How to Use YouTube In a Presentation

Are you wanting to share a YouTube video during a presentation for your organization? Here’s a tutorial to help you setup a computer and share its display for a presentation.

What You Need

  • A laptop or desktop computer with internet access, an HDMI port (or a USB to HDMI adapter) and a 3.5mm phones jack (or a USB to 3.5mm adapter)
  • The display for viewing the video
  • A direct box that takes a 3.5mm stereo input, HDMI cable, 3.5mm stereo cable, and an xlr cable

Setting Up the Computer

  1. In general, it’s best to connect all the cables before turning on the devices:
  2. Put the computer on a stand. Plug its power cable into a power outlet and the computer.
  3. Plug the HDMI cable into the computer and the display.
  4. Plug the 3.5mm stereo cable into the computer and the direct box.
  5. Plug the xlr cable into the direct box and the designated xlr terminal for the sound system.
  6. Turn on the computer and the display. Be sure the display is set to the proper HDMI channel.
  7. If the sound system is not already on, turn it on now. Also, identify the channel for the computer audio. Make sure it is muted and the volume is turned down.
  8. If the display does not show the same screen as the laptop, you’ll need to change the computer settings to Screen Mirroring (see below).
  9. Open your internet browser and go to YouTube. Find the video you want to share.
  10. Test the video to make sure it plays on the display and the audio plays on the sound system.
  11. On the sound system, unmute the channel for the computer audio and turn the volume up to an appropriate level.
  12. When you share the video during the presentation, in the bottom right corner of the video, there’s a square box you can click to go full screen. Click it again to exit full screen.

Setting Up Screen Mirroring on a PC

  1. Press “Windows key + P” to open display settings. Choose the “duplicate” setting. Now the display should look the same as the computer.

Setting Up Screen Mirroring on a Mac

  1. Press “Option + brightness key” to open display settings. On the Arrangement tab, check the “Mirror Display” setting. Now the display should look the same as the computer.

How to Use OBS to Livestream on Facebook

Are you wanting to use Facebook to create Livestreams for your organization? Here’s part 2 of a tutorial to help you get started using Facebook Live. This tutorial focuses on connecting OBS to Facebook.

What You Need

  • A laptop or desktop computer with internet access
  • A Facebook account with administrator access on your organization’s page
  • A computer program called OBS downloaded, installed, and configured on your computer
  • A video camera and and audio interface connected to the computer and setup in OBS

Connecting OBS to Facebook Live

  1. Start the OBS program. At the bottom right click “Settings.”
  2. Notice the tabs on the left. Click “Stream.”
  3. For the Stream Information, make sure the Service is set to “Facebook Live.” Then you need to copy the Stream Key from Facebook as follows:
  4. Open your internet browser and go to your organization’s web page. Where you would create a post, click “Live.”
  5. If you are creating a new Livestream, in the section at the right called “Live Stream Setup” find the “Stream Key” and click “Copy.” Skip to step 8.
  6. If you are getting the stream key for a scheduled Livestream, on the left under Live Producer click “Upcoming Live Videos & Events.”
  7. Find the scheduled Livestream you need the Stream Key for. Click “Edit Post.” Then on the right under Stream Key Setup, find the Stream Key and click “Copy.”
  8. Go back to the OBS program. In the box labeled Stream Key, if there’s any text in the box, right-click and choose Select All. Then right-click again and choose Paste.
  9. To close the settings, at the bottom right of the Settings window click “OK.”

Starting and Stopping the Livestream

  1. To start the Livestream, at the bottom right, click “Start Streaming.”
  2. To stop the Livestream, at the bottom right, click “Stop Streaming.”
  3. There’s also an option to Record the stream. This option may automatically Start and Stop. You can also manually Start and the Stop the Recording.

How to Schedule a Livestream on Facebook

Are you wanting to use Facebook to create Livestreams for your organization? Here’s a short tutorial to help you get started using Facebook Live.

