How Do I Create My Own Smart Media Templates?

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Smart Media items automatically guide and reformat your content. You can create your own Smart Media by customizing an existing template to fit your needs or by creating one from scratch.

Customize an existing Smart Media template.

To customize existing smart media, right-click on a service item and select Customize Smart Media or open the media browser, select any existing Smart Media, and select Customize Smart Media.

Make any changes to the media and click Save. In the box that opens, add your own custom Title to reflect your changes, add or adjust any other metadata associated with the media item, and select Save.

To find your new Smart Media template, go to Media > Browse Media. Your new template will appear in your Group Uploads.

Create a Smart Media Template from Scratch

If you want consistent format for Content, Songs, Announcement, or other kind of service item, but you don’t want to use any default Smart Media, you can use Proclaim to create your own Smart Media templates.

Note: Proclaim comes prepackaged with more than 1,000 pieces of free media. If you want access to more media and don’t want to create your own, consider subscribing to additional media packages to gain as many as 25,000 additional media resources.

1. Open the Smart Media creator.

Expand the Media menu and select Create Smart Media.

2. Choose a template.

3. Add media and text.

Add a background from the Background dropdown.

The best image size depends on your aspect ratio:

  • For an aspect ratio of 16:9, resize your image to 1920x1080 px.
  • For an aspect ratio of 4:3, resize to 1024x768 px.

Note: Proclaim automatically attempts to resize your template to work with both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, and you can adjust each separately. Click the text sync button  in the top right-hand corner to sync your caption location across different aspect ratios. View 14:3 or 16:9 in the most left-hand panel of the Smart Media customizer.

Consider adding text boxes or foreground images. Text box options include generic and smart captions (which pre-populate the text options).

The text toolbar includes a variety of options to customize the look of your content.

Note: You must import an image in order to save your template. Proclaim will scale your image to fit the background, but you may want to resize it before importing for best results.

4. Click Save.

When you’re done customizing your template, click Save to give your template a name, add a description or tags if you want. You can even submit your design to the Proclaim community media for others to use. When you’re ready, click Save to secure your changes.

To find your new Smart Media template, select Go to Media Browser from the pop-up. In the future, you can find your custom Smart Media by going to Media > Browse Media. Your new template will appear in your Group Uploads.

Did you know? You can set your own custom Smart Media as the default media for song, Bible, announcement, or content service item type.

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