Sunday, July 28, 2013

ProPresenter 5 Review

I have been reviewing Pro presenter 5 and so far am liking what I see.
Of the many things that are new in Pro presenter 5, the editing and adding songs and playlists from planning center online are the best advances in user friendliness I have seen since I have been using Pro presenter. Start by watching their nice video on the basics. If you have used Pro presenter before many things will look familiar, but don't tune out just yet, near the half way point some of the new features start to be demonstrated which you will want to see. Watch below:

Some of the things just briefly mentioned in the video was the features that are now integrated into the system. I will show those to you here. So at the bottom of the playlist section you will notice the following button.

Open the options and you will see an option called "New PCO Playlist". By clicking this it will open up planning center online and if you are not logged in already it will bring up the sign in page for you to login. then you select what plan you are needing. if then will automatically create a playlist using your PCO plan and if the songs in the plan are in your library already it will link them. If an exact match is not found though the play list will just put a place holder with the songs name in the playlist. To link the playlist with the song from the library, select the song in the playlist and at the top of the page you will see "Link",  click that and select the song you want from the library if there is one, if not build it and then select it. the "Link will now change to "unlink" in case the song is the wrong one. this would also qualify for the song that Pro presenter matched up when the playlist from PCO was imported.

You can use Pro Presenter in building your presentations for the sermons as well now as the bible links are nice, and you can manage the flow much better.  If the pastor want to be especially creative he can now have you put a moving background behind the text to help with emphasis. This would also be a good thing for professionals that normally use either powerpoint or keynote to make their presentations.
You can link in full screen videos into the flow as well.
The black background behind the slides is the first of six layors and now can also be changed. This is good for us operators as if we have a light background movie that needs to be launched once and a lot of slides of black text, before we couldn't read the text in the presentation screen to know what slide to click on. You would have to use the outline feature in the template editor to put a white outline around the text which would make it visible to us operators and unnoticeable to the viewers. now we can just change the first layer from black to something else because the first layer is hidden by the background.

I just visited the sight and I see that they are implementing a new Pro Video too. (Pro Video2). Which means that Pro Video will stop receiving updates soon if not already and for those using it to link the background changes together with Pro Presenter using the advanced module, well, guess what, you will need to buy one of the new players too, or if you have a site license I believe you can link two pro presenters running on the same network together as slave and master which would be cheaper than paying over a grand for a new Pro Video player, unless of course you have multiple displays. check out this renewed vision presentation on the power of pro video:

Well hope that was informative and I will start posting more again about Pro presenter as i find cool stuff and for the rest of my geek friends, if I discover any ABAP stuff that seems cool, I may post that too, though with the introduction of HANA to ERP, ABAP may be ready to start being phased out and HANA run on Sequel scripting. but that is for another blog.

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