Tom says that when using Zoom, he runs into problems. Leo says that's because everyone is using the network, from education to working from home, and as such, it can get overloaded. Leo recommends Jitsi. It's free and open source. And he can run his own server for calls, as well. He can find others in this article at Computer World. But chances are, he is going to end up back at Zoom. It's largely ubiquitous.
Steven recently launched a new podcast called Lord of the Nerds. He's been using Zoom to do interviews, but he's limited to 40 minutes and 720p when he has more than one guest. Is there a 1080p alternative with no limits? He tried AnchorFM, and it was OK. Leo says that unless he can have a compelling reason to do video, don't. It adds way too much difficulty for the benefit he can get. Audio is where he wants to be since most listen to audio podcasts.
Tom is looking for an easy to use remote app that will handle multiple operating systems. Leo says that GoToMyPC may be a good option. Zoom may be the best choice. They just added a remote control feature.
Penny and her boyfriend are both teachers, and they teach people gardening and welding. Both now require distance learning, but they aren't very computer savvy. Will her 2012 Macbook Pro do the job? Leo says that Apple limits what version of the operating system she can update to using that Mac. It's possible that the age would prevent updating to the latest macOS, which Zoom may require. But the 2012 model should be OK. Check out AnyMac.com to see what version of macOS is compatible.
Paul doesn't want to use Zoom unless he can prevent it from accessing his personal information. How can he do that? Leo says that Zoom has a web interface now so that you can log in as a guest for your Zoom calls. And it's got new security features to keep your information safe and secure. Zoom has spent a lot to secure its platform. But understand that the company is based in China, so it's likely that everything that goes through their service is viewable by the PRC.
But if you're concerned, get everyone to use Jitsi. It's open-source.
Sabine is looking for a professional microphone to use on her Zoom calls. Leo says you want to have one that supports USB. Leo uses the Heil PR40 and uses an adapter interface that converts it to USB. You don't really have to spend a lot of money though. Leo recommends looking at RODE. They design a lot .of high quality, professional-grade microphones for those on a budget. Check out the NT-USB Mini. It's $99. But avoid buying them on Amazon. There's also Blue and the Audio Technica ATR2100.
The annual consumer electronics show, known as CES, will be virtual this year with presentations via Zoom. Does Leo say "why even bother?" More companies are doing their own thing and doing it year-round. So why even waste the time? Let companies do their own thing.
Matthew bought a Facebook Portal for his in-laws. He keeps hearing that they're going to add Zoom, but that hasn't happened yet. What he wants to know is, can he do a zoom call on his TV? Leo says one way to do it is with an Apple TV and airplay it, with your camera being your iPhone or iPad. But everyone would have to have an Apple Device to do it.
Fred is suffering from Zoom Fatigue and would like to boost his morale by creating a virtual background. But he can't because his computer seems too old, even though it's not. Leo says that Zoom requires a certain power processor, and Fred's computer probably doesn't support it. That's why he can't do the virtual background. But there may be a background thanks to an app called Mmhmm Mmhmm.
Craig is an animator and is working at home during the Covid lockdown. They're doing meetings over Zoom and Google meet. But he can't run a video conference and draw digitally at the same time on his Macbook Pro. The lag is terrible. The lag even occurs when he's hard-wired into the router. Chris Marquardt suggests giving OBS Ninja a try. It's very low latency. Check out OBSNAcademy.com.