Mac Console: Using the Custom Scoreboard feature

You can create a custom scoreboard with an overlay that includes your team's graphics. You can also easily keep score on the fly.

With the Custom Scoreboard feature, you can create your own customized scoreboards that can be laid over live video productions for keeping scores on-the-fly.

Features include:

  • Creating a custom scoreboard that uses the background images you choose
  • Adding scoreboard elements specific to the game that you're broadcasting (such as baseball, soccer, or basketball):
    • Home Team Name
    • Home Team Score
    • Away Team Name
    • Away Team Score
    • Period/Innings
    • Top/Bottom
    • Outs, Balls, Strikes

To use the Custom Scoreboard feature:

  1. Create a new project, or open an existing one.
  2. Click the + icon at the far right corner of the GRAPHICS section (toward the bottom of the screen).
  3. In the pop-up menu that appears, choose CREATE NEW -> CUSTOM SCORE CARD.
  4. In the dialog box that appears, locate the scoreboard graphic that you want to use.
    NOTE: If you open the SlingStudio Library folder, you'll see some pre-made background graphics that you can try.
  5. Click to select the graphic that you want to use, then click SELECT.
    The Custom Scoreboard dialog box opens.
  6. First, resize the graphic to the maximum size that you want; then position it as you like.
    1. To help you do that, the current Preview screen image appears in the background of the Custom Scoreboard window.
    2. You can also click the three white horizontal dots icon in the upper-right corner of the Custom Scoreboard window to choose various element positioning tools and assists, such as Safe Margins, Grid settings, and more.
  7. Next, overlay the scoreboard elements:
    1. Drag the scoreboard elements to the screen, and then adjust the size and position as you like.
      You can also click to select an element, and then move it precisely with the arrow keys on your keyboard.
    2. Click to select the element(s) to change the font, size, style, color, and opacity as you wish.
  8. If you wish to group the elements and work with them that way, click the three white horizontal dots icon in the upper-right corner of the Custom Scoreboard window and choose GROUP ELEMENTS. This lets you both move and resize all of the elements together.
    If you wish to ungroup the elements (so that you can work with them separately) then deselect GROUP ELEMENTS.
  9. When you're done, click SAVE.
    The scoreboard appears as a graphic in the GRAPHICS section.
  10. Click the scoreboard to add it to the Preview image, just as you would any other graphic.
  11. Once you place the Custom Scoreboard to the Preview or Program windows, the Score Control Panel appears docked at the top of the Console window.
    1. This lets you keep the scores, periods/innings, etc. from a control strip at the top of the Console app window.
    2. If you click the down-right arrow on the right edge of the control strip, the score-keeping buttons appear in a moveable Score Control Panel box.
    3. If you click the up-left arrow in the upper-right corner of the Score Control Panel, the scorekeeping tools once again appear as a ribbon at the top of the Console app window.
    4. If you don't have a particular score element within your scoreboard (such as Strikes, Balls, or Outs), then that element is not changeable in the score control panel.
    5. Selecting Apply to Program causes your score updates to appear immediately in both the Preview and Program windows.
      (This option is selected by default.)
    6. Deselecting Apply to Program changes the score in Preview only; the updated score doesn't appear in Program until you click PREVIEW TO PROGRAM.
  12. The scoreboard behaves just like any other graphic:
    • Edit the scoreboard by double-tapping it in the Preview window.
    • You can also edit the scoreboard by tapping the three-dots menu icon (in the lower-left corner of the scoreboard's thumbnail image in the GRAPHICS section) and choosing EDIT.
    • Add or remove it to/from Preview by clicking its thumbnail image in the GRAPHICS section. Then click Preview to Program for the updated Preview image to appear in your program.
    • First update the Scoreboard in Preview, then click Preview to Program for the updated Scoreboard to appear in your program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can only have one scoreboard in your project at a time. If you want to use a new scoreboard, you must first delete the any existing scoreboard before creating another one.