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If you're a content creator or producer and want more information about setting up a spreecast, check out our helpful how-to guides.

Instructions for On Camera Guests

What You Need Before You Get Started: 

  • You will need a computer with a webcam, and please have earphones/headphones handy.
  • A hardline Internet connection (Ethernet cord) is always preferred, but a strong wireless connection should also be fine. In general, note that the biggest variable in the quality of a spreecast experience is the quality of your connection.
  • Please make sure you have an up-to-date version of Flash on your computer (check here; please have version 11.2 or higher). Update flash here. Note: Safari and Chrome are our preferred browsers, but Firefox/Internet Explorer should be fine as long as you update Flash.

Joining On Camera:

1. When you click the link to the Spreecast you will be prompted to sign in using your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or email ID. Please sign-in, or create an account if you have not already.

Note for creating an account: The majority of users sign up via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. If you sign up via email, you will need to accept a confirmation email in order to authenticate your account. Without doing this step, you will still show up as “guest” and will only be able to watch, not participate. Accept the email (check spam folder) and refresh Spreecast page.

2. Once you’re signed-in, the host will invite you on camera to get ready before officially going “live” (a virtual green room) so be sure to accept the camera invite.

3. After accepting their camera invite, enable your computer’s camera by clicking “Allow” in the dialog box that pops up. Google Chrome Users: you will have to enable your camera twice for your video feed to come through—look for a gray bar at top of the webpage and click “allow”.

If you can see a preview of your video feed (to the left of the blue “camera” button) then you know your camera is working, and the host can bring you “on screen”. If not, check out the tips below!

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If you do not see a preview of your video feed in the lower pane of the video player, click the “Settings” icon in the bar beneath the video player (middle icon on right side) and make sure you’ve selected the correct camera and microphone for your computer. If you are still having problems, make sure you have an updated version of Flash on your computer. If using Chrome, make sure you have accepted the second opt-in to “allow” your camera at the top of page.
  • If for some reason the other participants cannot hear you but see you, click the “Settings” icon in the bar beneath the video player (middle icon, right side) and make sure you’ve selected the correct microphone, and/or that you are not muted (microphone icon next to video preview).
  • If you hear an echo, make sure you do not have the Spreecast page open in multiple windows or tabs.

Screen Queue Tips

Screen Queue

Before Your Spreecast Begins: 

1) Using the main company account, preload something similar to the below (add it 2 or 3 separate times) into the screen queue and bring “on air” during the chat to remind people they can ask questions (it’s especially important to bring on screen if you have embedded the medium player since chat is not visible from the medium embed):

Ex: “Reminder: to participate in our discussion tweet questions to #(hashtag) or click the blue “submit question” button below.”

2) Using the main company account, preload links to the bios, Twitter handles, etc. for each on camera guest to bring on air during their introductions. Do this as soon as the spreecast is created (weeks or days in advance).

Ex: “Read more about (guest’s) work at (link) or follow her on Twitter @(handle)”

3) Using the main company account, preload any other promotional material you may want to promote live to your audience (links to relevant websites, blogs, reports, questions, comments, etc.)

Ex: “To read more about the (spreecast topic), check out this recent blog <link>”

4) Using the main company account, preload general questions into the screen queue that you know you want your participants to discuss, on top of any audience questions that come in live.

Ex: “What do you think about (spreecast topic)?”

5) Using the main company account, preload any Twitter questions from audience members that you want to your guests to answer when you are live

Reminder: don’t put text around tweet links; just submit the link to an individual tweet into the queue, wait for thumbnail to load, and click submit

Remember: If you choose “starred’ option for the visibility of items in the question display (screen queue), only star items in the queue that you want the public to see before they are brought “on air” by a producer.

Community Chat

Once your Spreecast Begins: 

1) Using the main company account, put a participation reminder into the live chat to solicit participation:

Ex: “Welcome to our spreecast on [topic]! Log in using your email, FB, LinkedIn or Twitter ID to participate, and tweet your questions to us @ #(hashtag) or use the blue “Submit Question” button below. We look forward to hearing from you!”

