With our fourth WebRTC Conference & Expo now a week behind us, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the event. There was never a dull moment for Team TokBox in Atlanta. We gave a keynote address, participated in several panel discussions, gave a live demo of our video driver and manned our bustling booth complete with a Bridgestone Golf B-FIT kiosk.
While WebRTC has been innovating at an impressively rapid rate, the users of the web and mobile apps have been delighted with lots of new experiences. We’ve started connecting to people across different timezones, countries, and even continents in real time, on just about every sort of device. But when we ask developers, the people who dream up the next wave of crazy ideas, what they need in order to keep delighting their users we hear a few things over and over.
One of the most requested features of the platform that developers are patiently waiting for is WebRTC broadcasts at scale. The technical challenge is about getting the right stream (with the right bitrate, and the right encoding) out to all the different types of people who are watching, with their vastly different networks and bandwidth capabilities.
Hello! Ed from the BD team @ TokBox here. We’re always thinking of great ways to showcase cool partners, so we came up with an idea for a series called PartnerTok. This whole series will be done via our open source chat tool OpenTokRTC and recorded with our archiving stack! For our inaugural episode we are featuring our friends at Cambly. They’re a language marketplace for people who want to learn English or Spanish. We talked to them about where the idea came from, how it got started, their business model as well as their experience launching the app.
Cambly is also one of the partners testing out our new archiving stack – you can hear from them firsthand in the video about how easy it is to implement. In fact, we used the OpenTok API for WebRTC to power the live interview, and our new Archiving & Playback beta to record it.
- Archiving—You can record audio-video streams in a session and download the recording as an MP4 file (with H.264 video and AAC audio).
- Dynamic frame rate control—This feature lets you reduce bandwidth usage of a Subscriber’s video stream. This reduces CPU usage and the network bandwidth consumed, and it lets you subscribe to more streams simultaneously.
These are just a couple of the new features to be included in version 2.2.
Have you heard something like these feature requests:
“I take French lessons online. I meet with my tutor twice a week. But every Tuesday we spend some time refreshing what we’ve covered on Thursday. I’d pay extra if I could replay the recording of the previous session on my own time.”
“I have to record each conversation with a customer and store it for legal reasons.”
Until now, once an OpenTok-powered conversation ended, there was no way to go back and see what was said. In a lot of scenarios (including the ones above) you could add a lot of value to your product by recording the conversation and making it available on demand.