# How to use TrueConf Room

You can find the preliminary instructions in this section.

Below you can learn how to use an already installed, connected and authorized application. The display shows the main screen of TrueConf Room.

# Getting started

To use TrueConf Room, you need to open the control panel on your device:

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When you enter the control panel, the monitor of a PC with TrueConf Room installed will exit the sleep mode.

If there is no link on the screen, ask the TrueConf Room administrator to provide it.

# How to make calls

How to make a video call:

  1. Log in to the control panel.

  2. Click the Contacts button.

  3. Select a user from the address book or enter TrueConf ID.

Please read below to learn more about calls to phones and third-party devices.

# How to join a meeting

To join a meeting, enter the control panel and click the Join a meeting button.

Next, you will see the following options to join a meeting:

  • Joining with a conference ID

  • Starting and joining a virtual room or scheduled conference

  • Calling a conference previously added to the address book

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# How to create a conference

You can create a conference on the fly, configuring a minimum of settings. Click the Ad-hoc meeting button to be taken to a new conference in the all on screen mode.

To create a conference in regular mode:

  1. Log in to the control panel.

  2. Click the Create a meeting button.

  3. Enter a name and select a conference mode.

  4. Add conference participants in the Conference participants section.

  5. Check the Automatically approve conference join requests box to have participants join a conference without confirmation.

You can also add video conferencing endpoints, IP cameras and other devices to the list of conference participants.

6. Click Start in the lower right corner.

You can check the list of previous conferences displayed on the left to restart a past conference in one click or use its settings to create a new one.

Done! In are now in the conference. In the control panel, you can see quick panel designed for managing your event. Just wait for the others to join it.

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# During a conference

During a conference, its name, buttons to disable the microphone, camera and speakers and end a call will be available at the top of the window.

Besides, in the TrueConf Room control panel you can do the following:

You can control conference layout and other participants’ devices only if you are the conference owner or have operator rights.

During a conference, you can also view information about the system by clicking on the System info button in the lower right corner.

# How to interact with a list of participants

To open a list of all participants during an event, click the Participants button. The following features are available:

  • Viewing a list.

  • A moderator can: use the /room/media/gui/cam/en.png and /room/media/gui/mic/en.png buttons to disable/enable the camera and mute/unmute microphone. By clicking the /room/media/gui/more/en.png button, a moderator can view information about a user, appoint another participant to be a moderator, send DTMF commands, while using the /room/media/gui/del/en.png button, a moderator can remove a participant from a conference.

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# Adding participants

To add new participants, take the following steps:

  1. Click the Add participants button in the conference control panel.

  2. In the pop-up window, you will have access to several tabs to add a user or device to a conference.

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You can also invite users to join your conference by going to the list of participants and clicking the Add button.

# Changing video layout

To select a video layout, you need to:

  1. Click the Change layout button in the conference control panel.

  2. In the panel below, click the Layout type button and then select how to position participants’ video windows.

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If you are the conference owner or its operator, you can select how to position video windows for its participants (see the personal account description in the TrueConf Serveruser manual. To this end, click the Real-time management button in the conference control panel.

# Changing the priority window

To select the priority window, go to layout settings and double click the video window of a conference participant. It will get larger than the rest of the windows. You can also enable the automatic change of the priority window. To this end, click the Active speaker mode button and select Enable.

Please note that the Active speaker mode feature is not available when the Gallery view layout has been set.

# Selecting devices

You can connect several video and audio capture sources to TrueConf Room.

To switch to another device, click the Audio and video settings button and set up the parameters as shown above.

# Dragging video windows to a different screen

TrueConf Room can work with multiple screens.

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If there are several monitors connected to the computer with TrueConf Room installed, and some of them should not be displayed when selected, you can hide unnecessary ones using the -ignore_monitor [monitor_number] command line parameter, where monitor_number is the OS monitor number. For example, use the following key when launching an application via console:

TrueConfRoom.exe -ignore_monitor 2

This will be useful when connecting the Logitech Tap touch controller to use the TrueConf Room control panel.

To show one of the conference participants or shared content on a separate display, you can use one of the following options:

# Option 1

  1. Click the Change layout button in the conference control panel.

  2. Drag a separate window to your second display.

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To return the video window to the main monitor, drag the window back to the main layout area.

