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ProPresenter 6 Features And Awesomeness

propresenter6ProPresenter 6 is packed with new features that allow you to assemble presentations faster, fill them with more detail, and run them more smoothly.

Assemble Quickly

Continuous Saving
Never worry about losing content due to a frozen computer or shutting down the program. ProPresenter 6 automatically saves your content as you work, so you don’t lose content.

Tags
A great organizational feature is the tag function with video bins. Often there are many motion backgrounds to choose from when organizing the service and it’s difficult to find the background you want for the presentation. With this feature, you can tag videos that are green as “green” and just click the “green” tag in the bin to see all your green videos. It’s not just for colors though – you can make tags for nature, holidays, bokeh or anything else you’d like!

Native Headers
Now, you can create headers for your playlists within ProPresenter to help you organize your service. In the past, these playlist headers could only be imported via Planning Center Online.

Add More Detail

Since your presentation is quickly assembled due to these new organizational features, you can use the extra time to add more detail for a more dynamic service!

Engaging Announcements
For church announcement slides, you can now add transitions to each individual slide element. To help draw interest, you can time when certain words come on the screen and switch which transition you use for each image and word group! There are plenty of transitions to keep things exciting for each announcement.

The Cue Palette
The Cue Palette allows you to add cues to individual slides within your presentation by just dragging and dropping on the slide. There are cues to change the stage display, start or stop timers, turn on video or audio, or clear any or all types of layers that are currently being displayed.

Looping and Editing
Not only can you now crop images directly in ProPresenter but you can use their new soft loop feature to loop non-loopable videos more smoothly!

Run Smoothly

Speaking of things being smooth, one of the best new features is for churches utilizing Stage Display. You can now group playlists and set a different stage display layout for each part of your service. Also, by just hovering over the preview panel, you can click over to a stage display view of you service. This way, you know exactly what the people on stage are seeing in real time!

The Telestrator (Not a character from Transformers)
Another major upgrade is Telestrator. Telestrator allows you to draw on top of any slide in a variety of colors using the pen tool, circle tool, or laser pointer to help explain maps or pictures, or underline key words. With the ProRemote feature, the speaker can actually do this from stage!

The Social Stage
In the past, ProPresenter allowed you to integrate Twitter feeds into your presentation. Now, using the same search field you can search both Twitter and Instagram for results.

Calling All Parents
The nursery call feature has now also been improved to allow remote users (such as nursery workers) to submit messages to the ProPresenter operator to approve and display.

These features, along with the upgraded video engine, will create seamless worship service for your church.

For more information about the software check out WorshipHouse Media’s software page.

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ProPresenter Tips: Unlocking, Registering, and Setting Up ProPresenter 5

Getting started with ProPresenter 5 is easy and with this guide you can get set up quickly in just a few steps!

Step One: Buy ProPresenter

You can easily buy ProPresenter 5 by going to WorshipHouse Media, adding the correct version to your cart and checking out. A single use license allows you to use ProPresenter on one computer at a time. If you want to run multiple instances of ProPresenter (i.e. One in the main service, one in the kid’s service) then you’ll want to purchase the Site License!

Step Two: Download ProPresenter

After your purchase, you’ll be presented with a popup box to download the software. If you don’t see it, login to worshiphousemedia.com and click on the “My Media” button at the top right of your screen (see screenshot below). After downloading, install the program by double clicking the program and follow the installation instructions.

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Step Three: Unlock

Check your email! By this point you should have received an Unlock Code from WorshipHouse Media. If you don’t see it, please check your spam filter or contact us! Once you have your unlock code through email, click on the link to the Renewed Vision website and register your program by first entering your unlock code into the Activation Code field and then hitting submit.

Step Four: Registration Code

After registering your product you’ll be presented with a registration code to enter into your ProPresenter software. First Launch ProPresenter that you downloaded and installed in Step Two. Next, enter the unlock code and registration code into the popup box that looks like this.

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If you don’t see a popup box, click on ProPresenter at the top left and choose Registration. This should pop up the box like below.

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Step Five: Make Awesome Presentations

You are now registered and ready to make some awesome presentations in a professional way for your church, company, or organization!


Got questions before you buy?

Contact us at info@worshiphousemedia.com. If you need additional support after you have registered and correctly installed your ProPresenter, contact Renewed Vision at support@renewedvision.com.

Don’t forget! When you buy ProPresenter from WorshipHouse Media, they’ll give you $600 of FREE media to go along with it!

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Smooth Seas Never Made a Skilled Sailor

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My church recently held a Worship Night, and I was asked to run the graphics in ProPresenter. I’ve been on the graphics team for about two years and am scheduled one or two times a month to run graphics for our three Sunday services. This was my first time running graphics for one of our events.

A few days before the event we had the rehearsal, and we had twelve songs scheduled. The rehearsal was running pretty late on a weeknight, so we stopped before running through the last two songs. I was pretty okay with that; I already knew one of them and could figure out the other in time. So I had every intention of running graphics for twelve songs. I had all the backgrounds and fonts updated to match our current sermon series, and I was mentally prepared and felt pretty good. Does anyone else get really nervous running graphics? I got butterflies when I first started, but have gotten pretty confident on Sundays. But I had butterflies again this night. Maybe because I’ve never done twelve songs in a row, or because it was more of a special event. I felt good though, I knew most of the songs pretty well.

