Showing Videos in Meetinghouses


To ensure technology doesn’t interfere with the Spirit in your lesson, download the videos ahead of time instead of relying on an Internet connection in your meetinghouse.

Meetinghouses have limited bandwidth, which is shared among an entire ward of possibly simultaneous users. This may cause your video to pause or stop, leading to a poor viewing experience.

Downloading Video

Playing Video


Downloading Video

Download to a Laptop Computer

Because most laptops already have a large enough screen for your class members to see, laptops provide the easiest way to get video into your classroom. For larger classes, consider adding external computer speakers to increase the sound.

To download a video to your computer, do the following:

  1. On your laptop, click the video link.
  2. When the video loads, you’ll see a Download link. Click Download.
  3. Select the size you want to download. Larger files take longer to download, but the video quality is better. If you plan to transfer the videos to an Android or Apple smartphone, avoid the 1080p option (if available), since this format may not be compatible with your smartphone.
  4. You may have the option of renaming the file and selecting where to save it. If so, rename the file to something memorable and save it to a convenient place. Then click Save.

If your computer doesn’t give you the option of selecting where to save it, the file usually downloads to your Downloads folder. You can find your Downloads folder on Windows 7 by clicking the Start button and typing Downloads. On Windows XP, click Start and go to My Documents to find your Downloads folder. On a Mac, click Finder and then click your user name to view the Downloads folder.

To play the video, double-click the file. Your computer will load a video player and start playing the video.

Download to a Tablet or Smartphone

Apple

If you have an Apple iPad or iPhone, you can download the videos to your device and then show them in class—either from the device itself, or by connecting your device to a TV through an adapter. You have two options for downloading the videos: through the Gospel Library app, or by transferring the videos from your computer to your mobile device through a USB cable.

If you haven't downloaded the Gospel Library app, first search for and install the app from your device's app store.

To download videos through the Gospel Library, do the following:

  1. Because video files are large (20 to 30 MB each), you'll want to download these videos through a wifi network rather than a cellular network. To turn on wifi, tap Settings, turn wifi on, and connect to a network.
  2. Tap the app home button to go to the Gospel Library app home.
  3. Go to Manage Library > Videos and then to the section you wish to view.
  4. Tap the video you want to download. Once the video downloads, the green arrow changes to a red circle.

Note: To play the video files you downloaded, you must play the videos from the Videos section of the library, as per the steps below.

  1. Tap the app home button to return to the Gospel Library home.
  2. Go to Videos and then to the section containing the video you wish to view.
  3. Tap the video you want to play.

To transfer videos you have downloaded on your computer to your iPad or iPhone through a USB cable, do the following:

Note: These instructions are for an iPhone 4s with iOS 6 using iTunes 11. Steps may vary with different devices and versions. If you don't have the latest version of iTunes (which is necessary to transfer files to your device), go to http://www.apple.com/itunes and download it. To update your iPhone's operating system to iOS 6, connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB cable. In the iTunes Summary tab, click Check for Update and install the update.

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. In the upper-left corner of iTunes, select Movies from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the middle tabs, click Home Videos.
  4. Drag the videos you downloaded to your computer into this space in iTunes.
  5. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer through your USB cable. iTunes recognizes your device and shows an iPhone or iPad tab in the upper-right.
  6. Click the iPhone or iPad button to manage the media on your device.
  7. Click the Movies tab.
  8. Select the Sync Movies check box.
  9. Select the check box next to the movies you want to sync. (Note that if you sync all videos, it may occupy a lot of space on your device.)
  10. Click Sync.

On iOS 6, the videos sync to the Videos app on your iPhone. If you can't find this app, go to your home screen, swipe to the right and type "videos" to locate the app.

Android

If you have an Android tablet or smartphone, you can download the videos to your device and then show the videos in class—either from the device itself, or by connecting your device to a TV through an adapter. You have two options for downloading the videos: through the Gospel Library app, or by transferring the videos from your computer to your mobile device through a USB cable.

If you haven't downloaded the Gospel Library app, first search for and install the app from your device's app store.

To download videos through the Gospel Library, do the following:

  1. Because video files are large (20 to 30 MB each), you'll want to download these videos through a wifi network rather than a cellular network. Turn on wifi on your device.
  2. Tap the app home button and to go to the Gospel Library home screen.
  3. Navigate to the section containing the videos you wish to download.
  4. Tap the link to the video.
  5. Tap Download.

The video downloads to your device. To view a list of downloaded videos, tap the menu button, and tap Manage Media.

To transfer videos you have downloaded on your computer to your tablet or smartphone through a USB cable, do the following:

  1. On a computer, download all the videos you need.
  2. Connect your computer to your device through your micro-USB cable.
  3. On your computer, click the Start button (lower-left corner) and then click Computer. Your device should appear in the Portable Devices section.
  4. Double-click your device and navigate to a storage area.
  5. Create a new folder, such as "Church Videos." (To create a new folder, right-click and select New > Folder.)
  6. Drag the video files you downloaded into the folders you created, and then wait for your device to sync. (The Sync progress displays on your mobile device's screen.)
  7. Click your device's Home button and launch the My Files or Files app.
  8. Using the My Files app, browse to the folder where you stored the videos. Then tap a video to play it.

Note: If you don't see the My Files app (Kindle Fire devices do not have it), go to your device's app store and search for and install a file explorer program to locate the files. (Search for the general term "file explorer" to see a list of possible apps, and download and install one.)

Create a DVD

Another option is to transfer the downloaded videos to a DVD and play the file in a DVD player.

