Getting Started with V-scene Desktop

YorkshireVC - Yorkshire Video Conferencing

V-scene – The management system for JA.net videoconferencing

Testing and getting ready for the VC

http://v-scene.ja.net

V-scene desktop is a browser based system allowing any uk school user to connect using a webcam and microphone. Works on a Mac and PC. Participants using the desktop videoconferencing system will be sent an email from the session manager containing a link to the meeting . If not installed you will be asked to download and allow the conference plugin – This does not normally require administrator privileges.

An example email is shown below:

To vcparticipent@emailaddress.com
Invitation to Conference NO89123456 –  Santa Test – VC parrticipant, NO89123456

You have been invited to join a videoconference.

Title: Conference NO89123456 –  Santa Test – VC parrticipant
Time: 09:30 GMT+00:00 on 2014/12/10
Organiser: Yorkshirevc (info@yorkshirevc.co.uk/telephone-contact)
Your VC System: v-scene desktop – provide my guest with a free software client

Please dial-in using the details below:
v-scene Desktop URL: https://v-scene.ja.net/jsp/vc/vc000.jsp?key=ab7659fgey654££2

Please go to https://v-scene.ja.net/jsp/bk/bk600_guest.jsp?REF=NO89123456&ID=ab7659fgey654££2 if you wish to view further details.
You can also:
– change the video system you will use,
– request to have v-scene call out to you to join the conference
– decline the invitation.

If you can’t see or click on the link in the previous sentence, please follow these steps instead:

1. Open your web browser.
2. Copy this URL: https://v-scene.ja.net/jsp/bk/bk600_guest.jsp?REF=NO89123456&ID=ab7659fgey654££2
3. Paste it into your web browser’s address bar.
4. Press enter.

If you click on the link before the start date/time you will be directed to a v-scene test room.

Testing v-scene desktop

You can visit the v-scene test site without a link, make sure your webcam and microphone (which may be built into the webcam) is installed first.

IMPORTANT : The v-scene Desktop adds you to a test room that should be considered a public space. You may encounter other testers also trying out v-scene.You may be asked to install a browser plugin to use v-scene Desktop for the first time, but this should not require administrator privileges.

https://v-scene.ja.net/jsp/vs/vs300.jsp

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Note in the chrome browser you may not get a pop up asking to allow the plugin. Click the plugin manager and always allow. Also see the notes below about chrome.

Chrome plugin popup

Enter your name, and select the camera (which will be your webcam), speakers and microphone (is normally built into your webcam). Join the test room.

V-scene config screen

You will see two images, one from the camera and the other an echo from the server which will have a slight delay. Theirs  also a video playing so you can set the volume levels up. You will also hear yourself after a delay checking your microphone.

testroom

Click the red cross to close the connection

Note For Chrome Users.

Google recently released Chrome 42 which has the NPAPI plugin disabled by default. Vscene Desktop requires this plugin to function so this is how to re-enable it.

1. Open Chrome and browse to chrome://flags/#enable-npapi (you may need to copy this into your browser)

2. Click the Enable NPAPI setting.

3. After that, click “Relaunch Now” at the bottom of your Chrome window.

Note: Closing and reopening Chrome is not sufficient, you must click the “Relaunch Now” button.

You should now be able to use Vscene Desktop either by using the link you have to join a conference, or using the v-scene test system here

Other Links

To register on v-scene which will give you the ability to setup your own videoconferences (sorry – uk educational institutes only) use this link:www.Vscene.jisc.ac.uk or this alternative one  https://vscene.jisc.ac.uk/jsp/us/us000.jsp

System Requirements – and v-scene desktop latest version installers for MAC and PC

(Very!) Technical information re ports and IP ranges for H323 videoconferencing and v-scene desktop

JISC Community :  v-scene support pages including “How to” videos.

Visimmet

Visimeet is an alternative to v-scene desktop and is available for mac or PC

To Sign up https://janet.iocom.com/account/signup.php

An install guide visimeet install