The LDS Media Library app — the mobile app version of the LDS Media Library on LDS.org — has released a software update that makes it even easier for members to teach the gospel at church, at home, and on the go using Church media.
With the LDS Media Library app, users can search the largest selection of Church media, trim video and music, organize clips in a presentation, and present offline — all on a user-friendly interface.
Aside from its new bright pink icon, LDS Media Library 2.0 stands out from other Church apps in several ways. Marianne Jennings, LDS Media Library product manager, explained the differences between the Church’s apps: “The Gospel Library app is a personal study tool. The Mormon Channel app is for inspiration. The LDS Media Library app is a media presentation and teaching tool.”
Whether it's for a Sunday School lesson, a family home evening, or a missionary discussion, the most comprehensive database of Church media is available at every user's fingertips.
Browse and search
When users first open LDS Media Library 2.0, they are guided through a quick walk-through of the purpose of the app and some of its highlights.
Because the Church frequently releases new media, it can be hard to keep up with all the latest material. With LDS Media Library 2.0, members can stay up to date with newly added items. “Every Friday, we add new media to the app,” Jennings said.
The Browse tab allows users to explore the largest selection of Church media, sorted into three collections: images, music and video. Simply tapping on one of the categories will lead users to a list of topics and collections that simplify how to plan lessons. Users can also conduct a quick search by title, topic or speaker. Images can now be viewed full screen while browsing.
“Teachers can easily find lesson media, especially the general conference messages for third-hour lessons,” Jennings said.
Under the My Media tab, members can create media presentations, sort and manage their downloaded media, and refer back to favorites.
“We’ve changed the word ‘playlist’ to ‘presentation’ so people can understand that the app is a presentation tool … like a PowerPoint or a Keynote with media — not a Pandora or a Spotify sort of app,” Jennings clarified.
The improved app also separates two actions:
2. Add to Presentation
When users want to download a single item, they can do so, and it will save in its own tab. As users create presentations, they can add media while searching or browsing, or go to the Downloads tabs, select the appropriate items, and tap “Add to Presentation.”
If a user doesn’t want to present an entire 15-minute general conference talk, he or she can easily trim sections of the media, which will conveniently autosave. “If you want to show just the two-minute quote from a conference talk that goes right with your lesson, you can do that. Using sliders, you can control when the video or audio clip starts and stops,” said Jennings. From there, users can easily drag and drop clips in the order they want to present them.
Not ready to download a clip yet? Users can tap a small heart icon by the media he or she is considering, and it will automatically save into a Favorites tab for future reference.
In the first release of the app, users could only use presentation mode when they were connected to a second screen, like a projector or TV. Now, they can present full-screen presentations on their phone, tablet, or computer.
“We have a lot of missionaries using the app, and they only have their tablets or smartphones,” Jennings said. “Now they can build media presentations right into the app, hit the presentation icon, and it goes full screen. They can now swipe through their slides too. It’s kind of like the old-fashioned flip charts, except it’s digital and they can customize it.”
All of the updates for LDS Media Library 2.0 are geared for a more user-friendly experience.
Because presentations play offline, users won’t have to worry about buffering videos. Download media at home, and it will be ready to go by the time a user gets to church. Video will play without interruption, regardless of the Church building’s Wi-Fi connection, or a lack thereof.
Users can access LDS Media Library 2.0 in multiple languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. Jennings said more languages are planned for a future release, especially for creating language captions in videos.
The 2.0 software update offers media in smaller file sizes to save users’ storage on their device. “When you download media, the app tells you how much storage is taken up by that media. You can delete the download but keep the presentation for future use if you don’t want an old presentation taking up space,” Jennings said.
Even though the files are smaller than before, the app’s production team has ensured that media quality remains high. That way, videos will display clear resolution on both small and large screens.
Watch for more updates
The production team for LDS Media Library anticipates more updates this year, based in part on user feedback. Jennings commented on planned improvements: “Videos will soon have the ability to turn on and view captions. We’re adding the ability to add text slides, so members can add text to their presentation,” she explained. “If you’ve got personal music, images, or videos on your phone or tablet that you want to add to your presentation, you’ll be able to do that. That means that if teachers want to show a video of a Mutual event or fireside to further personalize the presentation, they can,” she said.
LDS Media Library plans to publish a downloadable presentation and handout on the app’s landing page for teacher training. “We will have a how-to presentation about [LDS Media Library 2.0] that teachers can download and present to other teachers on how to use the app,” Jennings said.
Under Settings, users can submit feedback, read a user guide, and browse frequently asked questions. Jennings encourages users to submit their feedback, including videos they’d like added and languages they would like the app in.
If users have issues while using the app, they can now take a screenshot of their problem and send it to the production team for assistance.
Download the app for both Android and Apple mobile devices and learn more about its exclusive features here.