ProPresenter has many different features that allow you to modify how you create presentations, how you trigger them to your screen and what specifically goes into those slides. As you dig into each of these items, you'll see new and exciting ways to convey your messages across to those viewing your presentations!
The Announcement Layer gives you the ability to have a second presentation running simultaneously with your normal presentations for your service or show! For example, if you have screens in your lobby that you want to send an announcement loop or other content to during a service or show, you can use the announcement layer to do that from the same computer!
Setting up a presentation to be an “Announcement Presentation” is as quick as pressing a button. In the Presentation Header, there is an icon that looks like a target that denotes whether the Presentation is seen on the Announcement Layer or the Presentation Layer.
If you click on this button, you will see three options. The first is Presentation and is what all presentations have selected by default. The second is Announcements. If you choose this, that icon will turn green and this presentation will now playback on the announcements layer. And lastly, Edit Looks which allows you to manage which layers of ProPresenter are going to each screen.
Now that you have the presentation assigned to the announcements layer, you’ll have to tell it to show up on the appropriate screen. This is done by setting up an Audience Look to send the proper layers to the proper Audience Screens. More information on setting up your Look can be found here.
To make the Announcements layer run continuously while you are running the rest of your presentations, set it up with Go To Next Timers with the last slide having the box to “Loop to Beginning” checked.
Then, you can start that Presentation and then click on any other Presentation (that is set to send to the Presentation Layer) and that will send to your other Audience Screens while not affecting the Announcements Layer.
ProPresenter's audio engine allows for inputs from multiple audio devices to be routed in to any of up to 16 internal ProPresenter audio channels. These can then be routed out to the channels of a primary audio output device, as well as SDI/NDI feeds with separate routing. For example, you can input any or all of the channels coming into your computer from a mixing console to ProPresenter's internal channels, specify the internal channels used for any audio or video played back from ProPresenter, and route these ProPresenter channels to the channels of your output device.
In addition to simple default setups (Channel 1 is Left, Channel 2 is Right, etc.), ProPresenter is capable of fully customizing your audio setup.
You can access the general Audio Routing section in the Audio tab of ProPresenter Preferences.
The left side of the Audio Routing window shows you one Pro Channel for each Channel Count set in Preferences. Click on the channel name to rename it. To the right are 16 channels that you can output to. Not all devices support 16 channels, so selecting cells in columns higher than your device supports may result in unpredictable results.
Click on the cells where you want the audio to be heard. For example, if you want ProPresenter’s Channel 1 to output to Channel 3 of your output, click on the cell at the intersection of those two selections and the box will light up. To turn off a cell, click on it again. Click on the M next to a channel to Mute that channel. Click S to Solo that channel. Click T to send a Tone to that channel. You can turn these functions on and off for as many channels as you wish, which is a great tool for troubleshooting audio signals in your system.
On the top left of the routing windowpane, you can click on the M to mute all of the channels. If you have one or more channels solo'd, click the S in the top left to turn them all off at the same time. Click on the Mapping drop-down and select Auto to automatically route ProPresenter channels to their counterparts on the output (1:1: 2:2, etc.). Clear removes all of the current routes.
Media played back in ProPresenter can also be routed to specific ProPresenter Channels. By default, the audio channels of your media will be routed to the corresponding ProPresenter channel (1:1, 2:2, etc). You can access individual Audio Routing for a specific Media Action in the Cue Inspector's Audio tab (right click on the media action, choose "Inspector", then select the audio tab on the right of the inspector window). You will only be able to access the Audio tab if the Media Action you're viewing in the Inspector has audio embedded within it.
Just like in the routing for outputs, the inspector's left side lists all of the audio channels for the piece of media that is selected. The top lists the audio channels that are available in ProPresenter.
Click on the cell of the row/column that you want the audio to play in. Click on the Mapping drop-down and select Auto to autofill the cells and Clear to remove all of the selected cells.
The option for routing audio inputs allows you to use devices such as USB audio interfaces and choose how channels of the device are routed to the internal ProPresenter channels.
To set this up, go to the "Input" tab of ProPresenter Preferences and select your Audio Input device from the device list on the left. More information on how to add Audio Inputs is available here.
Select your Audio Input source and you will see all incoming channels from the Source appear in the bottom part of the window. You can then click the Routing button to choose what channels from the Input go to what channels of your ProPresenter channels.
Once you open the Routing window, you’ll notice that the left side shows your Input channels and the top shows your ProPresenter Audio channels. Selecting Auto will match the channels up in the standard way (input channel 1 routes to ProPresenter channel 1 and so on). If you wish to customize this, you would simply click on the cell at the intersection of those two selections and the box will light up.
ProPresenter features a robust Bible browser allowing you to quickly search (via passage or keyword), curate, and show to the screen passages out of the Bible.
Bibles work off of Templates, so first you will need to create a Template that your Bible will use (or you can select one of the example Bible Templates that are included with ProPresenter). Once you have selected the desired Template you can select the Bible version(s) that you would like to use, then search for a passage or keyword. After you find the desired passage you can show the passage directly to the screen, or you can save the slides out as a Presentation that can be added to a Playlist for easy organization into your service.
