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PHASE 1 - About Video Conferencing. Part IV - The right software -

Blog N° 4

Which video conferencing software is the most appropriate for dance classes?

There are more than 30 videoconferencing software packages on the market. These vary in software features and price.

As usual, the best solution depends on the needs of the companies or users who require these platforms. There are several classifications, again with differences depending on the countries and the data being examined.

Since I was particularly interested in the European geographical area and wanted to rely on official research sources, I used the chart from an academic study by EMC (European Communication Monitor) from 2021.

The European Communication Monitor (ECM) 2021 is an academic study that explores practices and developments of professionally managed communications in companies, non-profits and other organisations including communication agencies across Europe.

The study has been conducted annually since 2007. It is known as the largest comparative research project in the field of communication management, corporate communications, public relations and strategic communication worldwide. The ECM is complemented by similar surveys

in North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Altogether, these studies form the Global Communication Monitor series initiated and coordinated by Professor Ansgar Zerfass from Leipzig University in Germany.

The questionnaire was pre-tested with 64 communication professionals in 18 European countries in January 2021. Amendments were made where appropriate and the final questionnaire was activated for five weeks in

February/March 2021.

The 2021 survey explores CommTech and digital infrastructure, video-conferencing for stakeholder communications, future roles for communication professionals, strategic issues, and characteristics of excellent communication departments. The European Communication Monitor 2021 is based on responses from 2,664 communication professionals in 46 countries.

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From the chart it can be seen that among the different videoconferencing platforms, two stand out more than others. Zoom and Microsoft Team.

During my research I worked predominantly with the Zoom platform and only partially with the Voov platform, not mentioned in the ECM study, except under the heading of other solutions.

Both were not personal choices, but were offered to me by the institutions I worked for. Voov was chosen by the university institution Shenzhen Art School because it was more in line with the communication system in China. With this institution we planned a new digital education concept starting in September 2021.

The short meetings with the students did not allow me to go into the specific functions of the Voov software.

For the current research that will end, at least officially, on the 30th of June 2021 I will refer exclusively to my experience with the Zoom Platform.

Furthermore, as far as I could verify during my research, none of these software or communication systems were designed to facilitate the transmission of complex movement sequences (such as hosting dance classes). Either because there was never a need for it, or because there was no request for it.

In fact, it was only after the restrictions imposed by the Sars-Covid-19 pandemic that it became necessary to use it.

For this reason, the different characteristics of the existing software are not a major problem from the point of view of dance. Although, as mentioned above, some features have also greatly facilitated the creative and educational process in dance classes. One for all the breakout sections.

However it was clear from the beginning that the adaptation would have to occur in the pedagogical method, i.e. in the way of transmitting movement through a video camera, rather than in the creation of ad hoc software. It has to be said that the interaction between new digital technologies and dance has a short history and has always or mainly been linked to interactive choreographic experimentation with the audience and only marginally in the educational area.

Let us now look in detail at the functions offered by the Zoom Software.

  1. HD video and voice Yes

  2. Collaboration tools

  3. Whiteboarding.

  4. Screen sharing with co-annotations.

  5. Remote keyboard and mouse control.

  6. Support for multiple devices Yes

  7. Integrations with other software Yes

  8. Scheduling Yes

  9. Analytics Yes

  10. Call recording and transcriptions Recording Yes - Transcriptions in 60 languages

  11. Web browser access Yes

  12. Limits of participants, feed and time

  13. Limit of participants Free

  14. Version: One to one meetings / Group meetings limits of 100 people

  15. Paid Plan: Group meetings active 1000 people There are also plan for views only Webinar attendees from 100 people to 10.000 people.

  16. Video feed limit

  17. Unlimited Gallery view: Participants can see up to 25 video feeds at one

  18. Time Meeting duration limit

  19. Free Version: One to one meetings unlimited / group meetings maximum 40 Minutes

  20. Paid Plan: 24 Hours

  21. Moderator tools

  22. Private chats

  23. Breakout rooms

  24. Feedback surveys

  25. Closed captioning

  26. Virtual backgrounds

  27. Attention tracking

  28. Waiting rooms

  29. Strong security

Rueben Yonatan, the CEO of GetVoIP, a company that runs a review platform for video conferencing providers, made the following statement for a leading trade blog InfoSec Insights:

“I will be the first to admit that in the past, Zoom had serious security issues. After the uproar that occurred when people noticed these weaknesses, Zoom moved quickly to address all the possible weak points. So, currently, yes, Zoom is secure.”


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