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Ask the MO Guys March 2007

Our mailbag is getting full again, so time to go through some more questions….

Scott Arnold from Terre Haute, a recent seminar attendee, wanted a recap of our idea for finding good movie clips online. Our favorite is to use the cool “Movie Keyword Analyzer” at imdb.com. Just select keyword in the search field on the home page. So for example you want a scene with someone playing “Reveille” on a trumpet to talk about spiritual discipline. The keyword analyzer comes up with 19 movies. Then you can use related keywords in a sidebar to narrow it down to Army Reveille scenes (3), cartoon versions (4), or any number of other options. We would recommend you be careful about using the one in “Full Metal Jacket” though.

There’s a bunch of other options for finding movie scenes as well, including wingclips.com, screenvue.com, movieministry.com, and the Videos That Teach and Blockbuster Movie Illustrations series.

Clint Scott from across the pond (e.g., from the United Kingdom) wants confirmation that the layers in our worship images are royalty-free. That’s right, Clint, you can use elements from our creations in your own creations. That’s why we provide customizable media. The only catch is that it’s for worship. If you have non-worship applications, you’ll want to contact us.

Ron Kindsch from Chicago wants to make layered images and wonders about the differences between Adobe Elements and its more expensive sibling, Adobe Photoshop. Elements is a great program that is powerful enough to do everything you’d want to for quite a while. There are some bells and whistles missing, but the biggest basic difference is that Elements works only in RGB (screen) mode whereas Photoshop also works in CMYK (print) mode. If you don’t plan on making brochures, though, this shouldn’t matter. There’s little reason to buy Photoshop right off the bat. You may want to move there eventually, but we’d say get Elements for now.

3 Comments so far »

  1. Carl Ryden said,

    Wrote on September 9, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    Need your advice please – our operators of the music slide system tend to shift the screen as the words are sung. They do not understand how we read ahead of our singing. Can you suggest any guides, how-to’s, etc. that I might share with them?
    Thank you

  2. The MO Guys said,

    Wrote on September 10, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    If I understand you correctly, there are waiting until the verse begins before showing it? That can be frustrating.

    In one of our books – I think it was Wired Church – we wrote about a study in which it was proven that retention was highest when a slide preceded a spoken word by 1-7 seconds, rather than at the same time or after anywhere from 1-21 seconds. In other words, the visual is processed slightly faster than the aural.

  3. Frank Christensen said,

    Wrote on April 30, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    I always tell our media folks that they should advance a minimum of three syllables (or words). That’ll be early sometimes, but it’ll never be late, and Late Is Always Wrong. 😉

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