Organize all of the sermon audio and video files into groups with this page. Each sermon series category will have it’s own page, and the most recent file will be highlighted at the top of the page. An RSS feed is also created if you want to podcast on iTunes.
Here are the steps to create a new sermon series page:
- Click on the blue button that says "Add a New Sermon Series".
- Type the name of the sermon series to give the new page a name and click on the "save" button.
- Add a description of the series in the text editor box.
- Click on the "UPLOAD IMAGE" button to upload a square image that represents the series.
- Click on the "page not active" button in the lower right corner to make the page active.
Here are the steps to add a sermon to the series page:
- Click on the blue "add a sermon" button in the lower right area of the page.
- Enter a title for the sermon and click on the "save" button.
- Click on one of the icons to upload an audio or video file. There are also icons to select if you would rather share video files through YouTube or Vimeo instead. The last icon available to choose lets you share a video or audio file that you have already uploaded to an outside host server.
- Click on the "Add Files" button to find the file on your computer if you are uploading a new file. Here are some tips for the best formats and file sizes to use:
- We recommend using a compressed audio format like .mp3 or .wma rather than larger files likes .wav that will take longer to upload. Sermon audio files with a bit rate of 64 kbps usually have a good balance of quality and small file sizes, but you can compress the files with a bit rate of 24 kbps to make file sizes even smaller and maintaining good sound quality.
- You can upload any size file that is within the total available media space for your account (1 GB by default). However, we recommend that you upload video files that are under 200 MB in size because files larger than that may take too long to upload. Most major video formats are accepted except .m4v, but we recommend using a compressed format like .mp4, .mov, or .wmv. If the video file you have is larger than 200 MB, you can change the settings you used to create the file to either use a different format or compress the file more. Here is an example of a video size and bit rate that may work well for your video: 640x360 pixels 400 kbps.
- After you upload audio or video files, they will take a few minutes to process. You should see a message indicating that the file is processing after it finishes uploading.
- Type the name of the speaker in the "Podcast Details" area of the page, and set the date that the file was recorded. If you set a date in the future, the page will not be visible until that date.
- Add a description of the sermon in the text editor box.
- Click on the "upload" buttons if you have additional sermon notes or documents that are associated with the sermon. A link will be added to the page for each document that you upload.
- Click on the "Save Page" button at the bottom and check the box to activate it.
You can start a podcast on iTunes after you've uploaded a sermon file to a sermon series page. Follow the steps below to submit your request to Apple for creating a new podcast.
- Edit the channel page and click on the "Settings" button at the bottom.
- Complete the form and then copy the RSS Feed Link.
- Click on the "help" link in the instructions to find the instructions on Apple's website that explain how to submit the feed through iTunes.
Here are some some tips for using the channel page:
- We recommend using this page if you want to podcast on iTunes or if you want to organize sermons into groups. If you prefer to have a simple list of media files to share, the media gallery page or resource page might be a better fit.
- When you create any new page, it is inactive by default so you'll need to click on the "page not active" button in the lower right corner to make the page active. You will also see a prompt to make pages active when you click on the "Save Page" button. Pages cannot be previewed when they are inactive or if they are under a page that is inactive.
- If you use the Vimeo or YouTube options for posting videos, make sure the URL you enter does not include an "s" after "http".
- The Vimeo and YouTube videos cannot be used for podcasting.