Uploading the Weekly Sermon
We create an audio recording of each week’s 10:45 a.m. service to put the sermon portion online for everyone to hear at their convenience.
This page describes the tools and methods we use for this weekly task.
Recording the Service
We record the service using a Sony voice recorder, which captures the audio on digital memory chips.
The recorder is connected to the Sanctuary sound system by a cable, which must be plugged into the red jack on the top of the recorder.
The recorder has enough memory to record multiple complete services, so you can just get the recording process started well before the service, and stop it anytime that’s convenient after the service. To start recording, make sure the cable is plugged into the red jack on the recorder, then look on the left edge of the recorder for a sliding switch marked “Hold <–> Power”. Slide it in the “Power” direction. The LCD on the front of the recorder should come on. Then press the “Rec/Pause” button on the front face of the recorder. It’s the button with the red dot.
After the service is over, press the stop button on the face of the unit, then slide that “Hold<–>Power” button towards “Power” again to turn it off.
Uploading the Recording
To upload the recording to a computer, power on the digital recorder. Then turn it over to see the “USB” slide switch on the bottom. Slide that switch over to the left, and you will see a USB plug emerge from the unit. Plug that into the USB connector on a computer, and then access the recorder like a USB memory stick. The recorder appears as two attached devices, one for the unit’s internal memory and one for an extra SD card that’s inside the unit.
The recordings are dated so you can figure out which one you want. They are typically stored in a folder called “Voice/FOLDER01″ but they could be stored in one of the other numbered folders. They could be on either of the attached devices. Upload the audio recording to Google Drive to the “Audio of Worship Services” folder that has been shared with you. Please use this format for the filename: “Sermon-yyyy-mm-dd.mp3″, where you substitute the year, month, and day into the file name.
Upload by navigating to “drive.google.com” on your browser. Select the ”Audio of Worship Services” folder in the left navigation bar, then press the upload button, which looks like an upward-facing arrow in a red box at the top of the left navigation bar . You can upload directly from the Sony digital recorder.
After uploading, please send an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” to notify the folks who edit the worship recording that you have uploaded it. You can do that with any email program, or right-select the file you just uploaded to Google Drive, select “Share / e-mail collaborators”, deselect all but “email@example.com”, and enter a message of your choice.
Edit the Recording
To download the recording, go to “drive.google.com”, making sure you are logged into Google with the account that is used to share the recording with you. Select “Audio of Worship Services” in the left column, then locate the right recording by date. ”Download the worship audio by right-clicking the file and selecting “download”. Use Audacity to open the audio file. You see a pair of horizontal lines indicating the volume vertically and the time horizontally. There are two lines for the two channels of stereo recording, but the channels are identical because we record monophonically. You can tell at a glance which portions of the recording are loud and which are soft.
We put just the scripture reading and the sermon online, so you want to delete everything before and after them. Find the start of the scripture reading by clicking within the image and pressing the play button to see if you’ve found the right thing. Then “sweep” the mouse from that point to the start and hit the delete button to drop that part of the recording. Do the same for the part after the sermon.
Note that you can use the + and – buttons to zoom in or out on the recording. That helps you pick out exactly what you want to delete.
Once you’ve got just the scripture reading and sermon, select “File/Export as mp3″ to save the file in the .mp3 file that will go on the website. Name it according to the date of the service, using the format “Sermon-yyyy-mm-dd.mp3″.
Uploading the Sermon to the Website
Putting the scripture readong sermon on the website involves these steps:
- Generate a .mp3 file.
- Upload the sermon to podbean.com, which hosts the audio recording.
- Create a post on our website that references the sermon on podbean.
You need the following to do this:
- A login ID on podbean.com (get this from the church webmasters).
- A login ID on the church website (ditto).
We store the audio itself on a website called podbean.com. Start out by logging into podbean.com, and then select “Publish a Podcast”. You will be in a screen titled “Dashboard”. Click on the large “Publish” button. On the Publish screen, create a post describing the sermon. Follow this format to title the podcast: “<date> – <preacher’s name> – Sermon title”. For example, “February 19, 2012 – Chip Low – A Glimpse of God’s Mission”.
At the bottom of the screen, in the area labelled “Podcasting”, click on the “Upload” button and select the .mp3 file that you created according to the instructions given above. Then press the “Publish” button to publish it to the FPCY page on podbean.com.
Once the file is uploaded, click on the “View Site” button near the top of the screen. You’ll see the FPCY webpage on podbean. Verify that the post that you just created is at the top of the list.
Creating a Post on the Church Website
Go to the regular FPCY website, and (if not already logged in), press the “login” button at the bottom of the screen. Click on “Add New” under “Posts” near the top-left part of the screen. (If you see “Posts” but not the sub-entries under it, such as “Add New”, click on the downward-facing triangle to the right of “Posts”.)
Start by selecting the “Sermons” category on the right near the middle of the page. Then enter the page title in the Title area at the top. Please follow the format of this example for consistency: “April 24, 2011 – Chip Low – Let God Be God”. Substitute the correct date, the preacher’s name, and the sermon title.
Make sure you’re in “Visual” mode in the editor. Please describe the scripture readings, preacher’s name, and sermon title in this format:
Scripture reading: <list the scripture readings>
Sermon by <preacher’s name>: <sermon title in italics>
Click here to read the worship bulletin.
Click here to listen to the sermon
In Google Drive, select the “Bulletins” folder, right-click on the correct bulletin file, select “Share”, then copy the “Link to share” field. On the post that you are creating, select the “Click here” on the line about the worship bulletin, select the “web link” icon in the top of the editor , and paste the bulletin link into the popup screen, in the “Link URL” field.
On the Podbean screen, right click on “Audio MP3″ , and select “copy link address”. (Depending upon your browser, it might instead be called “copy shortcut” or something else.) Back on the “add post” screen, select “Click Here” in the line about the sermon, select the “web link” icon, and past the URL into the “Link URL” field.
Now press the “Preview” button (upper right-hand side of the page). Make sure it looks right before pressing “Publish” to actually publish it to the website. Test both the bulletin and the sermon links to make sure they work properly.