Using Video with Dialpad Meetings
    • 24 Oct 2023
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    Using Video with Dialpad Meetings

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    Article summary

    Dialpad Meetings lets the organizer and all participants communicate through video.

    In this Help Center article, you'll learn how video works on our platform, and some troubleshooting tips to ensure the smoothest experience.

    Browsers featuring video support

    For optimal support, use Dialpad Meetings on the following browsers:

    You can still use Apple Safari 11 or higher, Mozilla Firefox, or older versions of Microsoft Edge with Dialpad Meetings, but video and screen-sharing are not supported.

    Desktop app support

    If you'd prefer to use our desktop app Dialpad Meetings offers support for Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS operating systems.

    Join a conference by video

    When joining a meeting, ensure you’ve granted media permissions. You will be prompted to give access to your camera and microphone so that participants can see and hear you.

    After you've granted access, you can continue to join the Dialpad Meetings meeting.

    Grant media access if the video is blocked

    If you accidentally declined media access before, you will need to grant access in order to use video or audio. To do that, please visit this support page for Google Chrome or the settings menu in Microsoft Edge to unblock access to your camera and microphone.

    Select camera to use for video

    After you’ve granted access to your camera and microphone, you can join a meeting with video. 

    To ensure you’ve selected the right camera, select the Camera settings and select your desired camera from the options.

    Video streams supported during meetings

    If you are in grid view, up to 16 video streams can be shown on the screen simultaneously (yours and 15 others). You change the call layout to the spotlight mode and anyone whose camera is enabled will take over the screen if they are actively speaking or if their participant card has been pinned.  

    If you have a meeting where more than 15 other participants have joined with video, video will be shown first come, first serve. If you would like to see a participant’s video, but it’s not showing (and they have video turned on), you can pin their card. 

    Pin participant video

    Select the Settings option (that's the 3 vertical dots) in a participant's card to show the Pin Video option, even while someone screenshares.

    Change video settings during an active conference

    To change your video settings during an active meeting, select Mic/Cam Settings from the More button on the bottom bar

    A pop-up window will open where you can disable your camera, change your camera, and more. 

    Change Video Layout

    Dialpad Meetings lets users choose between three layout options:

    • Dynamic: Split your screen between up to 4 other Participants, ordered by the most recent speakers
    • Grid View: See contact cards for the Organizer and all Participants on the same screen
    • Filmstrip: See contact cards for the Organizer and all Participants while viewing a screen share on the same screen
    • Spotlight: Focus only on who's speaking or screen-sharing, allowing their video to fill the entire screen

    To switch layouts, select the Views button during an active meeting or press the Spacebar key on your keyboard.

    Test your video

    You can test your video camera with Dialpad Meetings before joining the meeting to ensure your setup is working correctly. You can test by using your account and starting a conference (accounts are free to create if you don’t already have one!)

    Bandwidth requirements for video

    For 1:1 calls, the recommended bandwidth is a minimum of 1.2-1.5 Mbps up / down.
    For group calls, 1.2-1.5 Mbps and 3 Mbps down.

    Frequently asked questions

    My camera was working until I upgraded my OS, but now it's not... why?

    When you upgrade to macOS Ventura, your camera must be reconfigured as it will not be recognized in your apps — even if you have already provided browser and system-level permissions.

    Note that this issue will be fixed in Google Chrome from v107 onwards, however, for the time being, you'll need to go to your mic & camera settings and select 'System Default' as your camera setting.

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