How do I Back up and Restore Sermons on the iPhone App?

To back up the sermons that you have stored on your iPhone in the app open iTunes on your PC and select the device that you wish to back up from or restore to.

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Next, scroll down until you see the APPS section on the left hand column of iTunes.

 

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The apps that you have installed on your device will appear in the right hand column.  Scroll down to the FILE SHARING section and all the apps that allow file sharing will appear in that section. Select the SERMONS app from the list.

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Once selected the column to the right will be populated with the sermons that are in the app. Select the sermon or sermons that you wish to save to your PC for back up.

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Finally, click on the SAVE TO button to save them to a location that you select on your PC.

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The process can be reversed and the files that you saved can be added back into the app using the ADD FILE button. (note: only files saved from the app can be loaded to the app again.)

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Submitting, Uploading and Editing Sermons Using an iOS Device

With the 4.0 release of our iPhone + iPad app, all broadcasters can upload audio sermons to SermonAudio directly from their iOS device.

It’s a completely native experience that works seamlessly and beautifully for those who increasingly depend on iPods or iPads to record sermons. This page will show you how it is done.

Preliminary Considerations:

  • To submit sermon details, edit sermon details and upload audio you must first be a FULL Broadcasting Member on SermonAudio.  To see more about this visit our Services page.
  • You must have the Free SermonAudio App Version 4.0 installed on your iOS device.  If you have not already done so you can find it in the App Store by searching for “SermonAudio”.
  • You must have an app that will allow you to record audio and either open the files in another app or send the audio to Dropbox or iCloud storage. Voice Record Pro is one audio recording app that we have used with good success and it does allow the recorded audio file to be opened in our app. And the best part, it’s free.
  • There is no extra charge to submit or upload sermons via the SermonAudio app. (You are allowed ten sermon submissions per billing cycle without extra charge.)
  • Sermons can only be submitted at this time for existing speakers in your account.  If you are uploading a sermon for a new speaker or one that you have not previously had sermons in your account for you will need to submit the sermon details using the webform first. You can still use the app to upload once the sermon record has been created.
The sermon submission and upload process is a two step process on the site.  You must first submit the sermon details (Title, Speaker Name, Scripture Reference, etc.) and then once the record is created in the database you can move on to the upload of Audio, Video or PDF files to the sermon record.  The iOS upload functionality is limited to AUDIO upload at this time.
Uploading a Sermon from Another App

There are two ways to upload a sermon to the site. The first is from the app that recorded it via the “Open in…” functionality that is built into many apps. The second is to do so using the iOS document picker (only some apps support this, iCloud and Dropbox being the most prominent.)

This section will look at sending a sermon from a recording app to the SermonAudio app for upload using the “Open in…” functionality.  Not all recording apps support this but for this example we will be using the Voice Record Pro app.  It is a free app and has many options. It is a good choice for recording audio to an iOS device.

Once the recording is finished you can select it and then scroll down to the “Open With Other Apps” option.

The SermonAudio app should appear in the list of options. Touch the SermonAudio icon and you will be taken directly to the SermonAudio app.

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You will then be prompted to log into the SermonAudio app. Once you are on the Sermon Listing page you can create a new sermon or select the sermon that you wish to load the audio for. If you have not yet created a sermon entry in the database for the content you are attempting to load you will need to do so now.  For help with this see the section “Create New Sermon” below.

If you have already created the sermon record you can skip to the section on UPLOAD below.

Create New Sermon

To create a new sermon scroll to the bottom of the screen and touch “Create New Sermon” link.

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This will open a form where you can fill in the sermon details.  Title, Short title and Speaker are required fields but it is strongly encouraged that the form be filled out in its entirety.

When selecting a speaker if the speaker is not in the drop down you will need to submit the sermon using the webform on the site. Only speakers that have sermons in your account can be selected at this time. Once the sermon details have been submitted there (using the webform on the site) you can return to the app for upload. See steps for uploading the sermon in the sections below.

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When you are finished entering the sermon details, touch the word SAVE in the upper right corner of the screen to submit the sermon. You will be taken back to the sermon listing screen where you can then select the newly created sermon and upload the audio.

UPLOAD

You can choose either a sermon that has no audio associated with it or a recently uploaded sermon that you wish to reload the audio for.

