Freeware app for Raspberry Pi
ProPresenter Stage Display for Raspberry Pi is a freeware application to use your Raspberry Pi as a cheap Stage Display so your singers and presenters can see the current and next slide text.
You can also enable Lower Third Mode – generate Lower Third (or subtitle-style) lyrics from ProPresenter. Now you can have one ProPresenter operator effortlessly generate lyrics for both the main screen and a broadcast/internet feed.
As this app has been updated to use HTML and JS, you can also use this on your Mac or PC – or really any device with a web browser. It even supports alpha channel output via CasparCG.
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What does ProPresenter Stage Display for Raspberry Pi do?
ProPresenter Stage Display for Raspberry Pi is a simple way to display the current and next slides on your Raspberry Pi. It also has a clock. It is designed for churches so your worship leaders can see the current and next slide lyrics one one screen.
Because it runs on a Raspberry Pi, you can connect it to almost any TV. In simple deployments, you may like to power your Raspberry Pi from the USB port on the back of your TV. In more complex scenarios, you could input this into your SDI Router or Video Switcher.
The application uses the ProPresenter WebSockets Stage Display API to receive data. It works over WiFi and Ethernet.
If you use Lower Third Mode, only the current slide will be displayed at the bottom of the screen – perfect for alpha-keying onto a video camera feed (e.g. live web stream).
Download and Install
The software is downloadable from the GitHub repository. Simply download the package, copy config-sample.js to config.js, insert your ProPresenter PC’s IP Address & Password into config.js, and run one of the HTML Files.
There are a number of different styles to choose from:
- Stage Display
- Lower Thirds
- Various animated displays:
- Place Gentle
- Place Rapid
- Bouncing Ball
- Raspberry Pi (tested on a Pi3 Model B)
- ProPresenter 6 or greater
- A TV or Computer Monitor
- A reliable network connection
Who’s using it?
This software was initially developed for my local Salvation Army church in Parramatta. It’s in use every Sunday. I also use it for all the divisional events I run for The Salvation Army. Since it’s release, there’s been a steady number of downloads.
Here’s an action shot of a youth event (the foldback projector is on the far right):
And here’s a lower-tech setup at my local church:
How to Upgrade
If you’ve already installed this app, it’s simple to upgrade.
- Close the app (you can press any key and it’ll quit)
- Open a command line / terminal window
- cd ProPresenter-Lyrics-HTML
- git pull
You should now have the latest version. You can now open it again in a web browser.