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Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 04 January 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended the LDSTech Broadcast today on "Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices." The broadcast was well attended, with a lively question and answer session.

As a follow-up to the broadcast, we would like to include a few help resources. Showing Video in Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices is an online help site that explains how to do the following:

  • Download video to Gospel Library Android
  • Download video to Gospel Library iOS
  • Download video to a laptop
  • Connect a mobile device to a meetinghouse TV
The help material includes online help, a printable PDF, and several screencasts.

Showing Video in Meetinghouses

For the sake of convenience, the screencasts are embedded below.

Downloading Video from to a Computer

Downloading Video with Gospel Library Android

Downloading Video with Gospel Library iOS

For the full help material, see Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices.

Note: There's a link (titled "More Information") to this help file at the very bottom of the Showing Videos how-to page in the New Youth Curriculum (Come, Follow Me).

If you have questions about downloading video, please post them in the LDSTech Forum, specifically in one of the following sections:



# Rick Graham 2013-01-04 23:03
Some of the "Come, Follow Me" lesson materials include hyperlinks to AUDIO talks. How does one download these (in my case, to iPad mini).
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:08
Currently Gospel Library iOS is behind the development of Gospel Library Android in terms of downloading media. Teams are working on a major new release to the iOS version that will bring the functionality within iOS more similar to that of Android, but that release is a few months away.

If you really want a workaround in the meantime, try using a download manager app to screenscrape the media content from a lesson page.

Also, if it's audio that's also available on the Mormon Channel, you could probably download that as a podcast? I'm not sure.
# Rick Graham 2013-01-04 23:30
Well, thinking it through, I can certainly download it from the website to my iMac to iTunes and then sync the device.
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-04 23:35
Rick, if you see the "Transfer Downloaded Videos Through USB to iOS" topic in the Showing Video help, it explains how to do this with video content that you download:
# Rick Graham 2013-01-04 23:39
I can do that no problem with no computer interface. My original question regarding audio links (conference talks) is not necessarily seamless (I think). I think I have involve my computer in that process of grabbing audio (not video). Of course, I haven't tried any of this. Iris on my agenda tomorrow. ;)
# Eric Bean 2013-01-05 08:32
Why is Gospel Library for iOS behind in development vs. the Android version? That seems to be a problem.
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-05 08:39
Eric, the next version of iOS has a significant redesign, so they have been focusing their efforts on that next version. Also, the Android team, coming onto stage a bit later, had the benefit of hindsight to avoid mistakes that other teams made who were pioneering first attempts at designs and functionality. Anyway, shortly the two apps will be much more in sync.
# Rob Waite 2013-01-05 13:10
Quoting Eric Bean:
Why is Gospel Library for iOS behind in development vs. the Android version? That seems to be a problem.

Eric, you made me chuckle because it's usually us Android people who are complaining about playing catch up with the Apple people!
# Eric Bean 2013-01-05 18:14
It should be a sin to put Android first. Of course, we hate the sin but love the sinner.
# Mike W. 2013-01-05 20:00
Quoting Eric Bean:
It should be a sin to put Android first. Of course, we hate the sin but love the sinner.

