Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – September 2018

real-time communications industry news wrap September 2018

Welcome back again to our monthly news wrap where we bring you the latest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

In September’s issue of Real-Talk, Microsoft unveils its mixed reality app with video calling to provide field workers with remote assistance; brands are increasingly turning to interactive live video content to engage customers; telehealth providers go global; and banks are urged rethink in person customer experiences with interactive digital communications.

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Integrating WebRTC with PSTN using OpenTok & Nexmo SIP

Integrating WebRTC with PSTN using OpenTok & Nexmo SIP

In this blog we look at how to connect OpenTok Live Video sessions with traditional PSTN phone calls. We will demonstrate how to connect an OpenTok session to PSTN with an audio stream that connects through OpenTok SIP Interconnect to a Nexmo SIP-PSTN Gateway.

OpenTok SIP Interconnect is a general purpose SIP capability that can be used to connect to many different kinds of gateway or other SIP systems. TokBox is now part of Vonage, so in this blog we will use our own Nexmo programmable communications APIs to bridge the call.

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Update to Chrome Screen Sharing

[UPDATED September 6] As you may know, Google recently announced the deprecation of inline installation of Chrome extensions in an effort to improve transparency and security. For end-users, this means that the process for installing screen sharing extensions will change from inline installation to installation from the Chrome Web Store. Below, you’ll find information on the deprecation timeline provided by the Chromium team:

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Chrome 63 kills the macOS WebRTC audio bug

MacOS webrtc audio bug

Our good friend Philipp Hancke wrote a great post recently on a WebRTC audio bug that has been plaguing Chrome on MacOS for the last few years. The issue presented itself as the microphone not working sometimes in Chrome on MacOS until you completely restart the machine. This seemed to happen after a Mac went to sleep and then woke up again.

The good news is that this is fixed with Chrome 63! Philipp put together a great chart showing the error rates in different versions of Chrome which clearly shows the drop off with Chrome 63.

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Connecting WebRTC endpoints and Telephony Systems with OpenTok SIP Interconnect

OpenTok SIP Interconnect Webrtc for telephony systems

As we continue to work towards enabling developers to reap the full potential of WebRTC, we wanted to demonstrate connecting a WebRTC audio stream with a PSTN user, using OpenTok SIP Interconnect and a third party SIP-PSTN Gateway.

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Building with WebRTC: 6 design features for a successful video call

Building and design for video call apps with WebRTC

Over 10 years of TokBox, we’ve seen first hand that not all video communication experiences are created equal. Ever wanted to throw your computer out the window after a clunky and frustrating attempt at a video call on whichever app was chosen by your employer/family/friends?

We’ve been there too, and we feel your pain. So we’ve been working tirelessly at TokBox to create a flexible platform which will allow you to build the optimal video experience for your use case.

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How we test WebRTC live video sessions for massive audiences

Test WebRTC framework for large scale broadcast

Co-authored by Tiffany Walsh, Patrick Quinn-Graham, and Michael Sander.

We recently announced the launch of our large-scale Interactive broadcast capabilities, including the option to publish to a wide variety of endpoints via RTMP and HTTP Live streaming. You can now broadcast to an audience of up to 3000 real-time viewers – and we know because we’ve been testing it to get it perfect, so that you don’t have to. Want to know how we test WebRTC sessions for huge audiences even though we only have a handful of people on our team? Read on!

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Safari 11 Support General Availability for OpenTok Platform

Safari for WebRTC general availability

 

In June, we announced our latest beta, OpenTok.js SDK 2.12. With that release, developers could start building beta projects that are compatible with Safari 11, kicking off WebRTC availability in Safari for the first time. This release was announced at the WWDC keynote back in June, when Apple indicated WebRTC support for iOS 11.

Today, in light of Apple’s event, we’re excited to announce that WebRTC support for Safari 11 is here. With the number of devices that run the Safari browser, this provides greater device reach for TokBox customers and introduces a whole new set of use cases for browser based video chat.  

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The Live Video Experience – Webinar Series

Live Video Experience - Webinar Series

We invite you to join our first Live Video Experience webinar on September 20th 2017 at 10am Pacific for a unique opportunity to hear from guest speakers Sai Hossain, CEO of Crowdcast, and Dylan Jhaveri, CTO of Crowdcast. They will share the disruptive impact of live video and streaming technology on the webinar industry and new ways in which people are interacting globally today.

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Hacking Social Video: Building a Group Live Video App: Part 2

multiparty video call mobile app for social

Part 2 – Creating the best possible user experience for social video apps

In Part 1, we looked at some of the key considerations for building a group live video app for mobile along the lines of Houseparty and Facebook Bonfire, and how the OpenTok platform can provide the solutions to some of the hurdles caused by using WebRTC off-the-shelf. In Part 2, we’ll look at some specific features and code which can be used to create an awesome user experience so your users will fall in love with the app.

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