I want to set up a video meeting for all my family to join periodically throughout the day on Easter Sunday. I’ll host the meeting and leave my laptop up with the meeting running and my family can pop in whenever to say ‘Hi’. I would probably say anytime from 2-4 or something like that.
My wife uses Zoom for her school meetings, this seems like a good option because my family would not have to create an account (am I right on that?). I have read it has a time limit, but that has been suspended for the time being.
I have also heard Leo praise Houseparty. Would my family have to create an account to join that meeting? This may be a deal breaker for some in my family.
Anything other than zoom or house party you would suggest?
At the moment, I wouldn’t touch Zoom with a barge pole, especially not the installed client. At best, I’d use the browser client in a throw-away VM, if there was no way around it. There are just too many security holes to be comfortable using the service on a Windows PC, Mac, Android or iOS.
One advantage that Zoom has that I don’t know if the other apps has is the ability to share video at a decent frame rate.
We have a weekly get together with friends to watch church services together. To make sure everyone is together, one person (usually me as my NBN upstream is good) shares the stream from the church over Zoom with the option to optimise for video sharing. This works great with frame rate at 30 fps rather than 6 or 7 without the option.
The usual host pays for Zoom and has it buttoned down with password and waiting room. I don’t really have any qualms about using it.