How to make a video call on Bistri
1. Select a contact on the left
2. Click on the green button
3. If it’s your first call or you didn’t got the Flash Player permission dialog, you should have to :
Allow bistri.com to access your camera & microphone.
Just Click on “Allow”, “Remember” and then “Close”.
If you can’t see yourself moving in the remote window (the small one), check your Audio/Video settings
If you want to try to make a video call using the future of Flash : WebRTC
this howto will help.
4. We’re connecting to your contact… (and searching the best channel for your peer connection)
Your contact will have a pop up to answer your Video Call… Of course he/she have the choice to Accept or Decline :(
5. Congrats ! You’re Video Chatting !
During the video call, several features let you :
All set, you’re now ready to have your first video call on Bistri.com !
If you still have troubles making video call, drop us a line, we’re here to help !
How to run the Bistri WebRTC Demo (Canary)
Google implementation in Chrome Canary is the first we are able to test as a Proof Of Concept. We worked really hard several weeks to implement the Video Call API the best we could, on our production platform.
We are really excited to let you try our implementation :)
1 - Download Google Chrome Canary
2 - Modify the Chrome Settings :
Now you are ready to test WebRTC
4 - Make a video call with anybody on Bistri, who would like to test WebRTC with you guys.
He/she will have to setup is computer the same way as you just did.
If you want to try the demo on your own, just open an incognito window :
Use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) and ⌘-Shift-N (Mac)
and copy/paste your Bistri Link to be reached in this incognito window. Your Bistri Link is displayed when your click on “Invite” on the right side of the header on Bistri.
5 - When you receive an incoming call, Canary let you choose the Webcam and the micro you like to use on the top-right of the screen.
Then click on “Allow”
As the video call starts, don’t forget to click on “Autorize” on the top bar.
Canary let you change the Camera / Microphone you will use for this video call :
At this moment, you can click on “Always allow this site to use this microphone and this camera”.
If everything is fine on your computer, you will see this desktop notification :
After a few seconds, tada !
You will see the WebRTC logo on the right.
If you click on “Video effects”, you will enjoy several HTML5 Live Video Effets :)
You can also enjoy the quality of the HTML5 Full Screen Mode.
Try the demo : http://bistri.com
and feel free to write a feedback : http://support.bistri.com
Developer : Aurélien Hiron http://bistri.me/aurelien
Bisters of the month : Pauline & Philippe
Pauline and Philippe, from Paris, France are our new Bisters of the month.
I asked them a few questions.
When did you start to use Bistri ?
We started to use Bistri in January 2012 because Pauline started to work in the east of France during the week.
How do you use bistri?
We mainly use Bistri for personal video calls during the week. It’s the most pleasant way to keep contact as a family!
What do you like about bistri? Why are you using Bistri more than another service ?
Bistri is intuitive, fast and reliable. It works even with low connection speed (the HD video quality option is useful). Compared to other services, Pauline doesn’t need to launch a specific software (no always available in hotels), she just has to connect to the internet!
We also like to have fun with the different video effects, check it out here!
What new feature would like Bistri to develop to make your life easier?
The iOS Application.
Share your love for Bistri and be our next bister of the month !!
New release : Take a screenshot of your Biscall
New features are being released faster and faster on Bistri!
We are very excited to announce the launch of an important new functionality for Bistri : the possibility to take a screenshot of your conversation during your Biscall.
How can I take a screenshot on Bistri ?
During your biscall, you can simply click on the new “camera” icon :
Press the “Take snapshot” button to take a picture :
If you like the picture, you can click on “Save”! Otherwise, you can take another screenshot with the “Retry” button.
Don’t forget you can use the “video effects” button to make some funny screenshots!
Once the screenshot saved, a link will appear in your chat conversation, allowing you and your callee to open a new page with the 2 pictures.
A pop up will also appear so you can copy the link and share it on Facebook and Twitter.
Click here to see our screenshot : Here is our picture
What can I do with this picture ?
You can comment and share this picture with your Facebook account.
You can also share this link on your twitter account.
To download the picture on your computer, you can right-click on it with your mouse and simply click on “save as”, like any other file.
Try it now on Bistri.com !
Bistri Community Manager
New release : Funny Video Effects, Mobile Mood, Mobile SignUp
From the early hours of the Bistri project, I’ve heard so many times… “oh yes, it is like Skype right ?” grrr well, nothing to install… nothing to configure… no account to create… fully open… as simple as a click…
But now, I can say, “Much more fun than Skype !”
From the moment you are video chatting with a friend on Bistri, you can press on “Video Effects”, then try the first ones…
Here are some of the numerous effects, I wish you will have fun on Bistri !
This release contains also some other new features :
- a mobile icon is displayed in the mood when your friend is using the Mobile Web App
- a link on the Web App let you sign up
Bug Fixing :
- Contact image displayed
- Mobile Release