The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168306   Message #4066451
Posted By: Joe Offer
29-Jul-20 - 01:05 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Hints for Zoom Singaround Hosts
Subject: RE: Tech: Hints for Zoom Singaround Hosts
Yeah, I didn't want to deal with the sticky subject of offensive lyrics in the first place, so I stopped the discussion during the singaround. I moved the offensive lyrics posts into the thread on offensive lyrics, which is a good place for that discussion.

OK, about backgrounds. They didn't work with my 8-year-old computer, and Zoom was overloading that computer pretty badly and making it sluggish. So, at the height (depths) of the coronavirus shutdown, I bought a fairly powerful Dell computer. I think it was the most powerful out-of-the box computer they have. I would have had to wait 3 months or more for the custom-order computers. This one has a solid state drive, and I added the hard drive and data from my old computer. It also has 12 GB of RAM. I figured if it was still sluggish, I could add RAM or Intel Optane memory. What the Dell Website didn't say, is that you have to throw out the existing RAM or the SSD if you want more memory - and the memory costs $500 for 32 GB. So, I guess I'd better like what I have.

This $600 computer has an 8th generation Core I5 Intel microprocessor, which is fairly powerful. And it does generally fairly well with Zoom, although it slows down in long singarounds. I think I'm going to experiment with making Noreen host so I can log off and reboot (hoping Noreen will let me back in).

If you have a free or paid Zoom account, go to the "meetings" page. You'll see an option for My Personal Meeting ID (PMI). Start the meeting, and you should see yourself on the screen. On the lower left corner of the screen, you'll see selections for "Join Audio" and "Start Video." There's an up arrow next to the audio button, and an up arrow next to the video - those arrows give you all sorts of adjustments you can make on your audio and video - and the video arrow has one button named choose virtual background. There are some ready-made backgrounds you can use, and some are animated. There's a plus sign that allows you to upload a still or video background. But before you upload anything, try the ready-made examples and see if they work. If they don't, you can use a green screen behind you (or any solid background). But if your computer is powerful enough, you don't need a green screen.

So, that's the deal. That's how I stop people from having to look at my messy office - and I get to show off my photography. I like to use photos of the North Fork American River and the beautiful wildflowers that are right here by my home in the Sierra Foothills northeast of Sacramento.