WebRTC and Peer-to-Peer Video Calling with Ian Ramzy


In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk with Ian Ramzy about ZipCall.io — how he built it, why, and some of the surprising choices he made along the way.

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Guests Show Notes

02:08 - Who are you and what’s your background?

05:34 - Why did you build this?

13:55 - What is it built in?

  • Express server
  • Web sockets

16:10 - Why is there no tooling?

VideoChat.peerConnection = new RTCPeerConnection({ iceServers: token.iceServers, });

24:31 - How does your server deal with an influx of users?

27:11 - How do each of these features work?

  • Auto-scaling video quality
  • Text chat
  • Screen sharing
  • Picture in picture
  • Live captions
  • Loading animation
  • No download required, entirely browser based
  • Direct peer to peer connection ensures lowest latency
  • Single use disposable chat rooms

41:32 - Have you looked into any of the recording APIs?

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