Please note: Alfred is now called Vinton but this blog was published prior to the name change.

In this blog we’ll walk you step-by-step through setting up Alfred so that the Alfred bot joins your video calls to transcribe and summarise the conversations. If you prefer to watch a video of this walkthrough, visit this call setup video page.

Note: You must already have completed the installation guide before you can proceed with this setup.

Step 1: Set up an Alfred email address

In order to invite Alfred to your video meetings, Alfred needs an email address. You should set Alfred up with a dedicated email account with its own calendar too.

Your email address can be anything you choose. For example alfred@[insertyourcompanydomainhere].com.

Step 2: Update Alfred admin settings

Go to the app launcher and choose Nativevideo Admin. Then from the left options choose Alfred and then choose Alfred from the tabs that appear.

  • Screenshot of the app launcher (9 dots) searching for Nativevideo admin
  • Screenshot of how to configure Alfred calls in the Nativevideo Admin panel

Step 3: Add your chosen name and email

Give your meeting bot a name e.g. Alfred Notetaker.

Then enter the email address you have set up for Alfred and click Update.

Screenshot of configuring Alfred calls in the Nativevideo admin section

Step 4: Gmail or Outlook

After you’ve clicked update you then need to Configure Alfred Calls and will be asked if you’re connecting via Gmail or Outlook. For the purposes of this step-by-step guide, we’ve chosen Gmail. You should select the email provider that you used for creating the Alfred email for your company.

Screenshot of connecting to your Gmail to set up Alfred

Step 5: Sign in to your account

Next you’ll be asked to sign into the Alfred email account and allow Nativevideo to access the Alfred Google or Outlook account that you’ve set up. Nativevideo will need access to to view events in the Alfred calendar. Once that’s done, Alfred is ready to invite to meetings.

To invite Alfred, you simply start a new meeting invitation and invite the Alfred email address to your meeting.

Testing in a sandbox

If you quickly want to test Alfred in a sandbox, you can set up the Alfred calls using your own email address as the Alfred email. What this means is that for testing purposes, whenever you create a new meeting, Alfred will automatically join that meeting because your email address is being used for Alfred.

Alfred requests to join your call and you click Admit to have Alfred join as a silent participant.

Screenshot of a person on a video call with Alfred notetaker asking to join