We've stopped the development and sale of AVChat on 1st of September 2018. Tech support has ended on 30 November 2018.
For similar products we recommend looking into WebRTC based alternatives like https://appear.in or TokBox Video Chat Embeds.
Outdated
Go to our new documentation at http://docs.avchat.net

Support Garage

Get Help With Your AVChat Products & Services

Getting started with IP.Board and AVChat

The AVChat Application for IP. Board 3 handles the integration between your IP. Board 3 web site and our AVChat software. Here's what it will do:

  • user name integration
  • profile url integration
  • profile picture integration
  • profile gender integration
  • Facbook and Twitter integration
  • placement of video chat within the web site (user and admin interface)
  • control what features each user group from IP. Board has access to directly from the IP. Baord Admin CP area
  • control AVChat 3 general settings from IP. Board Admin CP area

If you cannot find the answer you’re looking for here, we encourage you to try our FAQ or forums. There's also more documentation regarding AVChat in the documentation area for the main standalone version.

All the specific documentation regarding IP. Board 3 is on this page so if you're looking for something specific just hit Ctrl+F on your browser.

Here are the IP. Board 3 related topics we will cover on this page:

1. Installing the AVChat Application for IP. Board 3

First you have to download 2 archives from the client/trial area on nusofthq.com to your computer. These 2 archives are:

  • AVChat 3.0.zip (contains media server files for Red5/FMIS/Wowza and AVChat Standalone)
  • avchat3_ipboard_3.x_application.zip (contains the AVChat Application for IP. Board 3)

Extract the 2 archives somewhere on your computer to have all the files handy! We will use files from both archives!

After you follow the installation instructions below, the first time you will log in the video chat you will be asked for a license key. That's in your private client/trial area.

Back to top

1.1 Setting up the avchat30 application on the media server

First you need to install the avchat30 app on your media server. If you don't know what a media server is check out the requirements. If you already have a media server (Red5, FMIS, FMIS hosting, Wowza) here's what you need to do:

Red5 installed on a dedicated server or VPS

Upload the avchat30 folder from the Files to upload to your media server (Red5) folder to the webapps folder of your Red5 installation (C:\Program Files\Red5\webapps on Win, /opt/red5/webapps/ on Linux)

Chmod the new avchat30 folder to 777.

Restart the Red5 server

You're done, move to step below

Wowza installed on a dedicated server or VPS

Upload the applications, lib and conf folders from the Files to upload to your media server (Wowza) folder to the root folder of your Wowza Media Server installation: C:\Program Files\Wowza Media Systems\Wowza Media Server Pro 1.7.2\ on my computer.

Restart the Wowza server

You're done, move to step below

AMS installed on a dedicated server or VPS

Upload the avchat30 folder (you will find it in your AVChat archive in the Files to upload to your media server (FMS) folder) to the applications folder of your FMIS installation (C:\Program Files\Macromedia\Flash Media Server\applications on Windows, /opt/macromedia/fms/applications/ on Linux)

Chmod the new avchat30 folder to 777

You're done, move to step below

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's move on to installing the AVChat Application on IP. Board 3 forum.

Back to top

1.2 Installing the actual AVChat Application for IP. Board 3

  1. Unpack the avchat3_ipboard_3.x_application.zip archive
  2. Copy the the videochat and admin folder into the root of your IP. Board 3 website.
  3. Now go to the folder where you unzipped the latest AVChat3 archive and copy all the content from Files to upload to your website to the videochat folder that you just copied
  4. Chmod the videochat/uploadedFiles folder to 777 (otherwise the upload function might not work)
  5. Create a new folder tokens (videochat/tokens) and CHMOD it to 777 (otherwise we might have token generation issues later on)
  6. Login as admin into your forum and go to Admin CP
  7. Go to Applications & Modules >> Manage Applications & Modules
  8. Click Install on AVChat 3 Applicationipboard installing avchat
    The application will do its installation routine and it will automatically place a link in the forum's Main Menu
  9. Go to Other Apps >> AVChat 3 and fill in the "RTMP Connectionstring" field with "rtmp://myFMSserver.com/avchat30/_definst_" where myFMSserver.com is the domain name or ip of the server where your media server is installed. rtmp avchat
  10. Click that link in the menu and you will be taken to the login screen of AVChat (first time you will login you will be asked for the license key tough).

Back to top

2. Accessing the AVChat admin interface in IP. Board 3

By default no user group havs access to the video chat as admin. You will need to configure this permission for each user group.

