You can navigate through StageDirector software using USB footpedal (for hands free operation), or using a wireless keyboard or bluetooth navigation device or using large buttons on touchscreens.
When in 'edit' mode, it is best to use a keyboard and mouse or trackball to enter, paste or import your material and do your editing.
Once you have finalised your lyric, chord or music notation charts and a suitable playlist, there are very few functions you need to navigate. During performance mode, you will only need the arrows up,down, left and right to navigate StageDirector. Simply select your playlist using the up and down arrow keys, then navigate right arrow to enter the playlist, Select right arrow again to enter the selected song.
If you then select right arrow once you are viewing your chart, you will activate an 'action' menu that will allow some commonly used functions such as Navigate up or down to select the action, select right arrow to action any of the action menu items.
If you are running StageDirector on a touchscreen computer, you can use the convenient buttons at the top of the screen. These also work with mouse - point and click. The buttons perform functions such as (left to right) go back, go forward, home, rotate screen, make this screen the master, show virtual keyboard, enlarge font, shrink font, next song, previous song, connect to slave screen 1.
Attach your own audio file to your performance title with the ability to transpose, and change speed to help you learn your part.
This is a great way to attach your selected audio track to your music chart. Attached audio files can be very useful for rehearsals or during your performance as a backing track. And you can change the pitch or speed of the audio track to help you rehearse. This is a great feature to have the audio track matched to the chart in the key that YOU want for your music performance title.
With StageDirector, it is very easy to add songs and music titles to your music library.
You can then organise your repertoire into playlists with huge flexibility. You can have an song in more than one playlist, and you can reorder your songs in your playlist at anytime to suit your every purpose.
This means you can carry all your repertoires in whatever order you want, and have all of your repertoires with you all of the time.
Add songs to your library and organise into your favourite playlists in any order your want. You can create as many playlists as you want and you can import items from existing playlists and edit or delete as required.
When StageDirector is 'networked' to other screens, it is possible for all the members of the band to see their own specific version of a performance title.
So the singer can see the lyrics, the bass player can see chord charts, and the brass players can see music notation, but when the singer (or nominated 'master' screen) changes performance title, everyone's chart changes so that all performers are always reading from the same page.
This makes StageDirector the perfect performance tool for big bands and orchestras.
It also makes for a far more polished performance in a very quick time.
Often, when a performer is reading a music notation chart, they want to add their own personal highlights to sections of the music, or they want to add comments on their chart.
With StageDirector, that is easy to do with the built-in pdf editor.
And if you are editing on a 'slave' screen, you can send your edits to the 'master' screen so that your comments and personal marks will be there when you next perform together again.
StageDirector also allows you to sychronise video files with your performance title. So you can play video files on a separate screen when you call up a performance title.
This can really enhance your live performance.
And you can also see a video inset window on your own StageDirector screen (so you don't have to look at the dedicated video screen so that you can always be in synch with your video).
StageDirector has really been designed with the performer in mind.
This very powerful feature of StageDirector allows the performer to transpose their chord chart to suit them. This can also be done 'on the fly' during performance mode.
Chord charts can be transposed in an instant.
Also, attached audio files can be 'transposed' to suit the performers requirements. Together with the feature of being able to change the speed of the audio track, this makes StageDirector a fabulous tool for rehearsals.
For some situations, users will want a music chart to be available for a selected time on the StageDirector network.
StageDirector can achieve this by incorporating a time limit on charts if that is what the user wants.
This can be useful where copyright conditions are such that a performer should only have access to specific music titles for selected performances.
This can be a useful feature for the education industry.
The 'search' feature in StageDirector is very powerful. It allows you to search your music library, not just on the title of the song, but also in terms of lyric content, artist, and genre. So you can find, in an instant, any of your music library that was written by Elvis (Presley or Costello).
Or if you wanted to find the the song in your music library that had a specific phrase somewhere in the lyrics, you need only type the phrase in the search box, and StageDirector will do the hunting for you.
This is especially useful as your music library grows larger and larger.
StageDirector is the perfect tool to help you keep track of what you performed at each show.
StageDirector has an optional feature that will also help performers notify their copyright collection agency of the songs performed at live shows.
This is done by simply 'exporting' the song list together with relevant details to the relevant collection agency. No more onerous filling in of onerous live performance returns, making it easier for you to collect your royalties.
StageDirector uses standard PC networking features to communicate to the other screens including Wireless networking.
StageDirector can also be ethernet (hard-wire) connected to other screens.
A very handy feature of networking StageDirector screens is the ability to send messages from the master screens to slave screens, one by one, or by groups, or to all slaves.
Slave screens can also send messages back to the 'master' with preset messaging options.
This can be especially useful if the 'stagedirector' needs to make sudden changes to performances 'on the fly'. They can send a message to each performer so that the message 'pops up' on each of the 'slave' screens.