When watching a live session that is streamed, remote attendees have an array of tools or buttons that are available to them in the web app stream player.
The tools or buttons can slightly vary depending on the functionalities that are associated to the live session. Some of the below functionalities are there by default, others are only here if they are specifically added in Backstage.
1 - Play/pause
Allows the attendee to pause the live stream, and then play it again when ready.
2 - Volume controls
Allows the attendee to adjust the volume of the live stream audio.
3 - Number of viewers (if enabled)
This is is not a control, but shows the number of attendees currently watching the stream, if the "Who's watching" option is enabled on the live stream.
4 - Closed captions widget (if enabled)
If the live stream has closed captions enabled, attendees can activate it here and choose the caption language channel.
5 - Live interpretation widget (if enabled)
If the live stream has live interpretation enabled, attendees can activate it here and choose their audio language channel. This is not supported on mobile apps.
6 - Help button
Attendees can click here when they encounter issues watching the stream, and complete a form specifying what their issue is. The support team can then investigate the issue.
7 - Maximise/minimize screen
Attendees can use this control go full-screen or revert back to small screen. When in full-screen, only the stream player window and the side panel to the right are visible on the screen in full.
8 - Hide/show side panel
Attendees can use this button to hide or show the side panel to the right, whether they are in full-screen mode or not.
9 - Clap button (if enabled)
Attendees can use this button to clap. Claps from all attendees are visible in realtime in the live stream player.
10 - Side panel for Q&A / Poll / Viewers tabs (if enabled)
These tabs in the side panel only appear if the options (Q&A / Polls/ Who's watching) are enabled in the live session settings. Attendees can select the tab they want to access where:
- They can use the Q&A tab to see any approved questions and ask their own questions.
- They can use the Poll tab to access any active polls, send their responses, and see the poll results (a notification will also appear on the stream player when a poll is launched and when the results are available).
- They can use the Viewers tab to see the list of attendees currently watching the stream. Users can then click on an attendee name in the list to access their profile information.
11 - App menu
Attendees can access other content in the app while attending the live stream. The live stream player will continue to play in a smaller window displayed in the bottom left corner of the screen while the user navigates the app.
12 - Navigation bar
Attendees can also use the navigation bar to access app content while the stream is playing.
13 - Search bar
Attendees can use the search bar to search in the app while the live stream is playing.
14 - Attendee profile
Attendees can click here to access and edit their profile while the stream is playing.