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Note: Sermons that are a lighter gray already have audio but you can select them if you wish to re-load it but be aware that this will copy over any audio already associated the sermon and this cannot be undone.  Sermons in regular dark type do not yet have audio associated with them.

Touching the sermon in the listing will select it and you will see the audio you sent over from your recording app already selected in the window. If you selected the wrong sermon touch the back button to select a different sermon to load the audio to.

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Touching the “select another file” link will allow you to select a file using the document picker (more on that in the section below) but will not allow you to select another file from your recording app so if you have the wrong audio file you will need to go back to the recording app and start again.

When you have both the correct audio file and sermon displayed on the screen touch “Start Upload” in the upper right hand corner of your screen to begin the upload.

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You can then navigate away from the app if need be, and the sermon will load in the background. Do not close the app until the “Upload Complete” screen appears.

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Congratulations you just uploaded a sermon via the SermonAudio App!

Uploading a Sermon using the Document Picker (iOS 8 or above)

There are two ways to upload a sermon to the site. The first is from the app that recorded it via the “Open in…” functionality that is built into many apps (for more on this see the section above). The second is to do so using the iOS 8 document picker (only some apps support this iCloud and Dropbox being the most prominent.)

This section will look at the second option, using the document picker.

To begin the process of sermon submission using the Document Picker open the SermonAudio app and touch the PLUS “+” sign in the upper left corner of the screen.

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This will take you to the Member login page.  Enter your Member ID and Password and touch GO to get started.

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If your device supports it you will then be asked if you would like to use Touch ID to log in the future with a fingerprint. Choose YES or NO. TouchID is a nice timesaver as it allows you to log in with the touch of a finger.

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If you wish to change this option or log in with a different account you can select the “Clear Stored Credentials” link at the bottom of the page to reset the log in credentials.

The next screen will allow you to UPLOAD to an existing sermon or SUBMIT a new Sermon (creates a new sermon record in the database). If you have already created the sermon record you can skip to the section on UPLOAD below.

Create New Sermon

To create a new sermon scroll to the bottom of the screen and touch “Create New Sermon” link.

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This will open a form where you can fill in the sermon details.  Title, Short title and Speaker are required fields but it is strongly encouraged that the form be filled out in its entirety.

When selecting a speaker if the speaker is not in the drop down you will need to submit the sermon using the webform on the site. Only speakers that have sermons in your account can be selected at this time. Once the sermon details have been submitted there (using the webform on the site) you can return to the app for upload. See steps for uploading the sermon in the sections below.

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When you are finished entering the sermon details, touch the word SAVE in the upper right corner of the screen to submit the sermon. You will be taken back to the sermon listing screen where you can then select the newly created sermon and upload the audio.

UPLOAD

You can choose either a sermon that has no audio associated with it or a recently uploaded sermon that you wish to reload the audio for.

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Note: Sermons that are a lighter gray already have audio but you can select them if you wish to re-load it but be aware that this will copy over any audio already associated the sermon and this cannot be undone.  Sermons in regular dark type do not yet have audio associated with them.

Touching the sermon in the listing will select it. The next screen will allow you to select a file using the document picker.

Touch “Select File” or the “?” icon in the center of the screen to get started.

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If you have it enabled on your decvice, the picker will default to iCloud. If not, it will present you with the option to enable it.

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If you do not wish to use iCloud you can select from a list apps that support the document picker functionality by touching “locations” in the upper left corner.

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The apps that are currently installed and enabled on your device that support document picker access will be listed.

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To see if there are other apps installed that have not been enabled touch MORE and turn on any that you wish to use with the SermonAudio app.

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You will then be returned to the previous screen, but selecting LOCATIONS again will allow you to then choose any app that you have just enabled.

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Selecting the app that you wish to use will allow you to navigate to the file that you wish to upload. Select the file by touching it.

Once selected, you will be taken back to the upload screen where you will see your file listed as the file to upload as well as the sermon record it will be loaded to.

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If you selected the wrong sermon record, touch BACK in the upper left corner to select a different sermon to load the audio to. If you have the wrong audio file you can touch “Select Another File” to return to the Document Picker to select another audio file.

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When you have the correct file and sermon displayed on the screen touch “Start Upload” in the upper right hand corner of your screen to begin the upload.

You can then navigate away from the app if need be, and the sermon will load in the background. Do not close the app until the “Upload Complete” screen appears.

Congratulations you just uploaded a sermon via the SermonAudio App.

