Using Proclaim with the Elgato Stream Deck

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Jul 19 2020 10:23 AM

Is anyone using Proclaim with the Elgato Stream Deck? It seems that the Stream deck could greatly simplify Proclaim presentation training, and as both can support midi, it ought to be possible to use them both together.

I've found one article online that suggests it's possible, but that's a more technical setup than I want to use: https://techministry.blog/2020/06/25/walkthrough-using-a-streamdeck-and-midi-relay-to-control-faithlife-proclaim/

Does anyone have a simpler option?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 25 2020 6:54 PM

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Jordan Sjodin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 10 2020 11:10 AM

I believe there is a simpler way now. Looks like someone published a midi app for Stream Deck, which you can use to setup buttons to control Proclaim via midi. 

If you are on windows you will need to download loopMidi

On Mac, you use Audio MIDI setup to enable the IAC driver.

Both of those steps you do once, to facilitate the midi communication, then after that you configure the rest by adding Commands in Proclaim for the things you want to control, and then add the corresponding midi button to your stream deck.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 10 2020 2:34 PM

Thanks Jordan - I'll take a look.

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Bill Lindner | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 19 2020 4:16 AM

Mark - did you ever get things going with Stream Deck and Proclaim?  Any suggestions or discoveries?  

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Gregory Lawhorn | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 19 2020 5:33 AM

Bill Lindner:

Mark - did you ever get things going with Stream Deck and Proclaim?  Any suggestions or discoveries?  

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 19 2020 6:50 AM

Bill Lindner:

Mark - did you ever get things going with Stream Deck and Proclaim?  Any suggestions or discoveries?  

It's all fairly straightforward. It takes four steps and about 10 minutes to configure. These are the steps for Windows.

  1. Install and configure a virtual midi-port.
    1. Download and install loopMIDI.
    2. Add a virtual port to loopMIDI by clicking the + button in the bottom left corner. You can name the port first, or just accept the default.
    3. Minimise loopMIDI by clicking on the close button.
    4. Right-click on the loopMIDI icon in the taskbar and make sure it starts minimized in the future.
  2. Install a Stream Deck midi plugin.
    1. Make sure Stream Deck is fully closed. Right-click on the taskbar icon and quit if you need to. (You should see the StreamDeck icon across all the buttons.)
    2. Open Stream Deck, then click on More actions…
    3. Type midi in the search field, and install the extension by Trevliga Spel.
  3. Create a midi button on your Stream Deck
    1. Scroll to the list of available actions, and drag Note On/Off to one of your buttons.
    2. Name the button and change the icon as you wish. For example, you could name it Next slide.
    3. Make a note of the Channel and Key. Leave velocity at 64. Button type should be Push. The Midi Out port should be the name of the port you created in step 1.2.
    4. If you want to create more buttons, repeat these steps, but make sure you assign a different Key to each button.
  4. Configure Proclaim
    1. Make sure Proclaim is completely closed, then open it.
    2. Go to Settings and Midi Input.
    3. Click Add command.
    4. Choose a Proclaim action from the dropdown (such as Next slide).
    5. When Proclaim says it's listening, press the button you configured on your Stream Deck.
    6. If you configured additional buttons, repeat from step 4.3

That's it! Once it's configured, you can use the Stream Deck to control Proclaim in the background. I'm using this in conjunction with OBS, so that OBS and Proclaim can be controlled without ever touching the laptop.

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Bill Lindner | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 19 2020 7:58 AM

Thanks Mark - this is very helpful.  I'm putting it here so others can find it as well.

It's all fairly straightforward. It takes four steps and about 10 minutes to configure:

  1. Install and configure a virtual midi-port.
    1. Download and install loopMIDI.
    2. Add a virtual port to loopMIDI by clicking the + button in the bottom left corner. You can name the port first, or just accept the default.
    3. Minimise loopMIDI by clicking on the close button.
    4. Right-click on the loopMIDI icon in the taskbar and make sure it starts minimized in the future.
  2. Install and a Stream Deck midi plugin.
    1. Make sure Stream Deck is fully closed. Right-click on the taskbar icon and quit if you need to. (You should see the StreamDeck icon across all the buttons.)
    2. Open Stream Deck, then click on More actions…
    3. Type midi in the search field, and install the extension by Trevliga Spel.
  3. Create a midi button on your Stream Deck
    1. Scroll to the list of available actions, and drag Note On/Off to one of your buttons.
    2. Name the button and change the icon as you wish. For example, you could name it Next slide.
    3. Make a note of the Channel and Key. Leave velocity at 64. Button type should be Push. The Midi Out port should be the name of the port you created in step 1.2.
    4. If you want to create more buttons, repeat these steps, but make sure you assign a different Key to each button.
  4. Configure Proclaim
    1. Make sure Proclaim is completely closed, then open it.
    2. Go to Settings and Midi Input.
    3. Click Add command.
    4. Choose a Proclaim action from the dropdown (such as Next slide).
    5. When Proclaim says it's listening, press the button you configured on your Stream Deck.
    6. If you configured additional buttons, repeat from step 4.3

That's it! Once it's configured, you can use the Stream Deck to control Proclaim in the background. I'm using this in conjunction with OBS, so that OBS and Proclaim can be controlled without ever touching the laptop.

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Arturo Lopez | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 5:25 PM

if we enable the IAC driver would that compromise the driver we use for our audio interface?

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Bill,

Just confirming - your setup has Proclaim and the StreamDeck on the same PC?

Has anyone successfully set up a system with the StreamDeck (running Companion) on a different PC than that running Proclaim?

Thanks.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 25 2021 2:25 PM

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your setup has Proclaim and the StreamDeck on the same PC?

That‘s correct. We haven’t tried any other method.

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Bill Lindner | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 6:31 AM

Alas - I got outvoted on our team and we're no longer on Proclaim.  We are running StreamDeck w Companion from a different computer to use the presentation software we are using.  Key for that was getting all software running on local machines wi static IP addresses.  Seemed to lock things in and get more stable.  Hope that's helpful.

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Ken True | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 29 2021 7:58 AM

Good news! Faithlife released Proclaim 3.2 with "Include built-in support for Stream Deck with our companion Stream Deck Plug-in".

See https://support.faithlife.com/hc/en-us/articles/4409308832525-Stream-Deck-Support for details.

I've installed both, and the Stream Deck control of Proclaim works just fine (WIndows 10 platform), even with Proclaim minimized and focus on another running app. Very helpful to have the Next/Previous slide buttons handy on Stream Deck (also the On Air toggle function). Thanks Faithlife!

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 29 2021 8:41 AM

Thanks, Ken. I’ll try that tonight!

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