ProPresenter 7 comes with the powerful ability to output to multiple screens all at once. In a large production setup, these outputs would normally go through a video system that is connected to a dedicated multiviewer for the video director to see and monitor. However, a multiviewer isn't always available to the ProPresenter operator, or you may only want to see the outputs from ProPresenter and none of the other sources. You may also not even have a multiviewer available depending on how your system is setup.
Luckily ProPresenter 7 makes this really easy to setup! You will be able to assign the Multiview to any available output, or even to a Placeholder screen, by the end of this article.
To get started, open Screen Configuration. If you need help with this step, click here to take a look at the Screen Configuration section of the User Guide.
Click the + next to Stage to add a new Stage screen. This will add a new Screen. When you click the plus button, you will also be prompted to choose an output. You can choose New Placeholder or any other available output. You just don't want to choose one of the Outputs that you're already using. You can choose any size output that you want, but we recommend keeping it at 1920x1080 unless you are going to be outputting to a monitor with a higher resolution.
After you have added the new Screen, you can change the name if you want to. In the example below, the name has been changed to "Multiview" so that it's easy to identify in other areas of the program. This is all you need to do in Screen Configuration. You can close the window.
To make the Multiview, you will be creating a new Stage Layout. Click the More button in the toolbar and select Stage Editor.
Click the + at the top of the Stage Layouts thumbnails on the left side of the Editor to add a new layout. Select Blank Layout.
With the Blank Layout selected, you can rename it by clicking twice on the label under the thumbnail on the left, or from the Layout properties column on the right.
Now that you have a blank layout. It's time to create the actual multiview of all of your outputs. Click on the Add Object button and choose Screen Preview. You will see all of your available Screens listed here. Select the first one that you want to add.
After you add a Screen Preview, you will need to resize the object and place it on your screen. Multiviews typically have a white grid to help separate all of the inputs and make it easier to see them. In ProPresenter 7, you can achieve a similar result by adding a Stroke around the Screen Preview objects. Repeat this step for each screen that you want to place on the Multiview layout. You can size each Screen Preview and place it anywhere on the layout.
The image below shows a completed layout with four screen previews all set to equally divide a 1920x1080 screen. Each preview is 960x540 and has a 10 point white Stroke applied. The alignment tool was used to align each preview to the correct edges. You may also want to add a Text object and place it somewhere over each Screen View so that you have the name of each output when you're viewing the layout. Traditionally, the label is centered along the bottom edge of the preview on a Multiviewer and uses white text on a semi-transparent background. However, you can create the label in any way you want.
In order to see your Multiview layout, you need to assign it to the Stage screen. Click on the Screens menu in the menu bar, choose your Stage screen, then choose the layout you created.
You're ready to take a look at your Multiview! Close the Stage Editor by clicking on the Show button in the toolbar. Click on the menu below the Preview to switch to your Multiview screen. If you have assigned Multiview to an external display or an NDI output, you should be able to see it on that output now as long as Stage has been enabled (it should have a green dots next to it).
This image below shows the Multiview that was set up following these instructions as an NDI output. Labels have been added to each view as well. As you can see, the labels on the Multiview overlap what is being shown on each Screen Preview. If you don't want this to happen, you can change the size of your Screen Preview objects or place your labels at the top.
The top-left is showing the Audience screen. This shows what is being shown on the main audience screens. The top-right is showing the Live Stream output with the alternate Theme that has been applied in Looks. The bottom-left shows the Stage Screen that the band sees. The bottom-right is showing the System Clock.
Since you can generate multiple Stage Layouts, you can create more than one Multiview! If you need to setup different views for other people to see, just repeat this process as many times as necessary. Keep in mind that each additional screen requires additional processing power, so while ProPresenter 7 doesn't limit the number of screens you can use, your hardware may limit this.