There are lots of words and terms used in MediaShout 7 and in this User Guide. Consider this page your source for figuring out exactly what that word or phrase means if you don’t know and feel free to bookmark it as you need.
The Control Screen is the area where you work on editing and playing your MediaShout 7 Script. In most cases, this is the screen in front of the operator. The Control Screen has different areas for setting up your presentation, editing elements, and customizing the view for your operation.
The Main Display is the screen that the audience/congregation sees. This will usually be a full-screen display of your presentation on a second video output of your computer to your Projector, TV, or Video Mixer.
The Stage Display (also known as the Confidence Monitor or Foldback Monitor) is an optional display that is used for the worship team or speaker on stage to give them additional notes, information, or a view specific to their needs. This is a full-screen display on a third video output of your computer.
The Script is your presentation. The Script is a collection of one or more Cues (lyrics, scripture, announcements, etc.) that make up your entire presentation. The Script is along the left side of your Control Screen. You can have multiple scripts open in MediaShout 7 at the same time. When you save your presentation, you are saving an entire Script as the file (.sc7x) on your computer.
A Cue is the main element that make up a Script. One or more cues make up an entire presentation script. A Cue can consist of a single Page or many Pages that each contain any number of Objects. When looking at your Script in the Control Screen, the main elements are Cues.
A Page is a section of a Cue. Each Page contains any number of Objects (such as text boxes, images, videos, etc.) and this is the building block of your presentation. When working in the Edit Area, you are working on a specific Page in your Script.
These are the individual elements found on a Page. Objects can be Text Boxes, Images, Videos, Audio Files, and other things. Some Objects even have special properties for certain uses (like Key Objects). To summarize how they all work together:
Control Screen -> Script(s) -> Cue(s) -> Page(s) -> Object(s)
Objects are arranged on a Page in Layers. All Objects will sit somewhere on the page either in front of or behind other objects. The lowest layer is always the Background Layer (which by default is the color black) whereas Key Objects are always the top layer. You can see the Layer order by going to the Layer Tab on the Control Screen.T
A Preset is a collection of settings for an individual Object. These settings can be applied to like-objects (i.e. an Image Object Preset can be applied to other Image Objects) and can include the size, font settings (if a Text Box), X and Y Location, and much more.
A Transition is how an Object or Page enters or leaves the presentation. The most often used Transitions are Cut (where the Object/Page immediately appears/disappears) or Dissolve (where the Object/Page fades in/out over a user-determined amount of time). When using a Page Transition other than Cut, all Objects that appear with the Page will use that transition (no matter what is set for the Object).
Firing a Page simply means you are playing it out to the external displays for the audience to see. Only when you Fire a Page does it appear to the audience. This allows the operator to be editing any Page in the Edit Area while a completely different Page is being Fired.
A Plug-In is an optional add-on that allows you to add functions to MediaShout 7. Most Plug-Ins are free to download and use with a licensed copy of MediaShout 7. Utilizing Plug-Ins allows you to truly customize MediaShout 7 with the tools you want or need without a lot of extra stuff. As you get used to using the program, you can expand its capabilities by adding additional Plug-Ins.