Screencast show: The right way and the wrong way to use background in ProPresenter 5

The right way and the wrong way to use background in ProPresenter 5

I got an email from Carol Haire asking, “I am trying to change background, but some songs have been locked, how do I unlock these backgrounds to set new backgrounds?”

Now, I’ve never locked a background in ProPresenter, so it could be that I’m not doing it right, but I think this is what she meant.

Someone had put a bacground on the slide itself (using the “Edit slide” dialog). As a result, that background was on top of what would have been the main background.

In this screencast, I show you how to do it, how to fix it, and show alternate means of accomplishing the same thing.

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About this show:

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But, if you miss the live show, I’ll put up the edited show later (usually on the same day) right here.

This show started with Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter 5 software, but might include Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or any of the other web services that churches might use.

If you do tech at your church or you use computers to advance your church’s mission, this show is for you.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.