Video Call For Free From Brave Browser With Brave Talk

Brave browser has a new feature – Brave Talk. This allows you to make video calls and setup meetings right from within the browser. No sign-up or downloading is necessary for this.

Brave Talk

There are two options for using it: the free version that limits video calling up to 4 participants, and the premium version that has no limits.

To use this feature to make video calls, you need to first download the Brave browser. Video call conferencing too is supported with this feature.

Setting up a meeting using Brave Talk:

After installing the Brave browser, go to Brave Talk here. Then, click on the Start free call button to begin a video call.

start free calls using Brave Talk

After the video call is started, the Join meeting page will show up. Enter your name/handle and click on the Join Meeting button.

create a meeting using Brave Talk

The video call screen will now be visible. You can create and join video meetings in Brave Talk even without them though.

video call in Brave Talk

The top-right corner of the screen will show other meeting participants if they have joined.

Sending meeting invites using Brave Talk:

To send a meeting invite, click on the people icon from the bottom of the screen.

people icon in Brave Talk

Then choose to Invite Someone. This will create a shareable link for joining the video call. There is also a phone number and a PIN for joining in if needed.

sending meeting invites

The recipient can join this video call from any browser.

shareable meeting link in Brave Talk

However, for creating a video call, you will need to use the Brave browser.

There is also an option of adding a Breakout Room if needed. This is useful for long meetings.

During meetings:

Besides video calls, you can also chat with participants. Click on the chat icon from the bottom of the screen and type messages if needed.

chat button

chat and polls feature in Brave Talk

Moderator options in Brave Talk:

Various moderator options can be used for video calls. Click on the dots icon from the bottom of the screen to see them.

a list of options for Brave Talk

Moderators can mute participants, disable the audio/video for everyone, and also start meetings without audio/video access for all.

mute participants and disable audio/video

Keyboard shortcuts for Brave Talk can also be viewed from this menu.

Brave Talk keyboard shortcuts

You can also change the background, share video/audio, and start a Livestream from this menu.

Creating meeting passcode and lobbies:

The pop-up menu can also be used to set security options for a meeting. By default, the lobby option is disabled but it can be turned on.

setting meeting passcodes and enabling lobbies

It is to ensure that participants can’t directly join meetings before first being verified in a lobby. You can also set a 10-digit passcode for meetings from here.

To view more options, click on the Settings option from the pop-up menu.

more settings

Frame rate and call quality as well as enabling or disabling keyboard shortcuts can be set from Settings too from under the More section.

So if you are looking for an alternative to Zoom, and would want to try a privacy-focused video calling service, then Brave Talk can be a good choice.

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