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Use Audio and Video

Get set up

You must give the browser permission to use audio and video to participate in a session. This is necessary so that you are seen and heard.

You'll be asked to do this when you first join a session or when you first go to share your audio or video.

It's OK if you're not ready to do this right away. You can set up audio and video at any time in My Settings.

  1. Open the Collaborate panel and select My Settings.
  2. Select Set Up your Camera and Microphone.

    You can use your phone for audio. To learn more, see Call Into a Session.

  3. Choose the microphone you want to use. Collaborate tells you that you sound great when it is receiving your audio. Select Yes, it's working to proceed.
  4. Choose the camera you want to use. Collaborate tells you that you look great when it is receiving your video. Select Yes, it's working to proceed.

By default, you are hidden and muted after you complete the setup. Select the microphone and camera icons to begin full meeting participation.

With your keyboard, press Alt + M to turn your microphone on and off. Press Alt + C to turn your camera on and off.

Adjust your speaker and microphone volume any time in My Settings.

Having trouble setting up your audio and video with JAWS? Jump to Audio Set Up with Jaws in Google ChromeTM. Having trouble with VoiceOver? Jump to Audio Set Up with VoiceOver.


Let others hear and see you

You can select the microphone and video camera icons any time during a meeting to turn them on or off.

With your keyboard, press Alt + M to turn your microphone on and off. Press Alt + C to turn your camera on and off.

The microphone automatically turns on after you enable it, but you will get to preview how you'll look on screen before sharing your video.

Moderators can mute participants anytime during the session. You are notified, if a moderator has muted you.

Want to use your phone for audio? Jump to Call into a Session.


Follow the speaker

As the discussion unfolds, the person speaking appears in the center of the screen. Select Grid View to see more than one participant.

You can only switch views when using ChromeTM and Firefox® (version 49+).

Microphones appear next to any participants who have their microphone or phone audio turned on. A dark microphone is used to represent the current speaker. It moves to the current speaker as the discussion unfolds.


Know when you are "on air"

Collaborate tells you when others in the session can see your video. If you see your video with an eye, others see your video in the center of their screen. If you see an eye while content is shared, others see your video as their picture-in-picture.