WebRTC Video Conferencing and Screen Sharing for everyone on Bistri.com
From now on, everyone on Bistri has his own Video Conference room, up to 4 participants. One unique and simple link to join your conference: bistri.me/username/conf
As always on Bistri, it’s a frictionless new feature. The persons who joins your conference doesn’t need to create an account on Bistri, or install anything.
This is how it looks like (click to connect to the Bistri HQ Conference Room):
For the moment, it is a full WebRTC feature, which means that you need Firefox 22+ or Chrome 23+, it doesn’t work on IE nor Safari yet. The Screen Sharing is available in Google Chrome 27+ with “Enable screen capture support in getUserMedia()” flag activated in chrome://flags
Bistri is coming up also on WordPress with a plugin that displays a customizable “join the conference” button on your blog / site. Your visitors just click on this button to make a video conference with you, without anything to download or install. No account to create, no need to be your “friend”…
Bistri panel participation during WebRTC Conf & Expo
Bistri was part of the panel "The Voice of the Endpoint" during the WebRTC Conference & Expo.
Key browser vendors discussed their plans for putting WebRTC into their products and how they support all of the functionality. The panel members talked about key user adoption issues and how the industry will support and integrate WebRTC.
Panel - The Voice of the Endpoint - Browsers and Application Coverage :
- Arnaud Budkiewicz, Co-Founder & CEO, Bistri
- Phil Edholm (Moderator), PKE Consulting LLC & UC Strategies.com
- Jan Linden Ph.D. , Senior Product Manager, Google
- Thomas Schiavone, Director of Product Management, Twilio
- Mark Weidick, Co Founder, TenHands
What can you say about WebRTC quality of service ?
Pretty good for desktop computer, but mobile devices need hardware codec for vp8 and opus : for now, the video frame rate is low and too much processor resources ( and also battery ) are used.
It’s a break for desktop and mobile interoperability.
How many end users will have a WebRTC enabled device by the end of 2013, 2014?
It will depend on browser’s implementation, interoperability between each other and native implementation on mobile devices.
Most of mobile WebRTC clients will be using native application at the beginning, and will be expended by futur OS support.
How are we going to assure interoperability between browsers and releases?
A version number could be added into PeerConnection object. We have to keep in mind that backward compatibility has to be in the core of the specifications.
How should we build notification into WebRTC (so that someone not on a site can be notified someone wants to interact)?
A solution can be to build a browser plugin using a peerconnection data channel with a dedicated server. When a push is received, the plugin will trigger an event to notify an opened web page.
What is the biggest development headache the implementers have with the current versions? How do we solve this?
For now, webrtc is splitted in two repositories : libjingle and webrtc. Only one webrtc library stored in webrtc repository would be better.
A more exhaustive documentation and more sample code pieces should be useful.
How do we assure that users understand when their node is transmitting audio or video?
For desktop : by turning the camera light on and showing information to the user (as it is already done in Google Chrome browser implementation )
For mobile phones : by using notification light (if any), otherwise a red blinking dot can be encrusted in a corner of the device screen.
How do we control rogue apps – for example one that send out two streams, one to the other party and one to a recording site?
It’s a complex issue : two streams can be sent at the same time if three people want to speak together.
Bistri on About.me
We are thrilled to announce that Bistri is the new app available on About.me.
About.me is a free service that lets you create a beautiful one-page website that’s all about you and your interests. Upload a photo, write a short bio, and add your favorite social networks to show the world the big picture of you.
Bistri.me is a free service that lets anyone reach you in one-click : video call, chat, large file sharing.
Now you can add your Bistri Link to your about.me page.
First you need to know your Bistri Username.
Just click on the top right of the screen on “Invite”, your username is the right part of your “Link to be reached" (in the following example, "arnaud")
On your about.me page, just click on “Add an app”. Select Bistri :
Enter your Bistri Username.
Your Bistri Link is now on your about.me page. Anyone who clicks on this logo will have the opportunity to make a video call with you, send some large files to you, chat with you, without any registration or account to create.
This is how it looks like :
When somebody clicks on “Video call”, he will land on your profile on Bistri :
As you answer the call, this is what your friend will see :
Enjoy the video effects, make some screenshots :
Now, you can try Bistri with Anne-Laure, our community manager : http://bistri.me/support
I would like to thank all the about.me team, you are so reactive, it was a pleasure to work with you guys ! http://blog.about.me/2012/09/13/bistri-me-anytime/
Special thanks to one of our developers, Cyril, you rock Mr Troll ;)