Date: Friday, January 4, 2013
Time: 12:00pm Mountain Time
Topic: Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses
The Church produces an abundant amount of video content. For example, the new Youth curriculum, Come, Follow Me, has numerous videos as resource options for lessons; the Leadership Training Library, the Mormon Channel, the Video, Audio, and Images section of LDS.org, and other sites all have abundant video resources as well.
However, getting video into meetinghouses poses a challenge. Many meetinghouses have wireless Internet, but the bandwidth is too low to support streams from multiple users, especially during peak hours. Teachers who rely on the Internet to stream videos during lessons will find that the videos pause, buffer, and stop — leading to a poor classroom experience.
In this LDSTech broadcast, John Edwards, portfolio director for the Church’s Emerging Technology group, will discuss ways to take media into meetinghouses through the many mobile devices that members already have.
For example, you can already download some video content through the Gospel Library iOS and Android apps. As the Youth videos are made available, you will see more opportunities to download videos with the apps. Both apps are moving forward with more robust video capabilities.
Downloading videos is just one step in the process. Displaying videos from mobile devices also poses challenges, whether you're showing videos directly from your device (with students huddled around), or connecting to a meetinghouse TV through HDMI or composite adapters.
We invite you to join us in this discussion and brainstorm about the best ways to bring video into the meetinghouse through mobile devices.
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Note that although we welcome all topics and questions about digital media in meetinghouses, the broadcast will specifically focus on mobile solutions to getting media into meetinghouses.