Jitsi WebRTC client
❗⚠️❗ This module is now deprecated and no longer maintained ❗⚠️❗
Replacement for the EasyRTC p2p client to use a Jitsi relay server for A/V. It has the main advantage of being able to run all communication via a relay server. A player only needs to send her/his A/V stream to a single receiver, where it is distributed to all other players. If you have more then 2 players, this is a bandwidth improvement. This feature is called SFU (Selective Forwarding Unit). Read more about Jitsi on https://jitsi.org/.
First tests with 4-5 players resulted in ~700kbit/s upload and ~ 1Mbit/s download rate for each player.
⚠️ Limit of 5 users when using the default Public Jitsi Meet server
Starting early December, 2021, Jitsi has added a setting to their beta public Jitsi Meet server which limits the number of users who can send video to 5.
You can attempt to get around this by setting your Jitsi server choice to
Custom Serverand using the Server Address
meet.jit.siwith no Username or Password. However, many users previously reported connection issues with using the non-beta version of the public Jitsi Meet server. It is also possible that the 5-user limit will be implemented on this server in the future. You can also run your own private Jitsi Meet server and configure the limit to a value that works for you.
However, I highly suggest instead switching to the newer LiveKit AVClient module. I have found LiveKit to be a much more stable A/V platform to work with and the server much easier to run. There are currently no free public LiveKit servers. There are links on the module page to guides on running your own server, and I (bekit) also provide a highly available cluster of LiveKit servers with nodes in multiple parts of the world. To cover my expenses, this cluster is only available to subscribers of my Patreon.
Due to ongoing issues both developing and using the Jitsi module, I will no longer be actively developing or maintaining it.
You can install this module by using the following manifest URL: https://github.com/luvolondon/fvtt-module-jitsiwebrtc/releases/latest/download/module.json
How to use
To use this client you have to enable A/V in the Game settings. The module will replace the EasyRTC client of vanilla FVTT. You can either connect via the Jitsi server by leaving the Signalling Server on "Foundry VTT". Or switch to a custom, self-hosted Jitsi server. A great documentation by @solfolango77 for installing your own server can be found here: VTTA - Installing a self-hosted Jitsi Server for Foundry VTT.
You can allow standalone Jitsi users to join your conference by enabling the module setting
Allow standalone Jitsi users. When enabled, users can see the Jitsi meeting URL under the read-only module setting
Standalone Jitsi URL.
A GM can now split the party!
To start a breakout room, right-click on the player you would like to break out in the player list and select
Start A/V breakout. You will join a different A/V session with that user. You can now click on other users and pull them into the breakout room, or start yet another breakout room with another user.
Though the GM will always join the breakout room on creation, they can leave the breakout room themselves by right-clicking on their own username and selecting
Leave A/V Breakout. Users can also leave a breakout at any time by right-clicking on their own name, and the GM can end all breakout rooms by selecting
End all A/V breakouts.
Live Captions / Subtitles
Automated live captioning is supported by this module using Jitsi's Jigasi subtitle/transcription functionality. This requires that your Jitsi server be configured to support transcription through the Jigasi service. Unfortunately, the public Jitsi Meet servers do not provide this functionality. To enable this on your own self-hosted service, see the Jigasi documentation: Using Jigasi to transcribe a Jitsi Meet conference.
By default, debug logs are disabled. If additional logs are needed for troubleshooting,
Enable debug logging can be turned on under the module settings.
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This Foundry VTT module is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.