DigitalVu User Manual
Written for DigitalVu 2017 R2
The contents of this manual are copyright ©2017 Joseph Webber.
Please note that the contents may change regularly as errors are
spotted and the software is updated – download the latest copy
from our website.
CCLI license support.............................................................................................. 10
Contents
Usage statistics .................................................................................................. 11
Producing services .................................................................................................... 12
Introduction and notes .............................................................................................. 4
Adding songs.......................................................................................................... 12
Before you start .......................................................................................................... 4
Adding text ............................................................................................................. 13
System Requirements............................................................................................. 4
The text editor .................................................................................................... 14
Configuring Displays for DigitalVu ........................................................................ 4
Adding multimedia ................................................................................................ 14
Method one .......................................................................................................... 4
Adding web content, PDFs, and other content .................................................. 14
Method two .......................................................................................................... 4
Adding YouTube clips ............................................................................................ 15
Installing DigitalVu ...................................................................................................... 5
Adding Bible verses ............................................................................................... 15
Starting the installation .......................................................................................... 5
Managing items in a service ................................................................................. 16
Checking for updates .............................................................................................. 5
Syncing with the database ................................................................................ 16
The DigitalVu interface ............................................................................................... 6
Copying song lyrics ............................................................................................ 17
Managing the database.............................................................................................. 7
Quick create ....................................................................................................... 17
Adding a new song .................................................................................................. 7
Timings ................................................................................................................... 18
Auto-pagination ................................................................................................... 7
Loop play ............................................................................................................ 18
Editing stanzas ..................................................................................................... 7
Projects and project files .......................................................................................... 19
Display order........................................................................................................ 7
Portability of project files .................................................................................. 19
Aliases ................................................................................................................... 8
Reloading projects ............................................................................................. 19
Resources ............................................................................................................. 8
Merging projects ................................................................................................ 19
Quick add ............................................................................................................. 8
Troubleshooting................................................................................................. 19
Editing songs ............................................................................................................ 9
Displaying a service................................................................................................... 20
General database management............................................................................ 9
Configuring external displays (i.e. monitors and projectors) ........................... 20
Importing, exporting, and backing up databases .......................................... 10
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Configuring PowerPoint® for display ............................................................. 20
Other application settings ................................................................................ 29
Preview displays .................................................................................................... 20
Data and search..................................................................................................... 29
Displaying songs.................................................................................................... 21
Pagination .............................................................................................................. 29
Displaying text and Bible verses.......................................................................... 21
Keyboard shortcuts ................................................................................................... 31
Playing multimedia ............................................................................................... 21
Displaying images, PDFs, and other resources ................................................. 21
Displaying PowerPoints® ..................................................................................... 21
Displaying web content ........................................................................................ 22
Displaying YouTube® clips .................................................................................. 22
Controlling the display.......................................................................................... 22
Controlling volume ............................................................................................ 23
Live editing ................................................................................................................. 24
Instant text ............................................................................................................. 24
Live-editing stanza text ......................................................................................... 24
Custom stanzas ..................................................................................................... 24
Active slides............................................................................................................ 25
An example ........................................................................................................ 26
Modifying application settings ................................................................................ 27
Song creation ......................................................................................................... 27
Display setup ......................................................................................................... 27
Monitor setup .................................................................................................... 28
Application setup .................................................................................................. 28
The welcome screen ......................................................................................... 28
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Introduction and notes
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Configuring Displays for DigitalVu
DigitalVu can support an unlimited number of external displays, but they need
All of the screenshots and instructions in this document are written
to be configured in the correct manner in order for them to be detected. You
for Windows 10 – the precise experience may vary slightly on other
can do this at any time, such as when you wish to add a new display or switch
versions of Windows.
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display configurations, but it helps to have an external display (be it a projector
This guide was written with DigitalVu 2017 R2 build 1100.
or second monitor) set up before installing the software.
To configure additional monitors in Windows, they need to be set up as
Before you start
‘extended desktop’ displays. There are two easy ways to do this:
System Requirements
Method one
DigitalVu requires the following to run:
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and a menu will appear. Using either the arrow keys or the mouse, select
operating system (or equivalent Windows Server versions). There is no
‘Extend’.
RT. 1
Method two
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 or greater. This updates and installs
Right-click some empty space on the Windows desktop, and select ‘Display
automatically via Windows Update on all of the supported operating
settings’. In the dialog box which then opens, and then check that each display
systems, so if it is not present, please check Windows Update for any
under ‘Multiple displays’ is set to extend. Note that this instruction is specific to
new versions.
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) and P at the same time,
Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8 or Microsoft Windows 10
support for older operating systems or Microsoft Windows
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On the primary display, press the Windows key (
Windows 10, but a similar dialog box will open on other operating systems,
A primary monitor of resolution at least 1024x768 pixels.
allowing you to make the same choice for all monitors which you wish to use
DigitalVu on.
