Fun With Video Announcements

By Shawn Michael Shoup on September 21 2009

Video announcements are a fun way to communicate weekly news and happenings in your student ministry.  But just like anything, they can get old and can get ignored pretty quickly if you don't keep the content fresh.  So... I'm always looking for great ideas. Here's a fun idea from Josh Griffin's site that uses a computer generated voice from the Text-to-Voice service that is included on every Mac.  Sweet! If you're just getting started with video announcements, read over these two tutorial posts on Tim Schmoyer's here's #1 and #2.  He also shares how to create videos using a free virtual host.  Fun stuff! This last week, I decided to try and do a spoof of the ever-popular Fred Figglehorn character on YouTube (until recently, it was the #1 most subscribed YouTube channel of all time) for our weekly update.  All I did was film myself being a little crazy and hyper-active in regular speed and then sped up the video / audio for the Fred-like effect.  Check it out; the results are pretty hilarious! [video enclosure]


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From Tim Schmoyer on September 21, 2009

Love the speed-up effect! I’m gonna have to try that with this week’s YG news video.

I’m not really sure where the Text to Speech thing is on my Mac. It’s not an app, so it is part of Garage Band or something? Maybe the Accessibility settings?

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From Shawn Michael Shoup on September 21, 2009

@ Tim - it’s under System Preferences / Speech

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From Scott C. on September 22, 2009

Now I’ve seen this intro twice, and I’d really like to use it but no one can seem to tell me where it is .  Anybody got a link?

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From Tim Schmoyer on September 22, 2009

Scott C., here’s a free video intro you can use for your youth group news videos:

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From Aaron on September 23, 2009

Tim S., check out this link:

Great tutorial on using Terminal to get Text-to-Speech to output an audio file of whatever text you type in. Great tool!

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From Scott C. on September 24, 2009

There’s something even better than text to speech.  Its text to movie. its really cool and best of all, its free.  Think of the LT thing, but better.

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From Shawn M. Shoup on September 24, 2009

@ Scott - I purchased it a while back on  I tried finding it today with no success, but there’s lots of good ones to choose from:

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