Re: How to set the video quality sent to a peer

I mostly agree with the exact case given in the thread but imagine a slightly different case where the congested link is the link directly connected to A - so the congested link caries the traffic to both B and C. In some cases you might be happy having both B and C get equal share of the link and some congestion control algorithms in the browser might give you that. However, if the application actually wanted to give better video to B than C for this type of case, the constraints solutions that HTA posted seems like one reasonable way to do that.

 Iíll note that constraints can also be used to fix the aspect ratio

On Mar 18, 2014, at 1:09 PM, Martin Thomson <> wrote:

> Actually, you are all making it harder than it needs to be.
> If the browsers are doing their jobs correctly, you shouldn't need to
> do anything at all.  Construct peer connections to different peers and
> send the same media to both.  The link that has lower bandwidth will
> be detected as such and the browser will reduce the send rate
> accordingly; if it makes sense to do so, the resolution will be
> reduced to avoid quality degrading too significantly.
> Building all these extra hacks might be necessary in the short term,
> but only to the extent that you are effectively working around a bug
> in early implementations.
> On 18 March 2014 11:57, Harald Alvestrand <> wrote:
>> On 03/17/2014 06:10 PM, giuseppe pes wrote:
>> I need a bit of help with this new amazing technology called webRTC.
>> Let's consider this scenario for a WebRTC mesh network with three peers..
>> The Peer A has an HD stream from its cam and it is sharing with the other 2
>> peers B and C. B and C are not sending any data. The connection between A
>> and B is rather good and the peer B can enjoy the video at full HD. While
>> the connection between A and C is not as good as that between  A and B and
>> it does not support an HD stream, thus B is not having a smooth video
>> stream. Nevertheless, the connection between  C and A  would smoothly
>> support a lower quality video, for instance 640x480.
>> I would like to provide a smooth video experience to both clients. I could
>> reduce the quality video of the source calling getUserMedia with a lower
>> quality but this is not a good solution because it would reduce the quality
>> of the video even for the peers that support HD (B) .
>> What I would like to have is that the source peer ( A ) gets a stream at its
>> maximum quality, in this case HD. Then the quality of the video to be sent
>> to a peer is chosen according to the connection characteristic between the
>> source and that peer. In our previous example :
>>                   HD (1280x720)
>>              /------------------->     B
>>     A       /
>>  stream HD /
>> (1280x720) \
>>             \    HD (640x480)
>>              \------------------->     C
>> How can I achieve this result? Can I modify the SDP descriptor to set the
>> video resolution just for that session?
>> What the spec says you should be able to do:
>> streama =
>> getUserMedia({video:{mandatory:{width:{max:1280},height:{max:720}}}, ....)
>> streamb = streama.clone()
>> streamc = streama.clone()
>> // add streams to the various peerconnections
>> streamc.getVideoStreams[0].applyConstraints({mandatory{width: {max:  640},
>> height:{max:480}}})
>> But I don't think any browser actually implements this yet.

Received on Sunday, 23 March 2014 01:39:11 UTC