VT3: Share Prayer Videos, Part 2 – Mac OS

Video Transcript – Introduction

I imagine you’ve heard how prayer supporters will pay more attention to a video update than to a printed prayer letter. So you’re sitting there with your smartphone or your tablet or a camera that can record video, and you have a Mac computer, and you’re wondering, “How do I get my video to where my supporters can view it?” You know it’s too big to attach to an email. How do you get it out there?

I’m Steve Dwire, founder of Edify Hub, and on this month’s video tip, I’ll show you how you can share your prayer video privately with your prayer supporters.

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Import Video

So I’ve recorded a video greeting that I want to send to my prayer supporters. It’s on my smartphone. I use that as my video camera. I have the USB cable plugged into my laptop – the one that came with my smartphone. I plug that in, and then iPhoto launches.

If I scroll to the bottom of iPhoto, I have here the video that I just recorded. I’ll create an event. I’ll name it “Video Greeting”, and I will click “Import Selected.”

The video is imported. I’ll go ahead and keep it on my phone, so I’ll click “Keep Video.”

And here is that video.

All I have to do is drag it onto my desktop, and then I have that available.

Share With Google Drive

Log In

Now the way I want to share this with others is through Google Drive. If you have an account with Google – either a gmail.com email address or any other Google+ account, you can log into Google using that account.

I’m going to log in now.

I’ll click “Sign In.”

I’ll give it my email address and password.

Now I’m back to the Google page, but I’m logged in. I click the Apps icon and choose “Drive.”

Upload File

To share my video with Google Drive, all I have to do is drag the video into the Google Drive window, and it will upload.

We’ll fast-forward it a bit here. And the upload is complete. Let’s take a look at it.

Ah, it’s not ready yet. What Google is doing right now is preparing that file, because it’s a pretty large video, and some people with a lower bandwidth connection may not be able to watch it as fast. So they’re making several versions of it so that those with a low bandwidth can still watch your video – with lesser quality.

So it’s being processed – getting ready. Let’s check back in on it in a little bit and see if it’s ready.

And now it’s ready, and we’re going to go ahead and play it, and there it is.

So, the video’s ready, and it plays just fine. But how do we let other people find it? This is where you’re going to share the video using Google Drive’s share function.

First, let’s rename it and give it a name that means something.

So, we’ll close this. Right-click, choose “Rename…” We’ll call it “Video Greeting.”

Share Video

Now we’ll right-click again, and choose “Share…” Now I could send it as an email, but we already know it’s too big to do that. So I’ll click “Share…”

Here you can see that, right now, only I can access this video. If I were to try to send somebody this link, they wouldn’t be able to see it. So if I want to let them see it when I send them the link, I will change the sharing settings and say that anyone with the link can see it now.

And what they can do is to view it. I could choose to let them edit or comment on it. I don’t want to do that. So when I save that, now anyone who has the link can view it. So if I copy this link, then I can take that link, and I can send it out in an email. So now anybody with that link can view the video.

Compress Video To Save Space

I want to look at the video file itself, because – as you can see down here, Google only gives you 15GB. Let’s take a look at this video file that we just sent up. If we Get Info, we can see that it is a 35MB file, and it’s only 13 seconds long!

One gigabyte is 1,000 megabytes (give or take). If this 13-second video is already taking up 35MB, then if you record a ten minute greeting, it’s going to take a lot longer to upload it, and you’re going to use up that Google Drive space pretty quick.

So, how can you shrink that time? Well, I’ll show you. There are two ways. One shrinks it a little bit; one shrinks it a little bit more.

QuickTime Player

If we open up the QuickTime Player and open the file … we’re going to find that same video. If we open that up, all I have to do is export that file – the same definition. The 1080p – that’s the same definition I recorded it in earlier, but QuickTime’s going to compress it a little bit. So if I say I want to save it as a 1080p, then I can say “Video Greeting – QuickTime” just so we can keep track of what’s what.

We’ll save this. It’s exporting another copy of my video greeting.

Now let’s take a look and compare the sizes.

Here’s that original one again – 35MB. If we take a look at what QuickTime exported, if we do a “Get Info” on that, this one’s only 17MB, and it’s still 1920×1080. It’s still the same resolution, just compressed a little bit. If there’s a lot of motion, you might see a little bit of graininess in it, or mosaics.

But with video, where it’s just you talking to the camera, that’s probably not going to happen.


If that’s still not enough, and you want to compress it even more… Here let me close these… There is a program called HandBrake, and I’ll put a link to that in the show notes.

HandBrake is an open source product, which means it’s free, but it also means that it’s not signed. So if you have a newer version of the Mac OS, it’s going to make it difficult to open. Once you download it, you’ll have to right-click the app and choose “Open.” You can’t just double-click to open it.

But let me show you what HandBrake looks like and what you can do with HandBrake. So let me open up HandBrake. If I open up HandBrake, and choose the file that I exported from QuickTime.

Now it’s important to start with the file that QuickTime exported. If you use the original file, and then try to run it through HandBrake, HandBrake won’t remember what side was up. When you took that video from your smartphone, sometimes you can have the phone upside-down or one direction or the other, and QuickTime can figure it out. HandBrake doesn’t. So you might end up with an upside-down video if you try to start with the original. If you take the video that QuickTime exported, then QuickTime fixes for you which direction was up, and then HandBrake will remember and keep the video rightside-up for you.

So we’ll take the video that QuickTime exported, and we will open that. Then we’ll choose the video codec – this dropdown here. Instead of H.264, we’re going to use MPEG-4, and that will allow us to compress even further.

And then we just change the filename so that – rather than saying “QuickTime,” we’ll say “HandBrake.” (Now, you won’t call them these when you’re exporting your real prayer videos. They’re just so that we can keep track of which is which.)

I start the encoding… And it is done.

Compression Makes a Difference

So let’s pull that over here, and we’ll see the difference in the file size. So again we saw that the QuickTime 1920×1080, and it was 17MB. The one from HandBrake – when we Get Info on that – it’s still 1920×1080. This one is 4.2MB.


So I’ve showed you how you can share your video updates with your prayer supporters using Google Drive. It makes it very, very simple to share it with only the people that you want to see the video, and it doesn’t end with an advertisement for additional videos that you can’t control.

One of the downsides of using Google Drive is that you do have a limited amount of space. And I’ve shown you some things that you can do to make the best use of that space.

One of the other things that you cannot do with a Google Drive video – at least, not that I’ve found so far – is to take that video and embed it into a page on your website, if that’s something that you’re interested in. If you want to be able to do that, then come back in a later episode, and I’ll show you how to share your videos using YouTube.

Take Action

  1. Sign up for an account to access Google Drive, if you don’t already have one.
  2. Install HandBrake on your Mac.
  3. Test out these steps by sharing a short video with someone in your family.

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