for all your hard work. Would love to see the finished results.

Are these really the lengths we have to go to now every time we want to make what, at the end of the day, is just an announcement? :oP

JimmyBob said...

It was fun Shieldsy! I don't normally do that sort of thing because it takes a bit of work. Anyway, nice to hear from you.