Free Stage Display Software
August 26, 2017 / Church Technology/
ProPresenter is a great piece of presentation software for Windows and Mac. Many churches use it to display lyrics on-screen. One of the great features is the Stage Display – a cut-down output to show the current slide, next slide, clock and other information. The Stage Display can be output via a separate video output on your computer, or via the iPad and Android apps.
However, these output options aren’t always available or cost effective. To solve a problem on the events I work on, I’ve built a Python implementation of the ProPresenter Stage Display. It connects to your ProPresenter computer via the network socket, and displays the clock, current slide, and next slide on a basic display.
I’ve designed my Stage Display specifically to use on the Raspberry Pi – a cheap, single board computer. In Australia, you can buy a Raspberry Pi (with case, SD Card, Power Supply & Shipping) for about AU$100. Once setup, you can mount a Raspberry Pi behind a TV and have it automatically startup whenever the TV is turned on. The Raspberry Pi has a HDMI output (which also happens to be compatible with the Blackmagic Design ATEM), so connection to TVs is simple and easy.
UPDATE JANUARY 2018: You can now download the latest version of the app, and find out about new features, on the official webpage.
Benefits of ProPresenter Stage Display for Raspberry Pi:
- Show your presenters & worship leads the current & next slides
- Free download
- Runs on a cheap Raspberry Pi
- Compatible with ProPresenter 6
- Easy to setup
- Open source
Here’s an exciting action shot of my Raspberry Pi 3 and a second-hand TV gracefully perched on the floor behind the holiness table at my church in Parramatta:
If you look closely at the right of this photo, you can see it running on a projector at Pulse (August 2017 – Dulwich Hill):
Installation on Raspberry Pi
- Download and install NOOBS with a desktop on your Raspberry Pi
- Connect your WiFi or Ethernet
- Open Terminal and run the following commands:
sudo apt-get install python2 git git clone https://github.com/anthonyeden/ProPresenter-Stage-Display-Python/ echo "@/home/pi/ProPresenter-Stage-Display-Python/start.sh" >> .config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart cp ProPresenter-Stage-Display-Python/config-sample.json ProPresenter-Stage-Display-Python/config.json
- To edit the configuration, run this command:
Ensure you update the IP Address, Port Number & Password for your ProPresenter computer. On your ProPresenter computer, this can be setup in Preferences > Network of your ProPresenter PC.
Press Ctrl + X to close the Nano text editor.
- The stage display should now load automatically whenever you login to your Raspberry Pi (there is a 10 second delay to give the Pi a chance to connect to the network). To start it manually, run the following commands from the terminal:
cd /home/pi/ProPresenter-Stage-Display-Python/ python2 StageDisplay.py
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