The Bible Pane is where you will search for passages as well as set options for how the Bibles will look on the screen.
Open the Bible Pane through one of the following options:
Close the pane by choosing one:
On the top left of the Bible window is the Scripture Lookup and Search boxes, both used to find Bible passages to show on the screen. To the right of the search box is the Options button; click this button to customize how the Bibles are shown on the screen (such as selecting the Template that is used when building the Bible slides). Below the search boxes you can select one or more Bible versions to show on the screen. The center area of the Bible window shows thumbnails of the slides based on what you have entered into the Scripture Lookup or Search boxes. Click on a slide to show it to the screen.
Note: You cannot directly edit slides inside of the Bible Window, instead you indirectly create and edit slides through the other features in the Bible Window. If you would like to directly edit a slide that a Bible verse is on, then you will need to save the slide(s) out as a Presentation, as seen below.
In the lower left of the Bible Window is a Save As… button. Click this button if you want to save the currently showing slides out as a Presentation or if you want to copy them to the current Presentation. When you click this box you have three options:
Next to the Save button is the Transition feature of the Bible Window. This feature controls how the Bible slides will transition onto and off of the audience screen. This transition is specifically used when the slides are clicked in the Bibles window. If you save a Presentation from Bibles, that presentation would then use the default Presentation transition set in the Slide View Area. The Transition feature is covered in depth in the Transition section.
Across the bottom of the Bible window are the < Verse and Verse > buttons. When you click on one of these buttons it quickly adds one verse either before or after the currently showing verse(s). For example, let's say you have Psalm 115:5-7 currently selected; clicking the < Verse button will add the previous verse to the selection, making the selection Psalm 115:4-7, whereas clicking the Verse > button would make the selection Psalm 115:5-8.
Note: These **Add Verse** buttons are also available if you use the Save feature to save a Bible verse out as a Presentation.
Buttons on the bottom right of the Bible Window control how the thumbnails are shown in the center area. You can toggle between the Grid View (shows all slides in a grid) and Table View (shows slides in a column with the text of each slide to the right of the thumbnail) by clicking on the appropriate button. Click and drag the slider to control how large the thumbnails appear in the slide area.
There are two primary ways to search for a Bible passage: by looking up the Bible reference itself, or by doing a text search of the text of the Bible.
You can use the Scripture Lookup box when you know the passage (book, chapter, and verse) that you want to reference. One option for searching this way is to type the reference into the Scripture Lookup box; for example you can type in Matthew 1:2-3 and it will return those two verses.
Tip: Don't know how to spell a book's name? Don't have time to type all of the extra punctuation? No worries! ProPresenter will take what you type and do its best to figure out what you mean. For example, if you type out "Ephes 2 4 6" it will return Ephesians 2:4-6.
The other way to use the Scripture Lookup is to use the drilldown menu. Click on the down arrow on the right side of the Scripture Lookup box and manually navigate to the reference you are looking for.
Tip: Using the drilldown menu you can select one verse, one whole chapter, or even an entire book! If you use the drilldown menu and want more than one verse, then either click on the chapter number to get back the entire chapter, select one verse then use the Add Verse buttons at the bottom of the Bible Pane to add a few verses to your selection, or select one verse then manually change the Scripture Lookup box to match what you are looking for.
You can also contextually search your Bibles to find a specific passage based on text.
Type in a word in the Search box and press return/enter. You will see a window appear with a list of all of the instances that that word appears in the currently selected Bible. Find the passage you would like to show on the screen, then on the right side of the scripture reference click either Verse or Chapter to generate slide(s) with only that one verse or the whole chapter that the verse is contained in.
Note: If you have more than one Bible selected in the Bible Version section of the Bible Window, by default it will search the one that is listed first. If you would like to search one of the other Bibles, click the down arrow that is inside of the Search box to select a different Bible.
Use the Options button in the top right of the Bible Window to control how Bible will render the verses onto the slides as well as to install new Bibles.
Click on the Options button to open the Options window, then click either Slide Options to control how ProPresenter will render the verses or the Bible tab to install Bibles.
The Slide Options tab of Options allows you to control how ProPresenter will present the slides on the screen.
Click on the down arrow next to Theme to control which Template slide will be used when rendering the text. For more information on how to create a Bible Theme, see the Bible Theme section below.
On the top left of the Slide Options window there are several options:
The top right options control how (if at all) the scripture reference will be included.
Note: If you have a Reference text box selected then the scripture reference will be included in that text box. If no Reference text box is included, then the scripture reference will be included as a separate line at the bottom of the Verse text box.
At the bottom of the Slide Options window, select the Import Library which is the Library that your Bible verses will import into if you create a new Presentation with Bible verses.
You can download, install, and manage installed Bibles via the Bibles tab of the Option window. Click on the Purchased tab to see available paid Bibles and the Free tab to see available free Bibles.
