TokBox OpenTok API Extended Demo

TokBox's OpenTok video chat platform delivers the simplicity and customization that developers need for building modern web applications. This new API lets you call the shots, including full control over layout, who sees whom, and who just watches. Keep reading for more details.
Complete layout control
Video chat APIs aren't new to TokBox or indeed to the web. What's new is giving you Javascript-level control over the sizing and layout of each individual stream, allowing you to decide which video streams to display and where on your HTML page to display them. If you know how to position a <div> element on the page, you already know everything you need to know to control layout with our new platform.
React and adapt as people join
The new API lets you register Javascript callback routines so that you can react to a simple set of common events, such as users joining or leaving the chat. This gives you the power to create dynamic, user-centred interfaces that react the way you want them to.
Just want to watch?
Our new API lets you choose between participating and watching. Participants upstream audio and video that others can share. Watchers can see and hear participants in the video chat, without themselves having to participate. You control which role a user plays, and when they switch between them.
No distractions
A common complaint from first-time video chat users is that they find it distracting to see their own video signal. Our new API lets you control whether you can see your own video image, how big it is, and where you place it on the screen. Again, if you know how to use a <div> tag, you know pretty much everything you need to know.
Increased scalability
Our newly simplified approach to managing chat streams allows us to support even larger numbers of participants. Using our new API, you can support thousands of AV stream subscriptions in a single context whether that's 1,000 users each watching the same 2 participants, or 200 people each seeing 10 different streams. You can even stream to multiple pages simultaneously.
Hello, HTML5! Ready when you are
The new API requires Flash today - but by breaking apart the monolithic video chat window and giving you Javascript control over the elements, we are getting ready to support live video streaming using the new HTML5 <video> tags. As the browser implementations mature to support real-time video, switching from Flash-based video display to HTML5-based video display should be transparent to you, the developer.
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