Vidyo understands that third-party partners and developers would like to customize VidyoConnectTM by embedding Vidyo technologies into workflows in various ways. This includes everything from slightly changing features that are available out-of-the-box to embedding our C SDK libraries. Therefore, we are introducing Custom Invocation of VidyoConnect, which is a solution that lies halfway along that spectrum.
With Custom Invocation, third-party partners and developers can now customize the VidyoConnect client and invoke it from their platform. You should use Custom Invocation only if you want the existing client features and interactions, as well as a little more of your own functionality, such as passing behaviors for in-call screen features like public chat, device control, and content sharing.
You can customize the VidyoConnect for Desktop behavior either during installation or at runtime. However, before you can do so, you must install the VidyoConnect for Desktop app.
The following VidyoConnect clients are supported:
- VidyoConnect for Desktop
- Windows® 32-bit
- Windows 64-bit
- VidyoConnect for WebRTC
- Mozilla Firefox®
- Google® ChromeTM
Invoking VidyoConnect with Parameters
The VidyoConnect application can be executed using a platform protocol handler. Platform protocol handlers allow you to inform the browser that your web app can handle URIs with certain schemes. Multiple schemes can be created with the protocol handler approach such as registering a web application to invoke parameters that we have defined in the Custom Invocation Parameters section below.
In order to use Custom Invocation from VidyoConnect, you must have a middleware solution in place that will work with the Custom Invocation feature to enable a particular endpoint behavior. This is essentially any mechanism that will allow you to create a protocol handler so that you can use the Custom Invocation parameters.
By using a platform protocol handler, you can pass the parameters listed in the Custom Invocation Parameters section. This allows you to use a room link to execute the customized VidyoConnect application behavior. For more information about executing VidyoConnect directly from within your web application or a third-party web application to start a video conference with the customized behavior, see the Using VidyoConnect Custom Invocation with Web Applications section below.
The URI that should be used to modify the VidyoConnect application behavior upon joining a room is as follows:
- If using Windows, the URI should look similar to the following:
explorer vidyo://join?portal=[portal URI]&roomkey=[room key]&isCustom=true&<Custom Invocation parameters> start neo and join the room and modify XXX.
- If using OS X, the URI should look similar to the following:
open vidyo://join?portal=[portal URI]&roomkey=[room key]&isCustom=true&<Custom Invocation parameters>
If VidyoConnect is already running at the time of execution, the URI will cause VidyoConnect to join the specified room with the customized behavior.
To further clarify how Custom Invocation works, let’s use an example where the VidyoConnect application is executed from a platform protocol handler via a web server. At a high level, the following occurs:
- HTTPS sends a request to the web server with a room link.
- The web server processes the room link and redirects the web application to a page that contains the Vidyo URI scheme, which also includes all of the Custom Invocation parameters similar to the URI shown here:
- The web server executes VidyoConnect via the platform protocol handler using the Vidyo URI scheme.
The Custom Invocation parameters that you have specified in the URI are not visible in the room link when being invoked with VidyoConnect for Desktop.
Custom Invocation Parameters
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|The height and width of the VidyoConnect for Desktop window.|
|Window Position||No||Center of screen||The center of the computer screen for all screen sizes.|
|INVOKE TIME PARAMETERS|
|The username that the user enters in the Username field upon logging in to the application.
If provided, then the user will not have to enter the username when logging in to the application.
|Display Name||No||Guest||The user's display name upon connecting to VidyoConnect for Desktop. If passed, the VidyoConnect for Desktop client should display the name instead of prompting the user to enter the Guest Display Name.
If the admin has disabled the Welcome screen, then the default string "Guest" should only be used. Otherwise, the value should remain empty, forcing the user to specify their own Display Name.
|Portal FQDN||Yes||N/A||The Fully Qualified Domain Name of the VidyoPortalTM. If passed, VidyoConnect for Desktop logs in to the VidyoPortal when launched.
The HTTPS prefix should be assumed if not specified.
|Room Key||Yes||N/A||The key for the room retrieved from the room link. If passed, VidyoConnect for Desktop logs in as a guest and joins the specified room.|
|Room Pin||No||N/A||The PIN used to protect the room. If passed, VidyoConnect for Desktop prompts the user to enter the room PIN prior to joining a conference.|
|WELCOME PAGE PARAMETERS|
|Welcome Page||No||Enabled||Controls whether the user can bypass the Welcome page and join a conference.|
|Beauty Page||No||Enabled||Controls whether the Beauty screen is displayed.|
|Login Module||No||Enabled||Controls whether the Login module is displayed.
When disabled, users can only access VidyoConnect as guests.
|Public Chat||No||Enabled||Controls whether all public chat-related features are displayed.|
|Left Panel||No||Enabled||Controls whether the left panel that contains the Participants List and Contacts is displayed.|
|In-Call Search||No||Enabled||Controls whether all search-related features are displayed.|
|Invite Participants||No||Enabled||Controls whether the Invite button is displayed.|
|Content Sharing||No||Enabled||Controls whether the Content Sharing button is displayed.|
|Show Content Share Dialog on Join||No||Disabled||Controls whether the Content Share Preview Selection dialog is displayed when the user first enters the conference.