Note: To see Purchased Bibles you must first register ProPresenter.
Scroll up and down either of the tabs to find the Bible you are looking for. Click the Install button to install the Bible. If you have already installed a Bible, click the Remove button to delete the Bible from your computer.
ProPresenter uses the Theme feature to format and render Bible slides. You can set up as many Template Slides as you want, and, while any Theme can be used for rendering Bible slides, there may be reasons to format Template Slides that will be used for Bibles slightly differently.
When you are setting up a Template Slide for use with the Bible feature, remember that you will need a text box for the text of the Verse and, optionally, a separate text box for the scripture Reference. If you are using multiple Bible versions at once, you will want a separate text box for each Verse as well as (optionally) a text box for each Reference.
Tip: Remember that in ProPresenter, all Objects are Text Boxes, so even simple shapes on the Template Slide can be selected as containers for your text.
Once you have set up your Theme to have one or more text boxes/objects, you will need to select this Theme to be used by the Bible feature. Open the Bible tab, click on the Options button on the top right, click on the Slide Options tab, then at the bottom of the window select the Theme that you would like to use.
You will now need to assign your Verse(s) and Reference(s) to the desired text boxes/objects. At the top of the Bible window, on the left select the desired version from the dropdown menu that contains all of the versions that are installed on your computer. Next, click the dropdown next to Verse: and select which text box/object you would like your verse text to appear in. Optionally, next to Reference: select the text box/object that you want the scripture reference to appear. For Reference, you can also select With Verse if you'd like the Reference to appear in the same text box as your verse with the same formatting.
ProPresenter allows you to show multiple versions of the Bible on one slide without having to copy and paste text on every slide. This is perfect for multi-lingual churches, as well as churches that want to compare and contrast multiple Bible versions.
First you must have more than one Bible version installed on your computer. Next, just below the Options button on the top right, click on the + to add additional Bible versions. You can add multiple versions, limited only to the number of Bibles that are installed on your computer.
You can now click the dropdown boxes on the left to select which Bible versions will be used and click the dropdown box next to Verse: and Reference: to select which text box/object will be used for each section. You will likely want to create a custom Template with multiple Text Objects to set for the verses of the different translations.
Click the - button to remove a Bible version.
The Calendar allows you to schedule Presentations inside of Playlists to fire at specific times of the day, specific dates, and/or reoccurring days of the week. This feature is great if you want a countdown to start five minutes before an event or if you want a slideshow to change at a specific time, just to name a few examples.
To open the Calendar window:
To toggle all Calendars on or off:
Click the Calendar Enabled checkbox across the top of the Calendar window;
Press Command-Option-S on Mac (there is no keyboard shortcut for this function on Windows)
The left side of the window will list all of your Events and the right side shows you information about the currently selected Event. If there is an Event that is currently active, you can select it by clicking the Go To Current button.
The Show/Hide Reoccurring Events button toggles how repeating Events are shown in the left pane of the window and looks different based on what is currently being shown: this can be set where only one copy of each Event will be shown or where every occurrence of a repeating Event will be shown.
An Event is a single or reoccurring Action that fires at a given day and time. You can assign a specific Playlist or Presentation within a Playlist to fire at the designating date and time; think of it as the program clicking on the first slide of a Presentation for you at a specific time.
To create a new Event:
To delete an Event, select it in the Calendar window and press the delete key or, if you have a trackpad, you can use two fingers and swipe to the left on the name of the Event and then click Delete.
If you are deleting an Event that has more than one occurrence it will ask you if you want to delete only that one occurrence or all occurrences of the Event.
You can customize an Event’s Name and Description at the top of the Calendar window when an Event is highlighted by simply single clicking on these headers. Below that is where you set the Event’s scheduled time to Start; each Event must have a date and a time that it will become active.
Next to Repeat you can select days of the week that you want the Event to repeat. If you select one or more days of the week then you can optionally set a date and time for the Event to End On.
At the bottom of the window you can select the Action which will control what happens when the Event fires; you can select a Playlist or a specific Presentation within any Playlist. Click on the Test button to immediately see what will happen when the Event activates. If you select a Playlist, the Scheduler will trigger the first item in the Playlist. If this is a Presentation, it will fire the first slide.
ProPresenter provides connectivity to external devices via network or serial communications according to what the protocol supports. There are a number of different protocols which can be organized into three groups including the following: AMP, VDCP, Sony BVW, GVG100, Sony BVS, GlobalCache, RossTalk, DMX, and MIDI.
The Windows version of ProPresenter offers Midi Communication only while, Mac offers Midi and all other protocols discussed below.
To add any of the available protocols to ProPresenter, click on the Add Device button in the lower right corner of the Devices tab of ProPresenter Preferences and select the protocol from the list. Each protocol has unique configuration settings. We have set each protocol to use the standard configuration as specified by each manufacturer. If your configuration requires different settings you will need to refer to the documentation for the device you are connecting to with ProPresenter. The screenshot below shows GVG100 as an example.
