Overlays from Proclaim while Live Streaming

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You can show lower thirds, lyrics, or other overlays while live streaming. You can accomplish this two different ways:

  • Mirror in-service and live stream overlays: Show the same overlays in-service and in your live stream. If you overlay lyrics over live video on your in-service screen and want to show the same view on your live stream, follow these directions.
  • Send only overlays to your live stream: If you want to show full slides on your in-service screen but send only overlays to your live stream, follow these directions.

Note: This article assumes you’ve already configured your live stream. For general help setting up a live stream with Proclaim and Faithlife Live Stream, YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo, view the linked articles in this note.

 

Mirror In-Service and Live Stream Overlays

1. Configure Proclaim

Proclaim supports live video feed on your slides during your presentation.

  1. Set your transparency color to match your settings in your video switcher or software encoder. 

Note: This tutorial uses OBS, a software encoder, but you could also use a video switcher that can utilize either blue or green chroma keys or a luma key set to black. One popular options is the ATEM Production Studio 4K switcher.

Expand the Settings menu and select Display. Choose a transparency color. By default, Proclaim fills transparent portions of the slide black. For live video feeds, select one of the key colors from the list.

 

  1. Add transparent service items.

You can manually create your own transparent slide design or choose one of the Pro Media Smart Media built for live video.

Note: Learn more about creating your own slides or using Pro Media templates.

Proclaim adjusts your text to fit your text box, but you may find that lower thirds require manual slide breaks to fit properly. You can add breaks to your text with the slide break button , the keyboard shortcut (two hyphens), or add a blank line (in the case of song lyrics).

Proclaim can remember custom formatting. That means if you always sing a song a certain way, Proclaim can save your preferences. Time-saving tip: rename any song displayed as a lower third in your service order so you can easily find them later with a search. Right-click the item in the order of service panel on the left, select Rename and provide a descriptive name like “Amazing Grace (Lower Third)”. In future presentations, select reuse items from the Add Item menu and search for “Lower Third” to view all your songs you’ve custom formatted.

  1. Go On Air.

In order for your encoder to see the input from Proclaim, go On Air.

 

2. Configure Your Encoder

We recommend OBS because it’s free and easy to use, but this will work with other software and hardware encoders as well.

  1. Add a filter to your Proclaim input.

Right-click on your Proclaim input in OBS and select Filters.

  1. Add the same filter setting you added in Proclaim.

Click the plus icon and choose either a chroma or luma filter (depending on what setting you chose in Proclaim above).

  • Select Chroma (blue or green keys in Proclaim) or Luma (black key in Proclaim) from the list.
  • Provide a name.
  • Make any adjustments.

For chroma keys, use the dropdown to select your key from the list and then make any adjustments below.

The luma key also allows for some adjustments below.

Your slides might be too large or too small. In OBS, you can click and drag their corners to resize and position them. Make sure your overlay input is the first input in your list of sources in OBS, as this ensures it displays over your video feed.

3. Go Live

When you go live, your overlay will show over your feed.

Note: You may need to reorder inputs if your video feed shows above your overlay. The Sources list shows in order, top-to-bottom. Drag your Proclaim overlay input to the top of the list to ensure it shows above your video input.

 

Send Only Overlays to Live Stream

If you have at least three displays connected to your computer, you can configure Proclaim to show your slides in-service but only your overlays in your live stream by adjusting your output settings. Lyrics and other on-screen items show as foreground elements. You can set an output to (foreground only) and then configure that input in OBS.

1. Configure Proclaim

  1. Set your display outputs in Proclaim.

Expand the Settings menu and select Display. Configure your outputs as shown below:

  • Not Used: Set one output to show Proclaim’s interface so you can control your presentation
  • Slides: Set your on-site projector to show “Slides”.
  • Slides (Foreground Only): Set your lower third output to this output.

Note: Get more help configuring outputs in Proclaim.

  1. Set your transparency color.

By default, Proclaim fills transparent portions of the slide black. For live video feeds, select one of the key colors from the list.

Remember, text layers show as foreground elements and will display in a foreground only output. This means you can show the full slide in your service and only the lyrics on your livestream.

2. Configure Your Encoder

We recommend OBS because it’s free and easy to use, but this will work with other software and hardware encoders as well.

  1. Add a new Window Capture in the Sources area in OBS.

In the dialog that appears, give the window capture a descriptive name, like “Proclaim Foreground Only.” Click OK. Check the box, Show Windows with empty names and then select Faithlife Proclaim from the Window dropdown.

If you see multiple Faithlife Proclaim windows in the dropdown, click through them until you find your Slides output. Click OK.

Note: If the Proclaim window title says “(null)”, check your security settings to make sure OBS has screen recording privileges.

  1. Resize the input to fit.

Your slides might be too large or too small. In OBS, you can click and drag their corners to resize and position them. Make sure your overlay input is the first input in your list of sources in OBS, as this ensures it displays over your video feed.

3. Go Live

When you go live, your overlay will show over your live stream video while your in-service screen shows your slides.

Note: You can set up Proclaim to use multiple Proclaim inputs—like one with your slides and another for your overlays only. During part of your sermon, you may want to show your full slides and during another part (e.g., during a worship song set), you may only want to show the overlaid lyrics. Set up custom scenes in OBS to easily move between customized setups.

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