CloudShare provides advanced, built-in video conferencing right from your class Viewer. There’s no need to configure or use any other external applications.
Built-in video conferencing features are available only when using CloudShare's new class Viewer.
During your class, click Audio/Video at the bottom right corner of the Viewer to start CloudShare video conferencing:
The CloudShare audio/video component will appear.
At the left side of the video player, click Settings to configure your camera and microphone devices:
From the dropdown menus that appear, select the Microphone, Speakers and Camera devices that will be used for the broadcast. (If no choices are available for one or more of the options, check to ensure that all the hardware is connected and working properly.)
On first use, you'll need to consent to allowing CloudShare's video conferencing function to access the camera and microphone on your browser.
Test your microphone volume by speaking out loud while the popup is open. The volume bars underneath the Microphone setting will light up while you speak to help you determine the best volume level.
Test your speaker volume by clicking Test next to the Speakers setting. A test audio clip will be played to help you determine the best audio volume level.
When you have finished with all the settings, click Join. You will added to participants of the class video conference.
The CloudShare live video component works like any other window. It can be resized and moved anywhere on screen at any time. It can also be 'popped out' of the Instructor Console window and even moved to a second monitor, when needed.
Player Sizing and Location Options
You can drag the player to the location you want in the Instructor Console.
In addition, use the buttons located in the upper right corner to resize and relocate the player:
Change Viewing Modes
(Full Screen Only)
Whenever you use the player in Full Screen mode, the view toggle button is displayed at the top right:
Number of Participants (Full Screen Only)
Participant List (Full Screen Only)
To see the complete list of participants by name, in Full Screen mode, click the Participants button at the bottom of the player.
The list also displays icons for the current status of each participant's microphone and camera, and whether they have raised their hand.
Click the Raise Hand button at the bottom of the player to indicate that you wish to speak during the video session. After you click, a blue hand icon will be displayed next to your thumbnail image as an indicator for the Instructor and other participants.
When the Instructor responds to your request, the blue hand icon will disappear.
To manually turn off your own Raise Hand request, click the Lower Hand button located at the bottom of the player.
Turns off your camera and stops the video signal from being broadcast.
Turns off your microphone and stops the audio signal from being broadcast.
Opens the Audio and Video Settings popup, enabling you to view and change device characteristics.
In order to use CloudShare video conferencing features, the following requirements must be met:
CloudShare's new class Viewer must be used.
CloudShare's video conferencing function must be allowed to access the camera and microphone on the participant's browser.
A compatible modern browser must be used (e.g., Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge).
Video conference participants must be logged in to the CloudShare platform.
CloudShare uses Amazon Chime as the provider for video conferencing, which requires that port TCP/443 be accessible from the participant's browser to run the audio/video component. More specific information from Amazon Chime can be found here.
Minimum recommended bandwidth for highest quality performance:
Instructor: 1.2 Mbps upstream/downstream
Up to 4 Participants: 450 Kbps upstream, 400 Kbps for each participant downstream
From 5 to 16 Participants: 184 Kbps upstream, 134 Kbps for each participant downstream