How do I create a looping presentation?
Posted by Renewed Vision Support on October 15, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Updated by Renewed Vision Support on Aug 13, 2015
We often get asked how to create a looping presentation in ProPresenter. The only way to do this is by creating a new presentation with your files, and then adding Go To Next Timers. When you create your new presentation, you can drag media cues from the Video/Image Bin, or directly from your computer's file system, into the presentation. You can also add normal slides if needed. Generally, this is being setup for an announcement loop, so it's mostly images or video announcements.
Go To Next Timers allow you to create presentations that automatically advance from one slide to the next. This is powerful feature, especially when you're creating announcement slides.
There are two ways that you can add Go To Next Timers to a presentation.
The first method is by clicking on Format in the toolbar, then clicking on the timer menu. When you select one of the default times, each slide will be set for the same time, and a loop cue will automatically be added to the last slide.
The second method is by selecting your slides, then right-clicking and selecting Go To Next Timers. This will bring up the window shown below. You can enter the same time for all slides, or you can select individual slides and set custom times. You will want to make sure that you're only changing the timer on the last slide when you enable "Loop to first slide" using this method, otherwise all of your slides will be set to loop.
Still images are easy to setup. Whatever time you give them for the timer is how long they will show. However, when working with videos, you have to take into consideration whether it's a Background or Foreground. If you're building an announcement loop and have stand-alone videos as part of your announcements, it's best to use them as Foregrounds.
Backgrounds: The timer starts when the video starts. If your video is 60 seconds long and your timer is only 10 seconds long, only 10 seconds of the video will play before the cue advances.
Foregrounds: The timer starts when the video ends. It doesn't matter how long the video is, the timer starts when the video finishes playing. Typically you would want to set your timer to zero (0) seconds in order to advance to the next cue in the presentation immediately. If you set the timer to a longer time, the last frame of the video will stay on screen for that amount of time before advancing to the next slide.