Note that although most computers have the capability of burning files to a DVD, your meetinghouse DVD player will not auto-play the files unless the DVD has a menu that allows you to navigate and select the file. Therefore, you must not only burn the file to the DVD, you must also create a menu for the DVD. You will need DVD burning software to create this menu.

Additionally, note that you must select the right type of DVD for the DVD player in your meetinghouse. You will need to use a video DVD rather than a data DVD. Before burning a DVD, find the exact model of DVD player and consult the manual for the type of burned DVDs that work well in your player.

The Church does not have any specific recommendations for DVD software—many software packages can do this.

With the DVD available, teachers can simply play the DVD in the meetinghouse TV/DVD player to show the content to their class.


Playing Video

Connecting Mobile Devices to TVs

Once you download the videos to your device, you have two options for playing them in your classroom:

  • Play from the mobile device itself. If you have a small class that can see and hear video from your mobile device, great. Pull them in close and watch the video that way.
  • Connect your device to a TV. For larger classes, you’ll need to connect your tablet or smartphone to a TV so that students can see and hear the video. You can connect your device either through HDMI or composite cables, depending on what you have available.

HDMI Cable Option

If you need to connect your device to a TV, first determine whether your meetinghouse TV has an HDMI port (this is common for flat-screen LCD TVs). The HDMI port is the easiest way to play videos from your device.

If your TV has an HDMI port, you'll need an HDMI cable and, if using iOS, an adapter, to connect your device to the HDMI port.

Android devices often have built-in mini-HDMI ports. If that's the case with your device, you just need an HDMI (an HDMI mini connector on one end, and a regular HDMI connector on the other end) to connect it to your TV.

Apple devices require an adapter, since they don't have built-in mini-HDMI ports. The adapter for the iPhone plugs into your main charging/synchronizing port. You can then plug a regular HDMI cable into it (no need for a mini HDMI cable).

To find these adapters, search online using a phrase such as “Connect iPhone 4s to HDMI” or "Connect Android device to HDMI." The exact adapter you need depends on your device.

Note that the Apple adapter doesn't include an HDMI cable. If you need an HDMI cable, this will be an additional expense.

Composite Adapter Option

If your meetinghouse TVs are CRT (Cathode-Ray-Tube) TVs and do not have HDMI ports, you will need a composite adapter — one that connects to the red, yellow, and white ports on a CRT TV.

Adapters for composite ports are available for iOS devices and some Android devices too. (Search online using a phrase such as "Connect iPhone 4s to CRT TV" or for Android, "Connect Micro USB to composite.")

Both of these kinds of adapters cost around $30. The adapter mirrors your smartphone or tablet's display onto the TV monitor.

VGA Adapter Option

If you're connecting a laptop to a meetinghouse TV, you will need an adapter as well. If your laptop has an HDMI port and so does your meetinghouse TV, use this option.

If you only have a VGA port (the same port you would use to connect your laptop to a monitor), you will need a VGA adapter that either connects to an HDMI port on your meetinghouse TV, or a VGA adapter that connects to a composite input or, as in the case with the previous screenshot, the VGA port of your TV.

Playing the Video

Once you connect your adapter to your TV monitor, you need to select the input for your TV. Look for an input button and press it to select the type of input you're using, such as HDMI.

Once the TV's input connects with your device, the monitor will show the video you're playing on your device. Most Android devices mirror the video display directly. With Apple devices, you will see a TV Connected screen.

If you don't see this TV Connected screen, the TV monitor's input hasn't connected with your device. Unplug your adapter, wait a few seconds, and then plug it back in. Make sure the cables are snug. If you're still having problems, double-check the TV to ensure you selected the right input.

If you connect successfully to video, but then pause the video for an extended period of time, the video mode on your device may expire. If that's the case, unplug the adapter and then plug it back in to re-initiate the video mode.


Other Methods

You're welcome to use other methods for showing video in your classroom. Here are a few alternatives:

TVs with USB Ports That Have Video Playback

If your TV has a USB drive that allows video playback, you can download videos to a USB drive and insert the USB drive directly into the TV.

However, be aware that almost no USB ports on meetinghouse TVs have video playback. Most USB ports simply show a slideshow of pictures.

Going forward, TVs with video-playback USBs will most likely be a recommended solution in meetinghouses. However, the replacement cycle for meetinghouse TVs is about 15 years, so meetinghouses may have all kinds of TVs for some time.


Western Digital TV Media Player

Some stakes that have CRT TVs are buying Western Digital TV media players (WD TV) that accept a USB input. The WD TV media player (which costs less than $100) has both a composite and HDMI output. Users can navigate the files on the USB stick through remote control that interacts with the player. This is one way stakes with CRT TVs can provide an easy way for teachers to show video using USB drives.

In fact, stakes using this option may want to simply leave a USB stick in the device so that teachers are not required to bring their own.

The Western Digital TV is a recommended solution from the Meetinghouse Technology team. See the Western Digital TV information available on the Clerk Support site.

The Roku 2 XS is a comparable device to the WD TV, but it has two major drawbacks: someone has to supply a credit card to activate a Roku account, and occasionally ads are inserted into the display.


Getting Help

If you need help with video, go to the LDSTech Forum at https://tech.lds.org/forum and post your question in the Digital Presentation section of the forum.

The LDSTech Forum consists of many volunteers and employees who are knowledgeable and interested in sharing solutions for showing video in meetinghouses.

You can also seek help from your stake or ward technology specialist.