About Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom is an online video conferencing platform, see https://zoom.us.

To use it you’ll need a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop with a built-in microphone and webcam. If you want to improve the quality of your video and audio, you may wish to buy separate components. Well-known brands include Logitech for webcams and Lavalier or Blue for microphones.

If you want to join a meeting, you need only download the app, you do not need to sign up for an account. Click on the meeting link sent to you by your host and the relevant app will automatically be installed. If you’d like to download it in advance or on several devices, go to
https://launcher.zoom.us/download.

If you want to host a meeting, you must sign up for a package. At the time of writing, for meetings that are one-to-one or of less than 40-minutes duration, the basic package is free. You can stop and start a new meeting to extend your time. The next level up (Pro) has a maximum meeting duration of 24 hours and costs £11.99 + tax monthly. Both allow up to 100 participants. Check the zoom website for current fees.

As the host, it is up to you to start a meeting, then invite participants to join you by sending them the meeting link. To prevent gatecrashers, I suggest that you include a password. You have more controls than the other attendees and there are quite a few options that you can manage during the meeting or pre-set.

There’s plenty of online help, see:

  • Getting Started with Zoom FAQs | link
  • Getting Started with Zoom 30-minute video tutorial | link