Twitter’s Periscope adding pre-recorded video, graphics to live broadcasts

Periscope appears to be stepping up its live streams’ production quality in order to keep step with Facebook Live.

On Thursday, popular Periscope broadcaster Alex Pettit posted a Periscope stream that incorporated pre-recorded video and graphics during the live broadcast, as spotted by Mashable’s Sam Sheffer. That seems to be a new thing, since Periscope has never announced a way for people to add anything to their live streams other than whatever appears in front of their phone cameras.

“We’re always testing new functionality that gives our broadcasters the ability to create great content,” a Periscope spokesperson said when asked about the apparent tests, declining to comment on how someone like Pettit is able to insert pre-recorded videos and graphics to their live streams and if/when Periscope plans to roll out that option officially.