Downloading videos from lds.org onto iOS devices

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Downloading videos from lds.org onto iOS devices

Postby poff » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:42 am

Pardon me if there is a recent post regarding this issue, but I didn't see one.

My wife and I consider ourselves to be fairly comfortable with technology, but have had several instances where downloading videos from lds.org to iOS devices was very difficult, if not, impossible.

Here's a simple example, last night my wife wanted to download a video to her iPad of a talk from the October general conference. The lds.org page showed an icon to download, but we couldn't get it to work. We could download on a computer, but not iPad

Are the videos on the church website not setup for mobile device download?

Is there a reasonable approach to doing this? I'd like to think there are other people out there experiencing similar issues.

We did check the gospel library app 3.4.4 and there doesn't appear to be an option for adding conference videos, just text versions.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Re: Downloading videos from lds.org onto iOS devices

Postby russellhltn » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:28 am

On the Android version, once you pull up a talk, there's a "play" button (a right-facing triangle). When you press that, you're given the option of "Download Media". Is there nothing like that in the iOS?
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Re: Downloading videos from lds.org onto iOS devices

Postby poff » Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:03 pm

There is a download button and options for which format you want. When you select an option (MP4 360p, etc) it opens the video and starts playing. It doesn't appear to ever download the video - just plays

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Re: Downloading videos from lds.org onto iOS devices

Postby mevans » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:44 pm

You need to use something else to download the video to the iPad/iPhone.

One option is to download it on a computer and then use iTunes to copy it to your device.

Another option is to get an app that downloads videos. Someone in my ward recommended some apps for this purpose, but I'm not where I have those notes handy or I'd give you the name of a few he recommended. You can google something like "ipad video download app" and find more information.

You should be able to download conference talks with their videos through Gospel Library. The video comes with the talk and you can choose to download it. I've done that previously for a teacher technology demonstration.

I'll try to remember to come back and post additional information. There are a few things I don't have with me right now.

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Re: Downloading videos from lds.org onto iOS devices

Postby russellhltn » Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:06 pm

mevans wrote:Another option is to get an app that downloads videos. Someone in my ward recommended some apps for this purpose, but I'm not where I have those notes handy or I'd give you the name of a few he recommended. You can google something like "ipad video download app" and find more information.

Keep in mind that if the church doesn't give a download link for a video, there are probably contractual reasons for doing that. We can't support work-arounds in that case.
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Re: Downloading videos from lds.org onto iOS devices

Postby mevans » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:16 pm

To download from within Gospel Library, you first need to see the video. Tap the icon at the top right. This will bring the video pane into view. You can then make it taller so you can see the video. Then you should see a download icon in the lower-right corner:
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Just tap it and it will download. If you need to free up space, you can tap it again to delete it from your device. (I happened to have this iPhone screen shot available from a training I did; I'm assuming it works in a similar fashion on the iPad Gospel Library app.)

I couldn't find my notes on the download apps a ward member had recommended. Doing a quick search, I turned up a ton of video download apps. Basically, you just copy the URL for the video into the app and it will download it to your local storage so you can play it back disconnected. You could use this for any videos that have a download URL, but are not available within Gospel Library. The church makes it pretty easy to download the videos they want you to download. As russellhltn mentioned, if there's not a download link, then it's restricted and you shouldn't try to download it.


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