Add social media comments to a playlist

VividCast can curate and display live social media posts and reactions in your graphics, including Twitter feeds, Facebook Live and YouTube Live comments, Facebook reaction polls, and more.

  1. If you haven't already, open a project in VividCast or create a new one.

  2. Go to the Setup menu, click on the Graphics tab and select Add Graphic(s) from Library.

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    Most of the graphics families should include a Social Media graphic; locate the one that matches the graphic family you are using, or pick a different one of your choosing. Click the graphic to highlight it, then click Done to add it to your project.

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    You will see that the graphic has been added to the Graphics section of your Setup page. There will be a drop-down menu labelled Graphics Control. By default this is set to Manual Entry; in this mode you will have the comment format but will need to manually enter all of the information. 

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    This mode would be good for recreating a comment that is no longer posted online, or for making something that looks like a social media comment but isn't actually posted online.

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    To automatically retrieve social media comments, click on the Graphics Control dropdown and go to Social > Social Pro and select the social media service that you want to use.

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    NOTE: Since the Social Media graphics can be used with multiple social media services, you will most likely get a warning saying that "one or more elements are not connected to a graphic controller." In the case of Social Media graphics this warning can usually be ignored, as there will be elements in the design that are not applicable for all services (Facebook comments won't use the Retweet counter, for example). Any design elements that are not needed will be hidden. To find out more information please see the section on Connecting Design Elements. 

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  3. Click Done to close the Setup window. You will now see the Social Pro interface in the Graphic Controls panel.
  4. In the Social Pro interface, click a social media button for type of data you want in your graphic.


    • social-btn-facebook-live.png Facebook Live
    • social-btn-facebook-posts.png Facebook Posts
    • social-btn-twitter.png Twitter
    • social-btn-youtube.png YouTube Live

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    Tip: If you want to access and curate your social media feed from your Internet browser instead of from VividCast's Social Pro panel, click the arrow icon in the upper right corner of the Graphic Controls panel.Social_media_8.jpg

    Click the Open in Browser button to open the Social Pro controls in a web browser on the computer where VividCast is running. You can also use the controls on another computer on the same network; simply copy the URL shown in the window and paste it into the web browser on another computer. 
    NOTE: the second computer must be on the same local network as the computer running VividCast.

  5. Click the Login button. A new login / authorization window opens.

    If you're using your Internet browser instead of VividCast's Social Pro panel and you don't see the login / authorization window, your internet browser's pop-up blocker may have prevented the window from opening. Check your browser for blocked pop-ups and open the blocked window or temporarily disable your browser's pop-up blocker.

  6. Follow the on-screen instructions in the login / authorization window to log in or connect to the social media account that you want to include in your graphic.
  7. To set up and broadcast a social media feed, complete the steps in one of the following sections.

Facebook Live

  1. Enter the Video URL that you want to monitor for comments or reactions. (Note: the Video URL needs to be in a specific format to get comments correctly, please see this page for more information)
  2. In the social media screen, click the Facebook Live section that corresponds to your graphic and complete the following steps.

    Comments:

    1. If you don't want to include every comment in the feed, enter one or more words in the Search and/or Exclude from search fields to include or exclude comments that match specific terms. You can use Boolean operators (and, or, not) and quotations to refine your search.
    2. To further refine the types of comments that VividCast includes in the feed, mark the checkbox for any of the filters.
    3. If you want VividCast to regularly monitor Facebook Live and update the feed, mark the Get comments checkbox and enter a number, in seconds, for how frequently VividCast should check for comments.
    4. Click the Get Comments button to display comments in the feed.
    5. If you want to add comments to a playlist before playing those comments in your graphic, click the Open Playlist button to open the Playlist panel, then click the + button next to each comment that you want to add to the playlist.
    6. Click the Play actions-btn-live.png button next to each comment that you want to display in your graphic.

    Reaction Polling:

    1. Select a Facebook reaction for each response you want to include in your poll.
    2. Mark the Poll from beginning of video checkbox to include all responses, including responses posted before you start polling.
    3. Click the Start Polling button to start the poll and display poll results in your graphic.

    Comment Polling:

    1. Enter a word for each response that you want to include in your poll. (Click the + button to add additional responses.)
    2. Click the Start Polling button to start the poll and display poll results in your graphic.
  3. In VividCast, select the desired output from the Outputs menu.
  4. Click the graphic's Play actions-btn-live.png button to start the broadcast.

Facebook Posts

  1. If you don't want to include every post in the feed, enter one or more words in the Search and/or Exclude from search fields to include or exclude posts that match specific terms. You can use Boolean operators (and, or, and not) and quotations to refine your search.
  2. Mark the Filter Profanity checkbox if you want to exclude posts that include profanity.
  3. Click the Get Posts button to display comments in the feed.
  4. If you want to add posts to a playlist before playing those posts in your graphic, click the Open Playlist button to open the Playlist panel, then click the + button next to each post that you want to add to the playlist.
  5. Click the Play actions-btn-live.png button to display that message in your graphic.

Twitter

  1. If you don't want to include every tweet in the feed, enter one or more words in the Search and/or Exclude from search fields to include or exclude tweets that match specific terms. You can use Boolean operators (and, or, and not) and quotations to refine your search.
  2. To further refine the types of tweets that VividCast includes in the feed, mark the checkbox for any of the filters or click the Attitude filter.
  3. If you want VividCast to regularly monitor Twitter and update the feed, mark the Get comments checkbox and enter a number, in seconds, for how frequently VividCast should check for tweets.
  4. Click the Get Comments button to retrieve tweets.
  5. If you want to add comments to a playlist before playing those comments in your graphic, click the Open Playlist button to open the Playlist panel, then click the + button next to each comment that you want to add to the playlist.
  6. Click the Play actions-btn-live.png button to display that message in your graphic.
  7. In VividCast, select the desired output from the Outputs menu.
  8. In VividCast's playlist, click the graphic's Play actions-btn-live.png button to start the broadcast.

YouTube Live

  1. In the Chat Source drop-down list, select a channel that you're currently live-streaming from your YouTube Live account, or select Other if you want to enter a URL or video ID.
  2. If you selected Other in the previous step, in the Video ID field, enter the URL or video ID that you want to monitor for comments or reactions.
  3. If you don't want to include every comment in the feed, enter one or more words in the Search and/or Exclude from search fields to include or exclude comments that match specific terms. You can use Boolean operators (and, or, and not) and quotations to refine your search.
  4. Mark the Filter Profanity checkbox if you want to exclude comments that include profanity.
  5. Click the Get Posts button to display posts in the feed.
  6. Click the Get Comments button to display comments in the feed.
  7. If you want to add comments to a playlist before playing those comments in your graphic, click the Open Playlist button to open the Playlist panel, then click the + button next to each post or comment that you want to add to the playlist.
  8. Click the Play actions-btn-live.png button next to each comment that you want to display in your graphic.
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