In addition to being a pretty sweet voice & text chat app, Discord can offer you and up to 9 of your closest compadres an equally awesome video and screensharing experience.
With both screensharing and video calling, we saw an opportunity to use them side-by-side in a seamless manner. Instead of having to jump all over the place to switch from one to the other, they're available simultaneously anytime you have a video call enabled! Before we dive in, let's get everything all setup and ready to go.
In your user settings page, you'll find a handy "Voice & Video" tab, where you can adjust your settings for voice and video chat.
As long as you have a video device available, you'll be able to select it from the camera options dropdown:
In case of cold feet, you can click the handy "Test Video" button to make sure everything's shipshape and your hair is done just right before making first contact with your friends.
Note for browser app users: You may need to enable camera access in your browser in order to use the device successfully. You'll get this handy popup if Discord senses troubles there...
Just click the "Allow" button that comes up, and you'll be good to go here.
Add Friends, Rinse, Repeat
Now that we're camera-ready and rearing to go, the next step is to pop open a private or group DM with the folks we're looking to video chat with. You can start a video call directly here. Check out the Video icon up in the header next to the search text box:
All the Gizmos and Gadgets
Now that we're here- there's a few different bits and pieces to maneuver through to get the most out of our face-to-face conversation stuff. Let's break it down:
1. Video / Screenshare swap: These icons will switch your main view from video calling to screensharing. You can hot-swap between the two mid call! When selecting screenshare, you'll get a few options of what exactly you'd like to send your friends' way:
You can either choose which of your screens you'd like to share (yes, even for multiple monitors), or even a specific application window!
Side note: You can switch between application and screen views by clicking the screenshare icon again when already screensharing. Basically, use this button to do anything screenshare when... You're ready to screenshare.
2. View selector: When in a video call, there's 3 separate views you choose from, to customize your ideal picture/text balance:
- Standard view: Balance video and the DM chat half and half in your client
- Marquee view: Remove the main video preview and keep only the video marquee in exchange for more text chat
- Full view: Expand the main video and marquee to cover the entirety of the group DM chat.
Any of these views can be expanded into full screen at any point as well!
3. Video Marquee: This bar of window previews will show each participant's video feeds. By clicking on a particular window, you'll zoom in their feed to the main window.
4. User Settings: Like the icons next to your avatar in the bottom left-hand corner of the app, you can access the self-mute and user settings tab functions in the video window as well.
5. Full Screen Toggle: Clicking this icon will expand the video call to full screen regardless of which view you're using. When full screen, clicking either the view selector or collapse icon will return to your normal view. You can also press Esc to do this as well!
We also know that multitasking is an important part of video calling. If you switch to other DMs or servers while in a video call, the video feed will pop to a picture-in-picture view that you can drag around your screen for maximum convenience:
You'll be able to access your video options by clicking the icons in the lower left-hand corner of the floating video. To zoom back to the call in progress, click the username list within the video in the top left.
That wraps up all of the screensharing goodness in Discord.