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Using the Cue Palette in ProPresenter 6

propresenter-tipsThe Cue palette allows you to make multiple things happen when a slide is clicked. This is particularly helpful when setting up a loop of slides for something like announcements. You can also start a countdown, change the stage display, and show a new background all with one click. The Cue palette gives you powerful yet flexible options to customize each cue to fit your needs. This tutorial shows you how it works.

In ProPresenter 6, almost everything action can be added as a cue on a slide. The Cue Palette makes it easy to see these cues in one place, and it can be opened by rightclicking on any slide and selecting Add Cue > Communication Cue > Cue Palette.

Clear Cues allow a slide to clear a different slide layer. These function the same way as clicking one of the Clear buttons at the top left side of the toolbar.

Media Cues allow you to quickly add a Video, Image, Audio or Live Video cue to a slide.

Stage Display cues allow you to change to a pre-defined layout on the Stage Display. For example, at the beginning of a song, you could select the “Song” layout, but at the beginning of a teaching, you could select the “Teaching” layout.

MultiScreen cues allow you to change to a pre-defined MultiScreen layout.

Timer cues allow a slide to perform a specific action for any timer. The options are Start Timer, Stop Timer, Reset Timer, and Reset and Start Timer Communication module cues can be added by right-clicking on a slide and selecting Add Cue > Communication Cue.


Instructions from ProPresenter manual


Fall SALE Going On Now

cmb-fall-sale-going-on-nowDon’t miss out. WorshipHouse Media has got a sale going on and when I say sale, I mean a HUGE sale! Don’t wait on this one, it’s going to be over soon. Hyper Pixels Media has some great content on sale that is going to be great for your service. Click HERE and you will find 5 mini movies and 3 countdowns that are perfect for you to use this Fall. Here are some of the mini movies that you will find at the Fall sale:

Welcome To Church by Hyper Pixels Media

This is a great mini movie to help remind people what church is all about (Jesus!) and to help people feel welcome. It’s the perfect choice to prepare your congregation for worship as this video brings them back to the reason why they are even at church: to worship Jesus!

Sing to the Lord by Hyper Pixels Media

This mini movie uses Scripture from Psalm 33 and images of creation to help prepare your church for worship. Use this worship intro to remind your church that God is infinitely glorious and always worthy of our praise!

Fall Festival Promo by Hyper Pixels Media

Do you have a Fall Festival, Harvest Celebration, or Halloween alternative event coming up this Fall? If so, this is a wonderful mini movie for you to use to help promote your event.


Importing, Exporting, and Recording with ProPresenter 6

propresenter-tipsProPresenter offers a multitude of ways to bring in and share content. Some of these include outputting recordings, saving a document as images, importing and exporting documents, and using the playlist. Find out how to use each of these features in this tutorial.

To access the Import options, click on File>Import and choose the option you want to use. You can also drag files from the Finder directly to the Library or Video/Image Bin to start the import process. The different Export options are at the bottom of the File menu. You can also export files by right-clicking on the name and choose Export or dragging the presentation or playlist to a folder on your computer.

Import File
This option is used to import text files (.txt or .rtf) Word files (.doc or .docx), or other ProPresenter document files (.pro5 or .pro6). After selecting a file to import, you will be shown options for importing.

“Slides delimited by” allow you to specific a number of lines or paragraphs per slide, or to use a custom slide break marker in the source file. Regardless of which delimiter you use, the number placed in the “delimiter(s) per slide” determine when new slides are generated. If you have selected “Line Break” and enter “2”, you will end up with two lines on each slide, with respect for stanza breaks. Same with paragraphs. If you have used a customer delimiter such as “//” or “*” in your file, just type that into the “Slides delimited by” field.

The middle section allows you to update the size, category and template that will be used for the file you’re importing. You can also decide if you want the file to go to the Library, to just the selected Playlist, or to a new Playlist. If you choose New Playlist you’ll be prompted to enter a name. The button in the lower-left corner opens Slide Reflow.

Import Text from Clipboard
This option uses the same import options as Import File, but allows you to copy text from a website or a file such as a PDF or other file type not supported by ProPresenter and import it into the Library.

Import PowerPoint
If you have PowerPoint installed on your computer, you can convert PowerPoint files into formats ProPresenter can use. Once you have located the PowerPoint file that you want to convert, choose the option that you want to use before clicking Open. You can drag PowerPoint or Keynote files (Keynote must be installed as well) directly into a playlist. This does not convert the presentation, but creates a cue for the presentation that will launch the proper program so that you can quickly run your PowerPoint or Keynote file with full animations and transitions.

