Using the different video modes in Space Calls

Learn how to use the different video modes within Space calls and the benefits and purpose of each mode.
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Written by Nathan Polito
Last updated January 16th 2020

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Step 1. Join a call

First you need to have a case created. If you need help with how to create your case check out this guide.

From within your case navigate to the appropriate Space for a call. For this guide we will start in the Everybody Space.
At the top-right of a space you will see the Space Call button.
When you click on the Space Call button you will then see the Space Call dropdown menu which displays a list of Spaces you have created for your case. You can click on any of those Spaces to join a call there. For this guide we will click on the Everybody Space to join a call there.
You will then see the join video call screen that allows you to preview your video image and set your camera and microphone settings. When you are ready, click the Join Call button to be connected to the call.
When you click the Join Call button you will be connected to the call. You will see that you have joined the call in the Space Call drop down menu as seen below. From that menu you can leave the call by clicking on the red phone button, or switch to a call in another space by clicking on the relative space option. You can click away from the Space Call drop down menu to close it.
Step 2. Invite participants to the call
Once you click away from the Space call drop down menu it will close. You will then be able to see the Call Participant button as seen above.
When you click the Call Participant button the Call Participants sidebar will open.
From the sidebar you are able to invite participants who are online to join the call by clicking the Invite button next to their name.
When you click on the Invite button next to a participants name they will see a notification appear inviting them to the call as seen above.
If the participant clicks the green accept button they will be connected to the call.
You can repeat this step to add any other participants to the call.
Step 3. Toggle between full screen mode and back
By clicking on the downward pointing arrow beneath the video feeds you can toggle full screen. You can then click the upwards facing arrow you will see when in full screen mode to go back to the normal view.
Step 4. Try Speaker view
While on a call, you can click the video mode toggle above which is located towards the top right of your Space to cycle through different video modes. From Grid view, the next mode is the Speaker view.
Click the video mode toggle above to switch to the next mode which is the Speaker view.
Speaker view: Will automatically switch the focus of the main panel to the person who is currently speaking or the dominant speaker. This mode is useful when one person is doing most of the talking and you need to give them focus. You can also click on the thumbnail of a person on the call to lock them into focus. Once you do this the main person will not switch once someone else is talking. You can click again on the thumbnail of the person you locked into place to go back to automatically switching to the dominant speaker as the focus.
Step 5. Toggle between full screen mode and back
Just like in the Grid view, you can click the downward pointing arrow beneath the video feeds to toggle full screen. You can then click the upwards facing arrow you will see when in full screen mode to go back to the normal view.
Step 6. Try minimised view
While on a call, you can click the video mode toggle above which is located towards the top right of your Space to cycle through different video modes. From Speaker view, the next mode is the Minimise view.
Click the video mode toggle above to switch to the next mode which is the Minimised view.
Minimised view: This view is useful if you are trying to do some work in the Space while on a call. The Minimised view will automatically show the current dominant speaker and the window containing the video feed can be dragged into any position on your screen.

NOTE:This minimised view will also be activated automatically if you navigate away from the Space that the call was started in. This allows you to access other parts of the system while still interacting with the call.

While on a call, you can click the video mode toggle above which is located towards the top right of your Space to cycle through different video modes. From Minimised view, the next mode is the standard Grid view.
Clicking the icon above will take you back to the standard Grid view.
Conclusion

If you have followed the steps, you will have joined a video call within a Space and will have toggled through the 3 available video modes Grid view, Speaker view and Minimised view.

“Leveraging the different video modes in Space Calls you can easily switch modes depending on your needs. You may want to focus on a particular participant's reactions, or interact with everyone on the call equally or you may want to stay engaged on a call while doing some other work on the platform - like creating an agreement for example. As you make these changes it doesn't affect anyone else's experience. Have a think about the potential use cases in your own dispute resolution processes.”

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