Backstage and Producer Comms

Backstage and Producer Comms refers to a setting within Greenroom Settings that activates both a feature and a tool, and is great for allowing Producers to communicate through multiple paths, while also preventing their audio from ending up in their broadcast. In this article, we'll walk throughout backstage comms, producer comms, the settings menu, the live presenters button, and presenting while off-screen.

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Backstage Comms

Backstage comms is a feature in Greenroom that keeps audio isolated from two sections of the Greenroom: the canvas and the virtual backstage.

This means that when there are multiple Presenters backstage and one presenter is talking within the canvas, the audio from the backstage Presenters won't bleed into the webcast stream. This ensures that just audio from the canvas is going out to the streaming destination. It also ensures that the Presenter on-canvas does not hear any unnecessary chatter from backstage. 

Producer Comms

Producer comms gives Producers the ability to talk with Presenters that are on and off the canvas, without the Producer's voice going into the live show.

This allows the Producer to talk to anyone that's in the Canvas during a live show, including to give them direction or information from backstage. The Producer can also directly communicate with an individual presenter, as opposed to all live presenters.

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Turning Backstage Comms and Producer Comms On and Off

As the Greenroom producer, you can toggle the backstage comms and producer comms feature on and off.

When in the Greenroom, go to Gear icon > Settings, and you'll see Backstage & Producer Comms toggle just below the Video Resolution Management toggle. This will allow you to turn off the feature when talking to everyone on and off the canvas in a non-live environment. Note that turning this feature off will put your Greenroom into a "hot mic" situation, meaning that anyone's microphone will broadcast into your show, whether they are backstage OR within the canvas.

Keep in mind that when this feature is on, and Presenters are in the live canvas, they won't be able to hear any of the other Presenters that are off-canvas. Once a Presenter is taken off the canvas by a Producer, they will rejoin the other Presenters backstage at which point they will hear everyone else. They also won't be able to hear the Producer unless the Producer presses and holds the Comms button (either the LIVE presenters or Headset icon), allowing for communication to all or one of the Presenters.

Live Presenters Button

The "Live Presenters" button, just above your video thumbnails in the Feeds tab, will allow the Producer to speak to the Presenters in the canvas, while allowing those off the canvas to also hear what the Producer is saying.

It's important to know that this button works in a "push to talk" fashion like a walkie-talkie, so don't forget to click and hold when using. You can also use the spacebar on your keyboard as a hot key function.

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If you’re getting ready to take a Presenter live, they have the option to stay muted, and become automatically unmuted upon being brought into the Greenroom canvas. Thus, there’s no need for the Presenter to worry about unmuting themselves before they go live.

When a Presenter is done speaking and you take them out of the canvas of the Greenroom, their microphone will still be unmuted, so you will have to mute them or let them know to mute themselves, in order to better control the audio experience within Greenroom.

Headset Icon

When a particular Presenter is live, you'll see that their feed will have a third icon, one that looks like a headset. This allows you to use the Producer comms feature for an individual Presenter instead of the whole group.

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Controlling Mics

As a Producer in Greenroom, you have the ability to control your own microphone and the mics of all Presenters within Greenroom.

Under Avatar > Video settings, you can control your own mic and select which microphone to use (i.e. computer’s internal mic or an external USB mic) and you can select your speaker source (i.e. computer’s speakers or headphones). 

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Presenting While Off-Screen

Only media and Presenters within the live canvas are able to talk live. If you're looking to have a Presenter commentate over a media file, you'll need to use a specific template to allow such an action to occur.

There's a 2-shot layout available that allows one Presenter to talk over a piece of media within the live canvas. Check out our article on building shots with voiceover in Showbuilder for more info on this layout. 

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