Video conferencing

Incoming calls

You can receive an incoming call with caller’s name information displayed while visiting any app menu section:

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In a similar way, you can be invited to a video conference. In this case, you’ll see the conference title:

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To save the storage space, your Android TV device can unload the TrueConf app from the memory. If the Internet connection is working, you’ll be able to take incoming calls and accept conference invitations, although you’ll be assigned with the “Offline” status in other users’ address books.

To enable incoming app notifications in the above-mentioned situation, you need to have an Internet connection and Google services on your Android TV device.

Making a call

To call a user, you need to:

  1. Find a user in your address book.

  2. View the user profile and press Call.

  3. To end the call, use the Back button on the remote control or press the /client-android-tv/media/gui/hang_up/en.png button in the call menu.

During video calls, you have a number of other available options: chat, enabling/disabling camera and muting/unmuting microphone, as well as access to your AV device settings.

Joining a conference

To join a conference, you can:

  • Enter its ID in the Conference → Join the conference menu.

  • If the conference has already started, you can call its owner by finding this user in the address book (the user will be marked with a star icon /client-android-tv/media/gui/star/en.png).

During a conference, you can enable/disable your camera and microphone, exchange messages, etc., as described in the following section.

Creating a conference

In TrueConf for Android TV, you can schedule the following video conferencing modes: symmetric, asymmetric (video lecture) or role-based (virtual meeting).

Symmetric conference

Symmetric conference is a video conference during which all users can see and hear each other:

  1. Go to Conference → New Conference.

  2. Choose Symmetric:

    /client-android-tv/media/select_symmetric/en.png
  3. Select the conference participants from your address book:

    /client-android-tv/media/select_participants/en.png
  4. Check the Automatic entry box if you would like to let a user who is willing to take part in a conference join the meeting automatically upon calling.

  5. Press Create conference:

    /client-android-tv/media/start_conference/en.png
  6. The conference will launch immediately, all the participants will receive an invitation:

    /client-android-tv/media/conference/en.png

Role-based conference

You can create a group conference where participants have different rights and are divided into attendees and speakers. To start a conference, follow the steps described above and select Role-based when choosing your conferencing mode.

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Assigning a speaker

Open the list of participants by pressing the /client-android-tv/media/gui/participants_button/en.png button in the conference menu. Proceed to the profile of the participant you would like to assign as a speaker and press Invite to the podium:

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Becoming a speaker and making an audio remark

To take podium and become a speaker, choose the /client-android-tv/media/gui/take_podium_button/en.png icon in the conference menu. You’ll be able to make an audio remark or send a request to take podium to the meeting moderator:

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You can stop presenting by pressing the /client-android-tv/media/gui/leave_podium_button/en.png button (Leave the podium) in the conference menu.

To make an audio remark, press the Make an audio remark button and talk while pressing and holding OK on the remote control. To stop the audio remark, release the button.

Asymmetric conference

Asymmetric video conferences (video lectures) can be created in the same way as described above. In this mode, all participants can see and hear only the speaker, while the speaker can see and hear all the participants.

During a call or conference

Viewing chat messages

If you would like to exchange messages during a video meeting, press any of the Arrow keys on the remote control and press the button /client-android-tv/media/gui/chat_button/en.png. In this case, you can choose a group chat during a video conference or personal chat with a specific participant.

Adding users to the address book

You can add a user to your address book right during a conference. To that end, you need to:

  1. Open the list of participants in the conference menu.

  2. Select a user and go to their profile.

  3. Go to the User Information menu.

  4. Press Add.

Managing your microphone and camera

To mute your microphone:

  1. During a conference, go to the menu and press the mute button /client-android-tv/media/gui/mic_on/en.png.

  2. The button will be crossed out /client-android-tv/media/gui/mic_off/en.png.

Similarly, you can enable/disable your camera during a meeting by pressing the camera button /client-android-tv/media/gui/video_on/en.png.

Switching between cameras

If you have multiple webcams connected to your Android TV box, you can switch between them. To do it, press the /client-android-tv/media/gui/change_camera_button/en.png icon in the conference menu and choose the corresponding camera:

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Additional settings

Use the /client-android-tv/media/gui/settings_button/en.png button to proceed to the additional menu. Here you can:

  1. Switch between cameras, microphones and speakers if you have multiple devices connected.

  2. Enable automatic anti-flickering filter.

  3. Change the camera angle for compatible webcams.

  4. Adjust volume level.

  5. Configure echo cancellation (auto, on or off).

Call history

To view your call history, choose the corresponding item in the app menu:

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With this list, you can call a user again or re-join a conference if it’s still ongoing and this user is the conference owner.

Using a chat

To start exchanging messages with any user from your address book, go to the user profile and press the Chat button.

Your chat list is available in the Chat app menu:

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Proceed to any of your chats to continue exchanging messages and use the Arrows on the control panel to go to other chats:

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Chat is also available during a call and video conference.

How to call a phone

To call a phone number, you need to:

  1. Open the dialer from the Call Phone menu.

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  2. Dial the number using the remote control. In this case, you’ll see prompted users on the right:

    /client-android-tv/media/call_phone/en.png
  3. Press Call or go to a prompted user and press OK on the remote control.