Initiating a video chat
To begin a video chat with someone in your contacts list, press the video chat icon from their Person Card. They will receive a notification that you wish to begin a video chat and either accept or decline it.
Receiving a video chat request
If someone attempts to initiate a video chat with you, you will receive a notification on your screen. The following options are available:
Table 1. Video chat request options
|Answer||Accept the request and begin the video chat.|
|Answer with Audio Only||Accept the request as an audio chat instead of a video chat.|
|Decline||Decline the chat invitation.|
Participating in a video chat
Once a video chat has begun, you and your chat partner will both see and hear each other through your device. Your contact will appear in a video frame, with a small preview version of your own feed in the top, right corner.
The preview version of your video feed can be relocated by pressing and dragging the window to one of the four corners of your contact's video feed.
Once the video chat has begun, you can display the chat option bar by tapping the video of your contact. The following options are available:
Table 2. Video chat options
|End Call ||End the video chat.|
|Stop Video ||Temporarily suspend video transmission from your device. Your chat partner will still receive your audio.|
|Mute Audio ||Temporarily mute the audio from your device. Your chat partner will still receive your video transmission.|
|Hold Call ||Pause the call completely, temporarily suspending both your audio and video transmissions.|
|Switch Camera ||Switch between your device's two camera, usually front or back. This option is only available on devices with multiple cameras.|
|Full Screen||Enter full screen mode. This expands the video feed from your chat partner across the entire screen of your device.|
To exit full screen mode, make a pinching gesture on the screen, double tap the screen, or press the Embedded Video button from the options bar.
Note: This option only appears if you are in embedded video mode.
|Embedded Video||Enter embedded video mode. This shrinks a full screen video feed back to an embedded version in the IBM Sametime Mobile Chat client.|
Note: This option only appears if you are in full screen mode.
If, during the course of the conversation, you navigate away from the video chat, you can return to it in one of three ways:
- Navigate back to your chat partner’s Person Card using the Contacts tab.
- Choose your chat partner's contact from the Favorites tab, if he or she has previously been marked as a favorite.
- Tap the Video Chat tab from the left menu.
Using the Video Chat tab
If no video chat is presently occurring, tapping the Video Chat tab from the left menu displays a video chat list, showing a record of all video chats that have occurred on the device, with the most recent video chat at the top. The list indicates with icons whether a video chat was initiated by you, received by you, declined by you, or if you missed any calls. Tapping on any of the list items displays the Person Card of that chat partner.
If a video chat is presently occurring, tapping the Video Chat tab from the left menu will return you to the chat if you have navigated away from it. In addition, the icon for this tab will pulse red when video is being transmitted during a chat.