You can also edit the sermon details or delete the sermon entirely using the SermonAudio app.

To begin, start the app and navigate to the sermon page that you wish to edit or delete.

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Look for the EDIT button and touch it to begin the editing process.

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You will then be prompted to choose whether you wish to EDIT or DELETE the Sermon.

Next you will be prompted to enter your Member ID and Password or use Touch ID if you have selected it as an option. Touch ID is a real time saver for those that have supporting devices.  A touch of the finger is all you need to securely log in!

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Editing A Sermons Details

If you chose EDIT you will be presented with the sermon details form, where you can make any changes that you like. When you have completed making your changes touch SAVE to apply them.

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You will be presented with a message letting you know the changes have been made.

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Deleting A Sermon

If you chose to delete you will also be prompted to enter your Member ID and Password or use Touch ID if you have selected it as an option.

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You will then be asked to confirm that you wish to delete the sermon. This is permanent.  Be sure that you wish to delete the sermon in its entirety from the database before touching YES.  You cannot undo this!

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The sermon will be removed and you will be taken back to the previous screen.

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Uploading sermons has never been easier!

Wowza GoCoder Setup

This page is a step-by-step on how to set up Wowza’s GoCoder encoder app for LIVE broadcast on SermonAudio. For more on what other options are available and what is needed to set up your account for webcasting visit our webcasting help page

If you do not yet have the app installed on your internet connected phone or tablet you will need to do so before beginning this tutorial.
There are several quick and easy ways to see if your account is webcast-enabled.
  • Go to the Live Webcasts section to see if your church is listed as a webcaster.
  • Visit your homepage on SermonAudio and look for the webcast badge under the HOME tab. broadcaster home TOP - webcast badge
  • You can also visit your Members Only page, the webcast server will appear under the STATS tab in the “Basic Account Settings” section if activated.
You will need to have your account webcast enabled before you will be assigned a webcast server (needed below.)
Next, you will need to start the GoCoder App on your internet connected device. Be sure that you have a connection to the internet from the device you will be streaming from.

Note: depending upon the bitrate you choose the data consumption can be quite high so be sure to have a data plan that can handle it or if available use WIFI.

When the app is first opened it should look like this.  Tap anywhere on the screen to begin.

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 Once set up you will be able to initiate a live webcast to SermonAudio from your mobile device whenever you want and as often as you want. The site will automatically detect your webcast and activate the notification buttons on-site and (if you have them installed) on your church website as well! A truly inexpensive and mobile solution!

To get started touch the settings icon in the upper right corner of the display. The icon looks like a small gear.

In the examples shown below, use your SermonAudio Member ID wherever the text “MEMBER_ID” appears. You will need to find your assigned webcast server at this point to ensure that you are connecting to the right server.

You can find this information in the Members Only section of the site under the STATS tab.  It should be listed near the top of the page under “Basic Account Settings”  If it is not listed there, you have not yet been enabled for LIVE Webcasting.

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Your Host address will “look like” the one below but with the server assigned to you and where the prefix rtmp:// and trailing /MEMBER_ID is not included.  All  you need is the actual server.

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Tap on the “host entry” and then type the server address into the “Host” field like the example below. Leave off the rtmp:// prefix  and Member ID like the example above.

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When finished entering the server address touch the word “Back” in the upper right corner.

Next, select the “Application” option from the menu and enter your MEMBER ID in the application field.

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Enter your Member ID as the “Application.”  There is no need to change the stream name but if you do, spaces are not allowed.  The stream name must be one word.  When you are finished here touch the word “Back” in the upper right corner.

Next, select the “Publisher Login” option from the menu and enter your MEMBER ID in the “Publisher name” field and your site password in the “Password” field.

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When finished entering your log in credentials touch DONE in the upper right hand corner of the window.

Next, you need to set the bandwidth bitrate of the webcasting stream. What you select here will depend on your connection and data plan.

Please review the details of this entire step carefully.

  • Video + Audio. Be sure both audio + video are selected. For those wishing to do Audio-Only webcasts please note that some devices will not accept an audio only flash stream (i.e. ROKU and Chromecast).  If you are trying to reach an audience that uses these devices and wish to do an audio-only broadcast please consider using WIRECAST where a still shot can be inserted in place of a video or at the very least just cover the camera and send the video at a lower bitrate to save bandwidth.
  • Max. Bitrate: 1Mbps (1000kbps)
  • Max Video Size (resolution): 720p
  • IMPORTANT!! It is imperative that your upload bandwidth speed is fast enough to ensure a smooth and successful webcast. Find out what your upload bandwidth speed is at your location. Your upload bandwidth speed should be at least 350kbps for standard live video webcasts and at least 1Mbps for HIFI video webcasts. Also, keep in mind your data plan limitations.  One hour of video at 1Mbps will use approximately 500mb of data.

