ProPresenter 6 Modules

Extend The Power Even Further

ProPresenter MultiScreen Module

Matrox TripleHead2Go DisplayPortThe MultiScreen module is a software enhancement to ProPresenter which works with a Matrox DualHead2Go or TripleHead2Go (TripleHead2Go pictured to right – available from Renewed Vision — see which Matrox unit is right for you). These devices are external boxes that connect to your computer’s Mini Displayport or DVI port and are recognized by your computer as single display that happens to be 2- or 3-times wider than a normal display. The Dual- or TripleHead2Go takes this ultra-wide signal and splits it into two or three separate outputs. While ProPresenter will work with the Dual/TripleHead2Go without the Multiscreen module, it would only output a single, wide image. With the MultiScreen module, however, you can now choose what layers of ProPresenter’s output are seen on each of the outputs of the Matrox device*.

Lyrics can be placed on any or all of the screens, and background videos can be spanned or displayed individually on each display. This unique solution provides for the easiest and least expensive way to create a MultiScreen lyric and video presentation. No other software package offers this level of support or flexibility for the Matrox family of external display processors.

ProPresenter 6 TripleHead2Go Multiscreen

* Which Matrox unit is right for me? (click here)

NOTE: Can be used in a limited capacity with the SDI/NDI Module for only the first of multiple screens (screen 1 of 2 or 3), but can NOT output the entire display area via SDI or NDI given the inherent difference in output resolutions.

The configuration preference shown below is found within the MultiScreen tab in Preferences and enables you to turn the function on/off and choose which screens you want specific layers active. You can also choose to tile a video in the background or stretch it across multiple screens. In ProPresenter 6, you can also choose different templates for different screens (for example you could do full screen text with backgrounds for screens shown in your sanctuary, but lower third words on a black background for a signal sent to your video switcher.

Multiscreen panel

The settings above would result in the output shown below (no image stretching with tiling enabled and the rightmost screens background turned off):


Does NOT support Stage Display; you need a third video out to support the Stage Display output.

Most of these controls can also be quickly and conveniently toggled on/off with your mouse or keyboard shortcut as seen below.



  • No alternative lyrics – This function does not support the display of alternate lyrics. Text is merely duplicated on activated screens.
  • Video from DVD on one screen only for Mac version (2 or 3 for PC version) – Because of the restriction on third party application’s ability to interact with DVDs, all DVD content can be displayed on only one of the full-width output of the TripleHead2Go or DualHead2Go and can NOT be mapped as backgrounds. We recommend following the instructions on our FAQ pages for bringing this content onto your hard drive for use with the MultiScreen Module.
  • Switching to any other applications – PowerPoint, Keynote, or other apps will not work well because they don’t have built-in support for multiple/triple-wide display output, which is specifically what the MultiScreen Module does for ProPresenter. It can work for slide shows, but only if they are custom designed for a 3 wide resolution. There is no way to tile a single screen Keynote/PowerPoint presentation to 3 separate displays as ProPresenter can with the MultiScreen Module (that’s one specific purpose of this module – neither Keynote nor PowerPoint has an equivalent capability).

ProPresenter SDI/NDI Module

This module allows for the output of video through one of two different methods – Serial Digital Interface (SDI) or Network Digital Interface (NDI). Both are available for Mac and Windows versions of ProPresenter 6 and they enhance ProPresenter’s native feature set.

Pro SDI Cable with BNC ConnectorSDI – If you aren’t familiar with what SDI is, it’s a professional broadcast quality video interface — you can read more here. It’s a standard that most any broadcast switcher or other equipment will take for sending/receiving a 720 or 1080 video image.

The SDI Output option converts the output of ProPresenter to a native SDI stream when used with a compatible Blackmagic Decklink Card or UltraStudio 4K product (can purchase here from Renewed Vision Store).

NOTE: Support for HD1080 resolution requires a suitable Blackmagic card (Decklink 4K Extreme, or the UltraStudio Thunderbolt device) as well as a display connected that has this resolution selected in the Apple Displays control panel. Neither DVD nor web content can be displayed through the SDI Module (due to DRM legal issues).

