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Build a custom video chat interface

Daily call object

A Daily call object is a direct line to the Daily API. It gives you the finest-grained control over a video call, letting you access and manipulate its lowest level foundations, like participant video and audio tracks. Accessing these call primitives gives you precise control over where to place each element in your app. It leaves the video call UI entirely up to you.

Website UI displays floating participant video screens Build an entirely custom video chat interface using the Daily call object.

When to use the Daily call object

The Daily call object is the best choice when you need to build a completely custom video chat experience.

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Daily call object features

Out of the box:

  • Customizable video chat interface
  • Direct access to video and audio track data
  • Ability to create custom video and audio tracks
  • Built-in bandwidth management
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Electron compatible
  • Compatible with React Native (beta)

Build with the daily-js library:

  • Screen sharing
  • Active speaker and grid layout modes
  • Text chat
  • Participant list
  • Network analytics display
  • Localized interfaces
  • Recording*
  • HIPAA compliance**

* Recording is a Scale plan feature. Read more about our pricing.

** Building a HIPAA compliant video chat with Daily is only available on the Scale plan, and involves a few additional steps to set up. Learn about HIPAA compliant video calls with Daily.