This does not affect the ability to start a content share later in the conference.
|Display Labels||No||Enabled||Controls whether labels with the user’s name are displayed.|
|Remote Content Access||No||Enabled||Controls whether the users are able to view content shared by other participants.|
|Camera Mute Control||No||Enabled||Controls whether the camera mute feature on the In-call screen is displayed.|
|Audio Mute Control||No||Enabled||Controls whether the audio mute feature on the In-call screen is displayed.|
|Mute Camera On Entry||No||Enabled||Controls whether the camera is muted upon entering a conference.|
|Mute Audio on Entry||No||Enabled||Controls whether the microphone is muted upon entering a conference.|
|Device Settings||No||Enabled||Controls whether the user can change device settings by clicking the Device Settings menu item or right-clicking on the muted icons.|
|Exit on User Hangup||No||Disabled||Controls whether VidyoConnect will automatically shut itself down after a user disconnects from a call.|
|Automatically Update||No||Enabled||Controls whether to automatically check for new versions.|
|OTHER CONFIGURATION PARAMETERS|
|Lock User Name||No||Disabled||Controls whether the username can be modified by the user.
When this option is enabled, the Mac username is used as the default username.
|Disable Audio||No||Disabled||Controls whether outbound audio (except for notification sounds) is enabled or disabled.
Enable this parameter if you want to use the VidyoConnect video capabilities, but not its audio capabilities.
|Enable Auto Answer||No||Disabled||Controls whether incoming calls and invitations are answered automatically.
This only applies to the default tenant that is provided to users that are logged in.
|Participant Notification||No||Enabled||Controls whether an audio indicator is heard when other participants join or leave the conference.|
There are various ways in which you may choose to use Custom Invocation, but the most common method involves customizing the VidyoConnect behavior and executing that behavior from your own web application or a third-party web application.
Using VidyoConnect Custom Invocation with Web Applications
With URI schemes, you can communicate with other apps through a platform protocol handler that you have defined. If you would like to execute VidyoConnect directly from within your web application or a third-party web application to start a video conference with the customized VidyoConnect behavior, please follow the steps below:
- Provision a mapping from the VidyoPortal URL room key to a platform protocol handler that is structured as follows: <portal><key> = vidyo://join/?portal=xxx&key=yyy¶ms
- Obtain a room link from VidyoPortal or VidyoConnect.
- Point your web application to a link that is structured as follows:
The initial web application link is redirected to a page that executes vidyo://join/?portal=xxx&key=yyy¶ms.
Common Use Cases
There are various use cases that you may want to implement for your users. We have provided only some of the most common use cases below.
Bypassing the Welcome, Beauty, and Login Pages to Join a Conference
To bypass the Welcome, Beauty, and Login pages to provide users with direct access to a conference, use the following parameters and values:
- beautyScr= false
- loginMod= false
- welcomePage= false
- displayName= Enter a unique value (e.g. Agent_007)
Disabling the Left Panel
To disable the left panel, set the leftPanel parameter to ‘false’.
Muting the Camera and Microphone Upon Joining a Conference
To mute the camera and microphone upon joining a conference, use the following parameters and values:
- muteCameraOnJoin= false
- muteMicOnJoin= false
Invoking VidyoConnect with iFrames
iFrames are the pre-call, in-call, and post-call URLs that allow enterprise organizations to load content from their domains or a third-party system into VidyoConnect per tenant.
- Pre-call iFrames appear before the user joins the call.
- In-call iFrames appear around the window (i.e., top, bottom, left, and right) of the main in-call experience. By default, in-call iFrames are hidden.
- Post-call iFrames appear at the conclusion of the call.
For security reasons, iFrames cannot be passed as parameters using the protocol handler approach. However, iFrames can currently be passed as parameters using the Web Services APIs via the VidyoPortal. The VidyoConnect application will only support the iFrame URLs provided in the endpoint behavior object.
To configure iFrames, do the following:
- Select the Enable Custom Roles checkbox on the Settings > Feature Settings > Custom Roles page using your Super Admin VidyoPortal account.
For additional information, refer to the VidyoConferencing Administrator Guide.
- Select the Enable Custom Roles checkbox for the appropriate tenants on the Tenants page using your Super Admin VidyoPortal account.
For additional information, refer to the VidyoConferencing Administrator Guide.
- Configure the iFrame window size using the appropriate IframeSize, windowSizeHeight, and windowSizeWidth Web Services APIs.
These specific window dimensions can be passed along with the iFrame. For additional information, refer to the Web Services API User Guide.
- Enable the endpoint behavior object and provision it via the SOAP endpoint APIs (i.e., createEndpointBehavior, getEndpointBehavior, and updateEndpointBehavior).
For more information about these SOAP endpoint APIs, refer to the “4. Web Services Admin API” section of the Web Services API User Guide.
- Install the VidyoConnect for Desktop app if not already installed.
- Launch the VidyoConnect for Desktop app and log in.
When the endpoint behavior becomes available, the following occurs:
- The VidyoConnect application joins the room with the specified behavior.
- VidyoConnect receives the endpoint behavior data from the login response for both guest and logged-in users.
We recommend that all iFrame URLs be hosted on the same domain.
Using Pre-Call iFrames
The pre-call iFrame displays after the user logs in to the VidyoConnect for Desktop app or clicks a guest link. You can use the pre-call iFrame as a welcome page, which allows you to display your company’s branding, to invite your guests into a call. By default, the pre-call iFrame size is set to full. You can configure the time in which the pre-call iFrame remains open before the user joins the call.
Using In-Call iFrames
You can use the in-call iFrame to display content at the top, bottom, left, or right of the main in-call window. By default, the in-call iFrame is set to 20% of the window’s default height and width dimensions. However, you can change this value when necessary.
Using Post-call iFrames
You can use the post-call iFrame, for example, to display a simple “Thank you” message to your users after the call ends. For VidyoConnect for Desktop, the post-call iFrame displays until the user closes the VidyoConnect app; for VidyoConnect for WebRTC, the post-call iFrame displays until the user closes browser window.