In order to use the PowerPoint integration in DigitalVu, either Microsoft
PowerPoint version 2003 or later needs to be installed, or PowerPoint Viewer
needs to be present. This feature is, however, optional. Codecs may need to be
installed to play certain media file types.
In terms of storage space, DigitalVu itself uses only around 200MB when
installed, but it is sensible to allow another 3-5MB for songs in the song
database.
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On Windows 7, Service Pack 1 (SP1) is required, which can be downloaded and installed for free (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/15090/windows-7-install-service-pack-1-sp1).
On Windows 8, the Windows 8.1 update needs to be installed, which is again a free update (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15288/windows-8-update-to-windows-8-1) .
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After reading the license terms, check ‘I agree with the above terms’ and then
Installing DigitalVu
click Install. The installer will then proceed, and, upon finishing, will
Some antivirus software conflicts with the DigitalVu installer by quarantining
automatically launch DigitalVu, which will spend a few seconds initialising.
files as they are extracted – therefore, it is suggested that you temporarily
disable any antivirus protection for the duration of the DigitalVu installation.
Checking for updates
In order to check for updates to DigitalVu, make sure that your computer is
Whether your installation media is a CD, DVD or flash memory stick, the
connected to the internet and then go to the Start menu. Scroll to find
installer should automatically load. Simply click the ‘Install DigitalVu’ option to
DigitalVu 2017 in the list, and select the option “Check online for updates” in
run the installer on any dialogs which may appear.
the DigitalVu folder.
If the installation does not auto-start, navigate to File Explorer and find the
You will then be presented with the update window – wait a few seconds, and
installation media under ‘Computer’. Double-click the media, and the installer
it will either inform you that there are no updates available, or provide you
will either auto-start, or you can select the ‘SetupUI’ installer in the browser
with a download link for an update, like the following:
which appears.
Starting the installation
Whenever a dialog box appears prompting you to allow the installer to make
changes to your system, make sure to allow any changes. After the installer
has loaded, you will be prompted with a licensing screen like the following:
Clicking the blue update link will open the update file – you may be prompted
by Windows security warnings to allow this action. Make sure that all DigitalVu
instances are closed before doing this, including the update checker itself.
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The DigitalVu interface
Quick controls
Fast access to certain common
functions is provided here.
Menu Bar
These menus provide access to most
of DigitalVu’s features.
Projectable list
Shows all of the elements of a
service ready to be displayed.
Sidebar
Provides the ability to change
Expanded controls
content displayed on the screen in
Controls for a specific item that you
real-time, alter the computer’s
have selected are displayed here.
volume, and preview what will be
shown on screen next.
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titles via aliases), and can then choose to edit authorship details, copyright
Managing the database
messages, songbook reference numbers, or notes.
The DigitalVu database allows you to store and edit a large number of song
lyrics, attaching associated files (such as sheet music or notes), keeping track of
Auto-pagination
copyright, and allowing for reuse of songs between services. The database is
DigitalVu will automatically split long stanzas into multiple slides if it appears
stored in the folder “Song Database” in the current user’s Documents folder,
that they will not all fit on the same screen when running a service. There are
but DigitalVu itself provides all the tools you need to manage the songs within.
some instances where this may be undesirable, even at the expense of
readability. By default, songs are always paginated, even though there is an
Adding a new song
option to change this whenever that specific song is added to a service (details
To add a new song to the Song Database, select the Database menu in the
here)- if you want to change the default to not paginate a specific song, check
menu bar, and choose the option Add new song. You will be presented with
the Exclude from auto-pagination box.
the following dialog box:
Editing stanzas
To start editing the content of a song, click Add under the All stanzas list. This
will take you to a dialog box allowing you to choose the name of a stanza
Once you have chosen a name for the stanza, click OK, and begin editing its
contents in the box at the bottom of the dialog box. You can add new stanzas
by clicking the Add button again, and remove them by selecting them in the All
stanzas list and clicking the Remove button underneath the All stanzas list
(similarly with renaming). To edit the content of a specific stanza, it must first
be selected in the All stanzas list.
Display order
Now the different aspects of the song can be edited. You need to add a title
By default, whenever a new stanza is added, it appears in the Display order list
under the Song name field (brackets are not allowed – you can add alternate
as well. In many cases, a certain stanza will be repeated throughout a song,
such as a chorus, in which case the chorus should be selected in the All stanzas
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list and then additional copies added by clicking the >> button. The results can
then be reordered by choosing Reorder.
Resources can be added and removed using the buttons in this dialog, and can
then be viewed again whenever the song file is edited. Note that the resources
are linked to the song file, so if they are deleted or moved, they will no longer
work; the files are not stored in the database as well.
