During the Coronavirus outbreak, all organizations are trying to find ways to adapt: teachers are leading classes on Zoom, restaurants are moving to brand-new delivery platforms, and video chats are the new business offices.

Churches and other religious groups, too, have started conducting all their services, studies, and prayer sessions online. There are lots of different ways to accomplish this – livestreaming on social media, group video chats, and online media sharing are all useful new tools that all sorts of religious organizations have at their disposal. In this article, I'll focus on the last of these options: online video sharing. The best, most surefire way for your message to reach everyone in your congregation or study group is to film a service, hymn, prayer, or devotional and post it on your website or social media account, with captions added for members to follow along. Here's how to add your subtitles:

  1. Upload your video to the Studio
  2. Add or auto-generate subtitles
  3. Process & download

PLUS: Sharing your video to Facebook

Step 1: Upload your video to the Studio

Once you've recorded the video you want to use, head to Kapwing.com and click "Start Editing." Here, you'll be prompted to either upload a video from your computer or paste a link to a file stored online. If you've saved your video in Google Drive or Dropbox, you can paste the link to it. but more likely than not, you'll want to click the button that says "Click here to upload" and find the video file on your computer.

Step 2: Add or auto-generate subtitles

With most captioning tools, adding your subtitles can be a long and difficult process. But with Kapwing, it can take you just a couple minutes to create & edit your subtitles, from start to finish – here's what you should do.

Click the button in the upper toolbar that says "Subtitles." Here you have two choices – either enter each caption as it comes, adjusting the timing with the buttons below, or scroll down and click "Auto-Generate." Adding your captions manually is actually a lot quicker than it sounds, but the auto-generate option can save a lot of time, especially for longer videos. NOTE: If you're adding captions to a hymn video, I recommend adding your captions manually. The auto-subtitle feature doesn't work very well for lyrics that are sung.

If you used the auto-generate feature, your captions will probably have a few errors in them, especially if there's any music in the background. So before you hit "Publish," go through the added captions and make sure the text matches the words in the video.

Step 3: Process & download

When everything is in place and your captioned video looks the way you want, hit the red "Publish" button and give Kapwing just a few seconds to process your video.

Once it's done, you can select "Download," and your video will be saved to your device. If you want to post it on social media, it will be the most recent thing in your downloads folder or camera roll, so it should be easy to find.

PLUS: Sharing your video to Facebook

I know a lot of churches and religious groups have vibrant and active communities on Facebook – after all, it's the biggest social platform in the world! So if you want your video to reach everyone who wants to watch it, Facebook is the way to go.

From your Facebook homepage, navigate to your church group – you should see it on the left when you click on "Groups" on the left-hand side of your screen. Here, look below the field that says "Write something" to find a "Photo/Video" button. Click on this and find the video file in your file browser. If it's the most recent thing you downloaded, you can also click & drag it from your browser's downloads! Wait for Facebook to fully upload your file, add a description to go with it, and hit "Post." You're all done – now everyone can watch your captioned video from the safety of their home!


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