Foldback finished!

Well, I just finished foldback support.  It is really cool.

Originally when we looked at this we identified what would be the core pieces and we worked on those.  Like most features in EasyWorship, we took it to the next level.  Here is where we landed.

Foldback support in EasyWorship 2009 will include the following.

  • Clock customizable by size, position, font, and color.
  • Stage alerts so you can tell the worship team something important.
  • Choose any background, color, or image for the display.  No video backgrounds.
  • Customize the location, size, and font of the text displayed.
  • Display what is coming next, next song line, or next schedule item when applicable.
  • Here’s something just for the pastor. Preview the thumbnails of your PowerPoint presentation.
    What’s really cool about this is that if you have a remote, you can see and navigate your own sermon notes.

Once I finish the UI changes to the rest of the application I’m going to try to lock it down and let you play with it :). I’ll keep you informed.

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  • Rich says...

    Very excited about having a play with these new features!

    BTW, a great idea to introduce the dev blog.

    comment added May 1, 2009 @ 5:01 am

  • Greg says...

    Will the front and back display be able to work at different resolutions?
    We are about to install a new system at our church with 4:3 projector for the main screen and a 16:9 LCD for the back screen, located on the front wall of the balcony for the choir.
    I was thinking that I would need a screen at the podium to do power point speaker notes and thumbnails.
    Can this be put on the back screen and not need a podium screen?

    comment added May 1, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Yes. You can define different resolutions for each output.

    You could put the output on the back wall but keep in mind that when displaying PowerPoint using the foldback, the foldback will be displaying thumbnails of the slides at about 25% their original size. It may be hard to read depending on how big the projected output is. If it where me, I would go with a podium display.

    We have toyed with showing you the actual duplicate output of the PowerPoint that is running but there are some technical issues with this. The main issue being that in order to show the duplicate output, it could effect the quality of any PowerPoint transitions your are using. This can be mitigated by only refreshing the foldback output around every 1.5 seconds but if you hit it just right, you may notice.

    It’s a trade off, could be an option, what you guys think?

    comment added May 1, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

  • Peter H says...

    Are you saying the 25% is the only thing which will be on screen (except the other options like clock, next item etc). If so, I’m thinking I’d rather a 50% or 75% thumbnail – either 50% of ‘current’ and ‘next’ alongside each other, or something like 75% ‘current’ with 25% ‘next’ overlayed on the corner.

    Basically if I was leading, I’d need to be able to read the slide that is live (so I can start reading the congregational prayer knowing they have the responses on screen) but also knowing what is up next.

    I’m just rewiring our setup to allow for 2 outputs. Currently everything gets the single EW output. Now the two projectors and one wall-socket either side of church will have the ‘congregation’ view, and the foldback monitors and one wall-socket either side will have the ‘foldback’ view.

    Is there an option for an independant feed, ie the leader’s notes (powerpoint) are on the foldback monitors whilst an image or video is on the projector?


    comment added May 4, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

  • Greg says...

    Thanks Jeff,
    We decided to go with the podium monitor so that it was easier to go back and forth to a Bible or other reference material the speaker might be using up front. I am very happy that the back monitor can be configured differently, so we can pick the resolution, and font that makes it easier to read words of songs.
    For the podium monitor is there a better choice than just running a duplicate image of the operators monitor screen? Anything different would now require 4 different outputs to be supported.
    Thank you,

    comment added May 5, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  • Jeff says...

    Greg, can you elaborate on your last comment?

    comment added May 5, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

  • Greg says...

    Hello Jeff,
    If we have a monitor at the podium, a monitor at the sound board, a projector at the front of the sanctuary, and a monitor at the back of the sanctuary, we have 4 displays controlled by the PC and EasyWorship software.
    I think that EasyWorship only supports 3, so I plan on making the podium monitor just a 1×2 split from the VGA output of the PC and display the exact same screen as the sound board operator. That way either location can drive the system if needed.
    Do you know of a better way to have a screen at the podium?
    I was thinking it would be something like a 17″ LCD with a touch screen.
    Take care,

    comment added May 6, 2009 @ 8:39 am

  • John Newkirk says...

    Thank you SOOOO much for working on this feature. I can’t wait to check out the new version!

    comment added May 17, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

  • Jeff J says...

    Is it going to be possible to show a plain logo image on the audience screens while feeding a choir song to the foldback screens?

    comment added May 18, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  • Jason says...

    Yes (Jeff J). I’m currently looking at an internal beta of 2009 and I can confirm that Logo, Black & Clear affect the audience output only. So you can show Logo, Black or Clear to the audience but show whatever is selected to the stage.

    comment added May 19, 2009 @ 9:10 am

  • Eugen says...

    “No Video Background”

    I was hoping to be able to use this feature to be able to overlay text to the live feed which is then sent to the DVD recorder…

    …but I guess that won’t work…

    comment added May 31, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

  • Greg says...

    Hello Jeff,
    When will a beta version be ready for us to test with?

    comment added June 3, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

  • Matt says...

    Will the new Mac version of Easy Worship support Keynote? I like Keynote so much better than Power Point, and was wondering if it will make the cut?

    comment added June 15, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

  • Joel says...


    Im really excited about the new easyworship! Ill be keen to try out the beta.

    My question is… and im sorry if its already been answered, I am about to build a new pc for easyworship to run on and I want it to be able to have the 3rd monitor for the preacher. Does that mean I need two graphics cards. So that I can plug 1 screen in for the easyworship control screen, one to the projector, and then plug the one for the preacher into the second graphics card?

    (New Zealand)

    comment added June 19, 2009 @ 4:06 am

  • Jason says...

    Matt. I know that the Mac team is looking into Keynote integration, but I can’t give you a definite yet. What I can tell you is that as we lock down features & functionality for 2010 we’ll be releasing information, so stay tuned.

    comment added June 19, 2009 @ 9:10 am

  • KeithD says...

    Sounds good at this point, only one thing, by reading all of the above, if i am using the foldback for the choir etc. can i not show a video through the main displays?

    comment added June 20, 2009 @ 9:44 am