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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 Text Elements Objects

Home Tab

Home Tab

The Home tab on the ribbon contains many of the most-used tools for working with MediaShout. The contents of the Home tab change depending on what kind of cue or object is selected and whether it is selected in the Script Area, Page Area, or the Inline Editor.

If a cue or page is selected in either the Script Area or Page Area, the Home tab is arranged in the following groups:




The Files group allows quick access to common tools usually found on the File tab:

  • Save (Ctrl+S) – Saves the existing script in its current location.
  • Open (Ctrl+O) – Opens a dialog box to browse and select an existing script.




The editing group includes the following basic cue editing tools:

  • Cut (Ctrl+X) – this removes selected cues or pages from your script. You may also paste them into a script (if it is a cue) or into the same cue (if it is a page) immediately after cutting them.
  • Copy (Ctrl+C) – this copies selected cues or pages from your script. You may also paste them into a script (if it is a cue) or into the same cue (if it is a page) immediately after copying them.
  • Paste (Ctrl+V) – this pastes the most recent copied or cut selection. You must copy or cut some selection first before using Paste.

*For Mac users, the key commands for these options would be Cmd key instead of Ctrl key.


Insert Cues


The items in this group allow you to insert different types of cues into your script. Click the links for detailed instructions on how to work with these cues.

  • Lyric – Opens a dialog box that allows you to select and insert a Lyric Cue into your script. 
  • Bible – Opens a dialog box that allows you to select a single Bible passage and insert it into your script. In the box, choose the translation, Book, Chapter, Starting Verse, and Ending Verse then press OK (it does require the Ending Verse selected, even if it is the same as the Starting Verse, before the passage will be correctly displayed). 
  • Text – Opens the Add Text window for creating a new Text cue.
  • Insert Elements:
    • Blank - Inserts a blank cue into the script. These cues play just like any other cue and can be used as "visual silence" in the presentation. It can also be used to insert blank pages in Lyric or Liturgy cues.
    • Liturgy - Opens the Add Liturgy window that allows you to select and insert selections from the Liturgy Library.
    • Section - Inserts a Section into your script that allows you to group cues under a single header. To use a section, click the arrow on the right so it points down,  then drag cues underneath the section header. Sections can be collapsed or expanded as needed.
    • Comment - Inserts production notes into the script. Comments do not play and are only seen by the operator. They give the operator directions about the script or cue.
    • Script Control - Automates script actions such as loops or jumping from one cue to another. 
    • Sound Control - Allows you to control audio elements independently, including fading, volume, pause, and more. Note: this does not affect audio that is embedded into a Video File. 
    • Slideshow - Enables you to insert a PowerPoint file into your presentation. This function requires PowerPoint to be installed on your computer. 
    • Web - Opens a dialog that allows you to type in a URL and immediately fire it or add it to your presentation as a Cue.


Cue Options


Cue and Page Options - Opens a dialogue that allows you to edit advanced options for displaying cues and pages in your presentation. What controls are available depends on the type of cue selected. This button disappears if a script or sound control cue is selected.

Additional Cue Options - Depending on what type of cue is selected, additional controls will appear in this group. For instance, if a Lyric cue is selected, tools for adding stanzas and pagination and title page options will appear. 


Control Options


The Control Options group appears when a script control or sound control is selected in the Script Area. If a script control is selected, target, timing, and playback tools appear. If a sound control is selected, play, volume, and fade controls appear. 




Note: The Objects group disappears when a script or sound control cue is selected.




The Lock Edits button toggles editing on and off. See Lock a Script for more information.


Additional Cue Editing Tools


If an object is selected in the Inline Editing area, the Home tab expands to include additional tools for formatting that object. Depending on the type of object selected these tools may include text formatting, presets, visibility, background, script controls, and more. See Inline Editor topics for detailed instructions on using the editing tools. 


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