To give the access to the admin area of AVChat from where they can ban and kick users, close/delete rooms etc. you need to:

  1. Login as admin and go to Admin CP
  2. Click on Members tab and go to Manage User Groups
  3. Click on a user group you want to give access to the admin area of AVChat (let's say Moderators)
  4. Click on AVChat3, the permissions list should appear.
  5. Click YES for the question Can access chat as admin
  6. Click Complete Edit at the bottom

That's it, you can give anyone admin access.

Back to top

3. Location of AVChat files in a IP. Board 3 installation

All the AVChat Standalone files including language files, audio/video quality profile files, avc_settings.php and, well, everything else are on your IP. Board 3 web site in:

[your site root]/videochat/

Back to top

4. Opening up the video chat in a pop up

By default AVChat 3 is embedded in your IP. Board page.

To open chat in popup window, you need to:

  1. Login as admin and go to Admin CP
  2. Go to Other Apps -> AVChat 3
  3. At Open Method option select popup
  4. Press Save!
avchat general settings on IP. Board 3

Back to top

5. Placing ads around the video chat

Please contact the support team for further information on this one.

Back to top

6. IP. Board 3's user groups and AVChat

IP. Board 3 ships with 6 user groups: Administrators, Banned, Guests, Members, Moderators and Validating.

On IP. Board 3 to set up different features/limits for each users group you will need to:

  1. Login as admin and go to Admin CP
  2. Click on Members tab and go to Manage User Groups
  3. Click on a user group (let's say Moderators). Then click on AVChat3. The permissions list should appear:avchat user group permissions on IP. Board 3
  4. Change whatever permissions you want and click Complete Edit

Back to top

7. Allowing visitors/guests to join the video chat

  1. Login as admin and go to Admin CP
  2. Click on Members tab and go to Manage User Groups
  3. Click on a user group that represents the visitors ( by default should beUnregistered)
  4. Click on AVChat3, the permissions list should appear.
  5. Click YES to the permisions that you want to make like : Can access chat as admin
  6. Click Complete Edit at the bottom

Please contact the support team at support@nusofthq.com for further information on this one

Back to top

8. Changing the looks of AVChat to better fit your IP. Board 3 web site

Changing the design of AVChat is explained in detail in the documentation for the standalone version.

When working with the IP. Board 3 Application keep in mind that AVChat is installed in [your forum root]/videochat/ so all the files you need to edit (like style.css for fonts and colors, avc_settings.php for the background image) are there.

Back to top

9. Allow users to login with their Facebook account

To enable Facebook Login you will need to create an Facebook Application from where you will get an App ID. You cand follow the next steps to accomplish this.

  1. Go and Register as a Developer at: http://developers.facebook.com
    Facebook register as a developer
  2. Click + Create New App
    Facebook create new app
  3. Insert your application name (App Name) and pres Continue
    Facebook create new app
  4. After presing the Continue button you will be redirected to the application page where you will find the App ID. Don't forget to enter your website URL in Website with Facebook Login
    Facebook App ID
  5. Now that you have your Facebook App ID, in your website, go to your Admin CP -> Other Apps -> AVChat 3
  6. Insert your Facebook App ID in Facebook App ID field
  7. Set the option Allow Facebook/Twitter Connection to true
  8. Press Save!

Back to top

10. Allow users to login with their Twitter account

To enable Twitter Login for your video chat you will need to create a Twitter Application that will provide you with a Consumer Key and an Consumer Secret. You can follow the next steps to accomplish this.

  1. Go to https://dev.twitter.com/apps and click on the Create a new applcation button
    twitter new app
  2. Complete the form:
    • Name - enter the name of your application
    • Description - insert the description
    • Website - enter your website URL
    • Press Create your Twitter application!

    twitter new app form
  3. After completed the form you will be redirected to the application page, there you will find your Consumer key and Consumer secret
    twitter new app page
  4. Now that you have your Consumer key and Consumer Secret, in your website, go to your Admin CP -> Other Apps -> AVChat 3
  5. Set the option Allow Facebook/Twitter Connection to true
  6. Insert your Consumer key in Twitter Consumer Key option and Consumer secret in Twitter Consumer Secret
  7. Press Save!

Back to top

Get personalized help

Customers with an active support & updates plan can submit support requests through their private client area.

Enter client area

Support forums

Ask other customers for advice on features, customization and running a community in our peer-to-peer support forums.

Visit AVChat forum

Installation service

Should you need help installing the softare we can help you install both AVChat and the media server through our installation services.

Find out more