Quick add
To quickly add a song from its text alone, select Quick add in the database
menu, and you will be presented with a dialog almost identical to the one for
adding a song. Editing the song’s properties is exactly the same as with the
regular method, but the content of the song is entered into one single text
Once in the reordering dialog, select a stanza and use the Up and Down
box:
buttons to move it up and down in the order, selecting OK when done. You can
remove elements from the display order by choosing the Remove button
below the >>.
Aliases
A song can have multiple names – for ease of searching, you can add aliases to
a song file, so it can be found by these alternate names as well. To do so, select
Manage aliases…
Resources
In order to ‘attach’ certain files, such as sheet music, or recordings, to a song
record in the database, select Manage resources… You will be presented with a
dialog box like the following:
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Enter each stanza, separated by a blank line, and DigitalVu will automatically
interpret the stanzas separately.
Editing songs
To edit a song which is already in the database, simply select the Database
menu and then choose Edit song. A dialog box prompting you to choose a
song will then open:
This will search the contents of all of the stanzas in all of the songs, and may
take a couple of seconds. Once you have selected a song, click OK (or simply
double-click on the song), and it will open in the editor detailed in the previous
section.
General database management
There are multiple options under the Database menu which allow you to
manage the database.
You can scroll to select a song, or type in the box at the top to begin searching
the list. This will search song names and aliases, and, provided that the song
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indexer has been running (which it does by default – for more details, see Data
To remove a song, select Delete songs. The same selector as
discussed in the previous section will appear – you can select just one
and search), also the author, songbook reference, and first line (in the display
song in the same way as before, or hold down the Ctrl key whilst
order of the stanzas). If no results appear, a slower search can be carried out
selecting multiple songs to delete. Alternatively, you can select a
by selecting deep search at the bottom of the screen:
whole block of songs to delete by holding the shift key and selecting
the first and last elements in a block. Note that there is no way to
recover songs which have been deleted from the DigitalVu database;
be sure that you are deleting the correct ones.
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In order to import a DigitalVu song file into the database, select Add
If you wish to share an individual DigitalVu song file between computers, the
existing song and browse to the song file. This song will copy into the
Save song option gives you the ability to choose a song, or songs (via holding
DigitalVu song database.
Ctrl) to export to files.
Song lyrics can be imported to the database from text files – after
CCLI license support
selecting Import text file a dialog box will appear allowing you to
DigitalVu provides in-built support for CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing
configure basic details of the song, and further details can be edited
International) licensing information to be displayed at the end of every song.
by then editing the song once it has been imported:
Select CCLI licensing… in the Database menu, and you will be presented with
the following dialog box:
If the checkbox is checked, every song will include a footnote at the end of the
last stanza detailing the CCLI license details, in addition to any copyright for the
song in the first place. There are two possible cases here:
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Importing, exporting, and backing up databases
If the License number field is left blank, the phrase ‘CCLI Licensed’ will
DigitalVu stores its song database as a folder full of individual song files in the
be appended to any copyright details for the current song (if there are
Documents folder. In order to back up and move databases between
any – otherwise the footnote will simply read ‘CCLI Licensed’) - an
computers or installations, it is possible to export the database to a single
example of the former case is listed below:
compressed file, and import from that file.
To export, select Export database in the Database menu, and follow the
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instructions on screen. Similarly, to import, either double-click the exported file
If a license number is filled in, it will read ‘CCLI License Number …’, as
below:
in Windows Explorer or select Import existing database in the Database menu.
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Usage statistics
DigitalVu logs every usage of songs in the database, which can be helpful for
regular usage returns. Options for this are also provided in the same dialog
box – selecting Output statistics will produce an HTML file (web page, which
can be opened in your browser of choice, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft
Edge) containing a usage table, like the following:
This can then be copied and pasted into Microsoft Excel, or other software of
your choosing, or saved for records. To reset the play counts, select the Clear
statistics button in the dialog box.
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Producing services
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The display order of stanzas can be edited with the three buttons in
the middle of the Available stanzas and Display order lists, in very
With songs present in the DigitalVu song database, we can now start to put
much the same manner as detailed in the earlier section on adding
together services in the software. The basic building block for these are songs,
new songs. This will not affect the default order saved for the song in
but there can be many more content types which can be added, all of which
the database.
are detailed below.
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In order to edit the background of the song, use the options below the
Background title. Select the rainbow to choose a solid colour
Adding songs
background, which can then be chosen from the dropdown menu. To
To add an instance of a song, go to the Show menu and select Add Song, and
set an image background, select the image button underneath the
you will be prompted to choose the song from the database which you wish to
rainbow, and you will be presented with the following:
add. The same dialog box as that which was detailed in the Editing Songs
section will appear to allow you to make this choice.
It is possible to select multiple songs in the same ways as mentioned before,
Select Browse for image to open an image file, and then the preview
by holding down Ctrl and selecting multiple song titles before clicking OK. It is
should show a small snapshot of the image. The way which the image
also possible to add a DigitalVu song file which is not already in the database,
stretches to fill the slide can be modified by choosing options from the
by choosing Open file. Upon doing so, that song file will also be imported into
drop-down menu. The settings are as follows:
the database for future use.