Spreecast 101 for Producers

What You Need To Get Started:

  • You will need a computer with a webcam.
  • Please have earphones/headphones handy.
  • A hardline Internet connection (Ethernet cord) is always preferred, but a strong wireless connection should also be fine. In general, note that the biggest variable in the quality of a spreecast experience is the quality of your connection.
  • Please make sure you have an up-to-date version of Flash on your computer (check here; please have version 11.2 or higher). Note: Safari and Chrome are our preferred browsers but Firefox/Internet Explorer should be fine as long as you update Flash. When in doubt, update Flash! http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Part 1: Creating Your Spreecast

1. Go to www.spreecast.com. If this is the first time going to the spreecast site (at all or from a particular computer) you will either have to log in, or “sign up” to create your spreecast account.

Note for signing up: You can sign up via your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter ID, or via email. If you choose to sign up via email, you will need to accept a confirmation email in order to authenticate your account. Accept the email and refresh the Spreecast homepage. If you don’t see the email within 5 minutes, check your spam folder.

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2. Once you sign-in you’ll land on the Spreecast Homepage. To create your spreecast, click the gray “Create Spreecast” button.

Note for creating a spreecast: You can create your spreecast event page weeks, days, or minutes in advance of your actual spreecast. Once you create the virtual spreecast room, you can start promoting and sharing the link to your spreecast via social channels, embed it on another site, etc. to increase the visibility of your event and the number of attendees on the day of.

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3. Fill out the information for your spreecast

Name your spreecast, choose its level of visibility, schedule it now or for the future, give the event a cover photo, note which category it belongs in, add a description, and add tags.

When done, click “Create Spreecast” and you will be taken to your spreecast room

Remember: You can edit these details at any time after creating your spreecast by clicking “Edit” next to the title of your spreecast.

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4. Now you will be taken to your Spreecast virtual room.

If this is your first time using Spreecast (at all, or from a certain computer) you will be asked to:

Enable your camera before moving forward; click “Allow” and “Remember”, and then click “Close”

Remember: Google Chrome users will have to enable their cameras twice—look for a gray bar at top of page and accept!

Select the correct camera and microphone for your computer; if you see options for either, click whichever you want to use—if you see the video preview and green bar moving up and down then you know it is working.

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5. Welcome to your Spreecast event page (and our virtual greenroom!)

If you are ready to go live, click the red “Start Spreecast,” and skip to page 15.

If you are not ready to go live (i.e. still setting-up or your spreecast is in a few days), click “Not Yet, I’m Still Setting Up”.

Remember: Until you click the “Start Spreecast” button, you’re in our “virtual green room,” and no one in the audience can see or hear you getting set up (even though you’re on camera). Instead, they will see whatever image you uploaded for your event and a countdown timer (similar to picture in the bottom right corner).

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Part 2: “Getting Ready” for Your Spreecast

The Virtual Green Room is what we call our “staging environment”— it’s the time before you go live, where you can get ready for your spreecast (days or hours in advance!).

1. Decide which platform features you want to enable or disable

Click the “Producers” tab in the top right corner of the player and choose which features you’d like to enable or disable:

  • Video requests = audience can request to ask questions “on camera” (via their personal webcam) using blue “camera” button
  • Question requests = audience can submit text questions using blue “question” button (which you can vet/share via queue)
  • Question display = visibility level of items in the screen queue. Selecting “starred” means that only items that you manually “star” in the queue will be visible to the audience. This is a good option if, for instance, you want to preload your own materials into the queue that you don’t want your audience to see before you “bring them on screen” live.

2.  Invite people to your spreecast in advance.

If your spreecast is…

  • Public: Open to all, and findable on the Spreecast site; invite people using our invite function, or grab the URL at the top of your spreecast page and put that link into, for instance, an e-newsletter, blog post, tweets, FB posts, etc. to inform people about your upcoming event and invite them to join through that link.
  • Unlisted: Need spreecast event link to join; distribute event link to specific group via e-newsletter, social channels, email, etc.
  • Private: Invitation required; invite all guests using the invite function (gray “Invite” button) on the spreecast page.

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3. Decide if you want to embed your spreecast on another site.

You can embed your spreecast in as many places as you want to—on a website, blog, or Facebook page, or on all three!

