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Backgrounds

If you’ve read the section on Layers, you know that the Background is the lowest Layer of a page in MediaShout 7. To dig a little deeper into using Backgrounds, simply select a Cue in your script and in the Layers Tab on the right of the Control Screen, click the Background button below the Layered Objects. This will open the Background Window where you can set your Background and edit it.

In the Background Window, you have three tabs – Color, Image, and Video. The Color Tab will allow you to select any solid color (including custom colors or even use the Eyedropper tool to choose a color on your computer screen). This color will remain the lowest layer, even if you select an Image or Video file as the Background.

The Image Tab will let you select an Image from your default library or you can browse to any file on your computer. You can also set its size to Stretch to Fill or Scale to Fill as you prefer. Additional settings include Opacity (which combined with the Color can create a nice colored filter), Grayscale, Sepia, Blur, Brightness, and Contrast.

The Video Tab will let you select a Video from your default library or you can browse to any file on your computer. You can also set its size to Stretch to Fill or Scale to Fill as you prefer. Additional settings include Opacity (which combined with the Color can create a nice colored filter), Speed (from half to double speed), and volume controls.

As a note, the Background is fixed for all Pages within a Cue. You can not set multiple backgrounds per Cue. However, you can easily add a full-size Video or Image Object immediately above the Background on a single Page to create the effect that it is a different background for that Page (even though all it is doing is covering the Cue’s actual Background).

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