JamKazam has a number of video features you can use to enhance your jamming experience.
Once you have set up your webcam, you are ready to use video in your session.
Note: A new video system is under development. The current system, known as "Standard Video" has shown to be quite resource-intensive, especially when there are a lot of people in a session. It is usually fine for one or two players, but if you encounter problems in sessions with more players, the video system may be at the root of the problem.
If you determine that this is the case, you may want to try using the new browser-based video system. Its integration into JamKazam is currently limited, but it works well when there are more players in the session.
To use the video system:
- If you are the hosting the session, (you are the one who starts it) choose Standard from the Video System dropdown menu in the Create Session page.
- From the Session page, click Video. The JamKazam video window opens, using your camera. Anyone who enters the session can see your camera output.
- As others enter the session, they can click their Video buttons to add their camera output to the video window. (assuming their webcams have been set up).
Webcam Window Menus
Use the Video Layout menu to control the way multiple video streams appear in the JamKazam Video window (and in broadcast streams).
- Close Video Window and Stop My Webcam
- Change to Next Layout
- Shuffle Users Within Layout
- Grow Inset
- Shrink Inset
- Rotate Inset Position
- Zoom to Fit Area
- Show Remote Screenshare in Window
Use the Webcam menu to control the cameras that appear in your video stream, the quality of the video stream, the appearance of your webcam, and a few other controls.
- Webcam Start/Stop
- Select Capture Settings: select a resolution for video recording.
- Capture Color: choose color or black and white capture
- Show Webcam Controls: Opens the control panel for your webcam settings
- Video Flip: Flip the video upside down. (Useful if your camera is over a keyboard or something.)
- Switch Webcam: if you have more than one webcam, you can switch to a different one.
- Rotate to Next Webcam: Quick Command to rotate to the next camera
- Multi-Camera: set up additional cameras (same settings as the first camera)
- Play Together/Demonstration Mode: Switch from normal mode (Play Together) to Demonstration mode. (adds sync delay)
- YouTube Live Broadcast: Start/Stop
- Screen Share: Start/Stop
Use the Display menu to control how the video window appears.
- Always On Top
- Full Screen
- Screen resolutions: 1080p, 720p, 1/2 720p, VGA, and 1/2 VGA
- Transparency: select an amount of transparency between 0 and 50%.
Use the Streams menu to select an outgoing video stream resolution. This can be useful in reducing the internet bandwidth required by your video stream.
- Select a resolution to send: CIF, VGA, 4CIF, 1/2 720p, 720p, 1080p
- Select a maximum frame rate to send: 30, 24, 20, 15, or 10 fps (frames per second)
- Select a video encoder: V8 or V9