I'm not Charles, but I am a fan of his work and helped put together the "Come, Follow Me July-September 2013" library file which the USB Video Manager uses.
hansene2 wrote:So my question (which maybe isn't super quick) is this: does the list of videos for download get populated dynamically? Why is the Sunday School missing the one video?
No, they are not automatically populated. The "library" file (an XML file with links to each video and associated thumbnail picture), lives on Charles's server and is downloaded to your computer when you run the USB Video Manager. These files are created by hand - using eyes to scan each lesson, make a list of the videos, cross referencing them with the video download page to get the link to the thumbnail image, and then entering the information in the XML file. It is a little tedious, and certainly can have errors. However, the benefit of the USB Video Manager is that the library file only needs to be created once, and can be used by everyone to download from the source without any issues with re-distributing the videos themselves.
I have found inconsistencies between the lessons, and the ones under the link you mentioned above. Sometimes the challenge is the name in the lesson link being different from the name of the video itself (for example in the Sunday School July lesson: "The Sacrament Helps Us Draw Closer to Jesus Christ" is the listed in the lesson, but the file you download is actually named "Special Witness Elder Oaks").
Feedback is welcome and I would love to have someone volunteer to "Check" the files.
hansene2 wrote:A comment/observation/concern. Our stake is late to the game in getting the content on USB drives, but we are excited to roll it out. One concern is giving the teachers confidence that the videos they've looked at online in their lesson preparation will be available when they check out the device on Sunday to teach. I'm not sure how much content is copyright restricted and so it can't be downloaded, but this is something teachers would need to be trained to look for (i.e. knowing that if they watch the video at home and the download link/option is not available that this video will not be on the USB drive).
I completely agree! A teacher must be able to conclusively know during the week while preparing that the video will be available during class. We create a PDF file with a list of all the videos on the USB Flash drive each quarter. This is emailed to Bishop's and Stake YW/YW/SS leaders to forward to all teachers. The file for Q3 2013 is here: .
hansene2 wrote:In the case of the missing Sunday School video noted above, this is available to be downloaded, but for some reason isn't showing in the list of videos for Sunday School for September.
Please send a private message to me with the details (a link to the lesson page and the name of the video) and I will look into this and fix it. It's probably my mistake.
hansene2 wrote:In browsing some of the other posts on the digital media forum (and my own observations), as well as me not knowing exactly what to expect in terms of adding new content from time to time, it seems that trying to ensure that our drives have all the videos available that an instructor might want to show (assuming they can be downloaded), is somewhat of a challenge. I have noticed that the video section noted above under the Video, Audio, and Images portion of lds.org doesn't contain every video listed in the outlines. If you have a moment, I would love to get your thoughts on this challenge as well as responding to my question about the missing Sunday School video from September.
It's a bit of a nightmare to deal with the differences. I suspect some videos are not listed purely because the format (360p, 720p, 1080p vs. 500K, 1000K, 2500K) is different. They are all MP4's, but are seem to be rendered for resolution (360p) or for streaming bandwidth (500K). Practically speaking, I really only care about small, medium and large, but it is clear that the church web pages are somewhat template driven and perhaps that causes some limitations on what appears. I don't doubt there are copyright issues with some videos, but others are available for download in other places on lds.org. That said, I try have EVERY video referenced in the lessons available. To accomplish this we have a separate set of XML files I use for our stake, which reference a few additional files which cannot be downloaded directly from lds.org but which I create on my computer.
For example, the September YM lesson on tithing suggests:
https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/ap/commandments/tithing?lang=eng wrote:Read, show, or tell the story about Elder Pratt’s grandfather from “The Lord’s Richest Blessings.”
So our USB Flash has that 4 minute video clip excepted from his conference talk.