Recommended encoding settings for webcast. If you are unsure of what to enter feel free to use these exact settings for your initial webcast setup. You can lower the bitrate, or change the video size if needed for your particular setup. Please abide by the limits as outlined in the above points. If you go over these limits, visitors may not be able to experience your webcast properly, your webcast may interfere with other webcasts in progress, and we may therefore be forced to terminate the stream until it is corrected.

First, select the video settings icon in the upper right of the screen.

GoCoder Video Setting

Next, be sure that both Video and Audio are selected to stream.

GoCoder video options

Video size should be set to 720p.  If you are planning to use a lower bit rate than 1Mbps (1000kbps) you will need to also lower the Video Size as well but 720p is recommended. When finished with your selection touch the DONE button in the upper right corner to return to the main screen.

Next, set the bit rate by touching the Bitrate Selector in the lower left corner of the screen.

GoCoder Bitrate Setting

If the bitrate you desire is not in the drop down return to the video size setting in the previous step and adjust until you find the desired bitrate displayed.

To begin a Webcast, touch the BIG START button in the lower right of the screen and your webcast will be LIVE and visible on SermonAudio.com!

GoCoder Start Button

Once the webcast begins the button will change to a small square.To stop press the button again.

GoCoder Stop Button

Please note that usage charges are accumulated at this point, even for test runs. Keep an eye on your current usage charges in the BILLING section of the Members Only Area.

That’s it! Congratulations!

The site is designed to automatically detect when you are “ON-THE-AIR” and will make it clear to all who are on the site that a LIVE webcast is in progress. When you are live webcasting, the button will automatically change from the OFF AIR button.

to the ON AIR button.

Please note it may take up to one minute for SermonAudio to actually detect that you are on-the-air. This simply means that the OFF AIR button may not change into the ON AIR for up to one minute.

You can keep the live webcast on-the-air for as long or as short as you wish. SermonAudio will automatically keep track of the number of hours that are used in your live webcasts throughout the month and then add the total hourly usage charges for the month to your next billing cycle.

In order to STOP the live webcast, simply press the “STOP” button or close the program. Please be aware that it may be up to 5 minutes before SermonAudio is able to detect that you are completely off-the-air. Do not be alarmed at this. We have taken these delays into account when calculating the usage charge for billing.

 

Welcome to Live Webcasting on SermonAudio.. and enjoy!

Feel free to email us at support@sermonaudio.com if you have any questions about this service.

Why do you ask for so many permissions to install the Android app?

permissionsWe understand that there might be some hesitation in accepting all those permissions without some inquiry into what they are needed for. Let us see if we can allay some of your fears.

We have made it a point to ask for as few permissions as possible, but because of the way Android groups permissions and the fact that we provide more features than the typical Android app the list is pretty long. The nature of Android’s permissions is fine-grained, which requires that we ask for a lot of different permissions to use various features on your Android device. We also support a wide variety of devices, so all the features we need permissions for may not be available on your device, but we have to ask for them anyway to support other devices that use the same app. Android also sometimes clumps permissions together in unusual ways. For example, you may see “camera/microphone” but we use only the camera.

Here is a run down of the permissions asked for and how we use them.

  • Our app uses network (WIFI) permissions to be able to connect to SermonAudio’s servers. These permissions also allow us to know when the network is unavailable and becomes available again.
  • Permissions related to dialing, calling, and receiving calls are used by the app to pause our audio either when you place an outgoing call or when you receive a call.
  • Permissions related to the wake lock are used buy the app to stop the device from powering down or shutting off the network during playback.
  • Permissions related to location services (GPS) are used by the app to find churches in your area.
  • Permissions related to the device’s storage are used by the app to export sermons to the device’s public storage and the music player.
  • Permissions related to your contacts are used by the app to allow you to send sermons to other people.
  • Permissions related to your calendar are used by the app to add events to your calendar on the device.
  • Permissions related to the device’s camera are for our QR code reader.