  • Click the </> icon in the top right hand corner to grab the embed code for your spreecast. Learn more about how to embed a spreecast and about our different embedded player sizes here: http://about.spreecast.com/advanced/

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4. Preload items you want to share with your audience when you’re live into the “screen queue.”

Spreecast is partnered with embed.ly so you can add 250+ kinds of external media links (videos, pics, PPT, tweets) to the spreecast “screen queue” (below) to share live with your audience. Check out our external media “how-to” for more details. You can also preload text items in the queue–questions, links, twitter handles, and other promotional materials–that you want to share.

Note(s):

    • When adding external media links to the queue, let the thumbnail of a video, tweet, etc., load before clicking “submit.”

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  • For a Youtube video to autoplay when you bring it on air, add “&autoplay=1” to the end of the URL before submitting to queue
  • Remember: questions submitted from the audience will also show up in the screen queue, in addition to items you submit.

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5. Decide if you want any “co-producers” to help you produce your live spreecast.

There’s no limit to the # of “co-producers” you can have on a spreecast, both on and off camera. This means you can divide producer roles up between colleagues and produce a spreecast together. For instance, if you’re expecting a large/active spreecast, you might assign one person to moderate the live chat, another to vet/star questions in the queue, and another to vet/star video requests (depending on what features you’ve enabled for your session).

To invite someone to be a co-producer:

  • Find their “face card” in the face block area and click “Make Producer”. They will receive an invite, which they will accept, and then they will have all the same controls and abilities as you (to moderate chat, vet questions, etc.)

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Note: If you choose to have co-producers, make sure to communicate with each other both before and during your spreecast via “Producer chat”—a private chat accessible only to co-producers.

  • Go to the “Producers” tab, and click the arrow in the corner of the producer chat area to pop out the producer chat box and move it around your screen so its easily accessible/readable.

Tip: Make your on-screen moderator a “producer” too and tell them to pop open their producer chat. Communicate and coordinate with your moderator during the live spreecast using producer chat (for ex: “Take 1 more audience text question then wrap up”)

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6.  Invite your speakers or guests to join you on camera before you start your spreecast, and help them get set-up.  

You can do this an hour(s) before your spreecast goes live or a few days before. Either way, it’s smart to get guests on early to  check their video/audio feeds & connection, and troubleshoot any issues in advance. To do this:

a. Locate your guest’s “face card” in the face block section and click on it. Then click the blue “Invite On Camera” button in the pop up window. Note: You’re still in the virtual green room (aka: not live) so your guest will not be able to see/hear you until you invite them on camera (aka: give them a backstage pass)

When they’ve accepted your camera request, you should be able to see their camera feed in the preview area (it can take a few seconds to come through). Once you see their preview you can put them “On Screen.” Note: If their feed is not coming through, private chat them to make sure they’ve enabled their camera (if they’re using Chrome, make sure they’ve enabled both opt-in boxes: the pop-up box with “Allow”, AND the gray pop up at the top of their page). If that is not the problem, make sure they have the correct camera selected for their computer by clicking the settings button in the bar beneath the video player.

Repeat for other guests who will be “on-screen.”

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7. Once your guest(s) are on screen, check a few things before starting your spreecast

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  • Check your guest’s background lighting and make sure it looks OK.
  • Check your guest’s audio:
    • If they cannot hear you when they come on screen, tell them to click the “settings” button in the bar below the video feed and make sure the right microphone is selected for their computer.
    • Once you can hear them, check to make sure you don’t hear any audio feedback loops (your voice coming out of your guest’s computer speakers on what sounds like a delay, vice-versa). If you do, your audience will hear it too, and it will be unpleasant. Wearing earphones will eliminate any possibility of this. If you/guest don’t have earphones, encourage them to turn down the volume on their computer speakers (and turn up the volume on the bar beneath the video feed)
    • Check your guest’s connectivity:

Scroll over guest’s face; the bar chart allows you to check their connectivity (bandwidth, quality, ping, & packet loss).

  • Ideally, bandwidth will be over 300kbps, quality score will be as close to 100 as possible, ping less than 100ms, and packet loss will be as close to 0% as possible.
  • If your guest’s connection is not good, encourage them to plug in with an Ethernet cord. Also encourage them to close out of other windows, applications, ask others around them to get off Internet, restart router, etc.
  • Remember: the biggest variable in the quality of a spreecast experiences is the quality of connectivity.

