This article covers all of the available settings for controlling your Gather experience. Your first opportunity to set your audio and video on what we call the Check Your Hair screen. Once in a Space, you can fine tune your experience on Gather by opening Settings (Ctrl/⌘+P). Use these links to skip to the section you're interested in:
Check Your Hair
Every time you enter a Gather Space, you see what we call the Check Your Hair screen (because you get to see your video preview and check your hair!). This modal shows a preview of your Gather character, a preview of your video feed, and the A/V selections for your camera, mic, and speakers.
You can edit your name and character on the Check Your Hair screen by selecting Edit, which will open the character picker. Select the mic and camera icons on the video preview to turn your mic and camera feed on or off prior to entering the Space. You can also change your input for camera and mic and output for speakers using the three drop-down fields. When you're ready to join, select Join the Gathering.
Note: When you're in a Space, you can see your video preview on the left of your toolbar. Select the mic and camera icons in the toolbar to turn your mic and camera on or off. Select your video in the toolbar to enlarge or pin your video feed.
Audio / Video Settings
To manage your audio and video settings while in the Space, open Settings. Select the User tab, then select Audio / Video.
Open the drop-down fields to change your camera, mic, or speaker selections.
Note: If you do not see any options in the drop-down fields for Devices, check your browser settings. If you're on a Mac, you may need to check your system settings as well.
Warning: Firefox does not allow you to select your speaker output.
Select Start playback to test your microphone. When you are finished testing, select Stop playback.
By default, large grid is turned on to display up to 16 videos at a time. Toggle this off to view no more than 9 videos at a time, which may improve your performance.
Note: Read more about the video carousel for different video viewing options.
Auto Idle Muting
By default, auto idle muting is turned on so that your audio and video feed turn off whenever you are tabbed away from the Gather window and not connected to others. When you return to your Gather window by clicking in the Space, you must click anywhere on the screen or hit a button to turn your mic and camera back on. If you turn auto idle muting off, your camera and video will remain on while you are tabbed away unless you manually turn your mic and camera on or off, even while you use other windows or applications.
Tip: If you want to hear any time someone walks up to you in your Gather Space, turn Auto idle muting off in your user settings.
Note: When you are inside of an iframe (interacting with an interactive object such as an embedded video or website) and not connected to others, you may be automatically muted. This is because the iframe is in "focus," as opposed to the Gather app itself, which has a similar effect to being tabbed away. When you close the embedded object or click in the Gather Space, Gather should automatically unmute you.
Use HD Video Quality
By default, you will see HD videos if the people you are connected with are transmitting an HD video stream. You can turn this feature off to connect to SD video quality instead, which may improve your performance.
By default, chat sounds are turned on. Toggle off this setting to mute the notification noise for new chat messages.
By default, Space notifications are off. Toggle on to receive a notification from your browser when the number of guests in the Space goes from zero to one.
Note: This setting is currently in beta, so it will only display if beta features are enabled in the Space.
Warning: You may need to allow notifications from Gather in your browser to receive the alert.
Drag the SFX volume slider to adjust the audio level of any sounds in the Map (such as ambient noises or embedded media).
Use Original Audio
By default, original audio is turned off so that Gather can reduce echoes and suppress background noises. You can enable original audio to gain full control over your audio, which may also improve your performance.
By default, debug mode is turned off. Turn this mode on if you would like to see info on incoming/outgoing audio and video. This feature is generally helpful when working with Gather staff to troubleshoot. You can also toggle this on/off with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/⌘+D.
To manage your settings related to what you see while in the Space, open Settings. Select the User tab, then select Appearance.
If you want to be first to experience features we're developing and testing, turn on beta features.
Use Smart Zoom
By default, Smart Zoom is turned on to provide you the best view of your Space based on the size of your browser window. You can turn off Smart Zoom to manually control your view of the Space.
Warning: When you turn off Smart Zoom, scroll to zoom is enabled. Use the scroll wheel to zoom in or out of the Space.
Manual Map Zoom
When Smart Zoom is turned off, you can manually adjust the view of the Map. You can select a percentage or a point on the slider (or use scroll to zoom with your mouse while in the Space).
Note: Using the browser zoom function enlarges or shrinks the entire window, including the navigation menus and windows, whereas Manual Zoom just enlarges or shrinks the view of the Space.
By default, reduce motion is turned off. Toggle this setting on to limit the amount of animation displayed on the screen. (This may improve your performance, as well.)
Name Label Size
By default, name label size is set at 12 px. You can manually adjust the font size by dragging the slider or selecting one of the font sizes specified on the slider.
Constant Name Sizes
By default, constant name sizes is on so that your avatar's name label displays the same size regardless of the Map zoom level. Toggle this setting off to allow the name label to dynamically size with the Map zoom level.
Tooltip Label Size
By default, tooltip label size is set at 13 px. (Tooltips are the messages that display for interactive objects.) You can manually adjust the tooltip font size by dragging the slider or selecting one of the font sizes specified on the slider.
Constant Tooltip Sizes
By default, constant tooltip sizes is on so that the tooltip font displays the same size regardless of the Map zoom level. Toggle this setting off to allow the tooltip labels to dynamically size with the Map zoom level.
To manage graphics settings while in the Space, open Settings in the Left Nav Menu. Select the User tab, then select Graphics.
By default, hardware acceleration is turned on to use your computer's graphics card when rendering Gather. Toggle this setting off if you are experiencing issues with graphics loading on your screen.
Limit Frame Rate
By default, your frames per second (fps) display at the highest level to provide the best video experience of Gather. Drag the slider to lower fps, which may improve your performance.