Best software to use Logos to teach online?

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Francis | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 22 2020 7:23 AM

I know we are not supposed to promote other software and I am not asking for "promotion" (as in, buy this). But I am looking for a good solution to use Logos while teaching or preaching online. This is not a church setup nor am I doing this for an organization. I just want something I can use on a laptop or if need be two, perhaps even using a phone in support if it helps.

I have tried zoom but I find that the share feature is not great because one cannot switch easily between the speaker and a shared screen. If one pauses sharing, the last screenshot stays on screen. If one stops sharing, then restarting must be done via several steps. Not a smooth transition.

Have you found better solutions? Does Proclaim work that way? Ideally I'd be looking for a free or low-cost solution.

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Richard Villanueva | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 22 2020 7:42 AM

I've been experimenting with OBS, though I have yet to do anything live.  Zoom is good for conferencing and meetings, but clunky and slow in presentations. We are doing a ton of youth zoom stuff and trying to use media is a pain in the proverbial King James donkey.

OBS seems to be a possible solution for me, I'm just trying to see how laggy the software runs on my old MacBook pro with a zoom video feed, logos, and running live to youtube or facebook. 

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 22 2020 8:53 AM

I've done a few experiments with CyberLink Screen Recorder.

https://www.cyberlink.com/products/screen-recorder/features_en_US.html

The advantage is, you pay once, and then you stream to free services such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitch (I don't know if anyone ever used Twitch for preaching, but you might reach an unreached people group there: gamers).

Disadvantage is, it's more or less a one-way communication. The viewers can use the chat on these platforms of course, and you can react to questions or comments from the chat, but it's in no way a conferencing system like Zoom.

(Another option could be Skype.)

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J. Remington Bowling | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 22 2020 10:11 AM

OBS is probably the best, imo. It can look intimidating, but there are tons of tutorials online (try YouTube). If you're having a hard time finding a tutorial for streaming/recording your screen, try searching for something related to streaming games on OBS, since this is probably the most common usage and the process for streaming one's game will be pretty much identical to the process of streaming your teaching/preaching while displaying your computer screen.

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 22 2020 10:51 AM

OBS is what I use. I have a camera layer and a Logos Window Capture Layer (and a proclaim layer, with a green chromakey). It is very straightforward. 

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 22 2020 5:23 PM

The interface looks scary but I heard what was said about online tutorials. So I will take a look. Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 22 2020 6:22 PM

Camtasia and/or Snag it depending on how deep/fancy you want to get.  Both provide screen recording and have tech support AND are updated every year.  None profit and educational organizations get a discount.

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Ps. FL uses Camtasia for their tutorials and mobile ed courses.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 22 2020 10:14 PM

Francis:

The interface looks scary but I heard what was said about online tutorials. So I will take a look. Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

As it happens, I was experimenting with something like this yesterday. Streaming to YouTube Live

You can see two input streams at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCSHMOQp9sE5q4WbaArz29w (about 8:15 minutes in).

I had one source of a pre-recorded video of me speaking and one source a Logos floated window. I could have easily replaced the pre-recorded video with a live recording,

You can choose the size and placement of each source window and add in additional sources as you want.

You can choose to stream to Facebook Live, YouTube or other streaming providers.

Please ignore the content - the two sources are nearly totally unrelated!

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Christian Bongartz | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 23 2020 11:27 PM

We use GoToMeeting at work every day. It works really well with screen sharing. Not sure what it would cost though.

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