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Hi there. My name is David and I'm your Torah Tech Guy. My job is to help you out with great TECH for your great TORAH. Below are a few steps to help your upcoming event go well for you and our audience. We will be using Zoom for our event. It is important for the quality of the event for all participants that you join from the Zoom client on a computer. Before joining please make sure you are on the latest version of Zoom. To do so:

  1. Sign in to Zoom desktop client.

  2. Click your profile picture then click Check for Updates. If there is a newer version, Zoom will download and install it.

 

Before logging on, please check out the quick video guide below (just 2 min.) so you can look and sound your best. If you'd like a more detailed guide, just scroll down a bit.

Here's a more in-depth guide to helping you sound and look your best online.

Please ensure that your computer is plugged into both power and an Ethernet connection. Wifi was not meant to send audio and video reliably. Please select a quiet and well-lit location with plenty of light in front of you and no light shining toward the lens of your camera for your appearance. Position your camera at eye level and ensure that there is no more than the width of your hand between the top of your head and the top of the camera shot. If you don’t have a camera on a stand you can just prop your computer up with a few books. You might want to put a “Look Here” post-it with an arrow pointing to the camera on your computer or webcam to remind you where to look when you’re talking.

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Take a few moments to check your audio:

  1. Launch the Zoom desktop client

  2. Select the settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

  3. Select the “Audio Settings” tab on the left-hand side.

  4. Ensure that the correct microphone is selected and that your earbuds or headphones are selected for your speaker.

  5. Use the sliders to adjust the volume for your selected microphone and speaker.

  6. To test your speaker, select the “Test Speaker” button and listen for the test sound. If you hear it you can press Stop. If you do not hear the sound, you may need to select another speaker from the drop-down menu.

  7. To test your microphone, select the “Test Microphone” button and speak for a few seconds to record your voice and check your input. After you speak for a few seconds, the recording will play back. If you can hear the recording and you’re happy with the way it sounds then you’re good to go. If you do not hear it, you may need to select another speaker from the drop-down menu.

  8. If you want Zoom to automatically adjust the input volume for your microphone then check the box that says “Automatically Adjust Volume”.

It is very important to use bluetooth or wired earbuds or headphones to listen to the program. This will help avoid echoes and unpleasant audio feedback (please make sure they are fully charged so they don’t power down during the broadcast). If you have an external microphone (USB or one on your earbuds or headset) that’s great. If you don’t have an external microphone or one built into wired headphones, you can use the microphone on your phone or computer. Please do not use the microphone built into bluetooth earbuds. 

Bonus Tip:

Because your video's quality depends on your internet speed, it is helpful to test your upload and download speed before you join by visiting speedtest.net and clicking go. The minimum download we suggest is 50 mps, and the upload minimum is 5 mps. If your speeds are less than these, you can power down your router and power it up again. If you are still experiencing slower speeds, just be aware your video might be choppy or blurry at times.

 

Finally:

If you get knocked off the broadcast because of technical issues, you may reconnect to the broadcast the same way you connected initially.
 

Please plan on joining us for a tech check before the scheduled start time so we can troubleshoot any problems and answer any questions. We'll let you know when the tech checks will begin. When it's time, please use the Zoom link sent to you.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can reach me here.