I Need a Video Converter

I am working with the 5th and 6th graders at church. They came up with a really cool video idea and the head of the Sunday School department called me. She said nobody in the Sunday School department had the technical expertise to help the kids, could I? I said yes, and I do have the knowledge to help them, but I am short a couple of tools.

I have already found a couple of video cameras (multi-angle shots) and camera operators lined up. I have the kids busy designing their storyboard and deciding on locations, stars, etc. The kids have to do all of the coordinating. This is their video. Their teacher is available for support and guidance. I am running/teaching the tech (and occasionally providing support and guidance for their teacher who knows she’s over her head).

What I still need is a good video converter. The scenes are going to have to be edited and spliced. I know how to do it but I am far from an expert.

One of the 6th grader’s parents said she had a video converter for Mac, but I’d have to use it at her house because it came bundled on their Mac desktop.  I don’t want to be stuck in their house at the mercy of their schedule and they likely don’t want me underfoot all the time, either. I need a program — it can be Mac or PC, but with Mac software I could get Amoeba’s help — that is easy enough for me to use and teach 11 and 12 year-olds, but will still produce a quality video. Anybody have any experience or products they recommend?

Power PraiseMoves™ DVD by Laurette Willis

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Power PraiseMoves™ DVD

December 1, 2009

***Special thanks to David P. Bartlett – Print & Internet Publicist – Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***


Laurette Willis, the founder of PraiseMoves®, is a Women’s Fitness Specialist and certified personal trainer, as well as a popular keynote speaker and an award-winning actor and playwright. She has produced the videos PraiseMoves™ and 20-Minute PraiseMoves™ and written BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness.

Visit the author’s website.

Product Details:

List Price: $16.99
Actors: Laurette Willis
Directors: Josh Atkinson
Format: NTSC
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: CT Videography
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
Run Time: 120 minutes
ASIN: 0736928456


My Thoughts:
I could not follow the routines.  This is not a beginner’s exercise program.  If you are already limber and capable of high energy workouts, I am certain you will love this. I wish I had found it 20 years ago.   If you are a fat, 50 year-old freelance writer who spends most of her time in a desk chair, you’ll want to do a lot of limbering up before you give this one a try.

A Great Video & A Great Giveaway

The Press Release:
Join the Creator of VeggieTales on a Zany Adventure to Discover What’s In the Bible

Jellyfish Labs, Tyndale Kids to Release Volumes One and Two of New Series, Spring 2010

CAROL STREAM, IL, February 2010—From the man who made vegetables talk (and sing, dance,
and tell Bible stories), comes an engaging new series that walks kids through the entire Bible.
What’s In the Bible? springs from Phil Vischer’s passion to reverse the trend of biblical illiteracy in
the church. Unlike previous efforts to retell Bible stories, this 13-part DVD series explains the
Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—in a format that is humorous and entertaining for children
and adults alike.

In the Beginning and Let My People Go, the first two volumes of What’s In the Bible?, will release
in March 2010 from Jellyfish Labs and Tyndale Kids. In the Beginning introduces Buck Denver and
his friends as they share how the first 11 chapters of Genesis set up the rest of the Bible—and all
of life. Kids will learn the simple, yet challenging lesson that things go well when we listen to God,
and go very badly when we don’t.

In Let My People Go, Buck Denver and friends introduce kids to Abraham and how God used
him to start a great nation called Israel. Through the stories of Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses,
children will learn that they can always count on God and trust his promises. The entertaining
cast of characters explains what’s in the Bible, how it’s organized, who wrote it, and what it’s
all about. Vischer does it all in an engaging format, using a mix of animation, puppets, live
action, and music.

Each DVD includes two 25 to 30-minute episodes that each answer a different question about
the Bible, such as:

  • Where did the Bible come from?
  • How did we get it?
  • Who wrote it?
  • How do we know we can trust it?
  • How do all the different books come together to tell one key story?

What’s In the Bible? continues the work Phil Vischer started 10 years ago with VeggieTales. While that series taught kids
important values and Bible stories, What’s In the Bible? provides an overview of all the books of the Bible, what they mean,
and how they affect our lives. Parents and children’s ministry leaders will appreciate how What’s In the Bible? lays the
foundation for deeper biblical understanding in children, ages four to 84.

The Trailer:

The Author Bio:

Phil Vischer

In 1990, 24-year-old computer animator Phil Vischer sat down to create a group of characters that could teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully weird way. Hence, a tomato named Bob and a cucumber named Larry were born. VeggieTales would go on to revolutionize Christian filmmaking, selling more than 50 million videos and placing Phil’s faith-filled stories in one in every three American households with young children. Phil is highly respected by key leaders across the Christian landscape, from Joel Osteen to James Dobson. His company, Jellyfish Labs, provides faith-based daily programming via the Internet at jellytelly.com. The characters from the What’s in the Bible? series are featured, but the content is not specifically from the DVDs. Phil continues to pursue innovative ways to integrate faith and storytelling through Jellyfish Labs. He chose the name Jellyfish as a reminder to remain pliable to God’s plans and not his own. Phil lives with his wife, Lisa, and their three kids in Illinois.

My Thoughts:

I was am a Veggie Tales fan so I expected, “What’s in The Bible”, to entertain and educate me, but I was blown away by the depth of the material presented in the songs, puppet skits and moments with Phil.  Kids — and hopefully their parents, too — will learn about early church history, who wrote the Bible, how they wrote it, how many books are in the Bible and how they came to be, plus much, much more.  The vocabulary presented is not dumbed down, but it is explained very carefully.  I especially like the way Phil presents every side of controversial subjects, like how many days did it take to make the world, and doesn’t tell his audience which one he expects them to believe.

The songs on the video are wonderfully informative and funny.  The characters are earnest and quirky.  Like Veggie Tales there is a good bit of silliness, but there is also a good bit of solid, Biblical learning.  I very much enjoyed this video and highly recommend that parents get them (there are 13 in the series) and watch them with their children.

The Giveaway:

Tyndale House Publishers have presented me with two video vouchers.  That means that two winners will receive a “Free Product Award Certificate” for either In the Beginning or Let My People Go. These certificates may be redeemed at your local Christian Book Store.  If you don’t live near a Christian Book seller, the certificates may be redeemed by mailing them to Tynsdale directly.  This giveaway is open to everybody.  To enter leave a comment on this blog post telling me you are interested in receiving a video certificate.  Two winners will be chosen by the random number generator this coming Friday at noon Pacific time.

This blog is an Official Stop On The What's In The Bible Blog Tour.

There are 5 coloring pages available from Tyndale to use with these videos. Please EMAIL me if you are interested in receiving them.


I received a preview DVD free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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