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MediaShout 6 User Guide

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Getting Started

This section will give you all the information you need on how to install MediaShout and be up and running quickly.

Installation and Setup

User Interface

This section will cover all the details of the user interface, so that you can configure MediaShout 6 to your liking.

Control Screen Ribbon (Basics) Ribbon (Advanced) Settings Dialog

Scripts and Cues

Trying to figure out how to setup that presentation? This section gives you all the finer points of building your presentation.

Scripts Cues Inline Editor Cue Templates

Working with Media in a Cue

In this section, you learn all about inserting and editing lyrics, scripture, images, videos, audio, and so much more!

Lyrics Lyric Library Bibles Elements Text Objects


Announcements

Announcements

The Announcement Loops pop-up window is used to manage the Announcement Library and to create loops. Loops are announcement groups that contain one or more cues.

Create announcements then set them to run according to a schedule. They can be looped, shuffled, and advanced either manually or automatically. You can even create custom tags so it is easy to add existing announcements to new loops.

 

Building an Announcement Library

 

Any existing Text or Blank cue can be converted to an announcement cue. These cues are stored in the Announcement Library and can be added to a script or loop.

To convert a cue to an announcement, follow these steps:

  1. In the Script Area, right-click a cue.
  2. Click Add to Announcement Library. The Announcement Loops pop-up window opens.

The announcement is added to the library for use as a standalone cue to use in a script or to be added to an Announcement loop.

 

Editing Cue Properties

 

To edit the properties of an Announcement cue, select the cue in the library, then edit the properties in the Cue Data column.

  1. Cue Name: enter a unique name for the cue. This is the name that will show in the Announcement Library; use a name that is short but descriptive.
  2. Tags (optional): Select a tag for the cue. If an appropriate tag doesn't exist, enter a tag name in the box then click + to create one.
  3. Schedule (optional): If you want this cue to run only at certain times, select Don't Show Before and (or) Don't Show After, then choose the date and time. You can set specific schedules for individual cues so you don't have to worry about deleting old cues from a loop. Expired cues no longer show in the Loop contents list but you can still access the cue from the library.

To edit the contents and formatting of an Announcement cue, click the Pencil to launch the cue into the Inline Editor. When finished, click Go to Script to go back to the library.

 

Using the Announcement Library

 

To open the Announcement Library, on the Advanced tab, click Anncmt Loops.

Click the arrow to expand or collapse the library. Expanded view shows all existing loops. Click the loop name to see the list of cues contained in that loop. (Note: For scheduled cues, if the beginning date has not arrived or end date  has passed, the cue will not show in the list. However, it is still available in the Announcement Library.)

If a cue belongs to more than one loop, it will be listed multiple times. Use the Tags column to identify the correct cue.

 

Creating a New Loop

 

To create a new loop, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add New Loop. Type a unique name then click + to add it to the library.
  2. Click the Tag button then select which tags should be included in the loop. To create a new tag, enter it into the text field then click the tag icon.

The new loop is added to the library. Any cues tagged with the tag you selected are automatically added to the loop.

 

Editing Loop Properties

 

To edit the properties of an existing loop, click the Settings arrow to the right of the Announcement Loop. Select from the following options:

  • Fire: Immediately fires the loop. To stop the loop, in the Firebox, click Stop All.
  • Edit Loop: Select (or click the Pencil) to open the loop into the Script Area. Use the Inline Editor to edit the cues.
  • Add Media Cue: Add image, audio, or video files to the loop.
  • Edit Logo Cue: Browse to the logo file then select the correct position using the tools in the Inline Editor. You can set the logo as the first cue, or set it to show at certain intervals.
  • Duplicate: Creates a copy of the loop. Enter a name for the new loop then click +.
  • Find Missing Files: Launches the Missing Media Finder tool.
  • Packer: Export a loop to use on another computer or in other presentations. Select the path and file name then click Pack My Presentation.
  • Delete: Select (or click the red X) to delete the loop. This does not delete the cues from the library.

Select one or more playback modes: Loop, Shuffle, or Auto Advance using the toolbar located at the bottom of the Announcement Loops pop-up window.

 

Playing Announcements

 

Announcement loops and cues can be played from the Announcements Loop pop-up window or from a script:

  • To immediately play a loop or cue from the Announcement Loop pop-up window, click the Gear then select Fire.
  • Click the Pencil to open the loop into the Inline Editor. Click Play.
  • Insert a Script Control Command into the script. For the target, select Announcement Loop then select the loop from the list.

 

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