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Auto (fill but scale) will stretch the background to the largest
size without clipping any of it, but keeping it at the same
Now, a new dialog box will open allowing you to edit details:
aspect ratio, so it will fill the area in at least one direction.
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Stretch to fill will stretch the image in both directions so it fits
exactly within the area.
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Fill, scale and crop will stretch the background to fill the area
entirely, clipping any unnecessary regions (centred on the
middle).
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None will display the image in its actual pixel dimensions,
centred on the middle.
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The Include blank slide option allows you to add a blank slide with the
same background as the other stanzas (or a black background if no
background image has been set) at the start of the song’s stanzas.
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The Exclude from auto-pagination setting will exclude this one
Adding text
instance of the song from auto-pagination, as discussed earlier in
As well as songs, text such as liturgy can be added in a series of slides. To do
Auto-pagination.
this, select Add text under the Show menu. The following dialog box will
The options under Timing are discussed in more detail under Timings.
appear:
Finally, the formatting of the text can be edited by selecting Text formatting…,
which displays the following dialog:
To add a series of slides which consists solely of images, select Add image
slides and you can choose one or more images to add to the list of slides.
Otherwise, to add a text slide, select Add.
Here, the font and font size can be changed, with colours, shadow options, and
text decoration. To restore the settings back to defaults (which can be changed
– to see how, look under Song creation in Settings), select Default.
The selected background will be placed behind the text so that you can
preview readability of the text – if you would prefer to view the text on a black
background, right-click the preview, and select Show black background. To
revert to the selected background, right-click and choose Show previous
background.
Having changed these settings, the song can then be added to the service,
where it will appear in the projectable list.
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The slide can be given a title under Slide title to allow it to be identified, and a
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A toggle button to switch between a black or white background for the
background can be modified using the Slide background options – these are
editor. This change will be made automatically if the font colour is
detailed in the section on adding songs. The text in on the slide can be edited
black or white.
in the editor underneath, with the font, font size, colourings, and other text
As with the ordering of stanzas in songs, the ordering of the rich text slides can
effects in the menu bar above the text editor. In addition to this, the live
be changed once they have all been added, using the buttons to the right-hand
preview on the right-hand side of the screen will update as these settings are
side of the list, and any given slides can be edited, once created, by selecting
changed.
the slide and then choosing Edit.
The text editor
Adding multimedia
The text editor here provides a series of options for editing the text on the
You can add multimedia – be it images, video or audio – to a service by
slide:
selecting the three options Add image, Add video, or Add audio in the Show
menu. You will then be prompted to search for the file in question and it will
be added to the service (and embedded within it when the project is saved).
Adding web content, PDFs, and other content
To add a live link to a webpage, select Add web content in the Show menu, and
From left to right, these options are:
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The font of the selected text
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The font size of the selected text (by default, the editor loads with your
enter the URL in the dialog box which appears2:
formatting preset – if that includes a font size not on the list, this
dropdown will appear empty)
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The colour of the selected text – if this is the same colour as the
background of the slide (or transparent), then it will appear red to
warn you that the words will be unreadable.
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Italic toggle
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Underline toggle
To add a PDF, select Add resource under the Show menu, and browse to a PDF
file. When ‘played’, this will open on all displays in a PDF viewer.
Note that if you do not prefix the URL with http:// or equivalent (i.e. “www.google.co.uk”), then DigitalVu will automatically prefix it with http://. Therefore, if you wish to add a link to a
website which needs to be served securely (with HTTPS), ensure that the https:// prefix is included in the URL.
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For content which opens in other applications, also click Add resource in the
a specific time. Note that the video URL which you should paste should only be
same menu, and navigate to the file address of that content (for example, say,
the URL of the clip itself, and not an embed code or similar.
a Microsoft Word document or Excel spreadsheet). Adding this to the show will
Adding Bible verses
Note that, due to licensing and copyright constraints, DigitalVu is limited in the
Bible translations that it offers – if you wish to use words from another
translation, they will have to be transcribed manually or copied in, using the
text functionality.
then open that file (which will embed in the project) in its default application,
which may or may not open on the displays, dependent on whether those
applications allow such a feature and are configured to do so.
