Video clips for Internet Evangelism Day

We offer a range of video shorts, which can be downloaded and projected as part of an IE Day program or any other presentation. You may also find them useful in other ministry – some as evangelism-challenge to Christians, and some in a direct evangelistic context. See also our discussion questions on the life stories.

It is also possible to embed [www.indezine.com/notes/2004/08/using-object-packager-to-embed-video.html] any of these video clips within a PowerPoint presentation including Flash. [http://www.site-designs.co.uk/powerpoint_flash.htm] Note that the video files must also be on the same drive at the time of showing the PowerPoint – they are in practice called up, rather than truly embedded. Also, videos may perform better when run from a computer’s own hard disk, rather than from a CD – so make a test and if necessary transfer the files temporarily to the hard disk of the computer being used to project the video.

NOTE: a home-burned CD/DVD will not always play on a computer CD/DVD that does not also have its own burner. It really is best to actually transfer any PowerPoint or video clips to the computer hard disk that will be used to play them. Failing that, a memory stick may be more reliable. Always test your files on the computer that will be used to display them.

Requirements and tips

To view these videos, you will need these free downloads: Windows Media Player 7.0 or higher, QuickTime 5 or higher, or Flash player. (Other media players may also open .flv, .wmv and .mov files.) When using video clips in a meeting or seminar it is often best to run them from a downloaded version on your own hard drive. Even running from a CD drive may not always work so smoothly.

Windows Media Player can be set to project full-screen (go to ‘View’ on the WMP console, then select ‘Full Screen’, or use ALT+ENTER, which will also restore to previous size). QuickTime can also be set to increase the screen size, though not to full-screen except in the pay-for Pro version. (Go to ‘Movie’ and select ‘Double Size’.) Because of this relative lack of resolution, you may prefer in any case to project the video as a smaller window, possibly superimposed over a PowerPoint slide or some other design that frames it.

Flash .swf movies display within a browser window. They look more attractive if you hit F11 (or equivalent in non-Windows browsers) to give a full-screen view minus toolbars. Use the ‘File > Open File’ options on your browser menu to locate the downloaded Flash movie file on your hard disk. If that does not open the movie, try dragging the .swf file from its location in Windows Explorer or similar and drop it onto the main screen area of your open browser. To play the hi-defintion .flv movie clips, they must be opened directly within a media player.

Kristi’s story

Kristi’s testimony demonstrates the effectiveness of the Internet. She was converted though CCCI’s EveryStudent.com outreach site. [www.EveryStudent.com]

Preview the 5-minute video in streamed format:
Flash icon Flash – low-res for dialup connections | Close video
WMPlayer icon QuickTime – better quality if you have good broadband

Download the Kristi video to play later

To download this video for later viewing, use the links below. Download times: dialup 8-15 minutes, broadband 1-2 minutes.

When you left-click on either link, and choose 'save link as', a ‘File Download’ dialogue box will ask you whether you wish to open or save the file. Choose ‘save’, and then select an appropriate directory on your hard disk to save the file into. Once the download is complete, clicking on the file (named either Kristi.mov or Kristi.wmv) will open up the appropriate video player on your computer if installed. (If you need to install a WMV or QuickTime player, use the links below.)

You can then use a video projector or monitor to display the video during an IE Day presentation. The video will look somewhat pixellated when projected on a big screen. The QuickTime version is in fact much sharper than the Windows Media version, and suffers less jumps. It is the preferred version for download to project later. Do test-project the video before IE Day and ensure that your video sound output is compatible with the loudspeakers.

WMPlayer iconKristi’s Story: QuickTime version
6.3Mb – download time: broadband 2 minutes, dialup 16 minutes

WMPlayer iconKristi’s Story: Windows Media Player
3.2Mb – download time: broadband 1 minute, dialup 8 minutes

Grateful thanks to EveryStudent.com for permission to use these two videos.


Christina’s story

Canadian woman Christina’s life was in a mess until she saw The Passion of the Christ film, and then started looking for answers on TruthMedia’s TheLife.com Passion-related outreach site.
Read her story.

Flash iconView the video | Close video
(This is a 5-minute Flash movie. On a dialup connection it will take a short time before the video is part-loaded and starts to play, and the download may struggle to keep up.)

Download the video to play later

Flash iconClick here and on the ‘download dialogue box’ that pops up, select ‘save’ plus a suitable location on your hard disk to save this 12Mb file. (Download time: 4 minute broadband, 30 minutes dialup.)

For a 35Mb hi-definition version, better for projection in a church/seminar, click here to download in .flv Flash format. You may need a free FLV player installed in your computer to play it, a number are available.

To play the low-res video, open the file christina_player.swf in the directory you downloaded it, using the ‘open’ option on your browser toolbar. Playing it this way, the video will open virtually full-screen, much larger than it appears when streamed. This is better for projection in a meeting, and will also look best if you remove the browser toolbar by pressing F11.

Media player software is needed to play the hi-res version, it will not play from within a browser.

Kevin and Cathy’s story

Kevin’s life several years ago was quite skewed: the most important things to him were “football, drinking, pornography”. Then he saw a TV advert with a link to PowertoChange and he and wife Cathy logged on. “We were both at our wits end.”
Read their story.

Flash iconView the video | Close video
(This is a 5-minute Flash movie. On a dialup connection it will take some time before the video is part-loaded and starts to play, and the download may struggle to keep up.)

Download the video to play later

Flash iconClick here and on the ‘download dialogue box’ that pops up, select ‘save’ plus a suitable location on your hard disk to save this 12Mb file. (Download time: 4 minute broadband, 30 minutes dialup.)

