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README

Introduction

App_konference is a channel-independent conference application.
It features efficient audio mixing algorithms as well as video selection
support based on VAD, DTMF or CLI. 


Design goals

Appkonference has several design goals which are different than Meetme:

    * It does not require a zap channel for timing.
    * It is very efficient when used with channels which support DTX (silence
	detection/discontinuous transmission).

    * It can do VAD on channels which do not support DTX (although this 
	is more expensive than just mixing them, but less expensive then
	encoding; therefore it might still be a win). 
    * It presents messages on the Monitor interface for determine which 
	speakers are active. 

Mixing design

    * Minimize encoding/decoding, minimize mixing.
    * Minimize generational loss from trancoding.
    * Usual cases are handled very efficiently:
          o One speaker: That speaker's frame is sent directly to each 
		participant which uses the same codec. It is trancoded 
		_once_ for each additional codec type used by participants.
          o Two speakers: Each speaker gets the other speaker's frames.  
		The two speaker's frames are decoded and mixed, and then 
		encoded _once_ for each codec type used by participants. 

Video features

    * Video passthrough: video from selected member is passed to every
        member of the conference.
    * Multiple ways to select video
        - VAD
	- DTMF from conference members
	- CLI 
    * Ability to set default video sources and to lock/unlock video sources.


License

Naturally, app_konference is GPL. The SVN repository also includes parts of 
libspeex, which is distributed under a BSD-style license. See LICENSE for more
details.


Getting app_konference

app_konference is available via SVN from its own home on sourceforge:

    * http://sourceforge.net/projects/appkonference


Compiling app_konference

    * Checkout sources
    * Modify Makefile to point to your Asterisk include directory
    * make
    * sudo make install 


Using app_konference

There is no configuration file. Conferences are created on-the-fly.

Dialplan syntax:

Konference(NAME,FLAGS[,MAXUSERS][,TYPE][,SPY][,VADSTART][,VADCONTINUE][,VIDEOSTART][,VIDEOSTOP])

* NAME: whatever you want to identify the conference
* FLAGS: dialplan flags, see Flags.txt for a comprehensive list

* MAXUSERS: limit conference participants to max_users
* TYPE: conference type identifier
* SPY: channel name to spy

* VADSTART:  "probability" to use to detect start of speech.
* VADCONTINUE: "probability" to use to detect continuation of speech. 
* VIDEOSTART: length of speech before assuming that a member is speaking 
* VIDEOSTOP: length of silence before assuming that a member has stopped speaking


CLI Commands

Please look at CLI.txt for a comprehensive list of CLI commands and parameters.


Manager Events

app_konference generates several detailed manager events so that applications
interfacing with the manager API can monitor conferences:

	* ConferenceJoin: join conference
	* ConferenceLeave: leave conference

	* ConferenceDTMF: dtmf received
	* ConferenceState: speaking state changed
	* ConferenceSoundComplete: sound completed

	* ConferenceMemberMute: mute member
	* ConferenceMute: mute conference
	* ConferenceMemberUnmute: unmute member
	* ConferenceUnmute: unmute conference

	* ConferenceCameraDisabled: camera disabled
	* ConferenceCameraEnabled: camera enabled
	* ConferenceStopVideoTransmit: stop video
	* ConferenceStartVideoTransmit: start video
	* ConferenceUnlock: unlock conference video
	* ConferenceLock: lock conference video
	* ConferenceVideoBroadcastOff: video broadcast off
	* ConferenceVideoBroadcastOn: video broadcast on
	* ConferenceVideoMute: mute video
	* ConferenceVideoUnmute: unmute video
	* ConferenceDefault: set video default
	* ConferenceVideoSwitch: video switched



Benchmarking

It would be nice to have solid benchmarks to present, but a good size 
machine should be able to handle many callers when either (a) they are 
using DTX, or (b) they are listen-only.  It's used often with hundreds of
simultaneous callers.


Discussion

The appkonference-devel mailing list is the place to discuss everything related
to app_konference.  The bug tracker on SourceForge gets a little bit of 
attention now and then.


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