Creating, Importing, and Exporting Projects

Livestream Studio has the ability to save, load, import, and export Livestream Project files, allowing you to keep configurations saved on your system so that you can use them whenever you need to, without starting from scratch every time you start a new production.

When you open Livestream Studio, by default you will be working on your previous project (or Untitled Project if it is your first time opening Studio). Click on the title in the upper right corner to see more options.

To rename your project, simply type the name into the text box. When you click out of this window, the project will automatically be renamed.

Your project is now renamed. As you configure it (add graphics templates, import media clips, arrange inputs, etc.), it will save automatically. This occurs regardless of whether you rename your project, but now you can identify it.

You can create a new project at any time by clicking on your project title and selecting New.

A new untitled project will open with default configurations. As described above, you can rename the new project by clicking on the title.

To go back to working on a previously saved project, click on the project title and click Open. A dropdown list of your projects will appear. Click the project that you want to work on.

The selected project will then open as it last appeared in Livestream Studio.

 

You may want to keep a Studio project configuration saved on your hard drive if you intend to use it often or move it to another Studio system. For this purpose, we created the Import/Export feature. When your Studio project is configured as you want it, click the project title, then Export.

You will have the option to bundle or reference assets. Bundle is ideal if you need to move the file to a different hard drive or system, but it creates a larger file. Reference produces a smaller file, but will not move any associated assets (media clips, etc.) After selecting your preferred option, click Select.

Choose where on your system you want to save the  Livestream Project file (.lsproj). By default, Windows will open a newly created Livestream Studio Export Projects folder under My Documents, but you can save the file anywhere you want. Then, click Save.

If you imported media files into your media bin, you will be asked whether to save the original video files or their transcoded versions (i.e. the files created after they were brought into Studio).

When you are ready to use that particular project file, you can click on the project title and then on Import.

Find your .lsproj file in Windows, select it, and click Open.

This will create a new project in Livestream Studio with the proper configurations set. You can rename the new project by clicking the project title if desired.

If you no longer intend to use the project you are working on, you can click the project title and then Delete. This will not delete an exported file, but you will no longer be able to select it from the Open menu.

Importing and Exporting Project via Dropbox

You have the option to save your Livestream Studio project files to a Dropbox folder rather than a local folder. You can also import .lsproj files from Dropbox into any Livestream Studio system using the same integration.

 

To configure Dropbox, navigate to Settings by clicking the gearwheel icon in the upper right corner of Studio.

Navigate to the Dropbox tab.

Click Connect Dropbox.

A browser window will open. Log in to your Dropbox account to connect it with Livestream Studio.

The browser will indicate that authorization was successful. Return to Livestream Studio.

The Settings: Dropbox window will indicate that your account is connected. Click Select Folders to choose which folder to use with Livestream Studio.

Choose a local folder, which will also include copies of anything you save to Dropbox on the local PC. By default, this will be set to Documents > Dropbox, but you can click BROWSE to choose a different location.

Next, choose the Dropbox folder with which you want to work. This can either be the generic "Dropbox" folder (as selected above) or you can expand into any folders within your Dropbox account (e.g., "Projects," seen below).

 

When you are done selecting your folders, click Save.

Your Dropbox account will sync with Livestream Studio. Make sure Use Files from Dropbox is checked, then save your settings.

 

When you want to save your project to Dropbox, click the project name from the upper right corner, then click Export...

Select whether to Bundle your assets into the project (e.g., graphics, media clips, etc.) or if the project should simply Reference their file paths.

Give your project a name and make sure your folder is selected, then click Export.

The .lsproj file will now be saved in both your Dropbox folder and the local folder you selected in Settings.

 

To import your project into Livestream Studio, click the project name in the upper right corner, then click Import...

Click on your .lsproj file from the Dropbox folder, then click Select. Your project will open up in Studio.

If want to go back to importing and exporting projects to your local hard drive, navigate to the Settings: Dropbox window and uncheck Use Files from Dropbox. Make sure to save your settings.

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