Basic Audio-Video Settings on a Mac

Apple computers are especially well-suited for audio and video projects. But if you’re new to using Macs, changing audio and video settings can be challenging. Here’s a simple guide to changing basic audio and video settings.

Changing the Audio Settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar (if the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide).
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Sound” (the speaker icon).
  3. If you’re sending audio from the computer to another source, change the output setting appropriately (for example, you might be using the headphones jack to send audio to a mixer).
  4. If you’re bringing audio into the computer from another source, change the input setting appropriately (for example, you might be using an audio interface to record audio from a mixer).
  5. The output volume can vary greatly depending on your setup. I typically set it about halfway on the computer and let the source I’m sending audio to handle additional volume adjustments.
  6. If you’d like to access this menu easily in the future, click “Show volume in menu bar.” This puts a speaker icon in the right of the top menu bar that you can single-click to bring up some quick settings and a link to this preference window.

Changing the Video Settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar (if the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide).
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Displays” (the computer screen icon).
  3. To change the display resolution, click “Scaled” and choose the desired resolution.
  4. If you don’t want the screen to “Automatically adjust brightness” then uncheck this option.
  5. If you have a second screen connected, you can the options for both screens to show up on the current display by clicking “Gather Windows” in the bottom right corner of the window.
  6. If you have a second screen connected, you can turn mirroring on and off by clicking the “Arrangement” tab and (un)checking “Mirror Displays” (note: screen resolutions might have to be adjusted after switching this setting).

YouTube Playlist Basics

YouTube is a great resource for churches, small groups, and other events or venues when maybe you don’t have any musicians or song leaders but you’d like to have some time worshiping the Lord together through music. Here are a few tips to help you do that using a YouTube playlist.

Make a YouTube Playlist on a Mobile Device

  1. Open the YouTube App.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Find a video you want to add to a playlist.
  4. Tap and hold “Save.”
  5. To add it to an existing playlist, tap the playlist.
  6. To create a new playlist, tap “+ New Playlist.”

Make a YouTube Playlist in your Browser

  1. Go to http://www.youtube.com.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Play a video you want to add to a playlist.
  4. Click “Save.”
  5. To add to an existing playlist, click the box.
  6. To create a new playlist, click “+ Create new playlist.”
  7. Type the name and click “CREATE.”

Rearranging Videos on a YouTube Playlist

  1. Open the YouTube App or visit YouTube in your browser.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Find the Library section (location varies by device).
  4. Click the playlist you want to rearrange.
  5. Click or tap the left side “=” of the video and drag up or down.

Play a YouTube Playlist on Another Device

  1. Open the YouTube App or visit YouTube in your browser.
  2. If you’re not already logged in, log in.
  3. Find the Library section (location varies by device).
  4. Click the playlist you want to play.
  5. Shuffle videos by clicking or tapping the crossing arrows.