Adding YouTube clips
In order to include YouTube clips in a service (which requires a reliable internet
Choosing Add Bible verses under the Show menu will present you with the
connection), select Add YouTube® clip in the Show menu. You will be
following dialog box:
presented with the following dialog:
Here, you should enter a title for the clip under Clip title and copy and paste
the video URL from your browser of the clip under Video URL. The bottom half
of the dialog allows for more settings to be edited, such as whether the video
should autoplay when loaded (otherwise, you will need to click the large ‘play’
button which appears when the clip loads), whether YouTube’s controls should
be visible (which can be helpful for changing settings such as closedcaptioning, translation, or video quality), and whether the video should start at
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First, a translation needs to be selected from the drop-down menu – DigitalVu
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ASV
BBE
DBY
KJV
WEB
YLT
Notes for any item in the list can be added or removed by either rightclicking the item and selecting Edit Notes, or selecting the item and
offers the following (see the note above):
clicking the N.B. button in the quick controls area. Once notes have
American Standard Version
Bible in Basic English
Darby Bible
King James Version
World English Bible
Young’s Literal Translation
been edited, a brief summary of them will appear in a tooltip when
hovering over the item, and the item will turn orange to show that it
has notes attached, as shown below:
The full set of notes can be viewed by returning to the notes editor.
Then the book and passage can be selected in the manner explained in the
dialog. Then, you can select the number of verses to be rendered per slide
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The linked resources for a song (as detailed under resources above)
(which may need changing dependent on the length of the verses being
can be viewed by right-clicking the song in the list and selecting Linked
rendered), and the text formatting (under Format…) and background details
resources.
under Background, as described in more depth under adding songs.
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and the full URL of any web content, YouTube® video or resource can
Managing items in a service
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be copied by doing the same.
Having added the above items to a service, you can edit them –
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reopening the dialog boxes where you changed their properties, by
the content, in the moments before you play it by right-clicking a
To rename an item (for items which support this), right-click the item
multimedia item and selecting Prefetch multimedia. Note that this is
and select Rename, which will open a dialog allowing you to change
very rarely necessary, as the media player is optimised to play well
the name.
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regardless, but may be useful for larger videos. Note that any effect
In order to reorder the items in the upper list, you can either right-
this has is negated if you play another media item between
click any item and select Reorder, or go to the Show menu and select
prefetching and playing the media.
Reorder items. A dialog box will open, allowing you to move items up
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and down in the display list.
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For multimedia items, that is, audio and video, you can “prefetch” the
media, meaning that DigitalVu will begin to load and buffer some of
right-clicking any item in the upper list, and selecting Properties.
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A song’s contents can be copied by right-clicking it and selecting Copy,
There is also an option to modify timings in the right-click menu.
Syncing with the database
You can remove any item from the list in three different ways:
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Select the item and press the delete key on the keyboard.
When a change is made to the contents of a song in the database, this does
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Right-click the item and select Delete.
not automatically update the contents of songs in services. From the moment
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Select the item and choose Remove item under the Show
when the song is added from the database, it loses all attachment to the
menu.
database copy.
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To update the copy of a song in a service with any changes made in the
either double-clicking, or choosing Add to selection, the song will be added to
database, right-click the song in the list and select Sync with database. A dialog
the list of songs for the service:
box like the following will appear allowing you to compare the two versions
before synchronising:
Songs can be removed from the service by selecting them in the new list which
appears, and clicking Remove. Once the whole service’s songs have been
Clicking confirm will sync the song contents but not change any of the
chosen, click OK, and you will be prompted to choose a background in the
formatting. To do this for all the songs in a service, select the option Sync all
same manner as before (see adding songs for details)
songs under the Show menu.
Copying song lyrics
To copy song lyrics from a service (taking necessary copyright requirements
into consideration), right-click the song in the list and choose Copy. A copy of
the song lyrics, in the order which they are to be sung in that service, will be
added to the clipboard.
Quick create
Upon selecting OK, all of the songs will be given this background, and will be
To quickly add a larger number of songs all with the same background to a
added into the service.
show, select the option Quick create under the Show menu. The song selection
dialog will open again, with a small change – upon selection of a song (by
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Timings
Automatic timings can be added to all types of display item, by right-clicking
them in the item list, and choosing Timing and duration. The following dialog
will open:
You can choose either to use the default option, advancing manually between
items, or advance after a set time of opening, where you can edit the number
of seconds that this item stays on screen, before advancing to the item after it
in the list.
Loop play
When dealing with media items, an option will appear on this dialog to Play as
a loop. When checked, this item will loop until either the next item is advanced
to manually, or via a timed transition.
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project file, which, when loaded, will add all of its contents to the current
Projects and project files
project.
Having produced a service, it can be saved for reuse and/or safekeeping, using
the options in the File menu. To save a service, click File and select Save as… -
Troubleshooting
as usual, you will be prompted to choose a location to save the file to. When
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such a location has been chosen, the project will then save – this shouldn’t take
If you are having problems opening resources such as multimedia
upon reloading a project, or saving a project gives mistakes when
very long3.
there are such resources included, make sure that any removable
drives on which resources are stored are not removed before saving
To reopen a project file, use the File menu and choose Open. As you would
the project. You will need to reload the project after having removed
with any other software on a computer, you can use the Save option to save
the drive.
any changes to a project that’s already been saved. DigitalVu will, however,
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prompt you to save any changes made if you close the editor having made
If there are problems with the integrity of a project file, try reloading
the project by choosing Reload under the file menu.
unsaved changes.
