Live Screen Sharing

Written by Philippe Dame • Posted on April 8, 2020
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We launched Live Video Interviews last month as a major new addition to Recollective. Today, we're proud to announce support for live screen sharing!

October 2020 Update: Live Group Chats with video now also support screen sharing.

New Screen Share Control

During a live video interview, hosts will now see a new screen sharing control.

Screen Share Controls

Once selected, the host can choose to share their own screen or request that the participant share theirs.

Screen Sharing Modal

Participants will not see the new control as they must be invited to share their screen. Once invited, a pop-up message will appear to the participant with the screen sharing request.

Screen Share Request Received

Once screen sharing begins, the chat and sidebar automatically slide away to maximize the space available. The participant's webcam video will remain visible to allow the host and backroom observers to watch for non-verbal cues.

Screen Share

Upon completion of the meeting, all shared screens are included in the final recording with the participant's webcam inset along the bottom. The recording can be exported with or without the host's webcam video being similarly inset.

Browser Support

Live Video Interviews are supported on desktop and mobile browsers, however, screen sharing requires a desktop browser. This limitation exists as it's not currently possible to record a mobile device without installing a dedicated application. Recollective does not require an app to be installed.

If only the host is on a mobile device, he or she can still request that the participant share their screen.

Chat Visibility

A related update to Live Video Interviews is the ability to hide the chat portion of the meeting interface. Doing so greatly enlarges the space available for the live videos and any shared screens.

To ensure nothing is missed, the chat control will animate as others type in the chat area and a count of new unread messages will appear.

Chat Controls

Below is an example of the chat area hidden on a desktop browser with the split-screen mode enabled. Select your own video to quickly toggle between the picture-in-picture and split-screen modes.

Split Screen No Chat

On a mobile device, the additional space provided is tremendous. Recollective will optimize the general layout in real-time based on the devices in use and their orientation.

Chat Collapse Mobile


We hope you enjoy these new updates and we welcome your feedback as usual.

October 2020 Update: Live Group Chats with video now also support screen sharing.

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