Recently, the Chancery has begun using Zoom Web Conferencing. Zoom is a web solution that offers the ability to hold one to one or group video meetings that can be used across all platforms; Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. All that is required is a computer with Internet access and a webcam, speakers and microphone. Some users may find that a headset with microphone will provide a better user experience. You will also need to sign up for an account, which is free. That can be done by going to https://www.zoom.us/signup. It is hoped that all priests will set up an account for themselves as well one for their parish.
Here is an overview.
The Chancery has six “meeting rooms” available for its use. These rooms have the ability of hosting 25 connections. During these sessions, the presenter has the ability to share their screen for presentations. While these six “meeting rooms” hosted by the Chancery are a paid service, anyone who has created an account can have “one to one” meetings for free. It is hoped that using the Zoom Web Conferencing service we can reduce travel time, reduce expenditures and decrease the amount of time away from your parishes.
Client Applications can found and downloaded at https://www.zoom.us/download. Tutorials and videos for the service can be found at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2SxmE4C-KAQuHaEfHVymgQ. While there are many different makers of webcams on the market, I have had excellent results and minimal compatibility issues with Logitech products. They can be purchased through many different retailers. You can check out their webcams at http://www.logitech.com/en-us/webcam-communications/webcams.
Once Priests and parishes create accounts, please click here to go to a form to submit your Zoom account information for use in making meeting invitations. Please contact Jeff with any questions that you may have.