You may have noticed some big changes on Spreecast over the weekend. We rolled out some exciting new features along with a fresh redesign that gives you more interactive abilities and new producer tools to engage on a higher level with your audiences.
Here’s an in-depth look at the key features:
The Event Page just got Bigger!
One thing you’ll notice right off the bat is the increased size of the video feed. The new design takes advantage of larger screens, which puts more focus on the content and discussion at hand. As a result, the live chat has been moved to the far right and has also increased in size.
The best part is the chat is locked in place so you can freely scroll down the page without ever missing an exciting moment.
Have you ever come across a comment or question or media during a live Spreecast that you really liked or disliked?
You can now up and down vote questions, comments or media that is submitted during a Spreecast. The new screen queue not only offers you another way to contribute to the conversation but it can even help direct what the people who are on-air talk about.
For Producers, this new feature offers a more conducive way to interact with your audience by allowing you to see the most popular questions or topics they want answered or discussed.
Note: For those who are curious to know how questions are ordered in the new screen queue, we use a secret-recipe algorithm that takes into account up votes, down votes, and a couple of other factors. The order of the questions will update every 10 seconds to ensure you have the most up-to-date content.
Friendlier and More Intuitive Design
To support the overall flow of the new event page, some key features have been relocated to a more intuitive location.
The Faceblock, which is now called the Viewer List, is located to the right of the video feed under the chat. To see the full viewer list you can click the Viewers tab at the top right of the page.
For Producers, the Viewer List locks in place so you will be able to see and manage viewer actions like camera requests at all times.
Note: The Viewer List shows up to 100 people and is categorized by user status (on-air, camera request, viewers). If there are more than 100 people, you can always click the ‘see all’ link at the end of the viewer list to see everyone in the Spreecast.
A small but important change we have made is that any questions and comments that are brought on screen will now appear above the video instead of over the video, which previously interfered with the people on-air.
The new screen queue has been moved from the bottom right of the page to directly below the video for easier access. While we’re exploring the screen queue, here are a few additional updates relevant for Producers:
- To access the action controls for items in the screen queue such as delete, put on air, and star, simply mouse over the item.
- You can now filter the screen queue based on what you’ve starred, which will ease the process of combing through the screen queue to find your favorite items.
NOTE: This new filter is only visible to Producers and will not affect what viewers see.
- One last thing to mention is that we have placed the Producer settings and controls next to each other so you will be able to access them all in one place. The settings are now located at the top of the page along with similar controls such as the “Go Live” button.
Spreecast is all about interactivity and connecting people through engaging conversations. We hope that the new layout and intuitive design, along with the screen queue voting feature, will further enhance your Spreecast experience. To get started on using the new features, visit the Spreecast Knowledge Base for further details!
Have any burning questions or comments about the new design? Team Spreecast will be hosting a series of live Q&A’s throughout the week to address any questions and discuss the latest changes with you, our wonderful community!