GUIDE TO THE NEW USTREAM
VIDEO: - Most controls are visible now only if you hover your cursor for a couple of seconds over the bar below the video. When you do that, several buttons pop up. - If you hover over the Eyeball icon at the far left of the bar, the counter shows you how many current viewers and total views there are. The numbers are visible all the time, but if you hover, the words "Current" and "Total Views" appear next to the numbers. - As you continue to hover your cursor, look at the icons that have popped up just above the bar. Far left: Pause/Play button. This replaces the old refresh (circular arrow) button. Click || to pause or > to play. - Next is the traditional Sound/Volume button, which works as before except they've added a meter (number) at the top of the vertical bar. This could be useful if you want to remember a particular volume setting for different sites. - Over on the right is a Share button. Hover on it and you get options for sharing the video on your Facebook or Twitter page, to copy the url if you want to paste it somewhere like a document or email, or to embed the video on your own web page. - Far right is something pretty cool. Hover on the diagonal arrows icon and you get 3 options for controlling the size of the video window. The double arrows lets you toggle between the small window and full screen, like before. Just above that is an icon that lets you toggle between the small window and "Theatre mode," which makes the window larger and bumps the chat down below the video (you can Pop out the chat and move it to wherever you want on the page if you are in Theatre mode; see below). At the top is the video Pop out button, which works as before. - Some pages, like Wild Earth and AEF, have Multiple View, where you can switch between cameras in the video window, like Operation Migration and Pete's Pond. That icon, if the broadcaster has made it available, is to the left of the Share button. - Another available feature is the ability for the viewer to change the video quality. If the broadcaster has enabled this, it will appear as an icon between the Share and Video size (toggle full screen, theatre, etc.) icons. - Remember, all these controls are visible only if you hover your cursor for a couple of seconds over the bar at the bottom of the cam window.
CHAT: - Works as before, with separate tabs at the top for Videos, Social Stream, and Chat (each of which is there only if the broadcaster of the page has enabled them). - The Pop out button is at the far right of the tabs bar. If you plan to pop out the chat, it's best to do that before you log in. If you do it after you log in, you'll be cloned and your screenname will appear twice, once as normal and once with a -1 tag, as in elfruler and elfruler-1. That takes up an extra chat room viewer slot, which isn't a good thing for chat rooms like Decorah that can get maxed out. - With Pop out you can move the window around on your screen and resize it by dragging any of the sides with your cursor. You can also toggle between Social Stream and Chat (if both are available on a particular channel). If you decide to close the Pop out window you must then click on the "Restore Social Stream" button to re-enter the chat on the page. - The controls at the bottom of the page are the same as before: Above the Send box, the Audience tab is the room that you are logged into. If you send someone a Private Message (PM) or someone sends you one, a tab with their screenname appears to the right of the Audience tab; click on it to carry on a private conversation, and X it out to make that tab disappear (and lose the conversation). At the far right is the Gear button that gives you chat options where you can Show/Hide the topic (what we called the "banner" in Decorah chat), or if you are a moderator other options like Slow Mode or Enable/Disable Links. The Person icon at the far right opens or closes the list of viewers to the right of the Chat window (but not in Social Stream). - Below the Send box is a double arrow that increases or decreases the vertical length of the chat window. This used to be called "More" and "Less" in the old Ustream.