On Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:43:19 GMT, Chris McMillan
Post by Chris McMillan
It’s how it is. And it works perfectly well - the host or whoever has the
controls (in our church we have a tech leader, plus the morning’s leader
and during the times when we’re joining up its a free for all, but during
the formal part when mics are muted we put up the hand and tech man and
leader get us sorted. It’s not remotely schoolish, it’s how I would work in
a normal large gathering with always adding one’s name when it’s a group
for the visually impaired. That bit is a bit harder and one can forget as
the meeting goes on.
The trouble with Zoom (as with anything, probably) it works very
differently on different devices. My first attempt was on my PC which lacks
a camera (a bonus I think, never like seeing myself) and a microphone,
though I have one somewhere I could plug in. It was a laughter yoga
session, I could see and hear everyone else - the teacher was shown large,
which was great. When anyone else spoke, or laughed loudly, they leapt into
the large position - not so good.
On my tablet I can see one large picture or four small ones. With 14 or 15
people in the room I have to choose which group of four I watch, or just
watch the single larger picture which sometimes changes when somebody
speaks, but not always.
I've tried it with an art lesson, found I could pin the view I wanted to be
the largest one on my tablet, joined a second time on my netbook for a
general view of everyone. I've only done it once, it was exhausting.
It was good to hear a lot of voices in my living room on Saturday, like
being at a 'party' as an observer. Actually having a conversation with any
one person in a large group is impossible. Even joining the general
conversation is tricky.
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959