We’re proud to announce that today’s site update is the biggest in our company’s history. The change was driven by three goals: we wanted to make the process more intuitive for producers, more engaging for viewers, and more interactive for all with our side-by-side video and chat experience.
New Producer Design
Our new design is all about faces! A large, colorful Face Block displays your spreecast attendees and their status (On Air, Waiting, or No Camera). This means that we no longer have a producer queue, as those capabilities have been incorporated right into the experience.
To improve your experience, we’ve switched to a simple click-based interface. To bring guests on screen, click their Face Card, click “Invite On Camera,” and when you’re ready for them to go live, click “Put On Screen.” Drag and drop is no longer supported.
Just click any user’s Face Card to:
- Invite them on camera/put on screen
- Preview their camera feed
- Initiate a private chat
- Star the user to bump them up in Face Block
- Promote them to Producer status
- Disable their camera
- Remove them from your event
- Follow them on Spreecast
New on-air questions display
On-air questions are now displayed to all even before they’re brought on air. We’re experimenting with ways to increase user engagement, and think it’s fun to read questions submitted from others. We also plan to introduce a Vote Up feature that would bump more popular questions to the top of the list.
As a producer, you can now:
- Control whether all, starred, or no questions are displayed
- Click “Bring Question On Air” to pull a question on screen
- Click “Star” to bump a question up to the top of the list
- Click “Delete” to remove a question
New Producer Tab
Our new Producer Tab lets you private chat with other producers behind the scenes. This makes it super easy to coordinate your event. The Producer Tab also comes with settings to control video and question requests.
You can even pop out Private Chat to keep it visible during the spreecast:
More intuitive Twitter Tab
You can now customize your Twitter settings in the Twitter tab, right on the spreecast player. Add hashtags, handles, and anything you’d like included in tweets published by your viewers, and you’re ready to go.
Attend a Spreecasting 101 session
We know this is a huge change, and we want to help make your transition as smooth as possible. We’re holding three Spreecast 101 sessions Monday, July 30, to let you ask questions and walk you through the new producer experience. Thank you for spreecasting, and we welcome your feedback on the changes!