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How to Stream Live Video with ProPresenter 6

ProPresenterDo you want to use ProPresenter to stream live video? Do you also want to display song lyrics over your live video? Great news! Once your hardware is in place, it’s easy to do. This tutorial explains how to set up your live video feed with ProPresenter and how to add graphics as an overlay.

ProPresenter supports a live video feed over SDI or USB 3.0. It no longer supports camera inputs that use Firewire. ProPresenter officially supports Blackmagic Design video interfaces, although other devices may work. They can only provide support for Blackmagic Design hardware as that is all they have tested.

Video Device
Select the input device for your video source. This can be the FaceTime camera, an external camera, or a software “camera” like CamTwist or ManyCams.

Audio Device
Select the audio source (if needed) to be used with your camera.

Preserve Aspect Ratio
This prevents your camera input from being stretched full-screen if your output resolution and the camera resolution don’t match.

Use the Cue Palette
You can use the cue palette to put a video start cue on a slide so that the video will begin automatically on that slide. Similarly, you can use a cue on a slide to stop the video.

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Creating Countdowns, Clocks, & Timers in ProPresenter 6

ProPresenterYay! There is now the freedom to use as many clocks and timers as you’d like in ProPresenter 6. But how do you harness all that extra power to do something productive?

The clocks module serves two purposes. The primary purpose is controlling clocks that are seen only on the stage display. The second is controlling countdown clocks that can be shown on the stage display, in a Message, or both.

Access the clocks
To access the clocks module, customize the toolbar to add the Clocks icon, select it from the View menu, or use Control + C on your keyboard.
The clocks module serves two purposes. The primary purpose is controlling clocks that are seen only on the stage display. The second is controlling countdown clocks that can be shown on the stage display, in a Message, or both.
Current Time Format
This allows you to choose the way you want to display the system clock in ProPresenter. You can then add an unlimited number of countdown clocks by pressing the plus button at the bottom right of the Clocks window. Each of these clocks can be set to Count Down Timer, Count Down to Time or Elapsed Timer.

What do all these options mean?
If you change the time, click the reset button to the left of the clock to update the time.
Clicking Stop will end the clock.
Over Run allows a clock to continue running past zero.
The buttons at the bottom will start, reset, or stop all of the clocks simultaneously.
If you want to change the Clock module to a floating window, click on the icon in the top right corner.
To return it to a docked position, click on the same corner again.

Definitions
A count down timer is a standard countdown clock that runs for a given amount of time.
The count down to time timer allows you to indicate a specific time of day of countdown to.
The elapsed timer allows you to count up from a specific time, keeping track of the total time.

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How to Sync Locally Across Multiple Computers

ProPresenterThis ProPresenter 6 Tutorial walks you through how to perform a sync on a local area network when you have multiple ProPresenter machines that you wish to keep the same content on. This way you can access the same content from your office as your church sanctuary.

In order to sync your media files, you must have selected Manage Media Automatically from the Media Repository settings on the General tab in Preferences. Media that is added to ProPresenter with bundles is automatically placed in this repository, but media that you add to ProPresenter is not automatically located here. Sync is only able to move media files in this location. Hot Folders are also excluded from the sync.

Setup
Before you can even begin syncing, you will need to have a central folder for everything to be stored. This needs be a dedicated folder in a shared directory or on an external drive that is used just for syncing.

Once you have your central folder in place, use the “Sync files up” option on one computer to create the necessary sync folders and to copy the data. You will have up to five folders in your sync folder. After the sync is complete, you can use any of the sync options. If you are setting up additional computers to match the first one, you would select the central folder and choose “Sync files down” to move the files to that computer. In the future you would probably use “Bidirectional sync”.

Sync files down from repository
This will move files from the Source to your computer.

Sync files up to repository
This will move files from your computer to the Source.

Bidirectional sync
This will look for differences between your computer and the Source and sync those files. If a newer version of a file is detected, you will be shown a prompt alerting you that the older version is being replaced.

Replace My Files
This will replace the files in the destination folder regardless of the timestamp on files. This option isn’t available on Bidirectional sync. This only affects files that exist in both locations. If “File A” is not in both the local and the sync directory, it will either be added to the destination or left alone. If “File B” exists in both the local and sync directory, the file coming from the source of the will be used even if it’s older than the one in the destination.

