Our autumn releases see your most recent requests pushed into the platform, alongside some updates that expand the ways in which you can use Digital Samba.
Top 5 new features released in autumn
We highlight the most impactful features that we released in autumn below.
Video SDK for Embedded Meetings
We announced the release of our new Video Software Development Kit (the Digital Samba Video SDK), which is a complementary, stand-alone component of our Embedded Meetings product.
The SDK gives you the power to externally control the video conferences that you embed. It is written in TypeScript and is provided as an npm package, released under the permissive 2-Clause BSD open-source licence. Find out more here.
Cloud recordings capture all session activity and produce an MP4 file that is available almost immediately, as opposed to some solutions, which require you to wait for extensive post-processing to complete.
We took great care with the UI and the UX to ensure an intuitive experience with a low learning curve. On the admin side, recording management features are available via the dashboard or via the API. Read the full announcement here.
Chat functionality for Embedded Meetings
It goes without saying that you want the ability to send chat messages in a video conferencing product. In its current iteration, the basics are there.
You can send chat messages to other users, and URLs are rendered as links that open content in a new window. Keep your eye on this one, as we will be expanding the feature set rapidly in coming releases.
Time limits for breakout rooms
We gave love to our non-embedded product line as well, with the introduction of time limits in breakout rooms. Breakout rooms are an extremely popular feature, allowing groups of users to spin off into subgroups for focused discussions.
We added time limits to keep those discussions in check, by automatically ending breakout sessions after a time that you define. This is especially useful for event organisers and educational users.
Breakout rooms will find their way into our Embedded Meetings product as well, stay tuned.
Revamped Account Center
The non-embedded product line (and Embedded Webinars) are powered by our Account Center, which is an administrative back-end to all those products.
Over the years, it has grown a little stale, so we rolled up our sleeves and revamped the whole thing. It is more attractive and user-friendly, and the UX has been streamlined to allow for more intuitive management.
The branding section has also been simplified, and you can now access all customisation options in one place.
Other cool features released this Autumn
Control the amount of video tiles on screen
B2B customers of the non-embedded product line now have access to a setting that allows you to limit the number of video tiles displayed on screen simultaneously. When it comes to screen clutter, opinions vary, and this setting allows you to determine how much is too much.
Hide the toolbar for pre-loaded iframe
In all product lines, conference organisers can now choose to hide the toolbar in pre-loaded iframes, making embedded video streams more customisable and potentially more presentable.
Updates to the dashboard for Embedded Meetings
As we continue to pack functionality into the front-end of the Embedded Meetings product, the dashboard is keeping pace with the introduction of a whole host of new features that allow the embedded meeting to be controlled and administered. Create teams, manage users, control sessions, administer recordings, monitor usage - it’s all there.
Disable the participants panel in Embedded Meetings
You’re an integrator and don’t want to use our participants panel? Perhaps you have no need for it, or you would rather create your own and track users that way. No problem, we gave you a setting that lets you disable it in the Embedded Meetings product.