Set Lists

STORYCHURCH Set List – 13 Sep 2015

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  • Here For You – Matt Redman (A)
  • Come As You Are – Crowder (A)
  • Your Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney (A)
  • This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (A)
  • The Same Power – Ben Cantelon (E)
  • Break Every Chain – United Pursuit (A)

We started a new series this morning called “Move The Chains 2“, it’s has an American Football theme and is a continuation from a series we ran last year. If you missed it this morning, you can catch the whole service on video here.

I don’t pretend to understand American Football much, like what on earth is a “Koozie”? Anyway, this I did understand… “There’s always time on the clock when Jesus in in the game.

Set Lists

STORYCHURCH Set List – 23 Aug 2015

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  • I Am – Crowder (C)
  • In Christ Alone – Keith & Kristyn Getty (C)
  • How Can It Be – Lauren Diagle (G)
  • You Make Me Brave – Bethel Music (Eb)
  • Waiting Here For You – Martin Smith (D)
  • Forever – Bethel Music (G)

Really good morning. We played You Make Me Brave for the first time. It is such a good song – LOVE it. We maxed out the stage with musicians which was awesome. Blessed to serve alongside a great team of people week after week.

Live stream here.


Set Lists

STORYCHURCH Set List – 16 Aug 2015

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  • This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (A)
  • Come As You Are – Crowder (A)
  • Mighty To Save – Hillsong (A)
  • Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristian Stanfill (A)
  • The Same Power – Ben Cantelon (D)
  • Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsong (D)

Today’s stream can be viewed here.

Set Lists

STORYCHURCH Set List – 09 Aug 2015

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  • King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G)
  • God With Us – Mercy Me (G)
  • Oh You Bring – Hillsong (G)
  • Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (D)
  • Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (B)
  • God Of This City – BlueTree (B)

You can watch the service here.


Apple Motion – Move The Chains Countdown Video

Building upon lessons learnt in my recent tutorial I recreated the countdown for our current series Move The Chains (because last week’s was terrible).

Instead of exporting it with a green screen background (as I did for the tutorial), I added the series graphic to the background of the project in Motion. Then I played around with a little object animation by adding a football and moving it across the screen at intervals.

The export from Motion was around 6GB. Handbrake compressed it down to 4.4mb. Magic.

Geek, Resources, Workflows

How To Create a 5 Minute Countdown Video with Apple Motion 5 (Easy)


We use countdown videos every week at STORYCHURCH to count down to the beginning of the service. Up until now I had been using some free green screen videos I found online and merging it with our series graphics each time. This has worked well, but had it’s limitations as I was restricted to the font face, size and position of the green screen video counter.

I’ve been thinking about buying Apple Motion 5 for a while and finally picked it up yesterday. With Apple Motion, we can create our very own fully customized countdowns!

It took me a few hours to find the best (and most efficient) way to do a basic countdown. If there’s a better approach, please let me know.

1) Create a Motion project.

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We are creating videos for a projector display with a 4:3 ratio (1024×768). If you are following this tutorial in Motion, you can select the preset type you need, it doesn’t affect the outcome. Adjust the project duration to 5 mins and click Open.

2) Add a Text Generator

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In the library, go to Generators, select a File Generator and drag it into the main project group.

When I began researching how to do this in Motion, I found multiple videos that recommended using a Timecode Generator with a Ramp behavior. I tried that for my first video (in fact we used it this morning at STORYCHURCH), but I wasn’t happy with it as I couldn’t figure out how to format the timecode, and also could not get it to play in reverse properly. In the end, I had to export the video from Motion and run it through iMovie to export it in reverse.

3) Load source file

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I created my source text file in Numbers (any spreadsheet application would work).

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In the spreadsheet, create the first two entries, highlight and drag the yellow triangle thingy through the 300 rows. I then copied and pasted the data into a plain text file and saved it to my desktop. Here is my copy to save you time.

Before arriving at this finished text file I tried a number of different approaches. On my first attempt, I created a file which included hundreds of a second (e.g. 5:00:00). This resulted in a file with 180,000 rows and seemed to work well up until half way through when Motion stopped reading the file. I then tried splitting the file into two and adding two File Generator objects to the project. This created some issues as well (flickering). Finally, I decided to stick to only minutes and seconds and ended up with a file of 300 rows only. Motion had no issues with this at all.

4) Format The Countdown

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Select a style for the countdown from the inspector dialog.

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Since we’re creating this countdown for green screen use, add a green background and ensure you select “solid” for the background property. The green screen color is #00FF00 (Hex), or 0,255,0 (Rgb).

5) Export The Movie!

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The movie came out around 500mb. Using Handbrake, I reduced the filesize to 1.3mb. I use Handbrake for every movie I create for ProPresenter or YouTube.

You now have a countdown movie ready for import into iMovie. I will create another tutorial on that part soon.


Right click on the following links to download.