Media Library

How to Show Videos without an Internet Connection

The Media Library has many videos you can play to help you teach gospel principles and enhance your gospel lessons. However, streaming the video over the meetinghouse’s Internet connection is not always a possibility. To avoid potential problems with streaming, you can download the video ahead of time and then play it from a computer, mobile device, or DVD player. However, please be aware there are a few videos in the Media Library that are not available for download. This is due to copyright and intellectual property laws. We are striving to make as many of these videos available for download as possible, but in the meantime, those few videos will require Internet access to play.

For videos that are available for download, you have several options for downloading and playing them in your classroom. The best option depends on the devices you have available, the size of your class, and the video equipment in your meetinghouse. Here are four options we recommend:

Option 1: Download and Show on Laptop Computer
  1. On your laptop, navigate to the video section of the Media Library and locate
    the video you would like to show.                                                                                                                                       
  2. Below the video you will see a Download link. Click Download.
  1. Select the size you want to download. Larger files take longer to download, but
    the video quality is better.
  1. When you select a file size, the video may download automatically. If it does,
    look for it in your Downloads folder. We recommend moving the file from the
    Downloads folder to the desktop so you can find it easily.
  1. Depending on your browser, you may be presented with the option to select
    where you want to save the file before it downloads. Again, we suggest saving
    it on your desktop so you can find it easily, but you can save it anywhere. You
    may want to rename the file with a name that will help you remember what the
    video is about. Once you have renamed the file and specified where you want
    to save it, click Save.
  1. You can then take your laptop to class and play the downloaded video with the
    player of your choice.
Option 2: Download videos using an Apple Tablet or Smartphone
  1. From the Library section of the Gospel Library app, select the Videos icon.
  1. Select the genre your video belongs to (for example, Mormon Messages, Youth: Come, Follow Me, and so on), and navigate to the video you want.
  1. Press the download button in the lower right corner of the video thumbnail, and the video will begin downloading to your device.
  1. You can now find the downloaded video in the same location where you originally found the video. The video now plays as a downloaded file instead of streaming over the Internet.

The download icon on the video thumbnail has been replaced with an X icon, which can be selected to remove the downloaded file.

*Note about Apple devices: There is currently no option to download video files directly from the Media Library website using the Safari web browser on an Apple device. This is why we recommend the Gospel Library app.

You can, however, search for and download other mobile apps that will allow you to browse the Internet, download video files from the Media Library site, and store them in that app. If you choose this option, make sure to research any app before downloading it to your device.

Option 3: Download videos using an Android Tablet or Smartphone 
  1. From the Library section of the Gospel Library app, select the Videos icon.
  1. Select the genre your video belongs to (for example, Mormon Messages, Youth: Come, Follow Me, and so on), and navigate to the video you want.
  1. Select any part of the video thumbnail and an option window will open.
  1. Select Download and the video will begin downloading to your device.
  1. The next time you select the video and choose Play Video, it will play as a downloaded file from your device rather than stream over the Internet.
  1. Using your Internet browser on your device, browse to the Media Library on LDS.org and find the video you would like to download. Tap on the Download link below the video.
  1. Tap on the size you would like to download. Larger files take longer to
    download, but the video quality is better. For mobile devices, we recommend
    the 360p or 720p size because the quality is sufficient and they take up less
    room on the device.
  1. The video will automatically download. Navigate back to your home screen
    and open the Gallery app.
  1. Open the Downloads album and find the video you downloaded.
  1. Tap the video and the video will begin playing.

Option 4: Burn to a DVD
  1. On your computer, navigate to the video section of the Media Library and locate
    the video you would like to show in your lesson.
  2. Below the video you will see a Download link. Click Download.
  1. Select the size you want to download. Larger files take longer to download, but
    the video quality is better. We recommend downloading the largest size
    available to ensure the highest quality on the DVD. 
  1. When you select a file size, the video may download automatically. If it does,
    look for it in your Downloads folder. We recommend moving the file from the
    Downloads folder to the desktop so you can find it easily.
  1. Depending on your browser, you may be presented with the option to select
    where you want to save the file before it downloads. Again, we suggest saving
    it on your desktop so you can find it easily, but you can save it anywhere. You
    may want to rename the file with a name that will help you remember what the
    video is about. Once you have renamed the file and specified where you want
    to save it, click Save.
  1. Using DVD burning software (your computer may already have this software,
    and there are many programs available for free online), create a DVD with a
    menu so that you can navigate to and play the files from your meetinghouse’s
    DVD player. (Follow the instructions in the DVD burning software.) If you do not
    use DVD burning software, it is likely that you will only be saving the
    downloaded file onto the DVD and the video will not play on a DVD player.