Are you using video conferencing as yet for your repatterning services? Many practitioners provide sessions by phone or by Skype which has worked fine for many. If you are ready to notch it up a bit, consider doing your sessions by video conferencing to have more of an ‘in-person’ style session.
We have been using the wonderful free services of a company called http://www.VSee.com to host our “Learn Resonance Repatterning Online” classes since we launched the classes online in 2012. In hindsight, it was a steep learning curve to do live interactive classes online and help all students feel comfortable with the technology.
However, mastering this tool has proved to be well worth it. We love the service primarily for it’s outstanding ability to narrow the lip synching on a video call providing the callers with a dynamic interactive experience. The free app provides us with a file sharing option so you may share notes, a chat feature for individuals and the group, and a contact list feature that allows you to organize contacts into groups for group calls (or to locate someone more easily)
But with recent upgrades earlier this year, we have been finding that not everyone experiences the joy of VSee with similar high quality broadcasts. I can only speculate on the reasons – Mac Upgrades lag behind new codes written for the PC versions, the latest version perhaps has higher equipment requirements, or maintenance of the free version is falling behind – I am not sure.
So it was with delight we were informed about another service called http://www.Zoom.us. The free version is very limited, so I purchased a pro plan at $14.95 per month to test it out. In the past 6 weeks I have hosted several meetings and individual sessions with colleagues using a variety of computer equipment. So far the results are very encouraging. It seems no matter where you are in the world, when provided the video access link, callers find it easy to get onto the call without frustration. Access is equally good whether you are on a PC or a MAC. The sound quality is excellent and the lip synching is also good.
There are a few things that are different primarily the layout of the screens. While VSee allows you to drag and drop screens on your monitor, and arrange your classroom however you like, the ZOOM site controls the layout. As a participant you have the choice of seeing everyone on the screen in a grid or only see the face of the person currently speaking. They have an improved RECORD feature that records the video and audio saving it to your desktop, a chat feature, and share screen feature.
Unlike Skype or VSee, ZOOM does not have a contact list feature. Essentially, to use the service you must set up a meeting which generates a link, then manually send the link via email to your participants. The chat feature in ZOOM only works when you are in a live call whereas with VSee you may send a chat without making a call provided the recipient has their VSee app turned on.
One of the peskiest problems with both services has to do with who controls your webcam. If you have recently used SKYPE or other services using your webcam, you need to totally exit them first before using ZOOM or VSee. If you do not exit them first, ZOOM or VSee will not be able to use the camera or possibly microphone. You will need to leave the call, restart your computer, exit SKPYE and then call back in. Whew! Cameras with control issues!
If you are considering doing video conferencing for your sessions I encourage you to try out both services beginning with www.VSee.com as it is free and still an excellent service. Stay tuned however, for some of our larger group events presented on ZOOM.
Do you use a different Video conferencing service? Technology like this has come a long way and there are many new proliferating services. Let us know what and how you experience them. Comments welcomed.
Online Coordinator at http://www.OZARDIS.com