As would be expected, to make a new project file, select New under the File
menu.
Portability of project files
When a file is saved, all of the content linked to and embedded within
(excluding web content) is embedded within the file itself. This makes the
project files completely portable between DigitalVu installations as it does not
link to any resources on the computer.
Reloading projects
If there is a problem with a project that has been loaded, but the file has been
previously saved, you can reload the most recently saved copy by choosing
Reload under the File menu.
Merging projects
To merge all the elements of one project into the current project, go to Show,
and select Merge from…. You will then be prompted to search for a DigitalVu
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The time taken for saving a file depends heavily on the size of the files needed to be embedded in the file. In the case of a service containing large video files or PowerPoints, this may
take more than a few seconds. Do not be alarmed if this is the case – a screen showing the time elapsed will appear; the program is not crashing.
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recent versions of PowerPoint®, go to the Slide Show tab on the ‘ribbon’, and
Displaying a service
choose the Monitor section:
Configuring external displays (i.e. monitors and projectors)
To configure the external monitors on which DigitalVu will display, select the
icon in the quick controls area, while any external displays are connected.
The following dialog box will appear:
Change the setting under Monitor here to display on external monitors. On
Office 2007, the option comes under Show Presentation On:
Preview displays
When DigitalVu is not connected to an external display, you can use the
You can use the Add >> and << Remove buttons to move available devices
preview window (which opens by clicking
between those on which DigitalVu is not displaying and those which it is,
before clicking Save
in the quick controls area) to
emulate what a display would look like:
settings4.
If displays are not appearing in the list of All devices, consult the section on
configuring displays in Windows under Configuring Displays for DigitalVu.
Configuring PowerPoint® for display
In order for the PowerPoint® display to appear on the external displays, open
PowerPoint® and set up the show to display on external displays. On more
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Note that, if DigitalVu is displaying content to two or more separate (i.e. appear as separate listings in Output devices and are not cloned via a VGA splitter or similar) monitors, that any
web content will act independently on these monitors – any interaction with one web frame will not be mirrored in the other. It is therefore advisable for ease of use that displays are
cloned.
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To actually display the content on the screen, double-click the stanza and it will
appear. Having selected a stanza, you can use the up/down arrows on the
keyboard and then the return key will display that item on screen.
As a shortcut, double-clicking on the song in the items list will display the first
stanza in the song on screen, as well as expanding the song’s stanzas.
Displaying text and Bible verses
To display text and Bible verses, use the same techniques as those for songs –
single-clicking will expand and preview, and double-clicking will display.
Playing multimedia
When playing audio or videos, double-click the item and it will begin playing.
The drop-down menu labelled Default allows you to choose from a range of
The player controls below will appear:
monitor resolutions to emulate, and the drop-down menu to the right of that
gives options for choosing at which scale this is to be emulated (the default
monitor resolution can be changed under Display setup).
The Topmost option, when checked, means that the display preview will stay
There are details either side of the ‘scrubber’ which show the time passed and
on top of all other windows.
the time left in the multimedia clip. The play-head can be dragged to a specific
point in the playback to skip forwards and backwards. There are controls for
Displaying songs
the media volume underneath the ‘scrubber’. A play/pause button allows the
To preview a song, single-click it in the items list, and its stanzas will expand in
playback to be played and paused.
the expanded controls. Single-clicking on any of the stanzas as well will preview
them in the Screen Preview pane:
Displaying images, PDFs, and other resources
To display these, simply double-click them in the item list (single-clicking to
preview images). Note that resources other than images and PDFs may not
necessarily open on external displays (see Adding web content, PDFs, and
other content).
Displaying PowerPoints®
To display a PowerPoint® slideshow, double-click the slideshow in the items
list, and it will load externally. Controls like the following will appear:
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Displaying YouTube® clips
Double-clicking on a YouTube® clip will start it playing, unless it is not set to
play automatically (see Adding YouTube clips), in which case you will need to
move your mouse to the external display and click play. Irrespective of
whether you have set the YouTube® controls to appear or not, you can play or
pause the video by clicking it, as you would online.
Controlling the display
As well as actually displaying certain elements of a service, DigitalVu contains
features designed to help you control the display windows.
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The arrow buttons allow you to move forwards and backwards through the
you can click the No show button in the quick controls area,
slideshow, whilst a preview of the slide is shown beneath these controls. This
changed to
on very slow computers – to turn it off, see settings.
, and you can click this. Alternatively, the keyboard
shortcut Ctrl+, can be used for both of these actions
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If the PowerPoint® refuses to respond, or it no longer automatically advances,
To display the user-defined fallback image (which can be changed in
settings Application setup in Settings), right-click the No show button
button to return focus to it.
and select Fallback logo.
