One-click real-time native live streaming is now available in Crowdpurr. Add a real-time stream to participant devices directly from the Experience Dashboard in one-click. No more lag, no more embedding YouTube Live or Twitch. No more forcing participants to use Zoom and Crowdpurr. Just click and go! Become the live host of your own weekly trivia show!
We have several other new features to discuss in our August 2022 product update. We have new on-demand video, updated data tables, and additional Mobile View customizations! Let’s get into it.
New Feature: One-Click Real-Time Native Streaming 🎥
Way back in November 2020, we added the ability to embed YouTube Live and Twitch streams into your experiences, to achieve live streaming. This… didn’t work out so well. 🤦♂️ Due to a variety of issues like new YouTube accounts not allowing stream embedding, unmanageable stream latency, and an overly complex setup, embedding YouTube Live and Twitch wasn’t much of a hit.
The community asked for a real-time, simple, native solution… and today that solution is here! Ladies and gentlemen, we present Crowdpurr Streaming.
With any webcam you can now live host your trivia games directly from the Experience Dashboard in one-click. No setup, no configuration, just click and go! Crowdpurr instantly starts streaming your webcam to your participant devices.
Ever struggled with stream latency in the past? Not any more! Live host your experiences with sub-second latency using WebRTC technology. The same technology used in real-time teleconferencing apps like Zoom and Webex. With Crowdpurr’s new native streaming, you can narrate your trivia game in real-time! No more waiting for the stream to catch up. Trigger the correct answer and go to the next question instantly. This truly opens a new world of applications that can be achieved with Crowdpurr. Build your own weekly HQ trivia show anyone? We did (more on that below).
To learn more about one-click real-time streaming right from the Experience Dashboard, check out the Help Center article Add a Live Stream to Crowdpurr.
Don’t Stop There… Connect OBS Too!
Want a more advanced live stream content experience for your participants? We’ve enabled OBS support for Crowdpurr Streaming. Connect the free Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) app to unlock limitless possibilities for content. With OBS, you can trigger different videos, transitions, add layers and images, add multiple live cameras, and design a professional live stream experience that is entirely your own.
Live Stream Recording
Want to save and review your live streams in Crowdpurr? With the Convention Plan and above, all Crowdpurr live streams are automatically recorded and saved. You can download and view them at any time.
To learn more about live stream recording, check out the Help Center article Recording Live Streams in Crowdpurr.
New Fullscreen Layout Option
When adding a live stream, you have a choice of layout options to enhance your experiences. In addition to the previous Full Width and Vertical Card stream layouts, we added a Full Screen option.
The Full Screen option allows your live stream to demand “full attention” from your participants. Then minimize it when it’s time for participants to interact.
New Feature: On-Demand Video 🎥
We’ve taken the previous streaming functionality of embedding YouTube Live and Twitch Streams and added the ability to include any YouTube video (not just Live streams) or Twitch video, and dynamically display them on participant videos at any time!
This allows you to “fire” video content at any time in your experience. You can even intermix them with your own live streams to create a dynamic sequence of video content. Add intro videos, videos to supplement questions, videos to display during breaks or between rounds, or end-of-event videos. Any video on YouTube or Twitch that allows embedding can be added and played on-demand! To learn more about On-Demand Video, check out the Help Center article Add On-Demand YouTube and Twitch Videos.
New Weekly Live Trivia Show 🧠🏆💰
To celebrate and demonstrate Crowdpurr Streaming in all its glory and capability, we’ve launched our own new weekly LIVE trivia show called Trivia Night. Each week Crowdpurr’s in-house Trivia Manager Philip Trickey is hosting 15 new and original trivia questions from one of our upcoming 100% original trivia library games. We give away $100 in prizes every week. Want to play? Simply go to crowd.live/thursday every Thursday at 6PM EST / 3PM PST and take your shot!
Not only can you win up to $100 and have fun playing trivia, you can check out a live demonstration of the new Crowdpurr Streaming and learn how to build your own live trivia show.
Miss a game? Check out the replay on the official Trivia Night Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!
New Mobile View Customizations 📱
We’ve added some new minor visual customizations for the Mobile View.
Hide Question Numbers
You can now choose to hide the question numbers on the Mobile View view if you wish to not display how many questions the experience has. Or if your experience only has one question.
Hide Instructions Block
You can now hide the instructions block on the Mobile View. If you find this information to be unneeded and/or taking up too much space, simply hide it!
Crowd Activity Table Updates 📋
Though not a new feature, we fixed several long-standing issues with the Crowd Activity and Participants tables. We updated all data tables to be fully searchable and sortable on every column in the table across the app! You may remember search not working particularly well in the past.
Now, it’s easy to search for a particular answer to a question, or a certain participant in your experiences.
Bug Fixes and Minor Updates 🐞
We’re always updating the app and fixing bugs. Want to read up on all the latest bug fixes and tweaks we make to the app each week? Then cruise on over to Crowdpurr Community and bookmark our Official Version Updates thread to get updates whenever we update a new version of the app.
We’re excited to share we’re continuing to hire and have added new developer talent. We have quite a few updates in the queue awaiting release. So expect the updates to come fast and furious before the end of the year.
We have updates to the trivia library coming to celebrate 1000 trivia games being published, we have a family feud game format coming, and major improvements to social walls. Plus utility features like two-factor authentication, Google Pay, Google Login, and Crowdpurr for teams. Stay tuned!