Participating in a event
There are four ways to participate in an event:
- 1) Follow the Video Streaming. The simplest way to follow a virtual events over the Internet is with your Web browser, just by entering the event page at the Global Plaza. The event page will show the video streaming while the event is taking place, enabling you to follow it. If you are logged into the Global Plaza, you will be able to send msgs via the chat to the rest of participants in the event.
Requirements: Your browser must have the latest version of Flash installed.
2) Interactive Web Participation. You can also participate interactively with your Web browser. Once your are in the event page, just click on the Participate button, enter your nickname when asked and click on join meeting. You will enter then the meeting as an interactive participant which can interact with audio, video or chat, as well as sharing applications. You must be logged in the Global Plaza to participate interactively.
Requirements: Your browser must have the latest version of Flash installed. The TCP Port 1935 used by the Flash client needs to be open for connecting to the virtual event with a browser. In case you access the event page and do not see the video, you must tell the network administrators of your institution to open this port.
3) Isabel Participation. You can also participate with an Isabel native client which runs on Linux. Installation instructions can be found here. The native client provides a better audiovisual quality and is recommended for speakers or to connect rooms and auditoriums. Contact organizers for some preliminary tests.
4) A SIP gateway iis also provided to allow participation from a videoconferencing equipment compliant with SIP, as for example a Polycom. The event organizers must have enabled SIP participation for this mode to be available.
During an event the Global Plaza sets-up the necessary elements as virtualized resources in the cloud, such that your event can take place. Those resources include a videoconferencing server with MCU, a streaming server, a digital recorder, a video streaming server, as well as the necessary gateways for Flash based web access or SIP access. The event organizer selects the access modes available when creating the event.