Displaying web content
By nature, DigitalVu display windows are always on top of all other windows on
In order to show web content, double-click the item in order to display the
page – controls to refresh (
, and
use this as a toggle – to restore the show, the button will have
preview refreshes frequently to show what is on screen, but this can be slow
click the
To display a black screen and stop the current element from playing,
the display, to prevent any popups or messages from appearing over the top
) and go back and forward in the browser window
of a display – the displays will minimise whenever DigitalVu itself is minimised,
appear in the expanded controls area.
or can be forcibly minimised by right-clicking the No show button and choosing
Minimise display windows. To restore them, do the same, and click Restore
display windows.
You can move the mouse to the external monitors in order to interact with the
web pages – the mouse is not blocked on the external display as it is for other
item types5.
If a window opens which you cannot close, as it opens above everything else,
press the F1 and X keys at the same time to forcibly close it.
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Note that, in order to actually show the mouse on the external display when showing a song, text, multimedia item or image, you can move the mouse on to that screen, and hold down
the left Ctrl key – the mouse will disappear when you release this key.
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Controlling volume
In addition to the volume slider for individual media items, which is detailed
above (Playing multimedia), DigitalVu also provides a slider allowing you to
change the Windows system volume, which is found under the Master volume
option in the sidebar. In order to use this effectively, make sure that the
computer’s volume itself is not muted.
By ticking Show mode, DigitalVu will turn the system volume down to zero,
raising it to the DigitalVu default volume (which can be changed in settings)
whenever a multimedia item or YouTube® clip is played, and then turning
back to zero afterwards, when another item is displayed. Show mode will also
stop the DigitalVu Search Indexer (see Data and search) to save resources.
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Live editing
Live-editing stanza text
Whenever a song is showing, the text of the stanza which is currently on
There are numerous features in DigitalVu which allow for live editing of
screen will appear in the On screen section of the sidebar. An example follows:
content on-screen. These range from custom and active slides to instant text
and modification of song lyrics.
Instant text
In order to access this feature, select Instant text… on the Show menu, and the
following dialog will open:
To change the contents of the stanza whilst it is on screen, simply edit the
contents of this text box. Note that this will not edit the song if it is played
again in the service, nor in the database. To make more substantial edits,
without viewers seeing every keystroke in the box, you can click the padlock
icon underneath the box to ‘lock’ the screen, make your changes in the text
box, and then click the padlock again to unlock and show the changes.
Text can be entered into the large text box, and clicking Update or pressing
Ctrl+U will place that text on-screen with the default background (changeable
Custom stanzas
by visiting Settings – see Song creation) and with the default text formatting
When showing a song, you can produce a temporary ‘custom stanza’ based off
(which can be changed, also under Song creation). To change the text
of the existing stanzas. When displaying a song – it has to be displaying on
formatting on the instant text, select Format…, and the familiar dialog will be
screen at the time – click the Custom stanza option underneath the On screen
opened.
section on the sidebar. The following dialog box will appear:
Checking either the Bulleted list or Numbered list options will produce either
bullet points or numbering whenever you press return in the text box.
Note that any changes to the text will not display until you update.
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As with the instant text feature, you can begin editing text in the text box, but
can also add ‘active elements’ from the dropdown menu below, by selecting an
active object and clicking Insert active object. The available active objects are:
Current time (hh:mm)
Current time (hh:mm:ss)
Timer (hh:mm:ss)
Timer (mm:ss)
Timer (s)
3,2,1 Go
You can either begin typing the words to a new stanza, or select an existing
Displays the current time (e.g. 12:34)
Displays the current time (e.g. 12:34:56)
A timer measuring hours, minutes and
seconds
A timer measuring minutes and seconds
A timer measuring seconds, with at least
two digits (e.g. 3 seconds displays as 03)
Counts down from 3 every second, ending
with “GO”
stanza to base it off, editing the contents of the stanza to produce a custom
An active object can be started by selecting Play, which will start any timers
stanza which will then append to the end of the list of stanzas.
running, and display the slide. You can make changes to the object without
This custom stanza will be preserved in the service, even when it is saved and
interrupting the timers, and select Update to change what is displayed on
closed, but it will not affect the song as stored in the database.
screen. As with the other dialogs involving text slides and songs, you can edit
the background using the same picker as before, and use the Format button to
Active slides
edit the text formatting.
The active slide control panel can be opened up by selecting the Active slide
button underneath the On screen panel. The following dialog box will open:
The timers and active objects can be paused by selecting Pause (which only
appears when Play has been clicked), and then restarted by clicking Play again.
Reset will reset any of the timers and active objects that depend on counters.
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An example
Consider the following example, and its output, to see how active objects can
be composed:
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Modifying application settings
Display setup
The DigitalVu settings window can be opened by clicking Settings in the menu
bar. You will be presented with a window with a row of tabs along the top.
