launch poll questions that appear on top of the
viewers’ video player (Figure 5).
The producer can see the results of the polls
and use the feedback to shape their presentation (Figure 6). I would love to be able to track
the individual-viewer responses. This would enable me to use this feature throughout a webcast to verify attendance through quizzes, or
simply to ask viewers to check in to make sure
they are actually paying attention.
The work-around to this current poll feature
limitation is to use an online survey to verify attendance and administer quiz questions (
Fortunately, the IBM Cloud Video platform
allows me to provide external web links that
can be used for this purpose. Unlike webinar
platforms where I can update the page while
live, however, any updates to the web links and
the description section of the webcast channel
page require the viewers to refresh their pages
before they can see the change. The chat could
be used to send links out if needed after you go
live, provided this is enabled.
Producing interactive webinars on a webcast platform can provide a more stable viewing
experience that requires less viewer tech support than producing webinars on Flash-based
platforms. Webcast broadcast resolutions and
frame rates conform to traditional broadcast
standards, which makes recording and editing
webcasts much easier. It’s possible to add features to webcasts that capture similar user data
and provide viewer interactivity like those found
on webinars, but some of the features may have
limitations and may still require work-arounds
for effective use.
Shawn Lam ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is an award-winning video
producer and technical director. His Vancouver-based video
production company, Shawn Lam Video Inc., specializes in corporate
and event video production, including online video, video switching,
webcasting, and video SEO.
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In IBM Cloud
Polls pop up on
top of the video
A poll launched
from a remote