- Benefits of Zoom for remote work and education
- Finding joy in your Zoom meetings
- How to Use Snap Camera
Ask anybody who has ever tried working from home and they would probably tell you how burdensome Zoom meetings can be. While it does make communication easier for colleagues, especially for companies whose employees are located on both ends of the world, it also presents a lot of challenges to its users.
So, how does one make the most of the situation and find joy in using the technology? Allow this article to guide you.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a messaging and tele-conferencing platform that allows users to connect through audio calls and video calls. It is arguably the most popular video conferencing software right now, averaging over 200 million users daily.
Benefits of Zoom for remote work and education
When working from home became the norm in Australia and the rest of the world, companies saw the efficiency of holding online meetings from the comforts of their employees’ homes. Aside from making real-time communication simpler and a lot easier, getting in touch with people whenever you want to is now more convenient. It’s also more cost-efficient and less time-consuming than requiring an employee to drive from one office branch to the next or fly from one country to another.
In terms of education, Zoom also cemented its position as one of the most reliable distance learning tools available to students and teachers. It’s now possible for a professor to conduct a class without requiring the students to be physically present. Modules are shared online and lessons are taught at a time that is convenient for everyone. The best thing about it is that the only things you need are a computer or mobile device and a reliable internet connection.
Finding joy in your Zoom meetings
But while regular Zoom meetings may seem hassle-free and enjoyable in the beginning, there comes a time when a marathon of online call and video sessions start taking a toll on the users. This is where you should find time in exploring the many ways you can find joy in your Zoom meetings.
As a host, you might want to consider shortening your conferences or lessening their frequency. You can also make your sessions more unique by playing games or maybe watching TV shows and movies altogether. Or you can play with the other features of the program like changing your background to make things less routinary and more interesting.
One tool you can use is Snap Camera, a program that you can install on your laptop or computer and lets you use various filters or “lenses” that are usually just available on the Snapchat mobile app. You can choose from a variety of options such as horns, party hats, clown hats, headgear, and even the über-popular dog ears that everyone seems to love.
How to Use Snap Camera
To use Snap Camera on your next Zoom session, be sure to download the program through the Download button and link on their website. You should be able to see a preview of your webcam once installed and running, then you can choose the lens you would like to use from the list of featured results. You can also type in keywords on the search bar if you have other filters in mind.
Keep in mind that Snap Camera must be running during a Zoom meeting for you to use the lenses. You can do this by selecting the Snap Camera as your video source when starting or joining a video call. In case you forgot to do so, you can also click on the ^ button beside the camera icon on your screen or go to Settings > Video > and Camera option.
Making your own filters
Snap Camera has an array of lenses, sure, but sometimes you want your filters to reflect your creativity. It’s a good thing that the program lets you create your own filters. On their website, you can click on the Lens Studio tab and you will be redirected to the page where you can work your magic and customise your filters.
Let your creative juices flow and have fun designing lenses for your team at work, your group of friends, and your family.
Get a reliable internet plan
Running Snap Camera and Zoom on your device smoothly requires a reliable internet connection. If you don’t want the hassle of getting disconnected from your important meetings or suffering from lags and blurry resolutions, be sure you have enough data and bandwidth to support all your online activities.