Video and Audio Settings Introduction

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. 

A screenshot of the Check Your Hair screen. The text reads Each time you enter a Gather Space, you see the "Check Your Hair" screen, which shows a preview of your Gather character, your video feed, and your A/V selections.

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. 

To manage your Devices and other A/V settings, select Settings in the Left Nav Menu. Select the User tab. The Audio & Video options display.

Tip: To quickly access your A/V settings in your Space, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/⌘+P.

Devices 

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.

Audio Level

Select Start playback to test your microphone. When you are finished testing, select Stop playback.

A screenshot of the fancy office template with the Settings modal open. The User tab is selected with the Audio & Video category active. A red outline displays around the Audio Level settings. A noise indicator is lit up with green bars about halfway. A Stop playback button displays. From User Settings, select Start playback to test your audio. Select Stop playback when you're finished. 

SFX Volume

Drag the SFX volume slider to adjust the audio level of any sounds in the Map (such as Ambient Noises or embedded media).

A screenshot of the fancy office template with the Settings modal open. The User tab is selected with the Audio & Video category active. A red outline displays around SFX volume, auto idle muting, use hd video quality, and use original audio. Auto idle muting and Use HD video quality are toggled on, and Use Original Audio is toggled off. The SFX volume slide is at the maximum end.You can manage in-Space sounds using the SFX volume slider and toggle Auto Idle Muting, HD Video, and Original Audio on or off.

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.

General

You can manage additional Gather features by selecting General under the User tab of Settings

A screenshot of the fancy office complex with the Settings modal open. The User tab is selected and the General category is active. Toggles display for Beta features, use smart zoom, and use smooth movement.  You can also select Respawn to move to the default spawn point in the Map or select Sign Out to sign out of your account.Select General under the User tab in Settings to manage additional features in Gather. Beta Features

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.

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. 

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. 

A screenshot of the fancy office complex with the Settings modal open. The User tab is selected and the General category is active. A red outline displays around the Smart Zoom and Manual Canvas Zoom features. Smart Zoom is toggled off, and a line displays under Manual Canvas Zoom with dots every increment of 50%. The max zoom is 400%. You can turn off Smart Zoom to manually control the view of the Space, up to 400%. Changing the canvas zoom affects the view of the Map, not the size of the interface. 

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. 

Respawn

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.

Sign Out

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.

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