MediaShout for Multiscreen
As we have discussed before, there are many different presentation and VJ software options for multiscreen. Whether you’re running environmental projection, a triple wide setup, or a more simple setup, one of the first choices you’ve got to make is what presentation software is right for your application.
Today, we’re taking a look at MediaShout 5 and it’s uses for multiscreen. While this system may not have been specifically designed for multiscreen, it’s still a viable option. Remember, we’re talking about multiscreen, not multi projection. Also, there are a few items that can be a bit confusing if you’re not used to the MediaShout terminology.
Within MediaShout, they have listed a Screens option in the menu bar. If you click on that you see single screen, dual screen, and triple screen. Now from everything we’ve discussed about multiscreen, you might be thinking that they have built in all you need for multiscreen. Well, not quite.
Single screen is for when you are simply editing your presentation and not hooked up to an external display, such as a projector. Dual screen is for when you are hooked up to a projector…essentially the same as toggling on/off the output button in ProPresenter. Finally, triple screen is actually for stage display. Just wanted to put that out there so there’s no confusion.
So, can you use MediaShout for Multiscreen? Absolutely! Just like with ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer, Resolute, etc. you’ll need to use a multiscreen processor, such as the TripleHead2Go or the DataPathX4. A couple of things to note, you’ll need to setup your display properties to make the output display match the size of your final output. Since this is a PC based product, it will work differently than when setting up on a Mac. (There is a Mac version, but the platform was built for PC.)
Go to your display properties, select the secondary output and enter the options you need for your specific setup. Once that is complete, you’ll need to open the Matrox display setup and match those outputs. Finally, within MediaShout, be sure you go back to screens and select either Dual Screen or TripleScreen in order for your secondary outputs to work.