Several platforms are available for video/voice/chat conferencing when working remotely.
- If your computer does not have a built-in camera, you can also use an external USB camera for video conferencing.
- Have a set of earbuds/headphones (especially ones with a built-in microphone) for attending online courses and meetings.
- If your computer does not have a built-in microphone, use an external device such as a USB microphone or headset.
- Close other programs and limit streaming/large downloads while you work. Other programs on your computer may consume processor or network resources. Try disconnecting or limiting use of other non-essential devices on your network.
Zoom makes it easy to share screens and host real-time video conversations, host live web broadcasts, and record to a computer or cloud for easy sharing. In addition to laptops and desktops, Zoom chat and video conferencing apps are available for iPhone, iPad, or Android. A phone conference line is included with your Boise State Zoom account, making it easy for participants to join meetings using a phone.
Panopto provides features for live webcasting, screencast recording, and live discussions. Capturing a lecture with Panopto is as easy as opening a laptop and clicking “record.”
Camtasia is a familiar tool for recording screen activity, voiceover narration, and video from a camera or webcam. The editing capabilities of Camtasia are more advanced than those of Panopto, but less technical than full-featured video editing software.
Camtasia Studio licenses are available to faculty and staff at no charge.
Google Hangouts Meet
Create, join, and participate in video meetings with up to 250 people using Hangouts Meet through Boise State G Suite. Hangouts Meet is available for all devices.
While you can invite as many people as you want to join, you can’t have more than 250 people in a Meet at once.
YouTube Live is an easy way to reach your audience in real time using a webcam and a microphone.
Whether you’re giving a presentation or hosting a live Q&A, YouTube Live tools allow you to manage your stream and interact with viewers in real time. Note that viewers must use updated versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for YouTube Live streams.