Clicking About… in this window will show you the About DigitalVu dialog, within
which you can see the software license and also view all of the updates that
have been installed.
Song creation
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Show display preview on top of other windows
This toggles whether a display preview window will, by default, remain on
top of all other windows when it is open.
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Get a thumbnail of slideshows
This toggles whether there should be a thumbnail showing the current
slide in PowerPoint® slideshows – turning this off can make DigitalVu run
faster when dealing with PowerPoints® on slower computers.
Here, you can change defaults for the formatting of songs (which also applies
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to text of all forms).
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Default monitor resolution
Here, you can set the default resolution for a monitor connected to
Formatting preset
DigitalVu. This will be the resolution at which the display preview and
You can use the Edit button to change the default text formatting or click
screen preview in the sidebar pane will display by default, and for which
Restore default to set it back to the default (white 32pt Segoe UI with a
images will be decoded at when not connected to an external display. If
‘DigitalVu blue’ shadow).
you are unaware of this, you can use Monitor setup to configure it
Default background
automatically.
Here the background can be changed which applies to all new songs (and
bible verses, active slides, text slides, etc.) by default.
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Monitor setup
The welcome screen
If you have one external monitor connected, after configuring it (see
By default, when DigitalVu opens, the following Welcome screen will appear:
Configuring external displays (i.e. monitors and projectors)), click Monitor
setup to display this:
Clicking Set as default will set that new display as the default size. You can then
use the dropdown menu to pick an ideal font size, which will be previewed on
the monitors. Clicking finish will then also save this as the default font size.
Application setup
You can use a stripped-down version of the instant text feature in the left-hand
pane, and there is also a brief summary of any connected monitors. In the
right-hand pane, there is a full list of the most recently-opened documents –
selecting one will open it in DigitalVu.
This screen can also be opened from the File menu, and you can change the
fact that it opens automatically upon start by either unchecking Show the
welcome screen when I start DigitalVu on the screen itself, or toggling Show
the welcome screen on startup in the settings panel.
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Other application settings
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Toggles whether data from the song index produced by the indexer
Fallback image
should be used in searching – searches will be ever-so-slightly faster if not,
Browse to an image file to use as the fallback image, the usage of which is
but you will only be able to search by song name.
detailed under controlling the display.
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Rebuild/start-stop indexer
Default volume
Choosing to rebuild the index will delete the song index and force the
Changes the default volume to play at during show mode (for more
indexer to re-scan every song in the database to build the index. Stopping
details, see controlling volume.
the indexer will close the DigitalVu song indexer process. If it is not
currently running, as is the case in the screenshot, the option will be to
Data and search
start the indexer.
DigitalVu runs a search indexer in a separate process, constantly scanning the
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contents of the song database (whilst using minimal resources), and
Temporary files
The Clear all option will delete all of the temporary files in DigitalVu’s store.
registering key details about all of the songs in a search index, which allows for
DigitalVu should automatically do this whenever it opens and closes, and
searching of songs by more than simply the song name and aliases.
doing this with a project file open will cause it to crash. You can click Open
folder to view these temporary files.
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Error logs
If you have had a problem with DigitalVu, an error log may have been
created. Clicking View logs allows you to see all of the logs which have
been created, whilst clicking Delete all will clear all logs away.
Pagination
DigitalVu will automatically split stanzas between slides if they are deemed too
long, and split lines if they look as if they are to run too close to the edge of the
screen.
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Start the indexer automatically
Toggles whether the indexer should start whenever DigitalVu does.
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Use the index to improve song searches
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Horizontal tolerance
Dictates the amount of the screen in the horizontal direction which text
can take up.
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Vertical tolerance
Dictates the amount of the screen in the vertical direction which text can
take up.
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Orphan line minimum length
Gives the minimum percentage of the screen’s width that can be taken up
by a line split from a longer line – this avoids, for example, new lines being
composed of only one word, whenever possible.
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Warn when a stanza is about to be split
Tells DigitalVu to show a message in the case that a stanza is to be split
across multiple slides.
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Reset all
Resets all of the values to their defaults.
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Keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl+,
Ctrl+0
Ctrl+1
Ctrl+2
Ctrl+3
Ctrl+4
Ctrl+5
Ctrl+6
Ctrl+7
Ctrl+8
Ctrl+9
Ctrl+B
Ctrl+E
Ctrl+L
Ctrl+N
Ctrl+O
Ctrl+Q
Ctrl+S
Ctrl+T
Ctrl+U
Toggle no show
Open instant text
Add a song
Add an image
Add video
Add audio
Add a text item
Add a PowerPoint®
Add web content
Add a resource (including PDF)
Add a YouTube® clip
Add an existing song to the database
Reorder the elements of a service
Reload a service
Make a new service
Open the service
Start quick create
Save the service
Edit an existing song in the database
Add a new song to the database
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