DVDs and Recording Broadcasts

Last Updated: 16 September 2016 at 09:41

Many Church broadcast events are available on or are able to be burned to DVD. DVDs are an ideal way for local units to watch broadcasts when broadband Internet or satellite signals are unobtainable.

Requirements

  • TV or projector with screen
  • DVD player
  • Compatible audio and video cables
  • Computer with DVD writer and software (if recording)

Ordering DVDs

DVDs may be ordered through http://store.lds.org. Delivery may take up to six weeks.

Recording Broadcasts to DVD

In general, Church broadcasts may be recorded for Church use. The broadcast instructions include the copyright notice that must be placed on any recording of the broadcast. Usually the recording (DVD or VHS) is placed in the meetinghouse library. A combination DVR/DVD machine makes it easy to burn multiple copies of discs to send out to unit libraries. Many reasonably affordable DVR/DVD units also allow for basic video-editing and the addition of titles, chapters, and menus to the disc.

Note: 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:

  • 160 GB drive
  • Digital tuner

Labeling DVDs

Label DVDs with the title of the broadcast, the date, and the copyright notice included in the broadcast instructions. There are four basic ways to label DVDs:

  1. Stick-on labels: CD/DVD label kits are available from many large office supply stores or online. The kit should make professional-looking labels and contain software, labels, and an applicator.
  2. Ink-jet printers: Some ink-jet printers (for example, the Epson Photo R200) can print right on a CD or DVD. However, discs with a printable white surface must be purchased and used.
  3. LightScribe: This technology uses a burner to burn an image into the top layer of the disc. However, a LightScribe drive and LightScribe media are required. This is probably the most expensive option.
  4. Felt-tip pen: A felt-tip pen made for writing on CDs and DVDs, such as a Sharpie, is the simplest solution.