For a 35Mb hi-definition version, better for projection in a church/seminar, click here to download in .flv Flash format. You may need a free FLV player installed in your computer to play it, a number are available.

To play the low-res video, open the file kevincathy_player.swf in the directory you downloaded it, using the ‘open’ option on your browser toolbar. Playing it this way, the video will open virtually full-screen, much larger than it appears when streamed. This is better for projection in a meeting, and will also look best if you remove the browser toolbar by pressing F11.

Media player software is needed to play the hi-res version, it will not play from within a browser.

Shoshy’s story

Shoshy was, she says, a hard-bitten New Yorker until 9/11. Then the escape of her policeman son started her on a new journey.
Read her story

Flash iconView the video | Close video
(This is a 5-minute Flash movie. On a dialup connection it will take some time before the video is part-loaded and starts to play, and the download may struggle to keep up.)

Download the video to play later

Flash iconClick here and on the ‘download dialogue box’ that pops up, select ‘save’ plus a suitable location on your hard disk to save this 12Mb file. (Download time: 4 minute broadband, 30 minutes dialup.)

For a 35Mb hi-definition version, better for projection in a church/seminar, click here to download in .flv Flash format. You may need a free FLV player installed in your computer to play it, a number are available.

To play the low-res video, open the file shoshy.swf in the directory you downloaded it, using the ‘open’ option on your browser toolbar. Playing it this way, the video will open virtually full-screen, much larger than it appears when streamed. This is better for projection in a meeting, and will also look best if you remove the browser toolbar by pressing F11.

Media play software is needed to play the hi-res version, it will not play from within a browser.

Grateful thanks to TruthMedia.com for permission to use these three videos. They offer other video clips.

More video shorts …

Other video shorts can be also be used within an IE Day program, or in many other contexts:

Training videos

TruthMedia.com have produce some video shorts for training in effective writing, editing, follow-up and chat evangelism:
filmreel iconView

Christians of genius

1-minute video clip: the title is ironic! It’s a strong message to avoid jargon and insensitivity in evangelism. This clip could usefully be included in an IE Day presentation, even embedded in the PowerPoint presentation.
WMPlayer iconView

See also video clip The Comfort Zone:
WMPlayer iconView
(Check online for easy ways to download Youtube videos.)

Answer His Call (2 minutes)

Do you need caller ID to know when God is speaking? A thought-provoking segment about hearing … and answering God’s call. (The concept relates to our short drama too.)

Humor and visual parable

If you need light-hearted relief at some point in your program, or as an introductory parable illustration for any Christian talk, consider a humorous clip:

Flash iconMouse story (54k)

humor video This 2-minute sketch of a rail executive making a presentation to a ditzy government minister can be used to illustrate how hard people often find it to understand a new concept (be it web evangelism, the Gospel itself, or anything else). And that real communication does not take place unless the recipient has not only heard, but also understood the message: Colossians 1:6.

You can download the Flash video by right-clicking here.

Short amusing video clips like this have many uses for the speaker or evangelist.

The world from outer space

Satellite pictures of our world can also give us a perspective on its spiritual needs:
World from outer space – static real-time composite satellite picture
Revolving world – NASA satellite clip, high res video clip but quite short, so set your video-play software to ‘repeat’ if possible
More static satellite pictures – covers smaller areas of the world
Real-time world map – if you have a live Internet hookup, you can use a projector to demonstrate sample visitors arriving at Gospelcom websites in real time. This can be a very effective graphical demonstration of the reach of the Web.

The JESUS Film

Not particularly for IE Day, but to advise you that it is possible to link (with permission) to streamed versions in many languages of the JESUS Film: more.

Current general-release movie clips

You may wish to use a current movie release clip within an evangelistic presentation, or as an illustration to Christians showing the potential for using media as a start-point for the gospel.

Your Destiny Your Choice

Ryan and his sister This 25-minute evangelistic video (Windows Media Player format) is the fictional story of Ryan’s near-fatal car accident, and how his sister Nicky shares an evangelistic website with him on her laptop. You might wish to use part of it as a demonstration of a computer-mediated witness, within an IE Day program. It is part of the ministry of the evangelistic cartoon site Your Destiny Your Choice. [www.ydyc.org] You can watch a 2-minute preview clip of the story:
WMPlayer icon 300k low-res | 2.5Mb high-res.

Watch the streamed video here (only if you have broadband), but it is really best to download the video to your hard-drive for repeated viewing:
WMPlayer iconclick here and choose ‘save’ on the download dialogue box, and select a convenient directory in your hard disk to save the file. To play it, locate the file full_dvd-1.wmv and click it to start. (Download time with broadband: about 30 minutes; dialup: just possible but very slow – allow 4-5 hours) To view or project this WMP video full-screen, go to ‘View’ on the WMP console, and select ‘Full Screen’ (or use ALT + ENTER, which will also restore to previous size).
Grateful thanks to ydyc.org for permission to use this video.

Other evangelistic videos

Now that increasing numbers of people have broadband, distribution of short evangelistic videos is increasingly practical.

Evangelistic video can be used within a website – either as testimony as demonstrated by the three stories on this page, or a plain gospel presentation. And videos can also be used with a data projector in an outreach meeting. There is great potential in posting short video clips on secular networking sites.

Here is an example – Ron Hutchcraft speaking within the NeedHim.org website. Note that it is in RealMedia, and cannot be saved for later projection unless you use additional software to capture it. To find such software, look at RamBox or Audacity (freeware), or RM Recorder (shareware) or do a Google search for ‘realmedia capture’.
filmreel iconWatch it

Yipee produces a very effective cartoon children’s video short for downloading.

Read more on using video in evangelism.

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