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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

Prepare a Lyric Text File for Import

Prepare a Lyric Text File for Import

Songs can be imported from properly formatted text files, which can be created or modified in virtually any word processor. To prepare a text file for importing, you add codes to the text so that MediaShout knows how to treat each item (title, author, stanzas, etc.). Files must be saved with the .txt file extension.

For instructions on importing songs from a text file, see Import Lyrics from Files.


Preparing a song lyric text file for import


During the import process, MediaShout looks for codes that tell it what to do with each line in the file. If the proper codes are found, the file will import seamlessly. If the file is not coded correctly, the data may end up in the wrong places, or the import may fail entirely.

To ensure a successful import, arrange the text in the following order:

Title: {Song Title}

Author: {Author or Author Names}

Copyright: {Copyright line, if any}

CCLI: {the CCLI song number (optional)}

Song ID: {(optional)}

Hymnal: {the hymnal page number (optional)}

Notes: {(optional)}

PlayOrder: {(optional - for more information, see the section below, Configuring the PlayOrder Field.)}

(blank line)

Verse 1:

{Place verse lyrics below the verse code on as many lines as needed. The stanzas can appear in the file in any order, and you need only write a stanza once, since the play order will be determined elsewhere. The first instance of the code "Verse #:" is interpreted as Verse 1, the second as Verse 2, and so on, regardless of the number entered in the code.}

(blank line)

Chorus 1:

{Place chorus lyrics below the chorus code on as many lines as needed.}

Continue entering verses, choruses, bridges, and endings as needed, separating each stanza with a blank line.

To enter another song in the file, separate it by at least one blank line from the last stanza of previous song, then repeat the codes and text for the next song. When the program sees the Title code, it treats it as the start of a new song.


Configuring the PlayOrder field


You can configure the PlayOrder field so the play order is imported with the song.

Spaces and capitalization are ignored. Use full stanza names and separate each stanza name with a comma. For example:

        Verse1, Chorus1, Verse 2, Bridge 1, Ending1


Saving the file as a text file


A file can contain as many songs you like. When you are done preparing the text, you must save the document as a text (.txt) file.

To save the coded song as a text file, follow these steps (your word processor may use different commands):

  1. Select File > Save As.
  2. In the Save as Type field, select Plain Text (*.txt).
  3. In the File Conversion dialog box, select Other Encoding > Unicode.
  4. Click Save.

To save the coded song as a text file in WordPerfect:

  1. Select File > Save As.
  2. In the File Type list, select ASCII DOS Text.
  3. Click Save.


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