ProPresenter 5 is a powerful presentation software that allows you to create and display slides, videos, lyrics, and other media for live events. One of the features of ProPresenter 5 is the Communication Module, which enables you to connect and control external devices via network or serial communications. This module supports various protocols, such as AMP, VDCP, Sony BVW, GVG100, Sony BVS, RossTalk, DMX, and MIDI[^1^].
In this article, we will explain how to use ProPresenter 5 with some of these protocols and what benefits they offer. We will also show you how to fix a common issue that may prevent ProPresenter 5 from saving your registration information.
Playback Deck/Media Server Control Protocols
These protocols include AMP, VDCP, and Sony BVW. They allow you to control playback decks or media servers that store and play video clips. AMP and VDCP are media server protocols that have more capabilities than Sony BVW, such as triggering clips by name. BVW can only control the playback of an already triggered clip[^1^].
To use these protocols with ProPresenter 5, you need to add a device in the Communication tab of Preferences. You can choose the protocol from the list and configure the settings according to your device's documentation. You also need to connect your device to your computer via a network or serial cable. Once connected, you can use ProPresenter 5 to send commands to your device, such as play, stop, pause, cue, etc.
Switcher Control Protocols
These protocols include GVG100, Sony BVS, and RossTalk. They allow you to control a switcher, which is a device that switches between different video sources. For example, you can use a switcher to switch between a live camera feed and a ProPresenter output. These protocols enable you to remotely enable and disable keys or fade to black[^1^].
Sony BVS is preferred over GVG100 when available since it has greater capabilities. RossTalk is a proprietary protocol supported by some Ross switchers. RossTalk is the preferred choice for a compatible Ross switcher because it uses network communication rather than serial. RossTalk supports two modes: Device and Controller. In Controller mode, ProPresenter can send commands to a connected Ross switcher. In Device mode, RossTalk provides some control of ProPresenter from a compatible Ross switcher[^1^].
To use these protocols with ProPresenter 5, you need to follow the same steps as for the playback deck/media server control protocols. You need to add a device in the Communication tab of Preferences, choose the protocol from the list, configure the settings according to your device's documentation, and connect your device to your computer via a network or serial cable.
How to Fix Registration Issue
If you are being asked to enter your license information every time you try to launch ProPresenter 5 then you have a permissions issue with the directory where the license file is stored. Fortunately this is very simple to fix[^2^].
Close ProPresenter 5 before continuing. When a folder's permissions are set incorrectly ProPresenter 5 is unable to create the necessary directories to store the license information. This is the most common issue when you are having to enter your license information every time.
Follow these steps to correct the permissions for the directory where the license file is stored:
Open a new Finder window.
Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go.
Select the RenewedVision folder and press Command-I on your keyboard to open the folder's info window.
Expand the Sharing & Permissions section at the bottom of this window.
Click on the lock icon on the bottom right and enter your administrator password.
Make sure that each user account under Name is set to \"Read & Write\". If there are any that are not click on the Privilege and change it to \"Read & Write\" as shown below.
Click on the action menu (the gear at the bottom) and ec8f644aee