Thay have many names... and you've probably used some of them... and you've probably noticed that some of them are better than others.
A few years a go I was looking for a stable video conferencing system I could use for our weekly Conductor's Club conferencing sessions and our online VoiceActing Academy P.I.E. in the Sky Workshops. After testing nearly a dozen video conferencing systems, I was rapidly getting frustrated. Some of them worked great... for awhile, until Internet bandwidth issues became a real problem. And some of them only worked on a smart phone, but not on a computer.
Here's what I needed:
It literally took a few weeks, but I finally came across a video conferencing service that does everything I need... and a lot more.
It's called ZOOM, and I've been referring others to this service for the past few years. If you've been on a video conference with Dan Lenard or George Whittam of East-West Body Shop, or if you've sat in on a VO Peeps video conference with Anne Ganguzza, you've already experienced just how good Zoom video conferencing is.
You can set up a FREE Zoom account today by clicking HERE. Your free account gives you a 40-minute video conference with up to three computers on the call and unlimited calls per month.
When you need more than three on a call (up to 50), a longer video call (unlimited length), or more features, you can upgrade to the Zoom Pro level for only $14.99 per month or $149.90/year (save almost 20%).
Zoom is a great way to communicate with your clients. When you can see who you are speaking to - and you have the ability to share your computer screen with them - you can establish a much better working relationship. In fact, a Zoom connection to your client can even be used during a session so they can see what you are doing in your booth and you can instantly get their direction.
Skype was one of the first methods for online video communication. But if you've used Skype, you've probably been interrupted by an unwanted incoming call or you've noticed some instability or other issues. Hey, Skype is free... it does what it does, and it works... but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
Zoom is very different! You can't just call someone with Zoom. This is truly a video conferencing system that needs to be scheduled. You simply invite your attendees to join your Zoom conference call by sending them an invitation with a 9-digit code for your meeting. At the scheduled time, your guests will click on a link and enter the meeting ID for your conference. From there, they will simply follow the prompts to set up a free account and download the Zoom app to their computer. When that's done (which takes about a minute or two), they are on your call. Once the Zoom app is installed on their computer or phone, joining a meeting is very fast.
I invite you to take a look at Zoom if you think you might ever need to have a video conference call with your family, friends or business clients. I think you'll like what you see.
And when you attend one of our VoiceActing Academy online events, you'll need to have zoom anyhow... so why not set up a free account today?