What is the Live Screen?
New in V3… of the host software is the official release of the SpeedQuizzing Live Screen.
The Live Screen feature allows hosts to output a second display to a computer monitor, projector, or TV screen providing contestants with a wealth of extra visuals during and in between SpeedQuizzing games.
The Live Screen can comprehensively display the scoreboard or slideshow as well as in-play game info such as questions and answers, multiple choice options, along with picture questions and results etc. The team name can also flash up in an appealing full-screen graphic whenever a team buzz in or are awarded bonus points.
How to connect the Live Screen?
- Connect your external screen to your host computer using the relevant cable.
- In your computer’s display settings, configure it to display an extension desktop on the second screen, as opposed to mirroring your main computer screen.
- Once you have successfully achieved this press the Live Screen button in the SpeedQuizzing host software.
- This should automatically fill the second screen with the Live Screen. (Double clicking anywhere on the Live Screen will close it again).
There are four modes which can be selected for the Live Screen.
All modes are overridden by gameplay whenever a question is in play, but it is designed to display one of the other four modes in-between rounds and also in-between questions.
- Simple mode. Shows a basic SpeedQuizzing logo whenever a question is not in play.
- Slideshow mode. Rotates through the slides which can be found and replaced with your own slides in the Slides folder in the Your Live Screen folder in the SpeedQuizzing Documents folder.
- Scoreboard mode. Show’s the current Scoreboard. (Scrolling through the scores when there are too many to fit on the screen at one time).
- Mixed mode. Alternates between the Slideshow and the Scoreboard which is good for breaks in between rounds of questions.
Live Screen gameplay instructions.
An important thing to remember is that the Live Screen is not designed to replace a quiz presenter, it is there to aid the presenter.
The default activity assumes that you don’t want contestants to see a question displayed on the Live Screen until it has already been read out verbally by the presenter.
So in a normal situation you just need to operate SpeedQuizzing as you normally would if you weren’t using the Live Screen.
Optional Key Press
However there is in most of the game formats an optional key press to allow questions to appear on the screen prematurely as and when required.
- Keypad, Nearest Wins and Buzzin’ Advanced. Games by default won’t show the Question on the Live Screen until the 10 second timer has started. However if you’d like to display the question on the Live Screen prior to this you can press the Show now button in the purple Live Screen controls box which corresponds to number 6 on the computer keyboard and the Purple button on the optional Quizmaster’s Handset.
We do however advise caution when revealing a question on the Live Screen before you’ve read it out, else it can turn into a “Who’s the fastest reader” game, rather than who knows the answer first.
- Buzzin’ Classic. Work’s slightly differently whereas the question won’t show on the Live Screen at all unless you press the Show now button.
- Clips Round. Is very straight forward with no need for the Show now button.
The only other thing to watch out for is spelling questions. You don’t want “How many letters are in the word “Rhythm” displaying on the Live Screen. Therefore on questions where this could happen you can tick the Don’t show tick box which can be used to temporarily block the Live Screen from displaying a particular question.