Pro Cat5/6 with RJ-45 ConnectorNDI
– this is our latest addition and represents an exciting step towards the future. NDI was developed by NewTek and is in it’s early stages, but works extremely well and shows a great deal of promise. You can read more about it here.

newtek-ndiThe NDI output option also converts the output of ProPresenter, but then encodes and sends that video over Ethernet to a device such as the NewTek TriCaster, which can receive and decode that video image as in input source. This makes the transmission of video much easier over inexpensive Cat5/6 cabling.

NOTE: Supports a wide variety of video formats, but requires a suitable NDI compliant device to receive and decode that video transmission (i.e. NewTek TriCaster, Avid TC 8000, ChyronIP, etc.).

If you have questions with either, please call our sales department at 404-935-4044, ext 1.

Can be used in a limited capacity with the Multi-Screen Module for only the first of multiple screens (screen 1 of 2 or 3), but can NOT output the entire display area via SDI or NDI given the inherent difference in output resolutions. Thus it can not be used in conjunction with the Edge Blending Module in any capacity. NDI not capable of smooth motion for 4k video (2160p) at this time.

ProPresenter Alpha Keyer Module

To achieve a true linear key, ProPresenter has access to an advanced Alpha Keyer Module. Using this software module in conjunction with a supported BlackMagic Design product (listed below) and broadcast level switchers, ProPresenter can provide perfectly keyed alpha-channel support for graphics, words, and video effects. What’s more, we composite the text that is built in ProPresenter, along with the cross dissolves, right with the video background graphics (with or without transparency) for the world’s first fully-functional worship-minded CG solution.

Here is the list of supported cards/devices from Blackmagic Design:

  • BlackMagic UltraStudio HD Mini (Thunderbolt 3)
  • BlackMagic DeckLink HD Extreme 4K (PCIe)
  • BlackMagic UltraStudio 4K (Thunderbolt 2; Up to 1080i with Alpha keyer) – shown below
  • BlackMagic UltraStudio 4K Extreme (Thunderbolt 2; Up to 4K60 with Alpha Keyer)


Here is the list of supported cards/devices from Blackmagic Design:

  • BlackMagic DeckLink HD Extreme 3D (PCIe) [no longer sold]
  • BlackMagic UltraStudio 3D (Thunderbolt 1 & 2) [no longer sold]



This module can operate in several different modes as described below.

Separate Key and Fill Outputs (Linear Key)

If you’re running a broadcast switcher, it more than likely that it has the ability to support separate key and fill channel inputs (commonly referred to as Linear Key). Using the Alpha Keyer Module for ProPresenter, you can now send separate key and fill signals to your video switcher.

pp-linear-key-2Downstream Key Directly to Ouput Device

If you’re using a switcher that does not have separate Key/Fill inputs, you can use ProPresenter downstream of your switcher to overlay alpha-keyed graphics and words on top of your video switcher feed. When using this option, all full screen videos will continue to play full screen, and the ProPresenter operator in effect has completely control over what is going to your output device.

pp-dsk-2Downstream Key Back to Switcher

The final way you can use the ProPresenter Alpha Keyer Module is to use the software as a Downstream keyer to a video switcher that does not have separate Key/Fill inputs. In this way, you can use a linear or chroma key option with the threshold set to 100%. This option provides a good fail-safe so that if for whatever the ProPresenter computer goes down, you can immediately turn off the key and take the clean program output.

* DVD and website display is not possible through the video component output method.
** The Blackmagic Decklink HD Extreme 3D, Extreme 4k, or UltraStudio 3D or 4K Thunderbolt devices are the ONLY suitable options at this time.

ProPresenter Master Control Module

The Master Control Module provides capabilities that enhance ProPresenter’s native feature set and works on both Mac and Windows version of ProPresenter 5 and above. It allows one operator to control multiple ProPresenter Network Nodes from one computer.

ProPresenter 6 Master Control Module

pro6-master-control-module-panelThis is a highly useful feature for productions where one may need to utilize multiple instances of ProPresenter to control multiple screens, each with varying content, but want one operator to control them all in unison from one station. This new module allows one Master ProPresenter Station to remotely trigger slides and Video/Image bin contents of one or more networked ProPresenter stations. Each Slave station can have their own respective content suitable for its output, so it can be the same or different material than the Master station (great for multi-lingual environments).

