How the Media Library Works
As you build presentations, you will likely want to add external files (such as background images and media files that are not in the Media Library). These files will either need to be copied (this will occur upon import) into the internal LiveWorship Media Library or "linked" so LiveWorship can find the file outside the library when needed to edit or display the presentation. The initial settings for LiveWorship is to create a link to files larger than 256 Mb and then duplicate, rename and copy files that are smaller into the Media Folder (within the LiveWorship folder). While these settings can be adjusted, these default settings allow LiveWorship to manage media files most efficiently.
Transferring Media Libraries between computers
We do NOT recommend moving media libraries or database files between computers UNLESS they are using the same version of LiveWorship AND they are the same platform (Windows to Windows, Mac PPC to Mac PPC, Mac Intel to Mac Intel). We do NOT recommend moving media libraries between Windows and Mac. Beginning with Schema 7 (v1.3.26), moving files between Mac PPC and Mac Intel will cause database corruption.
Media Library Database Schema
We strongly recommend making backup copies of your media library folder before updating to a newer version. This will ensure that if you need to revert to an earlier version, your database will be intact. After some updates, the database will not be backwards compatible and will be unusable with an earlier version.
Why link larger files and import smaller files?
If you change the Auto Import Preference setting to "never prompt", all files would be automatically imported into the Media Library. The advantage would be better management of the files, but the disadvantage would be large files that are slow to import and consume valuable disk space because they are duplicated and copied into the Media Folder.
Linking files can reduce disk space (since files would not be duplicated), but files may then be scattered among various folders and storage devices and that puts them at a greater risk of being moved or deleted and therefore, disconnected from any presentations that were built with the objects. If you import files using the File menu > Import > Import Media, you will be prompted to either accept or decline the import if the file size exceeds the Auto Import Preference setting. If you add a larger file to a presentation by either dragging and dropping the file from a window outside LiveWorship or dragging from the Library Panel while using the Browse selection in the Media Panel, you will be prompted upon saving the presentation to either import or link the file to the presentation.
Files that are linked will not show up in the library panel. They are only linked to the particular presentation.
Understanding Resolutions in LiveWorship (versions prior to v1.3)
Why does LiveWorship (prior to v1.3) change my slides when moving a presentation between computers?
LiveWorship (prior to v1.3) handles screen resolutions differently than some other programs. Some presentations programs (ala PowerPoint or Keynote) "scale" presentations to match the resolution settings. LiveWorship does NOT change your computer resolution settings for the second screen. This is set by the user in the Display Control Panel (Win) or the Display System Preference (Mac). This was done to allow for future custom resolutions and aspect ratios (HD) without distorting or stretching text.
If you are likely to be presenting from LiveWorship (prior to v1.3) in a variety of resolutions, you may want to create multiple presentations and duplicate songs where each one is designed specifically for a different resolution.
Moving Presentations between Computers
Notice in the example below, the background image "stretches" but the text does not. The solution is to design for the resolution where you are presenting, take the time to adjust the text and backgrounds if necessary once you change resolutions or create duplicate songs that are specifically designed for multiple resolutions if you are likely to change resolution settings from venue to venue.
Backgrounds that have the setting "Stretch to fill screen" will automatically resize after changing resolutions, but they may also become distorted with this setting depending on the original resolution of the background image.
Text (prior to v1.3), however, will not resize and will need to be adjusted to the current resolution size. Once you have the text from one slide adjusted, you can use the "apply to group" button to change all the text in a group or click with your right mouse button (or with single button Macintosh mice, hold the control key while clicking with the mouse) on the "apply to group" button and you can change all the text in a presentation at the same time. If you are likely to be presenting from LiveWorship (prior to v1.3) in a variety of resolutions, you may want to create multiple presentations and duplicate songs where each one is designed specifically for a different resolution to avoid having to adjust songs from resolution to resolution.
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