Video chat and conferencing options



  • I am interested in exploring some options to provide community members, friends and family on the fly video chat/ conferencing. I have been following this thread here https://forum.cloudron.io/topic/1958/upcoming-apps/32?_=1585231731638
    which touched on upcoming applications- for which MANY were interested in expanding their current video capability.

    Initially, I am interested in being able to host both 1 and 1 video chats and also group video chats. It would also be nice if others could do the same 🙂 I am trying to make it so that there is just a single user login. I have liked using rocket chat, but I am open to other options as well (Riot/ next cloud) In the thread about upcoming app's I saw the Jitsi might be able to also replace Teamviewer. I have also heard of Jami, which is open source and very similar to skype. https://jami.net/ I have not heard any mention of Jami here. https://git.ring.cx/savoirfairelinux

    So far I am leaning towards Jitsi. I really like BBB but I feel it might require more server strength than I can afford. Being able to create a room and have people invited to that room would be nice. I would rather the people invited to that room not be able to see the other rooms or the other people with accounts.

    Single login (or as few as possible)
    File sharing (similar to next cloud)
    1 on 1 video chat ( single click would be nice to launch)
    Group chat ( similar to google hangouts)
    Screen sharing , white boars, ether pad integrated in video call
    Sharing prerecorded video
    Ability to create & join conference from smartphone
    Recording web conference ( can use OBS)
    Remote Desktop like teamviewer. Had not thought about this, but this would be amazing.

    How are others running things? Would really like to hear about people's set-ups. I am new to this, but learning.

    I have a Next Cloud installation, and am considering trying talk. But My understanding is that each person would need to have an account and I do not think you can host many people in a conference.



  • Nearly all of those apps require a TURN/STUN server to work well across different networks. We are looking into providing coturn as an addon in Cloudron itself, once that is done, packaging those apps can happen properly to make them useful.



  • @nebulon said in [....nearly all of those apps require a TURN/STUN server to work well across different networks. We are looking into providing coturn as an addon in Cloudron itself, once that is done, packaging those apps can happen properly to make them useful.]

    I had Turn/STUN on my list of things to investigate. Having them included in cloudron would certainly be preferable.



  • @seeker I'd suggest waiting until Cloudron 5.1 when Cloudron should then include a TURN/STUN server.

    Hopefully a Jitsi Meet app will then follow soon after, and hopefully Nextcloud Talk with easily be able to use the Cloudron TURN/STUN too (and hopefully Kopano Meet app will then be updated to use it too, and move from unstable to stable).

    In the meantime, if you can't wait and still want to do it on Cloudron I'd say you have two options:

    1. use Nextcloud talk and follow these instructions to install and set-up your own TURN server https://forum.cloudron.io/topic/1846/manual-coturn-install-for-nextcloud/10?_=1585310908753

    2. use the Jitsi Meet integration Rocket.Chat has (see https://rocket.chat/docs/administrator-guides/setting-up-video-conferencing/ ) - by default this integrates with https://meet.jit.si/ but once Cloudron TURN server addons and Jitsi apps are available it'll be possible to integrate with those instead)



  • @jdaviescoates said in Video chat and conferencing options:

    Thanks. I can likely wait. I would rather host my own video backed, but, Option 2 can suffice for now as I am planning on experimenting with Rocket chat.

    When enabling this, do you know how many can conference simultaneously?



  • @seeker said in Video chat and conferencing options:

    When enabling this, do you know how many can conference simultaneously?

    I don't, but I'd guess it depends on how many other people are using meet.jit.si at the same time.


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