codian.gif MCU 4215
host: live.mediaec.uaic.ro
Index
Help contents > Joining and viewing conferences > Using in-conference features from video endpoints

Using in-conference features with video endpoints

After you join a conference, you can control many conference features directly from your video endpoint. (For information about in-conference features using the web interface, see Controlling in-conference features).

For further information about accessing conferences (including the use of DTMF tones), refer to the document "Accessing Conferences", available in the Documentation area of the web site.

Controlling conference views

Your video endpoint typically has navigation keys, such as up/down and left/right (on a keyboard or remote control), that allow you to control the camera viewing angles. When connected to a conference, you can also use these controls to scroll through participants and conference layout formats (see Understanding how participants display in layout views).

Understanding conference views

When you join a conference, you will have a set of available layout options from which you can choose to display the conference participants. Typically you can choose from two primary groupings of layouts:

Choosing a conference view

To switch among available conference views:

  1. Change the camera control to “far”.
  2. Use the up/down navigation keys to toggle through the available format options.
  3. Refer to the table below for assistance interpreting the icons that appear on-screen.

 

Icon Icon description
scrolling up through layout views

You are scrolling up through the layout views.

scrolling down through layout views

You are scrolling down through the layout views.

stopped scrolling though layout views

You have stopped scrolling through the layout views.

Selecting participants

When viewing a conference with variable-size panes (see Variable-size panes), you can choose which participant to display in the larger panes on the video screen; when viewing a conference with equal-sized panes, you can choose which participant displays in the top left pane. You do this by selecting the participant following these steps:

  1. Change the camera control to “far”.
  2. Choose a layout view.
  3. Use the left/right navigation keys to scroll through the focused participants.
  4. Refer to the table below for assistance interpreting the icons that appear on-screen.

 

Icon Icon description
scrolling counter-clockwise though participants

You are scrolling through the participant list in a counter-clockwise direction.

scrolling clockwise through participants

You are scrolling through the participant list in a clockwise direction.

speaking participant has focus

Speaking participant has the focus.

Understanding participants' status

During the conference, various icons might appear in the pane of specific participants. Refer to the table below for assistance interpreting these icons.

Icon Icon description
important participant

This participant has been given priority in the layout views.

A participant is made "important" using controls on the MCU web pages.

poor audio quality

The audio quality from this participant is poor.

good audio quality

The audio quality from this participant is good.

poor video quality

The video quality from this participant is poor.

good video quality

The video quality from this participant is good.

Using far-end camera controls

While in a conference, you might need to change the camera settings for one of the conference participants. For example, if you want to zoom in on a particular speaker in a large group, or if you cannot see the speaker. To do this:

  1. Change the camera control to “far”.
  2. Select the largest displayed participant pane.
  3. Press Zoom. The far-end camera control icon appears, and you can now control the far-end camera.
  4. Refer to the table below for assistance interpreting the icons that appear on-screen.

 

Icon Icon description
fecc

You are now controlling the viewing angle of the far-end video camera.

fecc down

You are moving the remote far-end camera down.

fecc up

You are moving the far-end video camera up.

fecc left

You are moving the far-end video camera to the left.

fecc right

You are moving the far-end video camera to the right.

fecc zoom in

You are zooming in with the far-end video camera.

fecc zoom out

You are zooming out with the far-end video camera.

Understanding in-conference status icons

During the conference, various icons might appear in top left of the conference display. The appearance of these icons is controlled on the Settings > Conferences page (refer to Configuring global conference settings). Refer to the table below for assistance interpreting these icons.

Icon Icon description
unencrypted conference

There are both encrypted and unencrypted participants in this conference or there are streaming viewers of this encrypted conference.

conference being recorded

This conference is being recorded.

audio-only participants present

There are audio-only participants in this conference. The number of audio-only participants is displayed next to the icon.

streaming participants present

There are streaming participants in this conference.

 

The zoom out menu

The zoom out menu provides access to a number of in-conference options. Access the following options by pressing zoom out if you are using FECC, or 7 on a DTMF keyboard (on an endpoint that does not have an FECC channel):

The conference welcome message

You can configure a welcome message on the MCU and a duration for that message. Participants joining a conference on the MCU will see the message displayed at the bottom of their endpoint's display. After the configured message duration has elapsed, the message will be removed.

The Conference welcome message controls are on the Settings > Conferences page (refer to Configuring global conference settings).

The welcome message will only be displayed to streaming viewers if the duration is configured as permanent.

If you change the welcome message when there are active participants, any participants’ currently displayed welcome messages will only change if the new message is configured as permanent.

Related topics