With Proclaim, you can import song lyrics into Proclaim. Any imported songs display under the "My Songs" category. The category displays when you begin adding song lyrics on any song service item.
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Export Lyrics from Another Program
If you've already curated custom lyrics in another program, you export them so you can add them to Proclaim.
Directions for other popular programs:
- MediaShout 3.x, 4.x, 5.x, 6.x (choose your version for specific instructions)
- OpenSong (Once you export songs from OpenSong, rename the song files with the .txt filename extension)
Note: You do not need to manually export song lyrics from SongSelect by CCLI. You can directly connect your SongSelect account within Proclaim to access every song available to you in CCLI.
Import Songs into Proclaim
There are two ways to import lyrics into Proclaim:
- Import as lyrics (recommended).
If you're importing text files, choose this option. Proclaim will store your imported lyrics under "My Songs" when you add lyrics to any song item. Learn where to find imported lyrics below. If you're importing lyrics from another program, choose this option.
- Import as images.
If you're importing presentation files (i.e., PowerPoint, Keynote), choose this option. Proclaim will store your imported presentation files as series of images in your Group Uploads in the Media Browser. If you're importing presentation files from Paperless Hymnal, choose this option.
To access the song lyric importer, expand Media and hover your cursor over Import, and select Song Lyrics….
Option 1: Import as lyrics.
- Select Import as lyrics… in the song importer.
- Choose your file(s).
Your computer's file browser will display. Choose the text files you want to import. Exported text files should look similar to this example below.
- Add attribution and copyright information, like this:
Title: Test Song
Author: Test Contributor
Copyright: Public Domain
CCLI:(needs to be blank)
Proclaim will recognize the title, verse/chorus/bridge headers, and copyright information.
- If you have multiple files, you can bulk import them by selecting more than one file. Click Open.
3. Review the file(s).
Any lyrics you imported will show in a confirmation screen. Review Proclaim's import. If necessary, click Refresh and Proclaim will examine the files again. When you're happy with the import, click Import All.
Proclaim will verify that your songs have been importedClick Done to return to the main Proclaim window.
Import as images.
Note: If you’re using a Mac, go to Settings > General and deselect “Use Keynote to import PowerPoint” for best results. If you import Powerpoint or Keynote files regularly, remember to come back and select it again.
- Select Import as images… in the song importer.
- Choose your file(s).
Your computer's file browser will display. Choose the presentation file(s) you want to import. You can import multiple files at the same time.
3. Review the file(s).
If you're happy with the imported previews, click Import all. Proclaim will upload and sync the files across all your team's devices.
Note: Due to the wide variety of forms Powerpoint presentations can take, there may be some issues with importing. If you run into trouble, consider importing your songs from a Windows machine with Powerpoint installed.
Add an imported song to your service
If you imported text files as lyrics, you can locate them from the song service item. Add your title and choose the song from the My Songs section. Learn how to make adjustments to your song lyrics.
Three categories of songs display when you begin adding lyrics in a song item.
- My Songs: any songs you've imported or used before in your presentation
- SongSelect CCLI: any songs linked to via your SongSelect Account
- Faithlife Hymnbase: any songs linked to from music.faithlife.com
If you imported text files as images, you can locate them from the media browser. Search for your song like you would search for other media, then select one of the items in your song series. Click Add Series to add it to your presentation. If you don't Add Series, only the image you selected will be added to your presentation.
Drag the images around in your Order of Service to change the verse order.
Note: For ease of use, select all the items in your song, then right-click > Group and rename the group to your song title. This will make it easier to keep track of where you are in the service and save your song for later reuse by selecting Add Item > Reuse Item.