After you have added a protocol, you will see a box that shows you the active protocols. You can connect or disconnect any protocol, or remove it, from here. If you need to change the settings for a protocol, click on the gear icon to open the settings menu.
Click on MIDI Setup or DMX Setup to modify these protocols.
The following screenshot shows several of the protocols listed at the same time. ProPresenter is capable of supporting more than one protocol at the same time, within reason. Some protocol combinations don't make sense to run at the same time, like AMP and VDCP, but some do like AMP and RossTalk.
The MIDI configuration allows you to auto-fill all the commands from a starting note, or you can assign any MIDI note to a given command. You must ensure that you don't assign the same MIDI note to multiple commands since this will result in undefined behavior.
Click on the Device menu in the lower-left corner of the Devices tab of Preferences and add a new MIDI device. Select the correct device that you have setup to be used with your computer. Click Save and then Connect after you have finished configuring the rest of the MIDI settings. Click on the MIDI Map button to open the MIDI communication settings. MIDI notes range from 0 to 127. Entering a number next to Auto Fill and then clicking the button will fill all of the values beginning with your chosen value. If you want each section to start at a different, type your starting value in the first box of each list and then click the Auto Fill using the first value in each Form button at the bottom.
MIDI values cannot be shared between commands. For example, you could not assign All: 48 and Next Playlist: 48 at the same time.
ProPresenter also allows any slide to have a MIDI cue attached to it which will generate a MIDI note when that slide is clicked.
To add a MIDI cue, right-click on a slide and select Add Cue > Communication Cue > MIDI and select either MIDI Note On or MIDI Note Off. For each MIDI cue, you can specify the MIDI Channel, Note and Intensity.
The DMX configuration allows you to define the starting channel and displays how the other channels are mapped. DMX supports ArtNet over a network only. USB-DMX interfaces are not supported. The screenshots below show a standard DMX setup. These values are entered by clicking on the DMX Setup button in ProPresenter Preferences>Devices.
These protocols include AMP, VDCP, and Sony BVW. AMP and VDCP are media server protocols that have more capabilities than Sony BVW such as triggering clips by name. BVW can only control the playback of an already triggered clip.
These protocols include GVG100, Sony BVS, and RossTalk. These protocols can control a switcher, allowing you to remotely enable and disable keys or fade to black.
Sony BVS is preferred over GVG100 when available since it has greater capabilities. RossTalk is a proprietary protocol supported by some Ross switchers. RossTalk is the preferred choice for a compatible Ross switcher because it uses network communication rather than serial. RossTalk is supported as 2 modes, Device and Controller. In Controller mode, ProPresenter can send commands to a connected Ross switcher. In Device mode, RossTalk provides some control of ProPresenter from a compatible Ross switcher. For Device mode, the Ross switcher is setup to connect to ProPresenter as if it were an Expression CG machine. Once connected, Up/Down on the switcher will advance through the items of the selected playlist, and next will trigger slides or videos just like pressing the spacebar/right arrow key on the ProPresenter machine. Note that if you want to use both Controller and Device modes for RossTalk, you must configure 2 RossTalk devices, one for each mode as these modes require two different network connections.
ProPresenter makes it easy to display copyright information for songs. When you import a song from SongSelect, the data is automatically filled in. If you create your own song files, you can manually enter the copyright information if you want to. To show Copyright Information, you must have Show House of Worship Integrations enabled in the General tab of Preferences.
There are two places that you need to configure copyright display. The first place is in Preferences at the bottom of the General tab. These are the global settings that apply to every presentation in the library. As you can see, you can choose to show the copyright information on the first, last, first and last, or every slide of your presentation. The second place this must be enabled is in the Slide Editor in the Presentation tab.
The License # box on the right is for you to enter your church’s unique license number. You will need to contact CCLI for this number if you aren’t sure what it is.
To change the copyright elements that are shown (Title, Artist, publishing information, etc.) click on the CCLI Layout... button. This will open the options shown below. Each of the copyright elements are controlled by “Tokens,” a feature in ProPresenter that allows text from one part of the program to be automatically shown by a different feature. The tokens on the left are the active tokens, meaning these are the ones that will be shown. The column on the right shows all of the options available. You can add and remove tokens from the left column by clicking and dragging them in and out of the right column.
Clicking on Edit Template will open the CCLI Editor and allow you to format the position and text settings for your copyright information. Since tokens aren’t actually text, the only thing you’ll see in the text box is the copyright symbol. If you want to see how text will look formatted, add any text you want since this will be replaced automatically.
Once you have configured how you want your copyright information to be displayed, you will need to make sure a presentation has information to display and that it’s enabled. The Copyright section of the Presentation tab of the Slide Editor allows you to set, change, and show the copyright information for the selected Presentation.
