This week’s resource isn’t specifically a youth ministry resource per se, but it is definitely a tool that has served me well in preparing video youth ministry materials.
With all the videos available on YouTube, Google Video and elsewhere, it’s pretty easy to find good lesson illustrations, intros, funny clips for a laugh and even worship videos. I used to download these videos from YouTube with Firefox extensions and then convert them into formats I could actually burn to DVD or use in PowerPoint or KeyNote. However, thanks to Vixy.net, the entire process is now as simple as copying and pasting the video’s URL to their site and waiting for your video download to start in whatever format you choose. The quality is pretty decent and the speed is surprisingly quick. Vixy.net adds their logo to the end of each video, as show below, but those frames are easily removed with most video editing software packages.
There’s probably other services that do the same thing, but this is the one I’ve been using to rip free embedded videos for use in youth ministry presentations. It’s saved me lots of time and hopefully it will for you, too.
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Posted on March 9, 2007