MediaShout Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

MediaShout

Church presentation & worship management software

4.33/5 (275 reviews)

MediaShout overview

What is MediaShout?

MediaShout is a church presentation software which enables the display of song lyrics, announcements, bibles passages, and almost any type of media file. The solution includes templates, fire buttons, social media integrations, text formatting, editor/presenter views, a sermon builder, and more.

MediaShout's editor provides users with a drag-and-drop interface for creating custom presentations. The sermon builder includes a wizard to assist users with creating their sermon slides. The cues library plugin allows users to save their favorite cues and easily add them to future presentations. Users can also edit slides further once cues have been added. Scripture passages from a variety of Bibles can be added to presentations, with the American Standard Version, King James Version, Webster Bible, and many others integrated.

The stage display in MediaShout enables the display of content to pastors and worship teams. Items can be copied directly from the main display to the stage display, and users can then edit items on the stage display only. Notes, previews of upcoming slides, and additional information can be shown to the worship team during sermons.

Pricing

Starting from
$399
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Devices

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
MediaShout screenshot: MediaShout presentation editorMediaShout V6 TrailerMediaShout screenshot: MediaShout cuesMediaShout screenshot: MediaShout script

MediaShout reviews

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Adrian Liew

Excellent Product and Great Value for Money!

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-28
Review Source: Capterra

Stability and mobility. I'm a life customer with MediaShout and would not hesitate to recommend it to other people.

Pros
You can do most things under the one computer. No multiple machines or feeds required. This is very useful for a mobile church setup. It also comes with multiple features that you often have to pay extra for with other products such as loads of Bible versions, Songs and Hymnals. MediaShout also has first grade tech support that quickly respond to issues encountered. MediaShout has been faithfully serving our church and multiple ministries for over 15 years. Our church was one of the first users of this product in Australia.

Cons
Text editing is probably the weakest point, which we sometimes have to rely on PPT instead for better formatting, but MediaShout is overall a very strong and all rounded product.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Michael Skoglund

Good product, could still use some work

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-11-06
Review Source: Capterra

I've been using MediaShout weekly since 2009. I've learned most of the tricks, bugs and shortcuts to the older 4.5 version, but I haven't really tried version 6 a ton because I can't get it to do what I want all the time.

Pros
Very easy to add lyrics to the presentation, integrated nicely with other products most churches probably use anyways.

Cons
I am currently using version 6 and version 4.5. I am sticking with 4.5 for now because I can't find a good way to use my keyboard on version 6. In version 4.5 you can use the arrow keys to navigate the cues without firing them, then hit enter on the one you want to fire to the presentation. Maybe I just don't know how to use the newer software, but it feels a lot harder to control since I'm using my mouse a lot more. (on my laptop I want to stay away from the trackpad as much as possible!) You can go through (sort of) the cues with your arrow keys but enter isn't the way to fire the cues, and I have a lot of volunteers that help me out with running media, so I want things to be as simple as possible but also flexible enough to skip cues if need be, so telling them to just press spacebar isn't always the best way to do it either. There's also some overall clunky things in the newer version with editing songs and text cues and how it reformats when you try to repaginate things to your liking. It looks like a nice try, there's just enough finnicky things about it to keep me tied to the older, slower 4.5 version for now.

Response from MediaComplete


We appreciate the feedback. V6 is a little different- it puts more at your fingertips without going to different layers to edit. Multiple parts of the program are "active" at the same time. We tried to allow for things like entering numbers and pressing enter to fire, but the challenge was that commands were being sent to the editing functions and not just to the control functions. However, there are a couple of ways to navigate and fire cues such as the F7 and F9 keys, or like you said, the space bar. You can even assign custom keys. You only need to click to jump to out of order. I do realize that is common, so I hear you. For text editing, be sure you have page breaks inserted (Ctrl + Enter or right click and select "Page Break" in a text box). This keeps your pages split as you want, regardless of changes to text size or text boxes for instance. Let our support know (mediashout.com/support) if you have specific questions so we can help. Thanks again!

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Rrichard Davies

Media Shout 7 - Latest Version

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-03-19
Review Source: Capterra

We have used Media Shout from version 4/5, then into V6 and now V7. All of the releases have gone very smooth until V7. It seems they wanted to meet an arbitrary delivery date and released it prematurely. Now, with this latest release MS7 seems ready for prime time.

