Getting started on Zoom
- It would make sense to Download Zoom beforehand.
- Here are some links:
- For your laptop or computer: https://zoom.us/download
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_GB
- Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307
- When you log in to Zoom:
- Click “Join with computer audio”
- On Video button in the bottom of your screen, select video settings and “enable HD” (as long as you have a laptop that allows this and a decent Internet connection).
- Here’s some advice on testing audio and sound: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-Testing-computer-or-device-audio
- One steady lamp, directly by your face, for even, steady lighting
- Avoid sitting with your back to the window, as the camera will expose for the light and make you into a silhouette
- Face the window or have the window to the left or right
- If light is not great one steady lamp, directly by your face, for even, steady lighting
Using an iPad or Smartphone?
- Make sure it’s landscape NOT portrait
- So, if you’re using a iPad don’t come too close and even consider using a book or books to raise the iPad up
- Also, if you’re using an iPad remember the camera is to your left when you set the screen up in landscape!
- Try not to move your iPad too much – as mentioned above, prop the iPad up using books or similar.
- If you have a bookshelf behind, be careful of “trinkets” on the shelf as they will cause distractions.
- Cameras on smartphones and webcams are wide-angle. If you come too close they get distorted and we might even see up your nostrils!
- Try to ensure that you are looking eye-to-eye into the camera
- Don’t stand too far from the laptop or iPad
- You may want to connect your Apple (if you have them) earphones into the iPad or laptop to give better sound quality
- If you do this, click on the arrow next to mute button to check they are selected.
- Make sure you have enough battery for the meeting!
- Make sure you sit somewhere with a good connection
And that’s pretty much it.