Feature Preview: Even More Displays
Earlier I discussed that, in the next version of SongShow Plus, the secondary display was getting all of the features that the primary display has
. Previously, the secondary display was available only with limited functionality. In SongShow Plus version 8.0, it's even better than I had stated before. SongShow Plus 8.0 won't have just two displays, it will support up to four displays! Each of these displays can be used independently. If you have the hard for it, one display, of course, will be the primary display. Another display can be used to run a slide show in the background as digital signage. The third display can be used to control environmental projection lighting. The forth can be used as the stage confidence display.
Independent Default Slide Properties
Each of these displays gets it's own set of default slide properties. This way, you can have one display set to full screen, while another display may be set to use only lower thirds. This can be useful if you are using SongShow Plus along with a DeckLink card for text-over live-video (such as with a GoFishMedia ProKey system
). Each display can have its own layout, background, and text settings. This is also useful if you have a mix of display aspect ratios (my church, for example, uses two 4:3 projectors and one 16:9 projector).
I mentioned the stage display earlier. The stage display was introduced in the May 2009 Edition of SongShow Plus
. To configure the stage display, you designated one of the displays as the stage monitor in the Display Settings panel. You then used the User Preferences window to configure the stage display. Now, all of the stage display settings are found in the Preferences window. From there, you can specify which display is the source, and which display is the target. So long as you have two more displays enabled, you can use the stage display in this way.
You can now also send content to the stage display independent of the source display. When you do this, you temporarily break the link between the source display and the stage display. The link is automatically re-established when you present the next media item to the source display.
Displays Windows Wherever You Want Them
Your displays aren't limited to physical devices. You can place multiple display windows within the same display device. This is useful if you are using something like the Matrix Triple-Head-to-Go
device which let's you send independent video signals to three display devices through a single video output. With SongShow Plus 8.0, you have more control over where a display window is positioned. You can even designate the precise pixel location for the window. This can also be used to set up a digital signage arrangement where a single display devices is showing content from two or more sources.
Having access to four displays expands the uses you have for your projection system. It is a powerful enhancement.