You may want to do more with video than simply record it "as is" with a camera -
A wide range of video editing software exist, including several free tools.
Camtasia Studio from TechSmith is great for editing as well as producing video in many different formats. While the software is designed to capture video from your computer screen, it is also great at recording narrated PowerPoint presentations and allows you to import all types of media - video in various formats, Powerpoint slides, images, audio - into your video production workspace. The software includes an easy to operate story board area that allows you to visually layout your media resources. It also allows you to output your video in a variety of formats and styles. TechSmith has great video tutroials and documentation on the software. They offer a 30-day fully-functioning free trial of the software. The non-profit price of the software is $249 (regular price is $299).
WeVideo is an online video editor, suitable for use on Chromebooks and other cloud devices.
Adobe Premier is a higher end video editing solution that will probably provide much more than the average church/school videographer may need. However, Adobe's pricing for non profits and educational customers is fairly attractive and could provide a viable and reasonable solution. Be prepared however for a learning curve. There are some great courses on Lynda.com for Adobe Premier.
You can use online services to convert video from one format to another. One example is www.youconvertit.com. Upload your existing video, select the desired format for conversion, and in a few minutes you will be e-mailed a link for downloading the converted video in your desired format.
2/23/09 - From Pastor Chris Koschnitzke, Christus, Delavan, WI -