All ProPresenter 6 systems will be capable of being a Network Node out of the box, but to utilize this capability a Master Control Module must be purchased and installed on one system.

Network nodes are connected to in the “Network” Preferences panel of ProPresenter:

Note: While this capability may work on a wireless network, we do not recommend or support this implementation. For reliability sake in a production environment, we require a wired network connection.

ProPresenter Edge Blending Module

ProPresenter 6 Edge BlendingWhat is Edge Blending?

Simply put, Edge Blending is the practice of using two or more projectors to create a single seamless image. The center screen in the image to the right is an example of this.  It combines 3 projectors that overlap a little to create one extra wide, singular image.

Why use Edge Blending?

The challenge in any kind of video staging is to create a visual experience people don’t see everyday. While the use of basic projection techniques is a good start, standard aspect ratios can create the impression to people in the audience that they are simply “watching television”. The ability to create visual images on a wider canvas makes for a more compelling visual experience that make people take notice.

NOTE: Can NOT output the entire display area (2-3 screens) via SDI or NDI given the inherent difference in output resolutions so this module will not work in conjunction with the SDI/NDI Module.

What is involved with creating a seamless Edge Blend?

Most people think that if you have two projectors and send the left half of an image to one projector and the right half of an image to the other projector, that you can just butt the two projected images next to each other to create a seamless image. In practice, however, this doesn’t work very well because it is nearly impossible to line the projectors up side by side to form a seamless image. The seams are visible, and create a distraction for the audience who can see the lines between the two projectors.

So because of this obstacle a process called “edge blending” was created. It actually occurs in two steps. The first is called “data doubling” and consists of duplicating content on the projectors used. Using two projectors as an example, the right edge of the left projector shares the same information with the left edge of the right projector, like so:

blend-projectorsObviously, the area in which the two projected images overlap is going to be brighter than the areas projected uniquely be each projector, which will create a brighter “hot spot” at the overlap point. To compensate for this, we introduce the second step of the Edge Blending process, which is called “feathering the edge”. In this manner, the data-doubled portion of the left projected image is manipulated to gradually fade to black, while the data-doubled portion of the right projected image is gradually faded in from black. If you were to graph the light output in this manner, the left and right projected edges would look like so:

curves-separateSuch that where they overlap, it would appear like this:

curves-togetherThus reducing any “hot spotting”. Here’s a diagram of what we’re doing with a 3 screen edge blend – the first image shows an example of 3 full projectors at 800×600 resolution each and the second shows how they are overlapped:


blend-overlap-dimensionsThe results of this are better visualized with live imagery. Below you see three projected images with the data-doubled and blended areas outlined for each projector. Next, the image is broken apart to see how they were joined to create the complete seamless image.

What is required to create an edge blend?

In the past, the process of creating this kind of edge blend required the use of special equipment, such as video scalers or multi-channel video processors. At the low end, this requires an additional investment of around $1,500 per projector. At the high end, you could spend $50,000 or more depending on the quality of the image you are trying to create.

The ProPresenter Edge Blending Module makes use of the Matrox DualHead2Go or TripleHead2Go to output 2 or 3 separate images that have the data-doubling and edge-feathering already done.

triplehead2go-blend-projectorsThe module itself has an easy-to-use interface and takes away a lot of the complex math and calculations usually necessary to accomplish a good edge blend across multiple projectors.

What are the limitations?

Because the Edge Blending Module makes use of a Matrox DualHead2Go or TripleHead2Go, you are limited to up to 3 projectors at this time. Projector placement is limited to horizontal at the moment (you cannot create a top, middle, bottom edge blend with the Edge Blending Module).

Also, like any edge blending solution, you cannot create a projected resolution equal to the total output width of the DualHead or TripleHead2Go. Because of the data doubling, usually 100-250 pixels, your finished image horizontal resolution will be 10%-20% less than the output of the computer itself.

