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Getting started with vBulletin and AVChat

The AVChat Video Chat Product for vBulletin integrates AVChat with your existing vBulletin web site and users database:

  • Username integration: users will have the same username and gender in the web site and in the video chat.
  • Avatar integration: the avatar pictures are automatically used inside the video chat.
  • Direct access to the admin area for Administrators, Moderators and Super Moderators. They have access to the admin area of AVChat 3 from where you can do all sorts of powerful things like kick and ban.
  • Different permissions for different usergroups, You can control the video chat features independently for each usergroup. You can also control to what admin features (kick,ban,etc...) do Administrators, Moderators and Super Moderators have access to.
  • Access user profiles directly from the video chat: you can access the profiles of users directly from the video chat.
  • Simple install, it installs as any other vBulletin Product.
  • One click away from users, a link to the video chat is placed in the main menu in the user area.
  • Full design/colors control, you can change the color and design of the video chat to better fit with your forum looks!

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 vBulletin is on this page so if you're looking for something specific just hit Ctrl+F on your browser.

Here are the vBulletin related topics we will cover on this page:

1. Installing AVChat integration kit for vBulletin 3.8 and 4.0

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

  • AVChat 3.0.zip (contains media server files for Red5/FMIS/Wowza and AVChat Standalone)
  • avchat3_vbulletin_38x_and_4x_product.zip (contains the AVChat Product for vBulletin)

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.

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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 Component on Joomla! 3.1, 3.0, 2.5, 1.7, 1.6, 1.5 and 1.0 .

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1.2.1 Installing the AVChat Product for vBulletin 3.8 and 4.0

  1. Unpack the avchat3_vbulletin_38x_and_4x_product.zip archive.
  2. Copy the videochat and the includes folder into the root of your vBulletin installation.
  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. Edit videochat/avc_settings.xml in a text editor and set the value of
    <connectionstring>
       <value>rtmp://media-server-ip-address/avchat30/_definst_</value>
    </connectionstring>
  5. Chmod the uploadedFiles folder to 777 (otherwise the upload function might not work)
  6. Chmod the tokens folder(plugins/AVChat3/includes/tokens) to 777
  7. Login into your forum Control Panel and go to Plugins & Products > Manage Products as highlighted below:
    vb
  8. On the right frame click [Add/Import Product] as highlighted below:
    vb
  9. On the right frame an Import Product form will appear. Modify the "import the XML file from your server" field to ./includes/xml/product-avchat3.xml and click on Import button as shown below:import product vbulletin
  10. After the installation, AVChat 3 will appear in products list and it will also appear in the left menu, as shown in the images below (vB 3.8 and 4):
    avchat product for vbulletin installed

    avchat product in vbulletin

1.2.1 Creating a link to the video chat in the front end (pop up)

This guide will show you how to create a link in the vBuletin menu that will open up AVChat in a pop up window.

This is the recommended way to open AVChat as it's easier for your web site users to visit the web site, user profiles, thrads on the forum, without leaving the video chat.

  1. From the admin area Go to Styles & Templates > Style Manager and choose Edit Templates from the dropdown and hit "Go" button
    edit template vbulletin
  2. Scroll the list until you get to Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates and select it. Next click Expand Collapse button.vbulletin
  3. Scroll the list until you get to Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates > navbar and select it. Next click Edit button.
  4. Add this HTML code to main navigation (I placed the link after Calendar in both vBulletin 3.8.x and 4.x) and hit Save:
    • for vBulletin 3.8.x:
    • <td class="vbmenu_control"><a href="#" onclick="window.open('videochat/index.php','FlashVideoChat','height=580','width=970');">Flash Video Chat</a></td>
      Here's an image of it:
      vbulletin
    • for vBulletin 4.x:
    • <li><a href="#" onclick="window.open('videochat/index.php','FlashVideoChat','height=580','width=970');">Flash Video Chat</a></li>
      Here's an image of it:
      vbulletin 4
  5. Go to your forum and you should see the link:
    • on vBulletin 3.8.x:
    • vbulletin 3.8

    • on vBulletin 4.x:
    • vbulletin menu

1.2.2 Creating a link to the video chat in the front end (embedded)

Altough we recommend opening AVChat in a pop-up, the following tutorial will show you how to open it embedded in a HTML page on your web site.

  1. Open the videochat_embedded_3.8.x or videochat_embedded_4.0.x folder (depending on your vBulletin version) from the dowloaded archive.
  2. Upload videochat.php to the root folder of your forum.
  3. Login as admin, go to Styles & Templates > Style Manager, choose Add New Template from the dropdown and hit "Go" button

  4. vbulletin add new template

  5. Open template.txt from the videochat_embedded_3.8.x or videochat_embedded_4.0.x folder (according to your vBulletin version), copy its content and paste it into the Template field. Make sure that the template's name is FlashVideoChat. Click on the "Save" button.

  6. vbulletin

  7. Now you need to add a link to the vBulletin menu that will take users to the new web page with the video chat embedded on it. To do this follow the 1.2.1 Creating a link to the video chat in the front end tutorial and at Step 4 use the following HTML code:
    • vBulletin 3.8.x:

      <td class="vbmenu_control"><a href="videochat.php">Flash Video Chat</a></td>

    • vBulletin 4.x:

      <li><a href="videochat.php">Flash Video Chat</a></li>

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2. Accessing the AVChat admin interface in vBulletin

The admin interface will be automaticaly given to the designated users, based on the first lines from integration.php file from [your website root]/videochat/integration.php and also the first lines from the index.php file from the same directory.

3. Location of AVChat files in a vBulletin installation

[your site]/videochat/

4. Opening up the video chat in a pop up

See Creating a link to the video chat in the front end (pop up) above.

5. Placing ads around the video chat

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

6. vBulletin's usergroups and limiting features for specific usergroups

  1. Login as admin into your forum Contronl Panel and go to Usergroups > Usergroup manager.
    vbulletin usergroup manager
  2. Select from the Usergroups list the usergroup you want to edit and click Go. I choosed Administratorsedit usergroup
  3. Change permissions (for admins and moderators you have one more set of permissions: AVChat Admin Permissions that are not available for regular users).
    edit usergroup

  4. Done.

7. Allowing visitors to join the video chat

If you want visitors to access the chat, then you need to specify so from the vBulletin admin area, like we specified on the above question.

  1. Login as admin into your forum Contronl Panel and go to Usergroups > Usergroup manager.
    vbulletin usergroup manager
  2. Select from the Usergroups list the usergroup you want to edit and click Go. Here you must choose Unregistered / Not Logged In
  3. Change permissions accordingly.
  4. Click Update.
  5. Done.

8. Changing the looks of AVChat to better fit your vBulletin web site

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

When working with the vBulletin Product keep in mind that AVChat is installed in [your site]/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.

The files that contain the embed codes for the AVChat Flash .swf files (the ones you need to edit in order to change the size or background color of AVChat in vBulletin) are:

When opening AVChat in a pop up:
[your site]/videochat/index.php

When AVChat is embedded in a page on your web site:
[your site]/videochat.php

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