The purpose of a Mask is to allow you to “mask” (or cover up) a part of your output to create custom projection screens or to keep the projector from projecting onto something that you don’t want it to. The Mask is shown on the topmost layer of an Audience Screen
Masks are enabled by using an Audience Look to set a certain Look for your Audience Screen. You can select which Mask you wish to use for each individual screen there. If you would like to create a new Mask, you can click Add New Mask or Edit Masks to access the Masks Editor. For more information on Audience Looks, see that section here.
You can create and edit Masks via the Mask Editor. Open the Mask Editor by opening the Audience Looks Pane and then in the Mask dropdown menu, go to Add New Mask or Edit Masks
Note: The Mask Editor is very similar to the Slide Editor. This section will only cover parts of the Editor that are unique to the Mask Editor. For general information about the Editor as well as items that are not covered here, please see the Slide Editor section.
There is no Slide Notes feature in the Mask Editor.
When no objects are selected on the Mask in the Editor, the Inspector on the right side of the Editor window will show a single Mask tab.
Due to the limited nature of Masks, there are two editable options here.
When you have an Object selected on the Mask, two tabs will appear in the Editor that are almost identical to those in the original Slide Editor.
The difference in the Shape Tab is that the Visibility, Shadow and Stroke features are not available.
The only difference in the Text Tab is that the Linked Text feature is not available.
The Messages feature in ProPresenter is a versatile way of showing extra content on your audience output. This content is independent of the slides and other media inside of ProPresenter, which means it will appear on top of your slides and other content; for example, Messages will stay on top of your slides, even if you change slides. This makes it a preferable way to show content across multiple slides.
Examples of this might be:
Tip: The Props feature of ProPresenter is similar to the Messages feature, but there are some unique characteristics between them. In general, if you want your content to be pre-programmed then you would be looking at a Prop; if you want to make changes to text on the fly then we recommend investigating the Messages feature.
To use the Messages feature you will be setting up a block of text that will fill a text box that you set up inside of a Template. This block of text can include prewritten text as well as one or more Tokens, or variable blocks of text.
Using the same examples as before, let's look at what the blocks of text would look like with tokens:
The above blocks of text and Tokens would be setup beforehand, then when the operator is running ProPresenter live, they would only have to enter the pertinent information inside of the Token and click the Show button for it to appear on the screen.
Note: Messages can be set up on the fly, however they are most powerful when they are set up beforehand so that the operator is able to keep their focus on the rest of the show.
There are several types of Tokens:
Let's dive into one of the above examples: "Parents of child [Nursery Number] please come to the nursery." In this example, someone had previously set up a Message for this contingency. They created a Message called "Nursery Call" and applied a Template to it. They then created a custom Token called Nursery Number; this is simply a text field that the end user can use to enter the child's number. After they create the Token, they type into the text field "Parents of child please come to the nursery." and they drag the "Nursery Call" Token into the text field which creates "Parents of child [Nursery Call] please come to the nursery."
The Message is now set up and ready to go. The next day, during a service, the operator is notified that a nursery call is needed. They open the Messages feature of ProPresenter, type the nursery number ("485") into the Token area, and click Show. ProPresenter then correctly shows the text "Parents of child 485 please come to the nursery." on the screen.
The Messages Pane controls the Messages feature of ProPresenter. Open the Messages Pane by:
Close the pane through those same options or by clicking the "X" in the upper corner of the window.
The Messages Pane is by default "docked" to the main ProPresenter window, meaning it can be resized but it can't be moved around. If you would like to undock the Messages Pane then click the Dock button on the top right of the pane. Click the button again to dock it back to the main window.
The default view of the Messages Pane lists your Messages on the left side, while the Tokens of your currently selected Message are shown on the right side of the window.
Create a new Message by clicking the + in the lower left of the window. Delete a Message by clicking on the message and pressing the Delete or Backspace button on your keyboard, or, if you have a touchpad device, swipe to the left on top of the Message name and click the trashcan icon.
Click the Show Web Access button
Click the Modify Transition button to change the transition that Messages will use when they Show and are removed from the screen. All Messages share the same Transition and there is not an option to set individual Transitions on individual Messages.
Click the Show button to Show the currently selected Message to the screen. You can identify which messages are currently being shown by looking for an X to the right of its name in the Message List; click the X to remove the message. To remove all Messages, click Clear All at the bottom of the Message List (only visible when Messages are being shown), click the Clear Messages button in the Preview Window, or in the menubar select Actions > Clear Messages.
To set up and edit non-Token parts of a Message, click the Edit Message button in the upper right of the window; this will show additional controls for editing the Message itself; click this button again to hide these additional controls.
With the Edit controls showing, on the left is the text box where you can type your message and include any Tokens that you will be using. The right side lists available Tokens; click and drag a Token from the Token List to the box on the left to add that Token to your message. To create your own Custom Token, type the name into the text box below the Token List and click the + button. To delete a Custom Token, click the arrow next to the Token name and select Delete.
Note: The pre-defined Tokens that come with ProPresenter cannot be deleted. Any Clocks/Timers that are created in the Timers Pane will appear as Tokens as well.
