This page details the basic use of VidProv. If you are having problems, check out the Common problems - and how to solve them page.
Room owners / hosts, should also see the Advanced Usage page.
In VidProv you are either a regular user, or the room owner. The owner has the greatest set of functionality available to them. They can also temporarily make a user a host, which then gives that user most of the same controls as the owner.
Use Chrome or Firefox. If you are on a Mac and want to use Safari, make sure it's the latest version (even then, Chrome works better).
Close applications and tabs that aren't needed. When using VidProv your computer will be sending and receiving a lot of video and audio data. Your machine will be working hard, so it's best to reduce the impact of other applications. Close applications you are not using, as well as any unneeded tabs in your browser. If you have a lot of browser tabs open, you will experience performance issues in VidProv.
Facebook or Google: Use your Facebook or Google login to provide the system with your name and profile image.
VidProv: If you are a guest in the room (not the owner), you can use a special VidProv login, but you will need to manually set your name and profile image. Facebook or Google login is preferred.
A room has a code and an owner.
Room codes are alphanumeric characters (non-case sensitive), and appear as part of the url.
After logging in you will see the foyer.
If your URL included a room code, then this will be filled in and you can click [Enter Room] to enter the room. Sometimes rooms will be locked. If the room is locked you will have to wait for the host to unlock it.
The foyer also includes a logout button, which will disconnect your credentials and return you to the authorisation screen. You do not need to logout unless using a public computer. Credentials naturally expire. The main use of the logout function is if you want to change your login type. For example, from Guest to Google.
The room is divided into two areas. The main, larger area, at the top of the screen is the "stage". This is where you play, whether it be doing group exercises or scenes.
Along the bottom of the screen is a strip that holds the menu(s), thumbnails of participants, chat box, and signal selector.
When you enter the room, your thumbnail appears in this bar.
The set of controls you will see depends on whether you are a regular participant or a host/director. Some common functions are also accessible from the keyboard. These are noted where applicable.
User control menu
At the bottom left is the user control menu. It gives you access to...
- Audio: Turn your microphone on and off - A.
- Video: Turn your video on and off - V.
- Mirror: Flip your video between mirrored (the default) and non-mirrored - M.
- Settings: Opens the Settings dialog - S.
The Settings dialog lets you change your display name and your character name, and apply some basic video filters.
Going on and off stage
When you first enter, you will be placed in your "seat" in the control-bar at the bottom of the screen. You will display as a thumbnail image (based on your profile pic).
When you hover over your thumbnail, a button appears allowing you to enter and exit the stage area. Click it to "stand up" on stage, and click it again to return to your seat - O.
Whenever you are in your seat your video is not shown. You can still turn the video setting on and off, but this only affects your appearance when you are in the stage area.
On the right of the screen is an entry area for chat. You can type a message here and then hit Enter to send it to everyone else in the room. Messages appear above the thumbnail of the person in their seat (see above), and a log of them is kept in a pop-up window that appears above the chat entry box.
On the right you will see another menu that allows you to express yourself with various symbols. When you click on one, it appears over your profile image in your thumbnail (the seat). You can give them whatever meaning you like, but here are some possible meanings...
- Hand: Raising your hand to ask a question.
- Heart: I love what you are saying, love this scene, etc.
- Finger-snaps: I totally agree with what is being said. / This is amazing! / General expression of approval.
- Air-quotes: Sometimes used to express "ditto". As in, me too, I feel the same way!
- Thumb up/down: Use to vote, express approval/disapproval, etc.
- more to come!
Several of these functions can be accessed via the keyboard. See the keyboard shortcuts page for a summary.
When you are on stage, you can click on your video and drag it around the scene. Dragging into the wings automatically shrinks you down to a smaller size.
If you are in the wings to can drag yourself out one side and you will appear on the other. So, for example, if you are in the left-wing, drag to the left and voila! You re-appear in the right wing. This is handy for choosing which side you want to make an entrance from.
You can also use the arrow keys to move around the stage. Holding down an arrow key will keep you moving in that direction until you release it. You can even move diagonally using two keys, e.g. left + up.
Hold down the shift key as well to move even faster.
The host can control the amount of scaling that occurs as you move upstage and downstage. They also set a pre-determined base size for the video.
Sometimes you'll want to override that to make your character smaller or bigger. You can decrease and increase your size, using the Page Down and Page Up keys (or the < and > keys).
To reset back to the size set by the host, press the Home key.
Please, see the Advanced Usage page for details.
In top right. Click this to leave the room.