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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

Settings Tab

Settings Tab

The Settings tab on the ribbon contains tools for controlling how MediaShout behaves. Many of the tools found on the Settings tab duplicate those found in the General Settings dialog. The most commonly used settings are included on the ribbon for faster access.


General Settings


 General Settings are covered in depth in their own topics. See Settings Dialog Overview.




Use options in the Displays group to select the number of connected displays. Select which display to use as the Control and which to use as the Main. 

If you only have one display connected and want to preview what the presentation looks like full screen, select Enable Overlay Mode. This is a full screen preview of your presentation that displays on the Control Screen. The  preview initializes as a black screen. Press Spacebar to move through the presentation. To exit Overlay Mode, press ESC


Control Screen


The Control Screen group contains the following options:

Stage Mirrors Main by Default. Select to set the Stage display to always mirror what is playing on the Main display.

Script Compact View. Select to show only the cue titles in the Script Area. 

Page Area Compact View.  Select to show only the page titles in the Pages Area.

Auto ScrollBy default, the script scrolls automatically so the current cue (the cue that is playing to the audience) is visible in the Script Area. Clear to disable auto scrolling. For information about additional scrolling options, see Script Settings.


Playback Modes


Playback mode determines how cues behave when the script is played.

To change the playback mode, click Playback mode located in the menu bar above the Script pane, then select a mode from the list.

Note: This setting affects all cues and scripts open in the Script Area.


Toggle Remote


Use Toggle Remote to turn on and off key mapping, which is configured in the Remote Control Settings tab under Hardware/USB RemoteNote: Remote Control only needs to be toggled on when using a non-programmable USB remote and the keystrokes have been remapped in the Remote Settings tab.


Manual mode


Manual mode bypasses any auto-advance timings set in the cues. In this mode, you have to manually advance all cues in the presentation.


Normal mode


Normal mode is the default playback mode and the one used most often. It allows cues to behave according to their individual settings. For instance, cues that are set to auto-advance will fire automatically when the script is played.


Auto, Loop, and Shuffle modes


The Auto, Loop, and Shuffle modes all automatically advance through your script according to the interval set in the Script settings. These modes work well for certain types of scripts such as slideshows.

  • Auto: advances through the script playing cues in order then stops.
  • Loop: advances through the script playing cues in order then loops back to the beginning until you stop playback by clicking Stop All or pressing F8.
  • Shuffle: advances through the script playing cues in random order until you stop playback.




The specific arrangement of features in the Control Screen is called a workspace.

MediaShout ships with three workspaces, Default, Compact, and No Editor. The Default workspace cannot be edited but you can customize or create your own workspaces. For example, you might design one workspace to use when you are creating a presentation, and design an alternate workspace to use during live presentations.

Typical Control Screen customizations are setting the column widths or selecting specific views such as full, compact, notes, or sort.


Creating a custom workspace


Follow these steps to create a custom workspace:

  1. Layout the workspace as desired.
  2. On the Settings tab, click Workspaces,then click Save as New.
  3. (Optional) Select the new Workspace from the list, click the pencil icon, rename it, then click Save.


Switching workspaces


To switch workspaces, on the Settings tab, click Load Workspace, then select a workspace from the list.




Customize the Viewers area using the controls on the Settings tab in the Viewers group. 

  • Main Viewers. Select how many viewers you want to show in the Control Screen: Single, Dual, or Quad. From the dropdown lists, select one of the following to play in each viewer: Main Program, Main Next, Preview, Previously Fired, Stage, Stage Next, Stage Preview, or Stage Previous. Note: these titles can be customized in the Display Settings.
  • Enable Floating Viewers. Select to show additional viewers in a floating window in the Control Screen. Choose how many viewers you want to show in the floating window: Single, Dual, or Quad.  Select Dual-Play if the Main Program viewer is chosen for one of the viewers. The full video will play on both the main output and the viewer, but this uses more resources on the video card. You can also activate floating viewers on the Settings tab in the Viewers group.


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