Scaleway Videoconferencing - powered by Jitsi

Jitsi and Scaleway Ensemble Overview

Scaleway Ensemble provides a hosted Jitsi Meet environment, allowing to communicate with remote team members over fully encrypted connections using TLS/SSL. Jitsi Meet itself a is an open-source video conferencing solution, providing virtual rooms with high video and audio quality for remote team meetings.

Using Jitsi Meet on Scaleway Ensemble allows you to have access to features such as:

  • Sharing of desktops, presentations, and more
  • Inviting users to a conference via a simple, custom URL
  • Editing documents together using Etherpad
  • Trading messages and emojis while video conferencing, with integrated chat.

Jitsi Meet is available using any modern web browser or from mobile devices using the apps available for Apple iOS and Android.

Creating a Virtual Conference Room

1 . Open a web browser on your local computer and point it to https://ensemble.scaleway.com/.

2 . A random Jitsi instance will be selected automatically based on the occupancy rate. Click on Lancer une réunion to connect to the instance. A random name is being generated for your conference room, and once connected, you can share the link to the conference room for fellow users to connect:

Note: Upon the first connection you may be asked to allow access to your camera and microphone for the service. This is required to be able to communicate using Jitsi. Scaleway does not store your video or audio information and they are shared only within your conference room.

Using the Virtual Conference Room

Once connected, the Jitsi communication screen displays:

You can see the webcam capture of the person speaking in the main part of the screen. Other options available are:

  • (1) Screen Sharing: Click on the button to share the screen of your computer with the other members in your room.
  • (2) Raise / Lower your hand: This can be useful to raise your hand in a discussion.
  • (3) Chat: Displays or hides a text based chat window. This feature can be useful to take written notes that you want to share during your conversation.

Other available options include:

  • Mute: Mute or unmute the microphone of your device
  • Hang up: Hang up and leave a conference. Other members in the same room may remain connected to the conference.
  • Camera: Disable or enable sharing of the web cam of your local device.

A connection indicator in the upper left corner indicated the quality of connection to the Jitsi instance. In case the video or audio quality is not optimal or the application uses too many resources (CPU/RAM) on your local machine, you can reduce video quality:

  1. Click on the Settings button in the right corner of the screen to display the settings menu. Then click Manage Video Quality:

2 . Choose the video quality adapted to your local internet connection or machine performances:

Setting a Display Name

To facilitate communications with multiple users, it is possible to set a user name which displays when speaking or writing messages.

1 . Click on the Settings button in the right corner of the screen to display the settings menu.

2 . Click me to enter the personal options

3 . Set your Display Name ( 1 ) and confirm by clicking OK ( 2 ). If you want to use a Gravatar as profile picture, you can optionally enter the email address associated to your avatar.

Setting a Password for the Virtual Conference Room

Whilst the connection between you, the Jitsi instance and other members in the same virtual conference room is secured using TLS/SSL encryption, the room itself is not password protected and open for everyone knowing the unique link. It is therefore recommended to set a password for confidential conversations.

1 . Click on the Info button to display the conference room details.

2 . Click Add Password to set a password:

3 . Press Enter to save the password.

4 . Upon connections to the conference room, users will now be asked to enter the password before being able to join the conference.

For more information how to setup your own Jitsi Instance in a few easy steps, check our tutorials for Debian Buster and Ubuntu Bionic Beaver. For more details how to use Jitsi, you may also refer to the official FAQ.

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