Alternate Content Virtual Screens

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Alternate Content virtual screens give you the ability to show slide content in different ways. This will let you do things like have a dedicated virtual screen for your live stream - set to foreground only - in addition to your standard slides, confidence and notes outputs.

To add Alternate Content to your presentation, go to Settings > Display, then click Add virtual screen. Give it a title and click done to save your changes. 

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Every Virtual Screen corresponds to a tab in Proclaim. When you exit the Settings menu you'll see a new tab with the name you gave earlier. This is the virtual screen you just made. Click it to configure the content type used for this service item.

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Currently we support Blank, Background Only, Foreground Only, and Duplicate. 

 

Blank sends a totally transparent slide. This works well for live stream scenarios where you just want to show your camera feed or keyed out background.

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Background Only is the best option if you want to show your lyrics on a center screen and only the background on auxiliary side screens. In this example, our background image has text in it, so we can see that here as well.

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Foreground Only is ideal for live streaming, where you want to show video input behind your lyrics, Bible verses and sermon content.

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Duplicate shows both the background and the foreground of the slides output together.

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To change these in bulk, select all the items you want to change and choose the virtual screen. Then, edit the alternate content type.

For example, let's say I'm setting up my virtual screen to live stream. If I wanted every item to use Foreground Only, I’d click on a service item, press command + A to select all the items (or control + A on Windows) on my keyboard. Then, with all items selected, I'd select my virtual screen tab and select my content type.

 

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Note: If you already have a content type selected, you may have to change to a different content type and back to your desired type in order for it to affect to all items.

 

Formatting your Virtual Screens

Virtual screens let you configure virtual screens to have different backgrounds. For example, for your live stream, you’ll probably want your text overlaid on a live video background and positioned in a lower thirds format.


To do this, choose a service item, select your virtual screen and choose Duplicate from the dropdown. This will send the background and foreground elements of your service item to the virtual screen. The edit preview will update to reflect your changes.

 

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You now have the option to apply a pre-made lower thirds template to your virtual screen or custom reformat the one you have.

 

Note:You can apply the template to multiple service items of the same kind all at once (e.g. Songs, Content). Before editing your virtual screen, hold down the command key on Mac (CTRL on Windows), and choose the items you want to change.

 

Apply an Existing Template

 Edit the virtual screen the same way you would edit a background in Slides. Click Background near the right side of your screen, choose Browse Media to open the Media Browser, and search for “lower thirds” media. You can also click “Lower Thirds” under Popular Tags.

These media have a mostly-transparent background and the textfields in the lower third of the screen to let your live video background come through.

 

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Choose a piece of media, then click Apply as Smart Media. Your virtual screen will now be formatted for your live stream, while your Slides output retains its original design.


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Format the Virtual Screen Manually

If you plan to use a custom background select Duplicate from the dropdown, then click Background, then Import... Select your custom background from the picker and choose it to apply it to the selected items.

 

Resize and move your text fields to where you want them, just like the Slides output. You can even choose a different font or font color to make your text stand out against the background.

 

Click here to learn more about how to use this output for your live stream.

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