# Option 2

  1. Click the Change layout button in the conference control panel.

  2. In the pop-up window, click the participant’s video window you want to drag to a separate display.

  3. You will see a pop-up menu with a list of available monitors. Select the item that matches the required display.

# Sharing content and slides

With TrueConf Room, you can show slides during video conferences.

TrueConf Room supports slideshows in the following formats: jpg, jpeg and png.

You can upload slides:

  • Before a conference. Go to the Tools → Slideshow section of the settings sidebar.

  • During a video conference. Click the Slideshow → Slide management → Add slides button in the conference control panel.

After that, you will see a window with the added slides:

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  1. List of slides

  2. Steps: Add slides and Clear all.

  3. Start button for slideshow

  4. Buttons to change the slide displayed: thumbnails and ** one full-screen slide**

You can change the order of uploaded slides by dragging them.

To start the slideshow, click the /room/media/gui/share_presentation_button/en.png button at the bottom of the screen. The slides will expand to full screen:

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When viewing thumbnails, the shared slide has an icon /room/media/gui/circle_in_slide/en.png in the upper right corner. If you return to the conference control panel, a similar icon will flash on the Slideshow button.

With TrueConf Room, you can share content from a video capture card connected to your device. To this end, click the Slideshow button in the conference control panel and select Switch to HDMI. If more than one capture card is used in the system, a dialog box will appear to select the required one.

You can also switch to content sharing in the hardware control menu by choosing a capture card instead of your webcam.

# PTZ camera control

If you have selected a camera that supports remote control, then the PTZ camera control button will become active in the conference control panel; click that button to open the camera control panel.

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# Controlling participant's camera

To start camera control, press the Change layout in the control panel and click the video window of a participant whose camera you would like to control. Next, in the pop-up menu, select Remote camera control. Once you have gained access, a video window with a camera control panel will pop up.

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# Send DTMF command

With TrueConf Room, you can send DTMF commands to DTMF-compatible devices in RTP EVENT (opens new window) and SIP INFO (opens new window) modes right from the conference control panel. To learn more about the transmission of such signals, please read the documentation provided by the manufacturer for each device.

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There are two options to send DTMF commands:

# Option 1

  1. Add conference participants in the Participants section.

  2. Click the /room/media/gui/more/en.png button next to the name of a participant and select Tone dialing.

# Option 2

  1. Add conference participants in the Change layout section.

  2. Click the video window of a participant to whom you want to send a DTMF command and select Tone dial.

To test DTMF signaling, you can use Public SIP URI of The Test Call (opens new window) website: #sip:thetestcall@getonsip.com. When DTMF commands have been sent, the robot reads out the digits you enter.

# Notification center

During a conference, you can receive the request to record your video window. If you are a moderator, you can receive podium requests or notifications about new participant joining your meeting. You can see all requests in the upper right corner in the notification center. Click the /room/media/gui/notification_center/en.png button to view your current notifications.

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Besides, pending requests from other users are displayed in the list of conference participants.

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# Managing and changing participants’ audio and video devices

During a conference, the owner and operator can remotely control the participants’ devices. To this end, click the Real-time management button in the conference control panel.

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To learn more about how to interact with real-time meeting manager, please read our documentation.

# How to call a device by IP/number

If you want to call a user or add a participant to the conference, you will see a number of tabs for selecting an appropriate type of device.

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When you switch between tabs in the search field, the prefix of the string identifying the user will change, and you will only need to enter the number and/or IP. The major examples of these strings are presented below.

If you can’t reach the user, first of all check call string format in the TrueConf Server documentation or consult with your system administrator. In addition to what is described in this section, the correct format may have subtle aspects or depend on server settings.

# Video conferencing endpoints

You can call video conferencing endpoints by their IP address or number (if the alias has been specified in the settings of the video conferencing server). However, if you assign default SIP/H.323 servers in the TrueConf Server gateway settings, entering the IP address is optional.

In a particular case, call string formats can be the following:

  • #sip:[user_id]@[server_ip]

  • #h323:[user_id]@[server_ip]

For more information, please read TrueConf Serverdocumentation.

# Phones

If you want to call phones, just enter a user number after the prefix, e.g., #tel:332.

You can call phones only if this feature has been enabled in TrueConf Server settings.

# IP cameras

If you want to call IP cameras (via RTSP), just enter the link to the camera after the prefix, e.g. #rtsp://10.100.123.100/axis-media/media.amp.

# Using command line parameters

TrueConf Room supports command line parameters just like the client application. Read more about this feature in our article.