To quote the bumper sticker Pres Uchtdorf quoted "Don't judge me because I sin differently than you"
# Eric Bean 2013-01-05 21:52
LOL ;-)
# Dennis Morgan 2013-01-06 10:05
The Android media button does not work on my Nexus 7 running Android 4.2.1. It does work on on my HP Touchpad running Android 4.0.4. Any ideas?
# Dennis Morgan 2013-01-06 10:27
Follow up - I didn't wait long enough for my Gospel Library version to automatically update to the latest revision. The button now works.
# Glendon Lowder 2013-01-08 01:04
I downloaded several videos (huge downloads btw) and I've tried 7 video players and several will only play audio and the players that will play audio are very choppy and the audio will not match up with the video. I wasn't able to find a single one that played correctly (Mobo, Mobo Pro, Es Media player, MX Player, Showtime Player Panel, Vital Player and VPlayer). Feeling like it was just bugs due to new software I almost gave up but decided to just download all the video's on my desktop and upload them to my tab (Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (4.0.4 IMM76D)) After I downloaded them and attempted to extract them I came across an error in regards to encryption. I continued (not skip) through all the errors and ended up with all the videos and then put them on a USB drive and using the usb to Samsung Tab interface I uploaded the videos to the tablet. All the video's play without any problem leading me to believe that it is not in fact an error with the player or codec but the app. Good luck dev
# Glendon Joseph Lowder 2013-01-08 01:08
I also tried many different codecs that are optional with each player having no luck with any of them. If you have any questions about what combinations I tried feel free to reply.
# Glendon Joseph Lowder 2013-01-08 01:21
I was able to stream them on my phone with out problem (Samsung Galaxy Nexus (4.1.1(JRO03O) I just tested downloading with the app on my phone and was able to play "The Restoration" video without any problem. It appears that it may be a problem on my tablet; and only using the app to download, as the videos will play when using the method I mentioned in my comment about my Tablet. Perhaps it's the api that specific version of the app that is on my Galaxy Tab is using to decrypt the incoming media downloaded to the app... I hope some of this is helpful. BTW I appreciate the hard work all the developers do on this project.
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-10 09:52
Glendon, thanks for the feedback. I'm not sure why the video files from the zip download are having issues. Can you post your report in the LDSTech Digital Media forum here: Hopefully audio engineers can chime in there and figure out what the problem is.
# Glendon Joseph Lowder 2013-01-12 13:03
The problem isn't with the video's that I downloaded directly in a zip file from the web-site. It's with the videos that i downloaded within the Gospel Library app.
# Kabongo Biselela Patrick 2013-01-12 10:08
I downloaded some conferences and could listen to them without any problem but this demanded a huge bandwidth.
With Internet issues in Africa, particularly in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRCongo), I would suggest to break down conference videos in three or four parts which can be "easily" downloadable.
# Tom Johnson 2013-01-12 12:13
Patrick, When you say you downloaded some conferences, are you talking about downloading general conference? Sorry about the bandwidth issues. We tend to overlook bandwidth restrictions in other parts of the world. However, we did have some IT directors in Africa who were relaying information about technical requirements, limitations, and infrastructure. I think you can download each general conference address individually rather than downloading the sessions as a whole.
# Brad Martyn 2013-01-15 20:45
I am using itunes 11 and trying to import church video from my pc to my ipad. I use icloud. I have imported the videos into itunes and i can see it on my pc in itunes. However, none of the video is syncing to my ipad. I can see video that I bought from itunes on my ipad so I know if works, but nothing that I imported into itunes from is showing up. Any ideas?
# Tom Yates 2013-02-25 18:07
iPad has a resident app called "Videos." These videos show uo under "Home Movies" when you click on "Movies" in iTunes.

I download videos to my PC, open iTunes and drag them to the the "Home Movies" window.

The videos are then available via the Videos app.
# Kelly Ray Jensen 2013-02-12 11:22
Unable to download Come Follow Me videos from Gospel Library Android app on Samsung Galaxy s3
I followed the instructions for downloading videos, Come follow me, for Android from the Gospel Library app but the media button never enables. It is grayed out (disabled). I tried for lessons in Sunday School, Young Mens and Young Womens. I have a Samsung Galaxy s3.
# Rod Mann 2013-02-18 17:23
Kelly, I have a Galaxy Note II. While the media button never gets enabled, when I click on a video I get a prompt to either display the video or download it. Once downloaded I can go to "Manage Media" and view it or delete it.

BTW I purchased an MHL cable (MicroUSB on one end and HDMI on the other) and was able to display the video on a flat screen TV from my phone. I believe the S3 support MHL as well.
# Rod Mann 2013-02-18 17:27
I tried to download video from the Youth Come Follow lessons onto my Kindle Fire HD and could not from within Gospel Library. The media button does not get enabled and when I click on a video link, unlike on my Samsung Galaxy Note II phone, the video is displayed immediately. On my Note II I get prompted whether I want to watch the video or download it.

I was able to download the Come Follow Me lesson videos by going directly to website.
# Jason Hirschi 2013-02-25 17:15
Great work, too bad the facilities dept isn't keeping up with you, can't count the number of churches that have no TV with HDMI support. If this is something that is left to the local level, its not happening, push for a media update mandate.
# Armin Helzer 2013-02-26 01:20
Why are there no German videos available in this way?
# David Chadbourne 2013-02-26 09:56
What about the Familysearch Indexing App of Apple Devices are we going to be able to have that coming up at all
# Pam 2013-02-28 10:25
There don' t appear to be the March lesson or videos yet.
# Bloglapoo 2013-03-11 02:05
Well, thinking it through, I can certainly download it from the website to my iMac to iTunes and then sync the device. :)..thanks
# Richard Alger 2013-09-21 23:42
How do I download the following video to my ipad?
# Lesta Sims 2013-11-10 09:42
Under " Showing Video in Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices", the instructions for how to download video to IOS is obsolete with IOS 7. Please update soon.
# Blake Plumb 2015-04-25 10:45
Thank you for all your hard work, but I am unable to download the videos from chrome the intended way. The #downloads div doesn't change to display block on click of the anchor tag with href="#downloads". I was able to open it up in the console and change the style to display block and then download the video. Please fix as I don't like using Internet Explorer unless I have to. :-)
# Jeremy Goold 2016-04-10 11:20
Bump... I'm having the same problem, on Chrome OS. Anyone found a resolution to this?

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