We’ve just finished a run of Scrooge The Musical with Beaconsfield Operatic Society.   We produced visual effects for Marley’s ghost as well as plenty of other shots, as you can see in the highlight reel:

I did face a problem in the best way to send these videos to the projector.   in the past, I’ve made a DVD, but it’s quite clunky and time consuming.  Plus any changes needed mean making a new disc.

An alternative is to use third-party software to make a playlist, but then it becomes a case of finding the right product.   One that doesn’t have ads, annoying sounds or lacks customisation.

So, I came up with a third option.  I wrote an Adobe AIR app to play the videos and images for me.

The interface for ShowPlayer
The interface for ShowPlayer

I tried to incorporate all the elements I’d need to in one screen while the second screen (the projector) displays the videos or images.


  • The app plays Mp4, JPG and PNG files.
  • Videos play with time remaining displayed and can be set to loop.
  • There’s a BIG stop button which is easy to find.
  • It’s a full screen app, so I also show the current time.
  • The display resolution can be set manually, so if you’ve prepared HD videos but use a smaller resolution projector, they resize.
  • You can leave yourself messages / reminders

If you’d like to try it out for yourself, feel free to download it here:

Mediafire download

Unzip the file and run the showplayer.air file.   I’ve included a README.txt file with instructions on how to compile the playlist and where to place the video folder.

It worked really well for me and meant I was able to make changes pretty quickly.   It’s set up for the resolutions on my laptop and projector, but you can change these in the playlist.txt file.

Once installed, all you need to do is copy the showplayer_content folder to your C: drive and place any videos in there (along with the playlist file)

Published by ShiveringCactus

Tutorials and videos, mainly After Effects, but with some 3D and puppetry stuff too.

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