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 Character, 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 in the bottom right corner of the screen. Select the mic and camera icons to turn your mic and camera on or off. Select your video preview to see yourself full screen.
Audio & Video
To manage your audio and video settings while in the Space, open Settings in the Left Nav Menu. Select the User tab. By default, the Audio & Video section displays.
Tip: To quickly access your A/V settings in your Space, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/⌘+P.
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.
Select Start playback to test your microphone. When you are finished testing, select Stop playback.
Drag the SFX volume slider to adjust the audio level of any sounds in the Map (such as Ambient Noises or embedded media).
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 will automatically be unmuted and your camera will turn back on. If you turn Auto idle muting off, your camera and video will remain on 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.
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.
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.
You can manage additional Gather features by selecting General under the User tab of Settings.
If you want to be first to experience features we're developing and testing, turn on beta features. With Beta features turned on, you'll see a Beta Features icon (person with a speech bubble) in the Left Nav Menu. Select Beta Features if you have feedback to give us. You can choose whether to provide your name and email for us to get back with you.
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.
Manual Canvas Zoom
When Smart Zoom is turned off, you can manually adjust the view of the Map. You can select a specific percentage or any point on the slider.
Note: Using the browser zoom function enlarges or shrinks the entire window, including the navigation menus and windows, whereas Smart Zoom just enlarges or shrinks the view of the Space.
Use Smooth Movement
By default, Smooth Movement is turned on. This feature allows your character (and background) to move smoothly from tile to tile as you move through your Spaces. With this turned off, your performance in Gather may improve, but your character and map will jump from tile to tile as you move through the Space.
Select Respawn to rejoin the Space at the default spawn location. (The default spawn location is the tile or group of tiles placed on the Map where new users enter the Space.) You can also access Respawn in the Bottom Bar menu by selecting your name.
Tip: If you're stuck and can't move in your Space, select Respawn to rejoin the Map.
Select Sign Out to log out of your Space and your Gather account. You can also access Sign Out in the Bottom Bar menu by selecting your name.