Part 3: Lights, Camera, Spreecast!

1. Start your spreecast.

When you are ready to go live, give your guests a countdown, and then click the red “Start Spreecast” button. A small box will pop up asking you if you are sure you want to go live, so click the red “Start Spreecast” button again and you will be live for your audience!

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Note: When you are live, you will see the red “On Air “ logo and a timer next to the “End Spreecast button” telling you how long you have been “live”.

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2. Display things from the screen queue “on screen” during your Spreecast.

To share something with your live audience put it into the screen queue, find it, and then click, “Put On Screen.”

  1. If item is text based (question, comment, hyperlink) it will show up in the bottom third of the screen (see Example A below). To add something new to the bottom third, click the next item in the queue that you want to share and it will swap the text out.
  2. If you add a link to external media into the queue and then bring it on screen, it will pop up as a separate window within the player (see Example B below– a Youtube video brought on screen)

Note: When adding external media links, let the thumbnail of a video, tweet, etc., load before clicking “submit.”

3. Ending Your Spreecast.

When you want to end your live spreecast for everyone, click the gray “End Spreecast” button. A small window will pop up asking you if you are sure you want to end the spreecast for everyone—click the blue “End Spreecast for Everyone”.

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4.  Saving Your Spreecast.

After ending your live spreecast, you will automatically be taken to a page where you can finalize all the details for your archive. You can also decide when you want your archive to start playing back from (for instance, if you were on air before you realized you were…set the playback time to just before you started “for real”). When done, click “Save.”

Note: You can edit these details at any time by going to your archive and clicking the “Edit” button next to the title of your spreecast.

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5. Archive complete. Now Create Clips!

You’re all done! Enjoy your Spreecast archive… and even better, make short clips of the content to share across social media channels by clicking the blue “Create a Clip” button above the video player.

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6. Create Your Very Own Clips.

To create clips either drag the green bar to the desired start time and end time, or manually enter the start and end time of your clip. Give your clip a title (and description if you want), preview it, and then click “Create Clip.”

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7. Clip Completed. Now Don’t Forget to Share!

Now you can share your content across social channels, etc.! Tweet the link to your clip, share it on Facebook, grab the embed code in top right corner of page and embed it on your blog or website, etc. The world is your spree-oyster.

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profileAudience Members

If you're an audience member and want more information about participating in a spreecast, check out our helpful how-to guide.

Spreecast 101 for Audience

What You Need Before You Get Started:

  • You will need a computer with a webcam, and please have earphones/headphones handy.
  • A hardline Internet connection (Ethernet cord) is always preferred, but a strong wireless connection should also be fine. In general, the quality of your connection is the biggest variable in the quality of a spreecast.
  • Please make sure you have an up-to-date version of Flash on your computer (check here; please have version 11.2 or higher). Update Flash here. Note: Safari and Chrome are our preferred browsers but Firefox/Internet Explorer should be fine as long as you update Flash.

Participating in a Spreecast:

1) In order to participate in a spreecast you have to sign in (you can only watch without an account). When you click the link to the Spreecast you will be prompted to sign in using your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or email ID. Please sign-in, or create an account if you have not already.

Note for creating an account: If you sign up via email, you will need to accept a confirmation email in order to confirm your account. Accept the email (check spam folder) and refresh Spreecast page.

2) Once you sign in, you can start participating.  Depending on what features the host of the Spreecast has enabled, both before and during the Spreecast you can:

  • Chat with other audience members in the live chat area
  • Submit questions directly to the host by clicking the blue “Question” button
  • Request to join on camera by clicking blue “Camera” button

If you have requested to come on camera:

  • Enable your camera by clicking “Allow” when the dialog box pops up. Google Chrome users have to enable their camera twice—look for a gray bar at the top of the webpage and click allow. If you see a preview of your video feed (left of “camera” button) then your camera is working and the host can bring you on air if you’re picked.
  • Double check that the right microphone is selected for your computer, or we may not be able to hear you when you come on screen. Click the “Settings” icon in the bar beneath the video player (middle icon, right side) and make sure you have the correct microphone selected.
  • Please use headphones when you come on camera so that the audience doesn’t hear delayed audio feedback from your computer speakers. It’s not pleasant for anyone!

