Manage your stage: media

Once you’ve created a stage, you can add graphics (backdrops, avatars and props) and audio files that you want to use in your performance. This chapter explains how to assign media items – that have already been uploaded to UpStage – to your stage. For information about creating and uploading media, see the Media Management section.

Assign media to a stage

Graphics and audio files that have been uploaded to UpStage can be assigned to specific stages, making those media items available to be used in performances on that stage or other stages. A media item can be assigned to, and used on, multiple stages at the same time.

To assign media to a stage:

In Backstage, click on “Stages” in the top navigation menu. Find the stage you want to assign media to in the list of stages. You must be the owner of a stage, or have been given edit access to a stage, to be able to assign media to that stage.

Click on the cog icon to enter the Stage Management interface for your stage.

In the left-hand menu of Stage Management, click on Media. You’ll see two columns: Available Media and Selected Media.

Available Media by default shows media uploaded by you. Use the drop-down menus to display media uploaded by a different player, or by all players, and use the search box to search for a specific media item. In the left-hand menu, you can select a specific media type, e.g. ‘Avatar’, ‘Curtain’, etc., in order to further narrow the display and find the media item you’re looking for.

Selected Media shows any media that has already been assigned to the stage. If you’ve selected a media type and/or player to filter the display by, it will show only the media of that type or uploaded by that player, which has been assigned to the stage.

Move the cursor over the media item you want to assign to this stage; it will be covered with a green overlay and a white + sign. Click on it, and it will move from the Available Media list to the Selected Media list.

Once you’ve selected all the media you want on your stage, you must click the green “Save” button at the top right, to save the changes you’ve made. The selected media will now be available for you to use on the live stage.

Unassign media from your stage

During the process of creating a performance you’ll often end up with more media on your stage than you need. It’s a good idea to unassign any unwanted media in order to minimise the stage load time and make your on-stage toolbars less cluttered.

Unassigning media from a stage does not remove it from the server, it only means that it’s no longer available to use on that particular stage.

To unassign a media item from a stage:

  1. Go to the Stage Management interface for your stage.
  2. Select “Media” in the left-hand menu.
  3. The right-hand Selected Media list shows all media assigned to this stage. Locate the item(s) you want to remove – it will be covered with a red overlay and a white – sign – and click once. The item will move to the left-hand Available Media column.
  4. Click “Save” to save your changes.

The media item is no longer assigned to your stage but is still present on the UpStage server.