What You Need

  • A laptop or desktop computer with internet access
  • A Facebook account with administrator access on your organization’s page

Scheduling a Livestream on Facebook Live

  1. On the computer, open your internet browser. Go to Facebook and log in to your account.
  2. Go to your organization’s page. Where you would write a post, click “Live.” This brings up a new page for scheduling the video.
  3. There’s a section on the left called Live Producer. At the top of this section click “Schedule a Live Video.”
  4. Down a little under the heading Announcement Post, choose the date and time. You can also give your video a title and description.
  5. If you want to use a specific picture, click “Select an Image” and upload the picture. By default it will use your page banner unless you upload a different picture.
  6. In the middle of the page there’s a section called Setup Options. Using a persistent steam key is recommended so you don’t have to change the stream key in your streaming software for every new video.
  7. The Settings and Badges sections have more advanced options but for a basic video you don’t need to change these settings.
  8. On the right there’s a section called Stream Key Setup. This is where you get your stream key to copy into your streaming software. There’s also the Announcement Post Preview section which just shows what the Announcement Post will look like.
  9. Once you’ve set all the settings, click “Schedule Live Video” at the bottom left. You can always come back and change the settings later if needed.

Change Settings for a Scheduled Livestream

  1. If you need to change the settings later, log in to Facebook and go to your organization’s page. Where you would write a post, click “Live.” This brings up the page for scheduling the video.
  2. On the left, click “Upcoming Live Videos & Events.” In the middle of the page find the post for the scheduled video you want to make changes to and click “Edit Post.”
  3. If you want to cancel the video, don’t click “Edit Post.” Instead, click the three dots at the top right corner of the post. Then click “Cancel Broadcast.” If you’re sure you want to permanently delete the scheduled video, go ahead and click “Cancel Live Video.”

Our Hope Is Sure

The blue iris is a symbol of faith and hope.

Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

First Peter 1:13b, NKJV

One of my daughter’s favorite hobbies is building and playing with Legos. Last Christmas she had her heart set on one particular, rather large Lego kit. It was an airplane with a small collection of figurines and other miscellaneous pieces. A few days before Christmas my daughter came to me and very sweetly said, “Daddy, do you know what I hope I get for Christmas? I really hope I get the Lego airplane, that would be really cool.”

When we use the word ‘hope’ in everyday conversation, we’re usually talking about a future desire whose outcome is uncertain. Some examples include hoping to land a job offer, to perform well at an athletic competition, or to receive good news from a medical procedure. All of these examples, like my daughter’s hope for the airplane Lego set, are a deep longing for a future event whose certainty is unknown.

But, in the Bible, ‘hope’ is very different. True, biblical hope is still a deep longing for something in the future that’s not yet been received. However, biblical hope is different because it is rooted in expectation. The thing hoped for, though still future and not yet received, is as sure as yesterday’s sunrise. We can be sure it will come to pass because it doesn’t depend on life circumstances, world events, or the voluntary actions of other people—it depends only on the always-faithful character of our never-changing God.

When we become discouraged because our personal hopes have failed, it’s important to remember the truth that God is always good. We might not appreciate what seems to be lacking. We may even be angered at the way circumstances and events have unfolded. But God’s plan for each of us is much bigger and better than our own plans for our lives.

The next time personal hopes lead to disappointment, let it be a reminder to draw near to God, focusing your heart and mind on His priorities. Reaffirm your hope of eternal life with Him, knowing that such hope is sure—because He who promises is faithful.

Further Reflection
Numbers 23:19; Proverbs 16:9Jeremiah 29:11; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 10:23

Mediation and Prayer
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

In ev’ry rough and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the vale.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move;
I rest upon unchanging love.
I trust his righteous character,
His counsel, promise, and his pow’r. [Refrain]

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in him be found,
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

The Solid Rock, words by Edward Mote 1834, music by William B. Bradbury 1863, Public Domain