As we were entering the second half of 2014 it was clear AVChat’s looks were up for renewal. Many clients had already referred to its looks as outdated and wanted a more modern look but we also felt a strong need to bring its design in line with today’s best practices. Thus for the latest build of AVChat we’ve made the biggest redesign since the initial release of AVChat 3.0. We’ve redesigned it with a simple philosophy in mind: everything needs to be clear, simple and consistent. We think we’ve achieved that: Hand in hand with changing the design came adopting the ability to have themes. I am proud to announce that AVChat now supports themes and, to show off the feature, it ships with[…]

Having to deal with a very busy summer, development for AVChat has been slower than usual, but we managed to allocate enough time in order to release a new build and as always we’ve integrated most of the new requests along with some compelling new features. Real-Time Text Chat Translation We have implemented a mechanism that permits AVChat to detect the language the browser is setup for. Based on this and using Google’s Translate API you can now translate on the fly messages from another language, from a user that has the browser setup in french for example, to your preferred language, assuming as well that your browser is setup in your particular language. A small translate link will appear on the[…]

Hello everyone, Today we’re launching a new product we’ve been working on for the past few weeks: the AVChat Video Chat Add-on for xenForo. XenForo is a commercial forum software package written in PHP. It’s developed by former vBulletin lead developers Kier Darby and Mike Sullivan. The AVChat Video Chat Add-on for xenForo handles the integration between your xenForo community and the AVChat 3 video chat software. Here’s what the 1.0 version of the add-on handles out of the box: Same Username (and Gender), members will have the same username and gender in the community and in the video chat. Double log in is not needed. Same Profile Photo, the profile photos from xenForo are automatically used for the users list and text chat inside[…]

Hello everyone, We’ve just released a new version, 1.5 (build 605), for Joomla! Integration Kit. This version integrates AVChat 3 with EasySocial, a powerful Joomla! Social Networking Extension, and we’ve added some cool new features. EasySocial Integration: EasySocial is a powerful Joomla! extension that allows you to transform your Joomla! in a Social Networking Website. The complete list of EasySocial features, you can find here. Same Username – Users will have the same username in the website and in the video chat. Double login is not needed. Same Profile Photo – The profile photos from EasySocial are automatically used for the users list and text chat inside the video chat Linked Profile Pages – View more info about the chat members by accessing their profile page[…]

Hello everyone, We’ve just released a new version, 2.1 (build 599) for AVChat Plugin Pro for WordPress 3.x. This version (2.1) is coming with new features & permissions and some small fixes. New Features & Improvements: WordPress 3.9 supported Improved the design of the AVChat 3 Settings & Permissions page, making it more user friendly Now the AVChat Plugin Pro supports WordPress multisite on subdomains Better integration with BuddyPress: now AVChat Plugin PRO detects if BuddyPress is active across the WordPress multisite Admin can easily change the Audio / Video Quality Profile, from WordPress backend Exposed the setting which allows the admin to set user’s webcam to open automatically when each he joins, together with the one which allows user to start viewing[…]

Latency and especially high latency is one of the main problems when it comes to real time communication between a client and a server, so we decided to do some testing that would ultimately tell us which of the 3 main media-servers (AMS, Wowza and Red5) can achieve the lowest latency. The Testbed The testing was done using our flagship product, AVChat 3, for both client and server side as application. The client side of AVChat was installed on a local machine in Romania. The local machine has the following processing and memory specifications: Intel i5 CPU @ 3.30Ghz and 8 GB of RAM, on a Windows 7 x64 OS. For the media server I’ve used a VPS located in[…]

The latest build of AVChat is primarily focused on adding new security measures and improving the existent ones. In addition to this, a couple of other new features were added which we will cover in detail below. New and Updated Security We’ve implemented a new system on all media servers (AMS/FMS, Wowza, Red5) that only permits the connection of desktop clients which have been initialized with encrypted settings.  This way the media-server will automatically detect any malicious users that attempt to connect using forged avc_settings files. This new system is controlled by the new media-server side setting allowOnlyEncryptedSettings. This setting works paired with the option enableEncryptedSettings  that can be found client side in avc_settings.xml. It is recommended that if enabledEncryptedSettings is enabled to also turn[…]

Hi everyone, Today I’ll show you how to set up a paid membership website using AVChat 3, WordPress, s2Member Framework for tracking membership and PayPal as a payment system. Apart from ads, memberships are a good source of revenue for sustaining a website. To show how much flexibility you have we’ve gone overboard and decided to build a website with 6 different user roles, 2 free and 4 of them will be paid. Each of them will have different permissions in line with their subscription plan. We’ve chosen the permissions for each user role so that: visitors are encouraged to register, registered members are encouraged to subscribe to a paid membership and paying members are encouraged to upgrade to a better plan.[…]

Wowza Media Systems has released their new major Wowza Media Server version: Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0. This latest version adds a completely new GUI that allows the user to control and fine tune the server and individual applications without navigating the Wowza folder structure, going through .xml configuration files or restarting the media server every time you make a change. This new GUI is officially called Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, it’s browser based and can be accessed by going to this URL address http://WOWZA_SERVER_ADDRESS:8088/enginemanager/ The GUI is split in 4 areas: Homepage dashboard Server Applications Help Let’s look at each one of them in detail: 1. The Homepage The homepage gives a quick overview of the most important statistics: Number of incoming and[…]

Wowza Media Systems just announced their new major Wowza Media Server version: Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0. Besides the new name there’s a new GUI that allows you to control the server and individual applications. Think Adobe’s Media Server Console on steroids. Mike Talvensaari, VP of Producs at Wowza,  gives a quick overview of the new product and GUI in this video posted on the new Wowza website. You can also check out the new GUI by singing up for the online demo. Here are 2 quick screenshots with the Home and Application pages of the new GUI : We’re currently testing AVChat, HDFVR and FLVAR on the new Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0 to check for compatibility issues. We’ll get back to you with[…]