Click the Theme to change which Theme this Message will use for formatting when it is shown on the screen. To have a Message clear automatically after a certain amount of time, click the dropdown menu next to Dismiss and select the amount of time before it clears, or select Manually to have it not clear automatically.
The center area (bottom half if the Edit options are open) of the Messages Pane shows all of the Tokens in the currently selected Message. This area lets you quickly and easily change the content of each Token before you Show it to the audience screen.
Here are the Token types and the options you have when editing them:
You can configure ProPresenter to allow other people to send Messages over a local network. Using this feature allows other users on any internet enabled device to load a web page, make changes to the Tokens (just as the operator would inside of ProPresenter) and send a request for that Message to be sent to the audience screen. The operator running ProPresenter can either approve or disprove the showing of that Message.
Before this feature is utilized you must enable a feature inside of the Preferences. In the top left of the screen click on ProPresenter then click on Preferences. Click on the Network tab and make sure that Enable Network is checked. It will automatically generate a Network Name and Port; you can change the Network Name if you would like, we recommend leaving the Port number alone unless there is a specific need to.
Now that the Network is enabled, close the Preferences window and open the Messages Pane. You can toggle Web Notifications by clicking on the checkbox next to Allow Web Notifications.
Click on the Show Web Access button across the bottom of the Messages Pane to open in your default browser the web page where you can access the Web Notification feature. Make a note of the web address and share it with users who you would like to be able to send Web Notifications. For example, you can copy the web address from the browser and paste it into an email to someone who should have that access.
To send a Web Notification the sender will need to open the web address provided to them on a device that is on the same network as the computer running ProPresenter.
Note: The user's device that will be accessing this feature must be able to see the device running ProPresenter on the network. Generally speaking this means that the devices need to be on the same wired or wireless network as each other, however each network is unique so you may need to speak to your network administrator about how to enable a feature like this. Once they open that webpage they will see a list of all of the Messages listed inside of ProPresenter. They can add text and make other changes as necessary to their desired Message, then click on Show. This will send a request to the ProPresenter operator to show the Message on the screen.
When a Web Notification is sent the ProPresenter operator will see a notification on the top right of their computer screen notifying them of the request. The notification works slightly differently between Mac and Windows. To show the Message on the audience screen on a Mac, click Show Alert, to dismiss the request on a Mac and not show it on the audience screen, click Dismiss. To show the Message on the audience screen on a PC, click directly on the notification, to dismiss the request on a PC and not show it on the audience screen, click the arrow to "archive" the notification.
Once approved the Message will show on the Audience screen just as if the ProPresenter operator had shown the Message. It will follow all of the same rules and can be cleared the same way as other Messages.
Add Message Actions to slides to show specific Message(s) when you click on a specific slide. Add Message Actions to slides by opening the Action Palette and dragging the Message Action onto a slide. When adding or editing a Message Action you will be able to select which Message you want to fire when that slide is clicked, as well as be able to edit any variables that you have set up inside of that Message.
You can have multiple Message Actions on one slide.
There are many times where users have a need to put a persistent image or some text on top of one or more slides. Some examples of these types of needs are:
The Props feature of ProPresenter was created to address these needs and much more!
Props are a way to show text and media on top of the Slides layer and have that text/media persistent across one or more Slides. You can create multiple Props, show one or more at a time, and even control them via Cues on slides.
Props are created, edited, and can be shown via the Props Pane. You can open this window by clicking the Props button in the Toolbar, pressing Control-P on Mac or Control-Shift-P on Windows, or selecting in the Menubar View > Props. Close the pane through those same options or by clicking the "X" in the upper corner of the window.
The Props Pane is by default "docked" to the main ProPresenter window, meaning it can be resized but it can't be moved around. If you would like to undock the Props Pane then click the Dock button on the top right of the pane. Click the button again to dock it back to the main window. The left side of the Props Pane lists any Props that are currently "Live" (showing) on the audience screen. Click the X to clear an individual Prop. To clear all Props, click Clear All at the bottom of the Live pane, press F4, click Clear Props on the Preview Window, or in the menubar click Actions > Clear Props.
The right side of the Props Pane shows all available Props. Click on a Prop to show it live on the audience screen. Select a Prop by holding the Command key and clicking on one or more Props. Once selected you can Copy, Paste, and Delete the selected Prop(s) by right clicking on one of the props, pressing the appropriate keyboard shortcut, or going to the Edit menu in the menubar.
On the bottom right of the Props Pane click and drag the slider to make the thumbnails larger or smaller. Click the Transition button to set the transition for all Props.
You can create and edit Props via the Props Editor. Open the Props Editor by opening the Props Pane then clicking the Edit Props button at the bottom of the window.
Note: The Props Editor is very similar to the Slide Editor. This section will only cover parts of the Editor that are unique to the Props Editor. For general information about the Editor as well as items that are not covered here, please see the Slide Editor section.
There is no Slide Notes feature in the Props Editor.
When no objects are selected on the Prop in the Editor, the Inspector on the right side of the Editor window will show a single Prop tab.
