Setting Up Panelists in a Zoom Webinar

The great thing about webinars is that unlike a Zoom meeting the audience only sees the panelists, in a meeting everyone is visible unless the host or participant turns off their video, this can be time consuming and difficult to manage and possibly have to deal with latecomers.

With a webinar the host and panelists are the only ones seen and they can share their screens, one at a time.

So you can send an invite out to the attendees but you need to send a separate link to the panelists which you can set up in advance. When you set up the panelists, you enter their email addresses, when you have finished setting them up, and you can have up to 50 panelists, it will automatically send them an email.

You can make changes during the webinar, if there is an attendee you want to make a panelist this can be done and also take a panelist and make them an attendee.

Here’s a video I made to show you how to set up panelists and alone make attendees panelists and panelists attendees.

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How to Play Video in a Zoom Meeting or Webinar

If you have been using Zoom you know it is possible to share the screen which is useful if you are sharing a website, an image or a PowerPoint presentation, or perhaps even Keynote. If you want to play a video you might have noticed it does not play back very well. It can be jerky and then your audience can’t see it video very well. Well that can easily be fixed.

If you want to see what it is like then just log in to your meeting or webinar on another device so you can see what that will see.

It is a really simple fix. When you click on Share Screen choose the Optimise Screen Share for Video Clip before you click on the Share button. It will also turn on Share computer sound which you can turn off if you want. One other thing, make the video full screen before you play it.

Here’s a video clip to show you how to do it.

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Using Vimeo to Review Edits

Video editing sometimes involves a lot of back and forth with fine tuning the edits. Your client often wants to change things either moving things around or taking bits out. They go through the edit noting down timecode which doesn’t always match with yours.

Vimeo takes away some of this hassle. The person reviewing, and more than one person can do this, just plays the video and then just has to click on the video at the relevant point to make a note, and they don’t need to note down the timecode, Vimeo notes it.

I’ve found this leads to less confusion and faster turnaround.

You do need Vimeo Pro, Business or Premium to do this.

Here’s a video showing how it works.

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Connecting a Wireless Mic to an iPhone or iPad

Smartphones like the iPhone record great video, and the iPad is good too, and they can be edited directly on your iPhone and iPad. But there is one thing that can let it down and that is the sound recording. It’s not too bad if you are close to the iPhone but you don’t always want to be that close or your subject is not that close. Let’s face it how often have you watched a video and trying to hear what is being said has let it down. There is the adage often said in filmmaking circles “audio is 50% of video”. This is because audio quality is often overlooked.

Thankfully it is possible to connect a wireless mic so that you or your presenter are free to move around. With my video camera I can connect it up using the cable that came with the wireless mic. However, to connect to an iPhone or iPad you need at least one other connector to convert the input, it is just a small inexpensive cable. If you don’t have a headphone socket and just a lighting connector you also need another cable, which does come with some iPhones, so you can plug into the lightning port.

The good thing is it does work and not only good for video recording but live streaming too.

Here are the bits I used to connect it all up:

Rode Wireless Go:
Clip on mic (kind of optional): (I might be able to lend you one for that week).
They do a bundle of the Rode Wireless Go and clip on mic:
Rode SC4 adaptor:
3.5mm to lighting adaptor:

Here’s a little video I made to show you how to connect it all up.

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Recording the Screen on Your iPhone and iPad

How often have you needed to show someone how to do something on their iPhone or iPad. Maybe you want to show them how to change a setting or use an app. Maybe it is a family member,  friend or colleague. Thankfully you can do this using a built-in feature in iOS, then you can edit it a bit and send it.

If you are working from home this could really help your colleagues too.

Here’s a video. I made to show you how.

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Filming Tips When Working from Home #filmingfromhome

For many of us we are now working from home and that has many challenges including staying engaged with your customers, students, colleagues and workforce.

A great way to do this is to create videos,  something that I usually do for people. I have professional cameras to do this but not everyone does, some have just their camera they use for fun like a mirrorless or DSLR and others a smartphone or webcam. In the videos above I have some tips to help make them a little bit more professional without needing all the gear and lighting.

Here is the gear I mentioned in this video:

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Excel’s Newest Function XLOOKUP

VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP are two popular functions in Excel and a new one has come along to replace them, don’t worry they haven’t gone away. The new function is XLOOKUP it is easier to use and has some additional features such as what to do if it doesn’t find a match and also can look either to the left of the lookup value or above, something not possible with the other functions mentioned.

If you want to see how it works check out the video below.

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Adjust Your AirDrop Settings to Stop Cyber-Flashing

AirDrop is a great feature in iOS as it allows you to share files like photos with people you are with or transfer from one device to another. The problem is when someone you don’t know sends you a file using AirDrop, is has been in the news recently as people have had this happen on public transport. It’s known as cyber-flashing. You can stop this from happening by adjusting your settings on your iOS device like your iPhone or iPad.

You will want to change the settings to stop anyone from sending you files. You need to set them to Contacts Only or Receiving Off.

Here’s a video I made to show you how.

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