3) Please remember that hosts will try to answer as many questions as time allows. Submitting a question multiple times will not increase the chances of it being picked. Please try to be patient!

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If you cannot participate, it means you’re not logged-in. Please create an account or log in, and refresh the event page. If you signed up via email, accept the confirmation email (check your spam folder).
  • If you hear an audio echo, make sure you don’t have the Spreecast page open in multiple windows.
  • If you don’t see a small preview of your video feed in the lower pane of the video player, it means your feed is not coming through. To fix, click the “Settings” icon in the bar beneath the video player and make sure you’ve selected the correct camera. Google Chrome users: make sure there isn’t a gray bar at the top of your page asking you to enable your camera (again).
  • If you tried to join on camera and we couldn’t hear you, make sure you have the right microphone selected and that you are not muted. Click the “Settings” icon in the bar beneath the video player and make sure you have selected the correct microphone.
profilePrintable Producer Checklists

Print out these how-to documents to help you produce a Spreecast.

Pre-Event Instructions

Click here to download a printable PDF version of these instructions.

I. Create Your Spreecast Event Page

Create your event page in advance and distribute the link and instructions to your participants

  • Create a title and add a description.
  • Choose “Public” for the visibility option
  • Schedule the spreecast in advance
  • Add a picture; this will be the image in the video player until your event goes live
  • Add tags for your event so it’s more findable, and click done!

II. Invite Your Participants and Send Them Instructions

In your email to participants, be sure to relay the following instructions:

  • Instruct all participants to be on the event page at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event to leave time for troubleshooting any potential technical issues
  • Send requirements and instructions to on-camera guests. Specifically, remind on-camera guests that they will need:
    1. A computer with a camera, headphones, and a strong Internet connection (hardline Ethernet connection strongly preferred).
    2. Check that their computer has version 11.2 or higher of Flash — check here.
    3. To create an account when they click the link (via FB, Twitter, LinkedIn or email).

III. Embed Your Spreecast Event on an External Site

Embed your Spreecast on our site and/or on your company, brand, or personal sites, blogs, blog posts, articles, etc. to increase visibility of and traffic to your live and archive content.


IV. Promote Your Spreecast Event to the Public

In the days leading up to your event, promote your spreecast event to the masses, and encourage your spreecast participants to do the same.


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Live Production Tips

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I. Before Your Spreecast Event Starts



II. Right When Your Spreecast Event Starts

  • Ex: “Welcome to our Spreecast! To submit a question to our live guests, click the blue “Question” button. We will try to answer as many of your questions as possible!”

  • Ex: “Submit your questions to us live by clicking the blue “Question” button.” III. During Your Spreecast Event

    • Ex: if there’s a specific question or topic that you want him/her to address next, copy and paste the question/topic into the producer chat and say “Let’s go to this next…” so that he/she knows how to transition the conversation naturally
  • !  Remember to keep checking the screen queue to see if any new audience questions have come in toward the bottom—you have to scroll—and star questions you like.

IV. When Ready to Start Wrapping Spreecast Event Up

  • Ex: “Lets take two more questions and wrap up” or, “FYI: 10 minutes left.”


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Day-of-Event Instructions

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I. 30 Minutes Before Going Live

Go to your event page 30 minutes before your event begins and start setting-up.

II. Invite Participants into Virtual Green Room Before Going Live

When you see the face cards of your participants in the audience area, it means they are on the event page and you can get them ready before going live.

III. Test Audio/Video of On-Camera Guests Before Going Live

Once your on-camera participants are on screen, check the following:





  • If someone hears an echo, make sure they only have the event page open in one tab
  • If you hear audio feedback, figure out which computer is the source– mute each guest’s mic one at a time and say “testing 1 2 3.” If you no longer hear feedback after muting someone, then they’re the source of problem and need to wear headphones

IV. When You Are Ready To Go Live

  • open their producer chat, and look in queue for questions to bring on air when live
  • press the red “Start Spreecast” button when it’s time to start (give others countdown)
  • verbally encourage the audience to submit questions/comments once they are live

Click here to download a printable PDF version of these instructions.