Due to the limited nature of Props, there are four editable options here.
When you have an Object selected on the Prop, two tabs will appear in the Editor that are almost identical to those in the original Slide Editor.
The only difference in the Shape Tab is that the Visibility feature is not available.
There is no change in the Text Tab in the Props Editor.
You can quickly add [icon] Prop Actions to slides to show specific Prop(s) when you click on a specific slide. Add Prop Actions to slides by opening the Action Palette and dragging the Prop Action onto a slide. When adding or editing a Prop Action you will be able to select which Prop you want to fire when that slide is clicked.
You can have multiple Prop Actions on one slide.
With the release of ProPresenter 7.1 comes the introduction of a Capture option for screen recording and streaming over RTMP. The later release of ProPresenter 7.3 adds the option to stream with our partner, Resi. More information on this is below in the Streaming with Resi section.
Recording a screen from your ProPresenter output can be done with just a few simple steps of setup. To access the Capture settings window, go to Screens>Capture Settings in your menu bar or click on the Live button in the Preview window. The window that opens will allow you to set the parameters of your recording. The Capture Settings window offers you the options to set the parameters for your output recording. Below we'll highlight each option in this window. This first example explains how the settings will look to simply record your output and not stream to an RTMP server.
We’ll now look at the Capture Settings window if you are looking to stream to an RTMP server. You can even still record the screen that you’re streaming at the same time.
Either way, once you have your settings in place, you can either click Start Capture to immediately begin the capture or close out of this window. You can then go back to start a capture in the Screens menu by going to Screens>Start Capture. When you begin the Capture, a progress indicator will appear in the upper right of your Preview window.
If you are streaming, there are three colors the indicator can be depending on the status of your streaming connection. The indicator will typically be green as that means the connection is properly streaming and there are no interruptions through ProPresenter. If the color is yellow, this is a warning that the stream is dropping frames. If the color is red, this signals that your network connection has been lost or the stream has been stopped for another reason. This check happens on a regular basis and we recommend watching this indicator to confirm the health of your stream.
Once you are finished streaming, you can stop the capture through either clicking on the indicator in the Preview window and going to Stop Capture, going to the Screens menu>Stop Capture, or through the Stop Capture button in the Capture Settings window.
With the release of ProPresenter 7.3, Renewed Vision has partnered with Resi and their resilient streaming platform to allow for another option in streaming your screens. Resi allows for you to simultaneously stream directly from ProPresenter to your website, Facebook, YouTube, or other platforms. Once you have created your account with Resi and started the account setup process on their site, streaming from ProPresenter to the Resi platform is a somewhat simple process.
You’ll first want to log in to your Resi account inside of the ProPresenter Preferences window. Click on the Resi tab and then click the Login button. The login process uses your Resi username and password. If you don't have a Resi account yet, click on Need an Account? to head to the Resi website and get that setup.
If this is the first time you’ve used this computer for Resi integration, you will be prompted to enter a name for the Encoder. The "encoder" in this case, is the computer on which you are running ProPresenter and streaming to Resi. Typically, we recommend entering the room name or location that this computer will be operating from, but it could be any description that would identify this computer.
Once set up is complete, the Resi Plug-In will begin installing so ProPresenter and Resi can communicate and you can begin streaming! You'll see the Preferences window change once this is complete.
Now that you’ve gone through the initial settings of your account, you can move to the Capture Settings window to get started with streaming. There are several ways to get to the Capture Settings window:
Each of these options will bring up the settings in place for video streaming.
This window may be familiar to you if you’ve previously done any capture to disk or RTMP streaming from within ProPresenter 7. Here, you will select the Destination setting to be Resi. Once you’ve done this, you will see a list of options appear.
You can begin streaming with the settings chosen three different ways:
Once you’ve started streaming, video that will be streamed on the web will begin encoding immediately and uploaded to Resi servers for re-encoding and transmission to the destinations specified in your Destination group.
When you begin the Capture, a progress indicator will appear in the upper right of your Preview window. There are three colors the indicator can be depending on the encoding process and the transmission of the stream to Resi's cloud.
The stream status is monitored on a regular basis, so we recommend watching this indicator to confirm the health of your stream.
Once you are finished streaming, you can stop the capture by either clicking on the Live button in the Preview window and choosing Stop Capture, going to the Screens menu>Stop Capture, or through the Stop Capture button in the Capture Settings window.
Resi streams can also be started from within the Resi Control Center once you’ve set up your Capture settings within ProPresenter and created the proper Destination Groups on the Resi Control interface. In addition, you can set schedules for your streams to start at a given date and time.
When a stream is initiated by Resi Control (whether by hitting the "Start" button for the encoder or because of a scheduled event), the ProPresenter operator will see a notification when streaming is set to begin. This notice gives 15 seconds for the operator to either cancel the stream from starting.
