This documentation is a revised edition of the
MICE documentation of
National Support Centre London
Revision by Jens Elkner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The list of participants
Participants are listed in the main vat Window.
Names are displayed in boxes that are highlighted when the participant
is speaking. By default people joining are added to the list and those
leaving are removed. If required, those leaving may be left on the
As the number of participants increases, the horizontal space
allocated to each diminishes. Additional space may be made by resizing
A participant may set the name in the Menu window or by the
command-line parameter (-N). Name defaults to the user name and local host.
- Mute Source
- To mute an individual, click with left mouse button on the
checkbox to the left of each participant's name and it will be checked.
Repeat the process to unmute.
This facility is useful where two or more users are
participating in a conference on separate workstations in the same
room and one is providing the output via speakers. In this case, the
user with the speakers should mute the other user(s) to prevent
- To view the network statistics for a participant, click the left
mousebutton on the name.
The statistics are displayed while the button is depressed.
For a persistent view, hold the shift key before clicking.
To output statistics to standard output, type s or S
in the window.
The statistics are updated every second or so.
The three columns show:
The graph is only displayed in the persistent window.
It shows the selected statistic over time.
To select a statistic, click on the diamond to its left.
In the example, Missing has been selected.
- value since the last update time.
- a smoothed average of the first column.
- the aggregate statistics since vat started.
Full details of the options available for statistics are in
the vat manual page.
- It is possible to set up an aside with another
participant in a conference.
By clicking the middle button on a name, a separate vat session
is created in a new vat window that talks only to that participant.
For a two-way conversation, the other participant must likewise
select you from his window.
If you create a new window aimed at a particular participant
but they haven't created a window aimed at you, they will hear
you speaking in the main conference window and may not realize
that your audio is being sent only to them.
You should tell them that you want a private conversation so
that they do not reply to the conference as a whole.