Pros
After all of my critical critiques of MS7 early releases I thought I would follow-up with a review of the latest release. I almost had to start from scratch, relearning how to build cues and formatting pages. But, I was able to build this weeks service in MS7 and it ran without any issues/aborts (unexpected shutdowns). I did not use any of my old MS7 scripts but started with a "new" script and built the entire script from scratch. I also imported a MS6 Announcement script into MS7 and did not experience any issues. The "new" MS7 announcement script ran using script control which it imported from the MS6 script. This release has fixed the unexpected shutdown issue that we were having with the early releases. Another PRO is the support staff at Media Shout. They bend over backwards to help you solve issues or help you learn how to use the product.

Cons
Their early release of the product. There were several features that would give you a comment that this feature would be coming in a future release. With the early releases the software would shutdown in the middle of our church service. To date this version of MS7 seems to be stable.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Julia August (LION)

BUYER BEWARE. LICENSE VANISHES.

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-12
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, in 10 years, we were left fixing and resetting codec issues multiple times a year. It worked 85% of the time and most recently not at all.

Pros
We have been customers for upwards of 10 years. The program worked with dual monitors.

Cons
We have purchased several upgrades - one because they forced us to. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. A few months ago we showed up for service as usual and our program said we were using a trial version. It started the 30 day countdown. Eventually we dig out the registration codes for the product we had purchased and it would not accept the code. We tried multiple times but it would never go through. We contacted tech support and eventually they just told us the company that managed the licenses for them no longer was. We asked what we could do to fix the problem. The answer? Pay $400 to get a new version. WHAT?!? We purchase a product with the express understanding they are going to deliver on that product. Instead, because they made an unfortunate decision to do business with the wrong company, it was going to cost US -the customer- $400. No product discount, no alternate license or work around. Just a response that would mean they succeeded at doing this to us TWICE. I’m not happy nor would I recommend this product. It does the job. There were things we liked and didn’t like but because of the investment we had, we stayed. No longer. We still haven’t replaced our program. We will be very diligent in reading reviews so we can get a company that is: 1) available with tech support without charging an additional fee and 2) stands behind the service they offer

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Robert Mayfield

MS7 needs lots of work!

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-05
Review Source: Capterra

I have been a loyal MediaShout user since they began. However, Versions 5, 6, and now 7 are so riddled with problems that I have decided I will not invest any more money in this software. Tired of them repackaging the same program with the same problems.

Pros
So far, I can't really say that there are a lot of pros to this release.

Cons
MediaShout has always had lots of potential, but issues are many. MS7 was rebuilt from the ground up and is marketed as being more stable than other versions. This is simply not true. I upgraded over a month ago and it crashes or locks up weekly. It is also marketed as "powerful presentations made easy." There is nothing easy about this program. It is powerful, if you are willing to go through multiple steps to get your presentations the way you want them. MS7 is missing many of the features that were found in previous releases. In reworking the software, they have made many changes that practical usage very difficult and time consuming.

Response from Wordsmith


We're so sorry for your trouble. I understand where you're coming from. In streamlining & rebuilding MediaShout in Version 7, a lot was simplified, and we're still releasing some of the more advanced features over the next several months. But the basics are where the majority of users do think things are easier and quicker. We broke out of the box of limitations on a lot of things. Tech support has had less "how do I" questions than ever because things seem to make more sense. With that said, there are things about the heart of MediaShout that we want to stay in the workflow..we're always open to feedback on those. As for stability, we've had a few hurdles, but it's been an impressively smooth new release--much more stable than previous versions right off the bat, and issues we've had have been with very small groups and specific systems. V7 has nothing in it that was repackaged from the past. Tech support is available and developers will work ASAP on any reported issue.

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Likelihood to recommend: 3/10

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MediaShout pricing

Starting from
$399
Pricing options
Free trial
Open source
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MediaShout offers a 30-day free trial for ministries to test out its features. MediaShout V7 for Windows is available as a single license for $399 which includes 1 activation and 46 public domain Bibles, or a site license for $449 including 69 Bibles. MediaShout V6 for Mac costs $399 for a single activation with 46 Bibles, or $449 for a site license with 69 Bibles. Users can also upgrade their Windows license from V6 to V7 for $209, or contact MediaShout for custom Combo pricing details.

MediaShout features

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Additional information for MediaShout

Key features of MediaShout

  • Animations & Transitions
  • Audio Content
  • Drag & Drop
  • Layout Management
  • Library Management
  • Media Library
  • Multi-Screen Support
  • Offline Editing
  • Offline Presenting
  • Scripture Database
  • Search/Filter
  • Text Editor
  • Video Content
  • Worship Planning
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