To help us all get the best out of services shared on Zoom, please read through the following advice.
Please set your microphone to ‘Mute’
If you are not sure how to mute yourself, please look at the following help page on the Zoom website.
The Mute button is the little microphone icon. You may need to move your mouse or tap your screen to see it. Click the icon to turn the microphone on and off. If the icon has a line through it, you are on mute.
It is very important that attendees remain muted throughout the service. Any sound, however small, can cause interference with the whole system. Failure to mute yourself could mean that you appear on the main screen in ‘speaker view’. As the services are put on You Tube for the public to watch afterwards, this would not be desirable.
The AV team will try to ensure everyone is on mute at the start of the service. However, this is difficult if people are late as they are busy with the needs of the service. We therefore ask that people log on in plenty of time and double check that their microphones are turned off.
Turn your video off
To safeguard against your image accidentally appearing in the main screen because for some reason your microphone has not been switched off, it is advisable to turn off your video. This is done by clicking on the camera icon next to the mute button and is described in the Zoom help page. As the recorded services are later uploaded to You Tube and are publicly available, you are advised to keep your video off.
Set the ‘View’ to ‘Speaker View’
To see the service to best effect, you should use ‘Speaker View’. The control to change the ‘View’, ie the layout of the screen. You may need to move your mouse or tap your screen to see it.
The choice is:
Gallery view in which thumbnails of all the participant windows are shown in a grid, or
Speaker view, where the person currently speaking is shown in a large central window.
Setting speaker view means that the service will be shown in the large main window.