The AVChat Plugin for osDate handles the integration between your osDate web site and our AVChat software. Here's what it will do:

  • user name integration
  • profile url integration
  • profile image integration
  • placement of video chat within the web site (user and admin interface)
  • show how many users are in the video chat on every page of your web site
  • choose which Membership Types have access to the video chat

If you cannot find the answer you’re looking for here, we encourage you to try our FAQ or forums. There’s also more documentation regarding AVChat in the documentation area for the main standalone version.

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Installation Instructions

Download & extract archives

Download these 2 archives from your private client/trial area to your computer:

  1. AVChat 3.0.zip contains AVChat
  2. avchat3_osdate21x_component.zip (includes the actual osDate Plugin)

Extract the 2 archives somewhere on your computer.

Media Server Application

Once we’ve downloaded & unzipped everything the next thing we need to do is to setup the media server app to which AVChat will connect to.

AVChat uses a media server to send all the audio video and text data between users. AVChat supports the 3 major media servers:

  • Red5
  • Adobe Media Server
  • Wowza

Here’s how to install the avchat30 app on each one of them:

Upload the avchat30 folder from the Files to upload to your media server (Red5) folder to your Red5's webapps folder (C:\Program Files\Red5\webapps on Win, /opt/red5/webapps/ on Linux).

On Linux, chmod the new avchat30 folder to 666.

For versions of Red5 1.0.7 or higher one additional change needs to be made:

  1. Go to /Your_Red5_Install_Directory/webapps/avchat30/WEB-INF
  2. Open red5-web.xml with any text editor
  3. Uncomment line 37

Restart the Red5 server.

Upload the avchat30 folder (you will find it in your AVChat archive in the Files to upload to your media server (FMS) folder) to the applications folder of your AMS installation.

On Linux, chmod the new avchat30 folder to 666.

Upload the applications, lib and conf folders from the Files to upload to your media server (Wowza) folder to the root folder of your Wowza Media Server installation.

Restart the Wowza server.

osDate add-on & AVChat installation

Install AVChat

  1. Extract the avchat3_osdate21x_component.zip archive and upload the AVChat3 folder inside it to your web site’s plugins folder.
  2. Now go to the folder where you unzipped the latest AVChat3 archive and copy all the content from Files to upload to your website to your site plugins/AVChat3/includes/ folder
  3. Now open plugins/AVChat3/includes/avc_settings.xml in a text editor and set the <value> of the <connectionstring> tag <value>rtmp://media-server-ip-address/avchat30/_definst_</value>
  4. Chmod the plugins/AVChat3/includes/uploadedFiles folder to 777 (otherwise the upload function might not work)
  5. Chmod the tokens folder (plugins/AVChat3/includes/tokens) to 777

Install the add-on

  1. Log in as an admin in your osDate web site, go to Tools > Plugins > AVChat 3 and click Install .
  2. Refresh the page and Go to Plugins > AVChat 3, log in using a username and enter your license key (it’s in your client/trial area on avchathq.com) in the dialog box that shows up after you connect:

Add-on Features

Access the AVChat admin area

From the osDate admin area go to Plugins > AVChat 3

osDate's user levels and AVChat

You can configure who has access to the video chat by going to: Tools > Plugins > AVChat 3 > Edit .

Allowing visitors to join the video chat

By default the AVChat Plugin for osDate does not allow visitors of your web site to enter the video chat. Only signed in users are allowed in the video chat.

To allow visitors/guests to join the video chat login via FTP to your web site and edit this file: [your site root]/plugins/avchat3/includes/integration.php .

At the end of the file set $avconfig['showLoginError']=0;

Save the file and upload it back to your web site.