How do I send my contribution?
From any device (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile)
We would prefer you to use WeTransfer as it does not require an account like many of the major cloud platforms.
Just go to wetransfer.com. Then click the “Plus+” button to add your file(s). In “email to” you can use firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us a message with your file, wait for the upload to complete and away you go! We will get a link to download the files and that’s it – simple as can be!
Are there any other alternatives?
From a mobile phone or tablet
Download “We Collect” from your app store.
Once installed, on “All Items” click the “Share Files” button. Choose the file(s) from your device – photo, video, record directly from camera, other files. A link will be generated and the app will ask you copy or send the link. Copy the link and then send it by email to the editing team at email@example.com. Wait for the file(s) to upload and that’s it – the editing team will download and do the rest!
Any other ways?
You can send via any of the major cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive, but we prefer the simplicity of We Transfer. Or, if all else fails, a USB stick through the door will do!
Top Tips for making a contribution:
- Please keep contributions within a set length. Prayers, reflections, meditations, talks, liturgy etc. a limit of 6 minutes please. Songs of worship no more than 4 minutes please. If it is appropriate that your contribution needs to be longer then consider recording it in smaller chunks, each of which can be sent separately. All of this is because of slow broadband speeds in our area – smaller files means quicker upload and download and more flexibility. It also help to keep the overall length and size of the final video down.
- Consider your background. Try to use calm, static, non-descript backgrounds in the home, or use a background that enhances what you are contributing if appropriate e.g. in your garden.
- Consider lighting – ideally you want a light in front of you BUT NOT DIRECTLY – offset it to one side. Make sure that you are not too much in shadow. Natural light is always better and try and avoid bright backgrounds.
- Consider the camera you are using – you want to be looking straight at the camera if you can. If you are reading try where possible to have this near the camera so that you do not look down or to one side too often.
What technology should I use?
For video – use a mobile phone or a tablet computer if you have one. Placing it on a stand or securely will allow you to be ‘hands-free’. Use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam or built-in camera otherwise. All are equally as good.
In all cases do a quick test record first. Play it back and check that you have the balance of audio correct – speech is clear or sound can be heard at an appropriate level.
What about voice and pictures rather than video?
You can use PowerPoint or Google Slides if you have them available. You can put pictures in to the slides and then record audio and narration over the top of this. If you are unsure on how then let one of us know.
How to Record Audio Narration using PowerPoint
The following video attempts to explain the best (but not only) process for recording audio recordings or narration onto PowerPoint. Please note the following points not made explicit in the video!
- The process shown works with the more recent versions of PowerPoint – the “Recording” tab may not be available in older versions
- Adding “picture in picture” video as shown will only be possible if you have a front-facing camera or a webcam on your device. If not you won’t be able to add this.