This option opens a new file browser window. Navigate to the video or image that you want to import and select it. The file will automatically be added to whichever bin or playlist is currently selected in the Video/Image Bin.

Import Library from Previous Version
This option will open a window showing the document library from ProPresenter 4 or ProPresenter 5 if there is an older version currently installed on your computer. This will allow you to select a library to import and convert to ProPresenter 6. Importing these files does not affect your previous files, so you can import the files while you are getting ProPresenter 6 configured without affecting the previous versions.

Export Document
There are several ways to export an individual document or multiple documents that have been selected.

As Bundle
Bundles are used to gather Library files and media files together into a single package that can be opened in ProPresenter on another computer running ProPresenter 6. If you select multiple songs in your Library, they will all be included in the same bundle along with the media. Importing bundle file will add the files to your Library.

As ProPresenter 5
This option exports the file for use in ProPresenter 5.

As ProPresenter 6
This option exports the file natively for use on another computer running ProPresenter 6.

As Plain Text
This option will export the select presentation(s) as a plain text file with a .txt extension. This export method strips all formatting except line and paragraph breaks.

As Slide Images
This option will export each slide in the document as a JPEG image (with slide background) or PNG image (without slide background).

Export Templates
ProPresenter 6 makes it easy to export templates to be used on another computer. Instead of having to search through the Finder to find these files and manually add them on another computer, you can export specific templates to a single bundle file. When you double-click this file on another computer, the templates will be imported and be available for immediate use.

Export Playlist
This option will export the selected playlist. When you export a playlist you can choose to include the media with the playlist if you want. Importing a playlist on another computer will rebuild the playlist exactly the way it is on the original computer. Playlists can also be exported by right-clicking on the playlist name, or dragging the playlist name to a folder on your computer.

Record Output
ProPresenter 6 now allows you to record everything shown on ProPresenter’s Output Window directly to a file. The filename should be specified in the target box.

You can select between four codec options: ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422, ProRes HQ, and ProRes Proxy. There is also an option to select the size of the recording. There are a few common video sizes listed, but you can also specify that the recording should match the size of your ProPresenter output.

Lastly, you can select whether to record 30 or 60 frames per second. Pressing the record button in the bottom right will begin recording. When you are ready to stop recording, press stop and a file will be created at the specified target.


Instructions from ProPresenter 6 manual 


How to Grow Your Church’s Email List

emailEmail has been around for awhile. As a form of communication these days, it’s almost like a dinosaur. It seems that every few month there is a new social network that is advertised as the one that will take over email. While there are a few social networks that are trying to take over the world (I’m looking at you Facebook), email is still holding strong as a primary source of communication. Think about how many emails you receive in your inbox any given day and tell me you don’t agree!

What does this mean for your church? If you’re not already, it’s an essential way to keep your church attendees informed about upcoming events and happenings to keep them engaged. If you’re reading this post, though, chances are you are already communicating with your church via email. But sending email doesn’t mean much if you don’t have a good list to send them to. Here are some tips to help your get more of your church on your email list:

1) Ask for email addresses on your website: Visitors and your current church attenders will visit your website from time to time, so it’s a great place to ask them for their email address. Place a widget on your homepage letting them know you’d like to send them emails about upcoming church events and sermon series if they’s provide their email address.

This is super easy with WordPress or other common CMS-based sites with plugins that will allow you to place an email collection form on your website. If you use MailChimp to send email, they even have their own plugin for WordPress. Awesome!

2) Ask for email addresses in your program or bulletin: Do you request an information form from visitors to your church? Then you have a prime way to get their email address. Simply note on the form that you’ll be adding their email address to your email list so they aren’t surprised when the start seeing your church’s name in their inbox.

3) Ask for email addresses from the stage: If your email list is small but you have a large church, you have lots of work to do. But, there is one place where you can ask for email addresses from almost your whole church at once – from the stage on Sunday morning. Make an announcement that you’re stepping up your email game and you’d love to get their email addresses. Either provide a paper form for them or they can visit your website from a phone right in their seats at church.

These ideas are just a start. You know your congregation well, and you can come up with tons of other creative ways to collect more email addresses. Now go forth and email!


Let Hope Rise from Hillsong – In Theaters TODAY


Oceans has become one of the most recognizable worship songs from the last few years. Churches and radio stations worldwide have played this song as it touched the hearts of many. As usual, there is a story behind the song and all of the others that have been written and performed by Hillsong United.

Let Hope Rise, which hits theaters today in the US, tells the story of Hillsong’s beginnings and their rise to leaders in the world of worship music. However, don’t expect to simply sit and view a film. Hillsong touts Let Hope Rise as a theatrical worship experience. So, grab a friend and head to the movie theater this weekend ready to worship!


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