Only two things in ProPresenter cannot be projected using the Edge Blending Module – DVD content played directly from the DVD itself or content using the Web view. Neither go through the GPU (where the software does its rendering work) and therefore cannot be manipulated and mapped to this custom resolution. The DVD issue is due to a limitation placed on us by Apple with regard to Digital Rights Management (DRM) that is not legal to circumvent. The Web View is displayed using the industry standard WebKit and therefore drawn in a custom window that we’re not able to manipulate.

ProPresenter Communications Module

The communications module for ProPresenter gives you advanced capabilities to control ProPresenter running on your Mac from other production devices (and in some cases control other production devices) to simplify the workflow for your production crew. The module features a number of different protocols for communicating including:

communications-module-panel1Art-Net for Lighting Consoles (DMX over Ethernet)

Control ProPresenter Slides, Backgrounds, Audio, and Timelines from a lighting console to trigger videos simultaneously with lighting cues.


Video Switchers/Deck Controllers Controlling ProPresenter

There are a bevy of protocols for video switchers that ProPresenter can work with, among them are:

  • VDCP and AMP (Serial or Ethernet) – Trigger/query names for video clips in a designated ProPresenter video/image bin playlist; Transport controls for playback
  • Sony BVW (Serial) – Transport controls for playback of the current clip
  • RossTalk (Ethernet) – Go up and down in the contents of the current playlist; advance through slides or playlist items; clear commands;

ProPresenter Controlling Video Switchers:

Sony BVS (Serial) – Turn the DSK and Key on/off; Trigger Fade to Black from within ProPresenter
GVG 100 (Serial or Ethernet) – Toggle DSK and Fade to Black
RossTalk (Ethernet) – Transition or cut any keys/DSK; Fade to Black; Cue a custom control

midi-logoMIDI (through a MIDI interface or over a network)

Control ProPresenter Slides, Backgrounds, Audio, and Timelines from any MIDI standard interface or software sequencer (i.e. Ableton Live, Digital Performer, etc.). Also available separately for $99 (click the MIDI Module on left navigation bar).

The MIDI Module section below shows a list of the DMX commands available as part of the Communications Module.

Note: Communications capabilities vary greatly based on the equipment that you are connecting to, particularly using serial devices which can have specialized pin-throughputs for RS-422 connectors. The robustness of the protocol implementation varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is highly recommended that you demo these modules first, free of charge, from within ProPresenter before purchase as all sales are final. There are detailed schematics for creating serial connections available within our ProPresenter 6 Manual.

pro6-send-midi-dmx-1In ProPresenter 6, you can now send a MIDI note directly from any slide. For example, when you click to display a particular slide, you could have a MIDI note sent to your lighting console to trigger a particular lighting scene.

ProPresenter MIDI Module

midi-logoThe ProPresenter MIDI module for Mac allows you to control ProPresenter by a MIDI controller. While simple commands can be initiated from a MIDI keyboard, users can take advantage of the more advanced triggering methods obtained through sequencers or lighting consoles. The MIDI module works with any connected MIDI device accessible to the system through the “Audio MIDI” utility.

MIDI moduleAmong the commands within the the MIDI Module:

  • Clear commands for all layers
  • Standard video playback controls for any playing video
  • Previous/Next Playlist
  • Previous/Next Slide
  • Timeline Start/Stop/Rewind
  • Start/Stop Countdown clocks and elapsed timers

Advanced selections (make use of the note intensity property):

  • Select a specific playlist item within the current playlist
  • Trigger a specific slide offset within the current presentation
  • Select a specific Video/Image Playlist
  • Trigger a specific Video/Image offset within the current playlist
  • Select a specific Audio playlist
  • Trigger an audio file offset within the current playlist
  • Toggle a prop offset on/off
Note: MIDI capabilities vary based on the equipment that you are connecting to. It is highly recommended that you demo these modules first, free of charge, from within ProPresenter before purchase as all sales are final. There is detailed information available within ourProPresenter 6 Manual.

pro6-send-midi-dmx-1In ProPresenter 6, you can now send a MIDI note directly from any slide. For example, when you click to display a particular slide, you could have a MIDI note sent to your lighting console to trigger a particular lighting scene.