Viewing Church broadcasts using DVD
Many Church broadcast events are available or are able to be burned to DVD. DVDs are ideal for local units where broadband Internet and/or satellite signal are unobtainable.
- TV or projector with screen
- DVD player
- Compatible audio/video cables
- Computer with DVD writer and software (if recording)
DVDs may be ordered through http://store.lds.org and may take up to six weeks for delivery.
Recording broadcasts to DVD
In general, broadcasts may be recorded for Church use. The Broadcast Instructions specifies the copyright notice that must be placed on any recording of a broadcast. Usually the recording (VHS or DVD) is placed in the meetinghouse library. A combination DVR/DVD machine makes it easy to burn multiple copies of the tapes or discs to send out to the various libraries, and many reasonably affordable units allow for basic editing and the addition of titles, chapters and menus to the disc.
Note that video, audio, and transcripts from general conference sessions are available at http://gc.lds.org.
Digital video recorders (DVRs)
Look for DVRs with the following options:
- 160gb drive
- Digital tuner
Label DVDs with the title of the broadcast, the date, and the appropriate copyright notice, as specified in the broadcast instructions. There are four basic ways to label DVDs:
- Stick-on labels: Get a CD/DVD Label Kit from a "big box" office supplies store or on-line. It contains software, labels, and a slick applicator that gives you professional-looking labels from your printer.
- Ink-Jet printers: Some inkjet printers (for example, the Epson Photo R200) can print right on the CD/DVD. However, you'll need to buy the DVD blanks with the printable white surface.
- LightScribe: This technology uses the burner to burn a image into the top layer of the disc. However, you'd have to buy a LightScribe drive and use LightScribe media. This is probably the most expensive option.
- Felt-tip pen made for writing on CDs/DVDs, such as a Sharpie.