The Timeline allows you to sequence and playback your slides with or without an audio track. This makes it easy for you to create presentations with custom timings between slides or to record the slides to match a song. The ability to sequence slides with music is especially useful for worship leaders who don’t have a band or someone to run lyrics for them since the song and lyrics can be started with a single click. You can open the Timeline for a given Presentation by clicking on the Timeline button in the Presentation header.
There are two ways to add slides to a Timeline. The first is to drag the thumbnails from the presentation to the Timeline. The second way is to click the Record button and record the slides live. Recording a Timeline is specifically helpful if you're looking to link the slides to an audio track.
Audio files can be added to the Timeline by dragging a file from the Audio Bin or dragging a file from the computer to the Timeline. After you have added an audio track, you’ll see a solid green bar with the song name added below the slides.
You can right click on the audio track to access a few menu options. You can go to the Inspector... which allows you to modify the Audio Cue itself. More information on the Audio Cue Inspector can be found here. You can also Remove or Replace the audio track here if needed.
To record the slides live, click on the Record button to ready the timeline for recording, then press the play button when you are ready. If you have added an audio file, the audio will begin playing. To record slides to a Timeline, click on the slides like you normally would when going through a presentation. When you have finished recording a presentation, click the record and playback to stop the recording. If you need a Timeline to loop, click on the Loop
Many users need timers to keep track of services or events. A band wants to know how long until they need to start playing. A pastor wants to know how long he has been talking. Attendees want to know how long before the event starts.
ProPresenter can create and track multiple timers at the same time, and there are various timer types to cover your various needs.
Timers can be used in multiple places in ProPresenter. For example, you can show them on the Stage Display, or use a Message or Linked Text to show them on the audience screen. You can also use Cues to start, stop, and reset Timers as needed.
Note: This section only covers the Timers pane where you can create and edit Timers; for more information on other features that use the Timers, see that respective feature's section.
The Timers Pane controls the Timers inside of ProPresenter. Open the Timers Pane by:
Close the pane through one of the options by which you open the pane or by clicking the "X" in the upper corner of the pane.
The Timers Pane is by default "docked" to the main ProPresenter window, meaning it can be resized but it can't be moved around. If you would like to undock the Timers Pane then click the Dock button on the top right of the Timers pane. Click the button again to dock it back to the main program window. There are three types of Timers:
Create a new Timer by clicking the + in the lower right of the pane. Delete a Timer by right-clicking on the Timer and selecting Delete or, if you have a trackpad, swipe to the left and click Delete.
Click the disclosure triangle to show or hide the Timer's options. Rename the timer by clicking on the name of the Timer. Click on the icon dropdown menu to change the type of Timer.
Check Overrun if you would like the Timer to keep running after it reaches zero or its end; uncheck Overrun to have the Timer stop when it reaches its end. Click the Reset button to reset the Timer, and click Start/Stop to start or stop the Timer as needed. You can affect all of the Timers at the same time by clicking the Stop All, Reset All, or Start All buttons as needed.
ProPresenter has a robust Transition feature that allows for media and slides to be transitioned to and from the screen in many creative ways.
Tip: Generally speaking, if you see a Transition icon colored orange then it is in reference to a transition that affects the Slide Layer, whereas purple icons represent the Media Layer.
The first important concept for Transitions is the hierarchy of how ProPresenter decides what transition to use.
Let's start with talking about slides and how ProPresenter decides what transition to use when you click on a slide:
The hierarchy for media is very similar:
There are other features of ProPresenter where you may see the Transition feature, but they all follow similar rules as have been laid out here.
There are many features that use Transitions in ProPresenter, and thus there are many ways that you can open the Transition Window. For example you can click the Master Slide Transition button across the bottom of the slide view. With the window open, click one of the transition thumbnails to select it. Scrub your mouse over a Transition thumbnail to see a preview of that Transition.
On the top left of the Transition window there is a dropdown menu where you can select a subset of transitions to view. Type a phrase in the Filter field to search for available Transitions. In addition to an organized list of available Transitions there is also at the top of the list your Favorite Transitions and Recent Transitions. (To clear your Recent Transitions, click on Clear to the right of the Recent Transitions section.)
With the exception of the Cut Transition, all Transitions allow you to set their Duration, and many Transitions have other parameters that you can adjust. Click Reset to Default Parameters to reset all of the parameters to their default setting. Click on the star to create a Favorite Transition.
If you want to disable a Presentation Transition (so that all slides in that Presentation use the Master Slide Transition), click the word Default in the upper left of the transition window.
You can set up multiple Transitions to be your favorites so that you can quickly use them throughout the program. To create a Favorite, select a Transition, set the parameters as you would like, then click the star icon to add it to the Favorites list.
Tip: You can have the same transition type multiple times as favorites (say, with different parameters); just create a favorite as normal, then select the transition again in the main Transition window and you can select the star again to create another copy of that type of transition.
To change the name of a favorited transition, select that transition and, on the right above the large preview window, click on the name of the transition.
After selecting a favorited transition, click the star on the top right to create a copy of that favorited transition ("Save As") or to Remove (delete) that transition.
Below is a list of transitions that are included in ProPresenter:
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