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!

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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