(Updated 10 August 2022)
The Director can make audio/video broadcasts to people who are logged into the session. There are two types of broadcasts:
In the explanations below, we use these terms:
To make a video broadcast to everyone logged into a session, go to Advanced, then navigate to the second page. From here, there are options to broadcast to all players (both at tables and in the lobby), or only those in the lobby.
During this time, all video and audio between players stop, and card play is paused. As a broadcaster, it is important to wait until the Please Wait message disappears before speaking, otherwise some players will not receive your full message.
Group broadcasts allow multi-user audio-video broadcasts and screen-sharing. It can be used for teaching, announcements, introducing sponsors, presenting winners, discussions of interesting hands, etc.
When a Group Broadcast starts, the video of the teacher/director is broadcast to everyone in the session (at the tables or in the lobby).
During the call, the broadcaster can:
The viewers can:
This is the first of a series of major new features that we are putting in place. Expect to see more in the next few months.
Click Advanced, then the > button, then under Broadcast video click Group
The broadcaster sees this, with their own video at the top right:
They also see a notification of the total number of people connected to the call (viewers and video participants), and the last person to have joined it.
The viewers initially see this message:
A few seconds later they will see a new screen, with the broadcaster at the top right. There are Additional buttons in the bottom right corner and a redial button under Scores.
To add videos of up to 3 people to the broadcast, choose their name, and click Add video.
The list lets you select any viewer who has enabled their camera and microphone.
The video participants appear in the top right of the screen, next to the broadcaster.
To remove someone’s video, click this symbol in the corner of their video:
They now revert to being a viewer.
The broadcaster can share what they have on their screen, in the same way as in a video conferencing system. Note that this functionality varies slightly based on which web browser you are using. The screenshots below are for Chrome and Edge. Mac users should click here for information on how to ensure your computer is ready to share screen.
To start sharing, click Share at the top of the window.
You can share an entire screen, a window, or a tab from your web browser.
This feature can be used to share any application that is running on your computer or any web page. The main use is for teaching or group discussions of hands. It may also be used by clubs and TDs to explain something to the players using pre-prepared images and text.
You can use screen-sharing in conjunction with video participants. This allows you to broadcast a group discussion of the content that you are sharing, or to invite a viewer to ask a question that will be broadcast to everyone.
Here, the broadcaster has shared a PowerPoint presentation.
Note: When you start sharing, you will see a dialog like this:
We recommend that you keep this open – don’t press the Hide button. You can move it away from the content that you are sharing.
When you start a screen share, the (RealBridge) Share button becomes a Share (“Stop share”) button. There are three ways to stop sharing:
(1) Click the Stop sharing button provided by the web browser. (in this case, the white text on blue background)
(2) Use the Share button in RealBridge
(3) If you shared a window or a browser tab, you can also stop the sharing by closing the window or tab.
Reminder: the Stop button is to stop the entire Group Broadcast.
This feature allows you to share a board and step through the play as it occurred. It can be used either with a deal that was played in the current session, to show how it was played in this session; or with a deal that has been imported in a PBN file, to show how it was played by someone else, or to show the recommended play. You can diverge from the original play to explore alternative lines of play. If the board was played multiple times, you can switch to showing the play at a different table.
This feature is useful for teachers, either using prepared hands with a recommended line, or simply to discuss how the board was played by the students. The feature can also be used in a group discussion after any bridge session.
Step by step:
You can show an alternative line of play, at any point from the opening lead onwards.
Instead of using the buttons to step through the original play, simply click on the cards that you want to play.
The trick slider changes to show the point at which you diverged from the original line of play:
The horizontal line is for the tricks that were from the original play. The part after that is for tricks that you played yourself. In the image above, the first trick was from the original play; the second trick was played by clicking cards.
To return to the original play, move the slider backwards to the point where you started playing. You can also use the previous trick button to move back one trick at a time.
If you are using Firefox, you can share a window or a screen in the same way as with Chrome or Edge.
You can’t share a Firefox tab from the same window as your RealBridge session. To share a Firefox tab, drag it away to create a new Firefox window. You can then share that window from your RealBridge session.
If you are using Safari on a Mac, at present you can share your desktop, but you can’t share an application window or a browser tab. Because of this, we recommend using Chrome rather than Safari.
Each viewer has buttons to:
Raise their hand, via the Raise hand button (for example to vote for a bid or lead, or to ask to become a video participant). When they click Raise hand, a message appears in the chat: