How do I set annotations in video sharing?

In this article you learn about the different annotations possible in video sharing during a video call.

GENERAL INFO:

 

In a video call, you can annotate in the shared video stream. Three annotation features are available:

  • Pointer Annotation (2D mode)
  • Drawing Annotation (2D mode)
  • Sticky Annotation (Augmented Reality, AR mode)

For more precise pointer and drawing annotations, use the Freeze Function to pause the video on a certain frame before annotating.

 

NOTE: 2D mode and AR mode annotations cannot be used at the same time. Find out below how to activate each.

 

2D ANNOTATIONS:

 

With 2D annotations like pointer or drawing annotations, you can highlight certain areas for other call participants by tapping or drawing on the video stream or a frozen image.

 

NOTE: Video sharing must be activated to set annotations. To learn how to start video sharing, read here.

 

ACTIVATE 2D ANNOTATIONS:

In order to activate live pointer or drawing annotations in a video call, tap the edit icon in the top right-hand corner.

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POINTER ANNOTATION:

When entering the edit mode (2D mode) during a call, the pointer annotation is selected by default.

The pointer annotation will be displayed as circles on any part of the screen you point at (see picture below).  

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NOTE: The pointer's color matches your participant tile color to help users identify who is pointing.

 

 

DRAWING ANNOTATION:

When entering the edit mode (2D mode) during a call, the pointer annotation is selected by default. 

You can switch to the drawing annotation by tapping the draw icon at the bottom of the screen.

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  • By clicking the arrows in the right upper corner, you can undo/redo the last annotation.
  • By clicking the trash can, you can delete all previously drawn annotations.

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NOTE: Your drawing color matches your participant tile color to help users identify who is drawing.

 

AR ANNOTATIONS (with release 1.7):

 

By using AR mode you can place sticky annotations to highlight a specific object while moving the camera of your device. The annotation will stick to the object. 

NOTE: Video sharing must be activated to set annotations. To learn how to start video sharing, read here.

 

ACTIVATE AR MODE: 

To activate AR mode in a video call, tap the AR icon in the top left corner. It will turn from black and white to color.

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NOTE: Sticky annotations in AR mode are available for all devices supporting ARKit or ARCore. If the device you are using is not supporting AR mode, the AR icon is crossed out.

 

 

STICKY ANNOTATION:

To place a sticky annotation in AR mode, follow these steps:

1. First, scan the environment of the object you want to annotate. To do so, follow the instructions on the screen. 

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2. If the scan was successful, dots will highlight the area where you can now place a sticky annotation. 

3. Tap on the Edit mode icon.

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4. To place a sticky annotation, just tap the appropriate position on the screen.

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NOTE: Your annotation color matches your participant tile color to help users identify who is annotating. Besides, the AR icon is added to the participants icon to see who has activated AR mode. 

 

NOTE: You can switch between 2D and AR mode via tapping the AR icon (colored icon = AR mode activated, black icon = 2D mode is activated). 

 

 

FREEZE FUNCTION:

 

If the video stream is frozen, annotations can be made more precisely.

To activate the freeze function during a call, tap on the freeze icon at the bottom to pause the video on a certain frame. The icon will change from black and white to color.

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Deselecting the freeze icon continues the video stream.

NOTE: The Freeze Function can always be activated by the participant who shares their video stream. In addition, the moderator can freeze the stream too, even if someone else is sharing it. Other participants cannot freeze the video.

 

 

If you want to know more about how to take a screenshot within the annotation mode, read the article here