Once you have opened the graphics control panel from the Dashboard, here are the basics of getting started building a playlist.
First off, is when you should build the playlist Its actually possible to start building one any time - even days or weeks before the broadcast. You can setup a stream, either the one you really intend to use or just a placeholder, and start editing the playlist without starting the encoder. Later, you can select this saved playlist from the list of saved playlists for any stream.
Step 1: Add Elements
The first thing you will want to do in the graphics control panel, is add some elements. Use the plus button to do so:
The plus button will bring up a list of elements you can add. Just click on them to add them. You will note the list of elements does not go away when you click one - this is so you can quickly add many elements.
You will need one element for each new text you plan to use, for graphic elements that include text (which is many of them). For example, if you have 5 guests on your talk show, you need 5 Lower Topics and not 1.
Step 2: Edit the Editable Elements of Each Element
Once you have a playlist of elements, you can click on each element in the list to open that element in the section marked Page Editor. This is where you edit the text, and sometimes other parts, of that element:
Note, you can also change the elements name in the playlist. So, again using the example of 5 guests, you might want to type their full, formal name into the Text, then a short name that you will recognize during the show into Page Name so that each element is named by the guest you need it for in the playlist.
Step 3: Fine-Tune Your Playlist Order
Over in that playlist order, you can drag and drop to change the exact order, if you realize your show will probably run in a different order. We say probably because we know once the stream starts, its never a guarantee what oder you will need things in. This is the reason you can manually "take" and "take off" each graphic, so that you can be responsive to exact needs as the stream unfolds.
Step 4: Hit "Take In" on Any Element You Want From the Start of the Stream
The play button means "activate this graphic", sometimes called "take" or "Take in". If you want an element to be on screen from the very start of the stream (maybe your logo?), take it in while working on the playlist before the stream starts. Any element in this state will appear from the very start of the stream.
Step 5: All Your Changes Are Saved
All changes are saved as soon as you make them, so no need to hit save. Once you feel ready on the playlist, if you are not streaming right away, you can just close it until you are ready.
Step 6: Stream!
When you do start streaming, have the control panel open again and now, as you watch the preview of the stream, you can take in, and take out, graphics as needed.
We definitely recommend a practice stream or two! your first few times, while you get to know the system. Its a great way to get to know elements, get to know the motions of taking them in and out, etc.