So we get through the twelve songs and the last song chosen feels very much like a “last song,” so I’m ready for our worship leader to start praying, I even saw a few people were already leaving. Maybe they felt like that song felt like a “last song” too. But our worship leader doesn’t start praying. He starts singing something else. I quickly (and maybe a little bit frantically) searched for it in ProPresenter’s song database by typing in the title, really quickly hit “Apply All” to the current font so it would match everything else we’d done all night and found whatever slide they were on. So the worshipers missed a couple slides but now they were on track, and I think it was a song most people probably knew anyway. Whew, I was in the clear.

Not so fast. The band ended up doing about five or six extra songs on the fly. One of them, Bless The Lord (10,000 Reasons), for the life of me I could not remember the name of the song to search for it because it’s not the words in the first verse and I was a bit frazzled, but the director in the back helped me out and I got the lyrics going. All the extra songs were pretty popular and I think most people probably knew most of the words, and that’s probably why they chose those, but I still felt super unprepared, and guilty that the worshipers didn’t get to have all the lyrics on display, and every extra song had the lyrics come in two to three verses late.

I got faster each time though. Once I realized what was happening, I knew to search for the song as fast as I could and disregard changing the background in the middle of the song because that’s just a little too distracting. I tried not to beat myself up about worshipers not having all the lyrics and hope they all had their eyes closed anyway and probably didn’t even notice. And then I remembered this quote I stumbled across once: “Smooth seas never made a skilled sailor.”

I have a history of taking experiences like this and thinking I failed. And then seeing that failure and being really hard on myself about it, and in some cases I’ve refused to try that thing again. This is something I’ve learned though, that failure isn’t bad. It’s not toxic, it won’t kill me. Doing something difficult doesn’t mean you’re bad at it and shouldn’t do it again. It can actually be really helpful. When things don’t go the way you planned, when things aren’t “smooth”,  you adjust, you figure it out. I actually think I’m better at my role now on the graphics team. I know what to do in that situation now, and I can use that next time. Every time I’ve made a mistake since I’ve been running graphics for my church, I’ve learned from it and done better each time after.

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HemingwayApp

The constant demand for content creation is one of the greatest challenges church communications folks face. You need copy for the bulletin, announcements in the e-mail newsletter, Facebook posts, and that blog that just won’t write itself.

And in pursuit of the beast, there’s a temptation to become lazy in our writing. We overuse a single adjective, we use passive voice, we dumb down, etc.

That’s why I love the new Hemingway App. It looks over your shoulder and catches all those little mistakes that you might miss in your weariness.

The app will tell you at what level your writing is, and will point out any of the places where you could improve upon your writing.

If you relate to this dilemma, and your church budget doesn’t afford you a human editor, you should definitely check out Hemingway App.

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Simple and Effective ProPresenter Hot Key System

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Do you ever find it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the worship leader who is “led by the spirit”? Of course there’s no chance they could actually do the song in the order it was originally suggested. In fact… that would be crazy! No, instead they have to do Chorus 1, Verse 2, Bridge, Verse 1, Chorus, First part of the bridge before going into the third verse… you get the point. It’s all over the place.

This is always the case with worship leaders at conferences and events as they are used to playing with the same band, where they have great chemistry and know when they’re moving to a new section. As the visual guy who has never worked with them, I had to come up with a system that allowed for maximum flexibility in the moment of worship.

(I’ve made a print version of this that you can download and put next to your booth for your volunteers. Feel free to download that at: lukemcelroy.com/resources)

When I run lyrics I use two hands on the keyboard. One hand is on the left and right arrows. The other hand is over the left home keys of the keyboard. And each key has a specific meaning as the start of a specific section. Here’s my code:

Keys “A-L” are the middle row and are to me signify the main verses in a song. For example key “A” will trigger the first slide of the first verse. Key “S” will trigger the second verse, “D” the third, and so on. If you haven’t looked down at the keyboard yet you really ought to!

This verse system allows for 9 verses. If you have a song with more than 9 verses then you need to rethink the songs you’re singing. Just kidding… but seriously.

The row immediately below the verses is where all the other elements of a song come into play… here’s my key:

Z – This is the last letter in the alphabet, and the lowest left key which works out as my failsafe or my “black” so I assign this to trigger a blank slide.
X – It’s the key immediately before the C, so it stands for Pre-Chorus for me.
C – is for the Chorus.
V – Stands for “Vamp” or an alternative chorus
B – For Bridge
N – for eNding… not sure how that works in my head, but I hear the letter N.
M – is for whatever else you need it to be. The tag, a repeat or another element. It’s my extra or my “Misc”

It’s amazing how this works out to make sense. If you use a presentation software that allows you to assign hot keys or keyboard shortcuts, I would highly recommend adopting this strategy. The volunteers at our church have enjoyed this system and allows us to be flexible whenever we have a change in order in the middle of a song.

What’s your system?

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