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YouTube Video Finally Up

I have decided to add YouTube videos to my repertoire of apologetics. This was not a light decision. I really didn’t want to produce them, since I am not a good “off the cuff” speaker. I can’t sit down with an idea for a speech and make it. I have to have a careful outline. If I don’t, I will end up sounding really stupid.

Fortunately, I have found an excellent open source scriptwriting package, Celtx, that allows for the preparation of audio-visual scripts. This allows me to plan out YouTube videos. Celtx also includes a storyboarding feature, so I can lay out my videos prior to making them. All I needed was video editing software, and I was good to go.

The short version of the story behind the following YouTube video is that it was really annoying to make. This is an answer to the video “Five Questions for Christians” by Netwriter.

The long version of the story is that after I decided to answer that video and had written and storyboarded the script, I searched for video editing software. Obviously, I can’t pay for it, so I went the open source route. I found some great software, but it was for Linux only. They had a link to AVS4YOU, which is for Windows.

I assumed that the software that was recommended by an open source website would itself be open source. So I downloaded the software unquestioningly, and used it to edit the video I had scripted. Once I was satisfied, three hours later, I selected the “Produce Video” option. A dialogue box appeared informing me that unless I paid the $59 subscription fee, a watermark would be added to my video. I was, needless to say, a bit irritated.

My next step was to search for open source video editing for Windows, but I couldn’t find anything. I did, however, come across a review of the best free video editors. So I clicked on that link, and the first package listed was Microsoft Movie Maker. To my added irritation, I discovered that it is included with Windows XP on up.

So I looked on my Start Menu, and sure enough: there it was all along.

Market Research

The economy is tanking, and my family (like everyone else’s, I know) is suffering alongside. This blog and all content therein is (and will remain) free. The upkeep (domain name) is not free, however. This means that I am devoting a significant portion of my time to writing and maintaining fresh content on a resource from which I derive no income and actually costs me a nominal amount of money annually to maintain.

In order to keep doing this, I must generate at least some revenue from this venture. Although I have set up a way to receive donations, which has generated some interest, no donations are coming in. After careful consideration, I have decided that producing e-books is the best way to continue this ministry.

That does not mean that I’m shutting down the blog or that I will begin to charge for reading it. Far from. I will continue to update the blog, hopefully as much (or more) as I already do. I want this resource to remain free.

However, I would like to produce e-books in addition to what I’m already doing here. These e-books will both be original as well as expansions of past articles. I have numerous ideas, but I need to focus my efforts where they will do the most good. As such, I have constructed a poll. What follows are all of my ideas for e-books so far. I would like you, the reader, to vote on the ones that you would be most interested in reading.

If you have any questions, send me an e-mail or comment below for all to see.