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If you have any questions about these changes, please email us at updates@webcasts.com or contact your account representative. For complete documentation, including platform guides, feature guides, and complete release notes, visit the Webcast Documentation page.

January 12

Webcast updates

Release 5.2

  • Slide Conversion upgrade. In cases where animated HTML5 slide conversions do not meet exact branding requirements, presenters can display presentations in image-only mode.
  • Bandwidth Optimization for Slides. Optimized slide caching for audience members, lessening the impact on local networks.
  • Reporting. Updated Audience reports and Event Analytics Reports to improve performance.
  • Webcast Entrance and End notification. Users who embed webcasts via iframe now have access to audience ‘enter’ and ‘end’ events triggered via postMessage() function.
  • SAML. Added ability to pass additional security parameter “tp_key” along with the event ID
  • WebRTC Webcam and Screen Sharing updates:
    • WebRTC API updates (Security and Transport upgrades)
    • WebRTC system test links will be added to Guest Presenter Lobby and Invitation Emails
    • A browser notification option will be added to the Presenter Live Studio for enhanced system feedback during Screen Share broadcasts

September 22, 2019

Webcast updates

Release 5.1

  • Self-Service AI Transcriptions and Phrase Cloud. Self-Service users can create their own AI-powered transcriptions for On-Demand events. This includes full transcript and phrase editing capabilities, administrative controls and the option to allow audiences to download a copy of the transcript.
  • Dynamic Layout Switching. Presenters will have the ability to control the audience player layout in real time without using the Event Script. They can expand the video window or change to a slide only view to direct the audience’s focus as needed throughout the presentation. Layout switches are also fully supported in On-Demand events.
  • Refreshed audience pre-live experience. A new, original set of songs will replace the default pre-live music for all events and a new video loop including the same new music will replace the existing pre-live video loop.
  • Browser Compatibility. Browsers are constantly updating their security and media control requirements. We continue to stay ahead of these changes and provide consistent high-quality user experiences.
  • Additional updates:
    • Adding an option for SP initiated SAML SSO.
    • Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) will be enabled automatically for all On-Demand video events published after the release. The player will default to the higher stream and switch to the lower stream if necessary, based on bandwidth.
    • Hive optimization will be available for SimLive events.
    • In the Live Studio, the Audience Capacity count will display the number of viewers in red when it reaches 80% of the currently set event capacity.
    • We are adding new infrastructure to support audiences in China. Please contact your account representative for more information.

May 19, 2019

Webcast updates

Release 5.0

  • Automatic transcriptions of webcasts and list of key topics discussed. Automatically create active webcast transcripts with clickable rolling text and hot topic word cloud generation.
  • Edit AI generated transcripts to ensure accuracy and clarity. Automated transcripts are mostly accurate but there will always be a need to make edits to the presentation itself and to any incorrect words in the transcript, such as names of products, brands and people.
  • Control audience experience and direct focus to particular content. Provide presenters with a way to guide users through their content by allowing layouts to be switched dynamically. This allows presenters to direct the audience’s focus to a particular item, as needed.
  • Script presentation content into single track for easy live event delivery. Create an event script for your live presentation including Speaker Headshots, Overlay Videos, Surveys, Survey Results, Slides and even Layout changes. Carefully plan out presentations ahead of time, leaving the presenters to focus on presenting.
  • Streamline presenter dial-in workflow for all users. Upgrade all users to the advanced telephony integrated bridge system to simplify event creation and presentation dial-in workflows. This provides an automated presenter phone bridge for all audio events so that presenters do not need to manage a manual bridge setup.
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