options for non-interactive Zoom meetings

Using the Church Webcasting System, YouTube, etc. Including cameras and mixers.
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options for non-interactive Zoom meetings

Postby rmrichesjr » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:02 pm

A couple of months ago, the STS of my stake sent out a document with screenshots and instructions for options he found useful to secure a non-interactive Zoom meeting (such as a sacrament meeting). With his permission, his ideas are attached. (For all I'm aware, the password in one of the screenshots is not valid for any existing meeting.)
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Re: options for non-interactive Zoom meetings

Postby garyoranzabriskie » Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:21 pm

Why are you trying to use an interactive solution ? Zoom offers a $40/month add on to the Pro license that is called Webinar. Webinar has much more stringent controls that allow it to not be interactive at all and is essentially a one-way broadcast out to the members attending at home.

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Re: options for non-interactive Zoom meetings

Postby russellhltn » Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:49 pm

garyoranzabriskie wrote:Why are you trying to use an interactive solution ?

Fair question. It appears that interactive meetings for youth and others are coming soon. It might make sense to keep the members on "one solution".

I think there's some benefit for members to see other members even if they're not participating. I think it helps with a sense of "belonging". But it does take someone to monitor the webcast.
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Re: options for non-interactive Zoom meetings

Postby rmrichesjr » Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:00 pm

garyoranzabriskie wrote:Why are you trying to use an interactive solution ? Zoom offers a $40/month add on to the Pro license that is called Webinar. Webinar has much more stringent controls that allow it to not be interactive at all and is essentially a one-way broadcast out to the members attending at home.


garyoranzabriskie, if your question is relative to my Sept. 20 post, it's not me but my stake's STS who authored the document. One reason is the $40/month cost. From what I saw in the document, it appeared he has covered most, perhaps all, of the relevant issues. Are there any specific advantages the additional $40/month would buy?

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Re: options for non-interactive Zoom meetings

Postby Max1126 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:21 am

rmrichesjr wrote:
garyoranzabriskie wrote:Why are you trying to use an interactive solution ? Zoom offers a $40/month add on to the Pro license that is called Webinar. Webinar has much more stringent controls that allow it to not be interactive at all and is essentially a one-way broadcast out to the members attending at home.


garyoranzabriskie, if your question is relative to my Sept. 20 post, it's not me but my stake's STS who authored the document. One reason is the $40/month cost. From what I saw in the document, it appeared he has covered most, perhaps all, of the relevant issues. Are there any specific advantages the additional $40/month would buy?


My branch used the Webinar add-on today for the first time. Benefits are: no chance of participants unmuting themselves or kids being distracting on camera. Biggest benefit, for us, is the option for a Translation stream. Meetings are conducted in Mandarin, and some of us are spouses or kids that do not yet speak Mandarin fluently. Not an issue for most units, but incredibly useful for one like ours!

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Re: options for non-interactive Zoom meetings

Postby swigginton » Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:30 pm

Max1126 wrote:My branch used the Webinar add-on today for the first time. Benefits are: no chance of participants unmuting themselves or kids being distracting on camera. Biggest benefit, for us, is the option for a Translation stream. Meetings are conducted in Mandarin, and some of us are spouses or kids that do not yet speak Mandarin fluently. Not an issue for most units, but incredibly useful for one like ours!

We also use Zoom Webinar. it has proven to be an excellent and reliable solution with no possibility of disruption from members un-muting, distracting video, etc. We used it prior to in-person meetings, when everyone was participating from homes. Those who are participating in the meeting get a unique link to let them share their video and audio. Others get a generic link and can only watch and listen. Those who don't have technology at home can call in to the phone number and listen to the meeting via telephone. The interpretation feature was another plus for us, since we have a Spanish ward and can have a simultaneous English channel. We also used it for testimony meetings with everyone at home. We enabled the "Raise Hand" button so those who wanted to share their testimony could indicate. The meeting host could then let them unmute their microphone one-at-a time to speak.
We have 6 wards, but only need 2 licenses and run 2 wards simultaneously. We have meeting hosts (stake techs) who manage the meetings from their home, similar to a broadcast control room. Bishoprics get a report after each meeting to see who attended via Zoom. We are continuing to use it for our limited in-person meetings, with the only participant being the webcam we mounted at the pulpit. We'll also use it for a virtual stake conference.


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