Termonology: Understanding the MediaShout Terms

Understanding what things are called is half the battle when you call in for support. Below is a brief description of the main components. Understanding what they are will help us better help you.

Screen names

MediaShout uses multiple outputs from your computer, and we’ve given each display a name to clarify which function it’s performing.

  • Control Display

The first display, and the one you’ll spend the most time using, is the Control Display. This is usually a computer monitor or laptop screen, and it shows your presentation and the MediaShout controls. On most computers, this is monitor 1, or what is often referred to as the ‘primary’ display.

  • Main Display

The secondary output from your computer feeds the Main Display, which is what your congregation or audience sees. This is usually a projector or large flat screen display, and the computer will usually designate this as monitor 2.

  • Stage Display

The Stage Display is an optional display that you can use if you have a third output from your computer and you want a separate display for your platform team that is easier to read. This usually just displays text over a black background.


The presentation files that you create within MediaShout are called Scripts. We use this term because the script contains a description of the various events that happen in your service, and they contain the details of how those events occur.


Just as events in a drama script are called a dialog cue, lighting cue, or sound cue, every event in your MediaShout script is called a Cue. In the case of a cue that has multiple pages, like song lyrics or a long bible passage, we refer to those as ‘compound cues’.


MediaShout 5 cues can contain many different types of visual content: text, image or video files, PowerPoint or PDF files, or web pages. We refer to each instance of content in a cue as an ‘Object’.