Streamlined video conferencing and messaging throughout any device

A cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later. Over half of Fortune 500 companies reportedly used Zoom in 2019 and during 2020 it hit even greater heights, racking up 227 per cent growth over the year.

Zoom Rooms require an additional subscription on top of a Zoom subscription and are an ideal solution for larger companies.

 

Main features

➨ One-on-one meetings:Host unlimited one-on-one meetings even with the free plan.

➨ Group video conferences:Host up to 500 participants (if you purchase the “large meeting” add-on). The free plan, however, allows you to host video conferences of up to 40 minutes and up to 100 participants.

➨ Screen sharing:Meet one-on-one or with large groups and share your screen with them so they can see what you see.

➨ Recording: You can record your meetings or events too.

Choose your plan

Zoom allows one-to-one chat sessions that can grow into group calls, training sessions and webinars for internal and external audiences, and global video meetings with up to 1,000 participants and as many as 49 on-screen videos. The free tier allows unlimited one-on-one meetings but limits group sessions to 40 minutes and 100 participants.

Zoom offers pricing tiers (not including a Zoom Room subscription):

  1. Zoom Free:This tier is free. You can hold an unlimited number of meetings. Group meetings with multiple participants are capped at 40 minutes in length, and meetings can’t be recorded.
  2. Zoom Business:Meeting host (10 minimum). It lets you brand Zoom meetings with vanity URLs and company branding, and it offers transcripts of Zoom meetings recorded in the cloud, as well as dedicated customer support.
  3. Zoom Enterprise:Meeting host (100 minimum) and is meant for businesses with 1,000+ employees. It offers unlimited cloud storage for recordings, a customer success manager, and discounts on webinars and Zoom Rooms.
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⦿ What’s the difference between paid and free Zoom?

There are a few differences between the paid and free Zoom plans that are worth noting.

Free users

You can download the Zoom app on your computer or phone and join any meeting with a supplied meeting ID. You can disable audio or video before joining. You can create a free Zoom account and from there you can create a new meeting, schedule one, join a meeting, share a screen, add contacts, and so on.

 

 

Paid users

You can sign up and download Zoom onto your computer using your work email if your system administrator has a Pro, Business, or Enterprise account. You’ll then want to sync Zoom to your calendar so you can schedule Zoom meetings and invite remote participants to join.

If you’re setting up a Zoom Room, you’ll need a computer to sync and run Zoom Meetings and a tablet for attendees to launch the Zoom Meetings. You’ll also need a mic, camera, and speaker, at least one HDTV monitors to display remote meeting participants, and an HDMI cable to share computer screens on a display, as well as an internet cable for your connection

 

⦿ How to use virtual backgrounds on desktop

It’s fairly easy to get started with Zoom virtual backgrounds. On a Mac or PC, for instance, just open up your Zoom client, click on the “Setup” icon on the corner, and select “Virtual Background” in the side menu.

Zoom provides a few virtual backgrounds. Click on the one you’d like to use. If you would like your own background, click on the plus sign above and to the left of the sample backgrounds, choose an image from your computer, and add it.

You can also add a virtual background during a meeting. In your Zoom client, click on the arrow next to the video symbol on the left, select “Choose a virtual background…”, and you will see the same Virtual Background page.

⦿ How to add filters to your Zoom calls

As well as virtual backgrounds, it’s possible to jazz up your Zoom calls by using filters. These come in two forms and can be found in the same background settings as virtual backgrounds.

You can choose either add simple colour shades to your camera (sepia, black and white and such) or select from several Snapchat-eque filters to add cartoon stylings to your camera. These might not be ideal for business calls, but should make things more entertaining with friends and family.

⦿ Zoom keyboard shortcuts

It’s possible to use various shortcut keys during Zoom meetings to access features or change settings easily.

➨  Alt + A or Command+Shift+A:Mute/unmute audio

➨  Alt+S or Command+Control+S: Start screen sharing

➨  Alt+R or Command)+Shift+R: Start/stop local recording

➨  Alt+C or Command+Shift+C: Start/stop cloud recording

➨  Alt+P or Command+Shift+P: Pause or resume recording

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