TeamTalk 4 is a conferencing system which enables a group of people to collaborate and share information. Every member of a group can communicate with other members in real time using both audio and video. All that is needed is a microphone and a web camera.
Here is a list of the main features:
- Real time audio and video conversations
- Share desktop applications
- File sharing
- Instant text messaging
- Private rooms/channels for every group of users
- High quality audio codecs with both mono and stereo
- Push-to-talk and voice activation
- Record conversations to disk
- Standalone server for both LAN and Internet environments
- User authentication with accounts
- Accessibility for visually impaired
Having these features available makes TeamTalk an excellent choice for online presentations, attending meetings or just do every day chit-chat with friends or colleagues, whether they are next door or around the globe.
The following sections give a brief tour of how the TeamTalk 4 Conferencing System works:
- TeamTalk Channels
- Audio and Video Conversations
- Share Desktop Applications
- File Sharing
- Server Administration
To use the TeamTalk conferencing system users must either set up their own TeamTalk server or connect to one of the servers which are publicly available. Once connected users are presented with a set channels (sometimes referred to as rooms) which a user can enter and from there interact with the other users who are in the same channel. An example is shown here:
In Figure 1 four users have entered a channel named “Room 11B”. While in the same channel users can write text messages in the Chat tab, see video in the Video tab, see shared applications in the Desktops tab and download files in the Files tab.
TeamTalk supports multiple video sessions so it’s possible to see video of every user in a channel. To see the users with video simply click the Video tab where all the active video sessions are lined up in a grid.
Users who are transmitting video have a blue frame surrounding their user icon as can be seen in Figure 2. By clicking the detach button in the top right corner it’s possible to see the selected user in a separate window.
Any application running on your computer’s desktop can be shared with other users. This can be used for doing online presentations.
To see the shared application in a separate window simply press the detach button in the top right corner.
By clicking the Files tab users can see which files can be downloaded in the channel they’re participating in. If users have a user account on the server they too can upload files which others can download.
Server administrators can assign disk quota for every channel on the server.
The TeamTalk client application contains a list of publicly available TeamTalk servers you can connect to and use freely, but some might prefer to run their own server. For this TeamTalk comes with its own standalone server available for both Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Running your own TeamTalk server allows you to configure exactly how you want your server to look and who should have access to it. Figure 5 shows some of the server’s configurable options and Figure 6 shows how to set up user accounts.
As can be seen in Figure 5 the TeamTalk server has a wide range of options to limit what rights users have on the server. One can e.g. deny users who do not have accounts on the server to log on and also specify whether users should be allowed to create their own channels. One can also set whether the server should use its bandwidth to transmit users’ audio and video which is often required for users who have Internet connections with limited bandwidth. Note that the maximum number of users supported by a TeamTalk server is 1000.