Ustream’s Live Playlists feature was launched last Spring by our Broadcaster Experience team, so that broadcasters could reuse previously recorded videos and schedule them to run as “live” content at specific times, or as continuous loops. The innovative feature is available in all Pro Broadcasting packages and allows you to provide instant content all the time, by filling you channel with linear programming. Reach audiences around the clock long after their transmission has ended!
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Alden from the Ustream Product team here.
Broadcasters, we’ve added three new features to help you control the experience on your channel. All three are live today:
I. Add Moderators to the Social Stream
II. Automatic Player Re-sizing
III. Video mRSS Feeds
I. Social Stream Moderators
Now your chat moderators are also your social stream moderators. In the “Chat and Videos Widget” settings in the Dashboard, you can add moderators. If you’ve already added moderators for your IRC chat, these moderators now work for both your chat and your Social Stream.
Start typing a user name and it will auto-fill. Select a name and it will be added to the list.
Once you’ve added someone as a moderator, all they need to do is:
1. Go to your channel page at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/this-is-my-channel-name
2. Login to their Ustream account
3. Mouse over the messages in your Social Stream.
Upon mouseover, your moderator will see small text links that say “Ban” and “Delete” at the end of each message. Click these to ban a user or delete a message in the social stream. It’s a “silent ban,” so the user who typed the message will continue to see their messages appear, but the messages won’t be visible to anyone else.
II. Player Auto-Resize
Some broadcasters broadcast in 4:3 (squarish, old television aspect ratio) and other broadcasters use 16:9 (widescreen). About a year ago we switched our standard viewer to favor 16:9 widescreen broadcasts, because the majority of broadcasts are done in this aspect ratio. However, there is still a lot of content being produced in 4:3, so this was resulting in a smaller player and black bars on the side. We developed a new smarter player that detects the incoming broadcast and resizes accordingly. The result? No more black bars!
See the before and after below:
Next, we’re working on a feature that will help call the animals to the pond when you’re watching. Release date TBD.
III. mRSS Feed for All Videos / Highlights
- media:content – type, medium, duration, height, width
- media:backLinks — This is the link back to the ustream video/highlight page
- media:player — This is URL to the video page
- media:embed — These are the embed parameters if you want to automatically generate a video player embed
- media:price — This is the price of the video, only included if this is PPV or Subscription content
Well, that’s all for now. We’ve got a few more updates coming to the Social Stream that we’ll talk about later this week!
Login and Signup
We updated our login and registration process to make it easier for registered Ustream users to login and start their broadcasts, and for new users to sign up for a Ustream account. Another cool thing we added was OpenID capability. Users will now have the option of logging in with their OpenID or their Ustream username.
Tweet tweet tweet….We have added a Twitter tab to the broadcaster console. Broadcasters will now be able to log into their Twitter account and send out tweets right from the Ustream broadcaster console, making it easier for broadcasters to keep their Followers updated on their Ustream activities.
Direct to YouTube
Want to send your Ustream recorded video straight to your YouTube account right after you recorded it? Now you can because we’ve added a “Save to YouTube” button to the broadcaster console. After linking a YouTube account to your Ustream account in the My Profile section, you’ll be able to send your Ustream recorded videos to YouTube right after you’ve recorded it.
Larger Video Players
They are bigger! Enough said.
We have also updated our About Us section with a few new bits of info and a new look. Please feel free to peruse it to find out more about Ustream as a company.