Note: Files that are deleted in one location are not deleted in the other locations when syncing. If you have deleted a song from Computer 2, and use Sync Down or Bidirectional Sync, the file you deleted will be added back to your computer. This Sync method only looks at the current file list to determine what needs to be synced each direction.

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How to Control Sound in ProPresenter 6 with Audio Bin

ProPresenterDid you know that ProPresenter can control audio? The Audio Bin in ProPresenter gives you the ability to independently control the playback of audio in different ways to fit the needs of a variety of productions.

The audio bin allows you to control audio playlists directly from inside the program without having to rely on an outside application to play music or sound effects.

To open the Audio Bin, click on the Audio icon in the toolbar, select Audio Bin from the View menu, or press Control + A.

There are four components of the Audio Bin. At the top are playback controls. Any audio file played from the Audio Bin or added directly to a slide are controlled from here.

The top part of the Audio Bin lists the folders and playlists used to organize audio files. All audio files added to the bin are listed under Library, but can then be sorted into individual playlists. To add a folder or playlist, click on the action menu button.

The lower section lists all the songs or sound effects in the selected playlist. Clicking on the name of a file will trigger the audio to start playing. You can change the columns shown by right-clicking on one of the headers (Title, Artist, Duration) and unchecking the options you don’t want.

A search box allows you to quickly locate any item in the Audio Bin.

Clicking the plus button at the bottom of the Audio Bin will open a Finder window for you to select the tracks you want to import. You can also drag files directly from the Finder into the Audio Bin.

You can also specify that audio from the bin or a selected playlist can be shuffled by clicking the Shuffle button at the bottom right corner.

Audio Tracks are full-length songs. Only one audio track can be played at a time. If you have a song in the Audio Bin, you can drag it directly to a slide or to the timeline to link it with a specific presentation.

Sound Effects are short audio files that do not require full audio control. Multiple sound effects can be played simultaneously. These files can only be stopped with the Clear Audio or Clear All command.

The type of audio file is selected by default based on audio length. Longer files are Audio Tracks and shorter files are Sound Effects. Right-click on the file to bring up a contextual menu to change the audio files type.

If you want to change the playback behavior, you have three options: Loop, Go to Next, and Stop. To change the behavior, right-click on the file and select the Behavior menu.

Either audio type can be dragged onto a slide to create an Audio Cue in the same manner as media cues. When a slide with an audio-cue clip is clicked, it will automatically play the audio clip. These clips are controlled by the playback controls in the Audio Bin.

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Using Bibles in ProPresenter 6

ProPresenterHaving quick access to scripture is very important to churches. ProPresenter 6 has a great many features to present even the last minute scripture references professionally. And let’s be honest, that’s a feature most of need every Sunday!

Installing
To open the Bible module, click on the Bibles icon in the toolbar. If you haven’t installed any Bibles, you will see the image below in the Bible module. Click on the Get Bibles buHon to open the in-app store page.

After you have purchased and installed a Bible, you need to complete the process by registering the Bible in ProPresenter. To do this, select the Bible from the drop-down menu in the top-lec corner of the Bible module window. Enter the unlock code for the Bible and click the Register buHon to complete the process.

Using the Bibles
There are three ways to search for passages in the Bible module. You can select from the Book menu, search by a specific passage, or use a keyword search.

Before searching, you need to select a specific translation from the menu on the left. To use the passage selector, click on the Book menu, then choose a book and chapter of the Bible; this will load all the verses in that chapter. To search for a specific range of verses, type in the passage and press Enter. The Bible passage search also recognizes shortened versions of book names. To do a keyword search, type in your search term in the search box on the right.

As with songs and other presentations, you can apply a template to Bible passages to format them the way you need. Bibles also include several extra settings that are unique to Bible passages.

• Show Verse Numbers: Checking this option enables verse numbers to be displayed in Bible passages. Page

• Break on New Verse: Checking this will create new slides for each verse of a passage.

• Display Translation: Checking this option will show the translation that is being used.

• Preserve Font Color: Checking this option will retain “red letter” words and other formatting in the Bible text.

• Verse Refs: This option is only available if Break on New Verse is selected. Selecting this option will display the verse reference on each slide.

• Passage Each: Selecting this option will show the reference for the entire passage being shown on each slide.

• Passage Last: This option will only display the passage reference on the last slide.

• No Reference: This option doesn’t display the passage reference on any slide.

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