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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

Adding, Layering, and Editing Objects

Adding, Layering, and Editing Objects

The MediaShout Inline Editor allows you to add multiple layers to cue. For instance, if you create a text cue, the text is added as the Main Object. By using the Other Objects tab in the Inline Editor, you can add images, audio, video, or additional text.

By using layers and formatting tools found in the Inline Editor, you can create complex cue layouts for your presentations right within MediaShout.


Understanding Layers


Many different types of content can reside within a single cue. Each object resides in its own space called a layer. Layers are stacked in order, even if they are too small to overlap. The Main Object (Lyric, Scripture, Liturgy, etc.) is always the top  layer. Other Objects are added to the layers behind the Main Object.

When new objects are added through the Insert Object Button, they are added on top of the background in stacking order. In other words, they (Other Objects) are added directly behind the Main Object. The Other Object stacking order can be changed.


Adding objects in the Main Object layer


Add an element to the Main Object layer by following these steps:

  1. On the Home tab, click Insert Lyric, Insert Bible, Insert Text, or click Insert Elements and select another element from the list.
  2. A new cue is created in the Script Area.


Changing the object in the Main Object Layer


Some cue types can be overwritten by another type of cue. For instance, you can change a Text Cue to a Liturgy Cue by selecting the Text cue, then clicking Insert Elements > Liturgy. In the Insert Liturgy pop-up window, choose the Liturgy, select Insert to Selected Cue, then click Insert. The Liturgy overwrites the existing text. Not all cue types can be overwritten.

Note: A Blank cue does not contain a Main Object so you can insert any Main Object or Other Object into a Blank cue to change the cue type. 


Working with pages


Text, Bible, Lyric, and Liturgy cues can contain more than one page in the Main Object layer. See Pages Area for more information about working with pages.

Text flow and page break controls are available for certain types of cues on the Home tab in the Cue Options group. See Cue and Page Options for more information.


Adding objects to the Other Object layer


You can add an object to residing in the Other Object layer by following these steps:

  1. Open the cue into the Inline Editor.
  2. On the Home tab, click Insert Object.
  3. Select the object type: Image, Video, BIH Song, Audio, Text Box, or Reference. Depending on the type of object, a browsing window will open or a text box is created.


Editing Objects


Select the object to edit it using the Formatting tools on the Home tab. Edits made to an object show on every page in the cue unless the object is hidden on specific pages. For help editing objects, see Change Object Format Settings.


Reordering, deleting, and hiding objects


The tools for working with objects are located on the Home tab in the Objects group.

  • Objects (layers) can be reordered. The current stacking order is shown in the Object List. To see the list, right-click the Inline Editor then select Objects.
  • To move an object up (forward) or down (backward) the stacking order, click the object in the Inline Editor or Object List, then on the Home tab, click Object Arrange and choose a layering option: Bring Object Forward, Send Object Back, Bring to the Front, or Bring to the Back.
  • To delete an object residing in the Other Object layer, select it, right-click the Inline Editor, then select Delete from Cue.
  • To hide an object, click Object Visibility. To show the object, select it in the list. Visible objects show a check mark. For multi-page cues, you can hide the object on individual pages. Hidden objects do not show when the cue or page is played.


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