Special events by videoconferencing - ButtonThe Videoconferencing window is available from the Special Events Manager.

You must specify either of the videoconferencing special events for this button to be enabled.

You can also access this window from within the Midweek Editor via the Special Events context menu.

Special Events - Videoconference windowImage detailsText to display before the imageText to display after the image

Overview

Since March 2020 we have been using videoconferencing for our Meetings and Special Events. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and at the time of writing we do not know when we will be able to return to our normal routine.

The way these videoconferencing events work and how they affect the Midweek Meeting is a bit different to regular events. As a result this new feature was implemented in version 20.2.9. Two different types of videoconferencing events are supported at this time:

  • Circuit Assembly — During these events there is no midweek meeting. But there is a shortened study of the Watchtower at the weekend after which we are encouraged to watch the streamed assembly video at our own location. The assembly is split into morning and afternoon sessions.
  • Regional Convention — During these events there is still a midweek meeting. However, as for the Circuit Assembly, there is a shortened study of the Watchtower at the weekend after which we are encouraged to watch the convention video session at our own location. The convention is split into a total of six videos (two for each day with a morning and afternoon session). The videos are watched over the course of several weeks.

Sample Schedule

Here is an example of how these events look like on the schedule when you use the customized Workbook-S-140 template (supplied with the installer). The numbers in red circles have only been added for this help topic.

Videoconference Sample Schedule

Feel free to copy the supplied template and adjust the look and feel as required to suit your taste. Information about customization can be found at the end of this help topic.


Configuration

There are three things that you can specify for the videoconference event:

Step 1 - Image Details

Click on the Browse button to select a suitable image to display on the schedule. Support is provided for all popular image types (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF).

Where can you find a suitable image? One thing you can do is navigate to the JW.ORG website and locate the program for the event. Usually this page will have a graphic at the top. You can save that graphic to your PC and select it.

Notes IconWe do not intend to provide any tools to automatically download the images. This is because they are copyrighted material and software should not "scrape" data from the website. So obtaining the image is something you must do.

Image information

A slider has been provided for you to specify the width of the image on the schedule. You can select a percentage within the range 50% - 100% and the default is 80% which gives a nice margin on either side. You can adjust the template script if you desire a percentage outside of this range.

Notes IconThe image is displayed from the path you select. So if you delete the image, rename it or move it, it will no longer be visible on the schedule.

Step 2 - Text Before Image

Text before image

You can type in some text that you would like to appear before the image on the schedule The default wording is:

Please now watch the following video from JW Stream:

But you can use whatever text you like.

Notes IconYou can insert a new line (in either of the text boxes) by using CTRL + ENTER.

Step 3 - Text After Image

Text after image

You can likewise provide multiline text that is displayed after the image on the schedule. The default wording is:

Please conclude with a prayer.

Notes IconThe template that has been provided will display this text after the Description of the special event. The Description is maintained on the Special Events Manager.


Editing from within Midweek Editor

Context MenuAs already mentioned, it is possible to manage the videoconferencing details from within the Midweek Editor.

Click the Calendar button to display the context menu and select Edit Videoconferencing info from the menu.

This makes it a bit easier for fine-tuning how the image and text will display as you will seen your changes straight-away.


Customization

Read this help topic if you are interested in changing the look and feel of how the videoconference events are displayed on your schedules. Only perform this kind of advanced customization if you are happy working with the underlying template files.