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Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.24.31 AMAs your media library grows, it can become difficult to keep up with the characteristics of individual files. Normally this isn’t too much of a problem, but when you’re in a pinch and need to find content fast, organization goes a long way. I recently discovered a pretty cool way to keep motion backgrounds neat and easy to find in ProPresenter. It has really come in handy in times when I needed to find a motion on the fly and I’d recommend it to all ProP users.

While working inside the Video/Image Bin, you can access Media Properties for Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 11.32.37 PMeach file by right-clicking on it. Inside, there is a nifty labeling tool where you can add descriptions. For me, the most important aspect of a motion besides its design is speed. No matter how good a background looks, if the speed doesn’t match the song, it throws everything off. Because you cannot determine the speed of a motion based on its thumbnail, I decided to label my backgrounds by their tempo. I created a four point scale that I would apply to each motion in my library – slow, medium-slow, medium-fast, and fast. While this was incredibly simple for me to pull off, it has made a big difference. It’s perfect for those times when your worship leader spontaneously changes course.

*Tip: After typing your description into the field, be sure to press enter to confirm your new label.

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Try it out, and let us know how it works for you!

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Kendall Conner

What do you get when you combine production, design, and communications together with a passion for the Church? It turns out, this is the precise formula to make up Kendall Conner. For the past 18 years, this Christ-led creative has been bridging the gap between media and ministry. In addition to serving as the creative pastor in his local church, he is the Chief of Operations for Church Motion Graphics, a ministry-focused design studio that serves thousands of houses of worship around the globe. Kendall specializes in equipping church media leaders and volunteers to utilize creativity in their services to share the hope of Jesus.

5 Comments

  • Sean says:

    Yes! So simple doing that when I get to church this morning.

  • Mike says:

    Great tip! Also remember that ProPresenter allows you to change the playback speed of a background. You can take any background video loop and change the color or speed to match the song you are playing.

    • Kendall Conner says:

      I feel like the quality is never up to par when you change the playback speed, Mike. I’ve changed colors a few times, but never really liked that either. I do enjoy taking B&W motions and changing the hue inside ProP. Those come out really nice!

  • Nick says:

    Good tip! Would love to see them include tagging and smart folder system to video/image bin files in a future release. Even better…have some sort of auto tagging for predominate color similar to Pixa for Mac.

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