20 Tips For Using Zoom On Your Mac

Many of us are using Zoom on our Macs for meetings, classes or get-togethers. Zoom is a powerful video conferencing app with many useful hidden features. Learn how to test your audio before a meeting, use a video background, send reactions and nonverbal feedback and start breakout meetings.

Comments: 14 Responses to “20 Tips For Using Zoom On Your Mac”

    Cameron
    3 months ago

    Are there only certain video formats that can be used as virtual backgrounds? I downloaded a 32-second mp4 from Pixabay, but when I try to select it from Zoom, it’s grayed out. And I do have a paid Zoom subscription.
    Actually, I just noticed that there are no default background videos included in my Zoom settings, just still images.
    What versions of Zoom are you using? I also do not have the “Adjust for low light” setting listed under “Touch up my appearance.”

    3 months ago

    Cameron: I’m sure there are as there are millions of combinations of formats, bit rates, and other settings. No app can use “all” formats. Not sure why you are seeing that grayed out. I’m using the latest version, of course, but this feature has been around for a long time. It could have to do with your hardware — maybe you don’t have good enough specs to support backgrounds and lighting effects?

    Cameron
    3 months ago

    Just spent a fair amount of time with Zoom chat support. Turns out my 2019 MacBook Air with 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor is too wimpy to support video backgrounds in Zoom. Who knew? I never would have suspected this. It would have been a deal breaker for me if I’d known. Guess I’ll go Pro next time. Maybe you could add that detail in your next comparison video to help people decide which device is best for them.

    Bob
    3 months ago

    Very timely, Gary, first Zoom meeting tomorrow. Thank you!

    Bart
    3 months ago

    That was one of the most useful videos you have made. My daughter is a professor and is using Zoom this month to teach her classes since the university’s program is still buggy. I am sending her a link to this video because it answers most of the questions that neither of us have been able to figure out.

    Gene
    3 months ago

    We use Zoom to chat and play trivia with friends. My wife uses it for club meetings. This video is so insightful. The email that has the link to this and the other videos was great. It was the best bunch of videos in one email and there have been a lot of good ones. I am going to predict that you will have more than 1,000 Patreons in the not too distant future.

    Tom j Dolan
    3 months ago

    Hi Gary, I’ve been taking some of the official zoom tutorials and having mixed results. Fortunately you step in and offer some xcellent info… I’ll re-view several times, also, Bkgds without the Green are awful to watch and your vid demo’s the difference. Thanx for the clarity as usual.

    Michael Ehrman
    3 months ago

    Learned some new Zoom tricks Thanks

    Grant
    3 months ago

    What size should I make my Zoom background image? (To best fill the frame?)

    3 months ago

    Grant: Well if you have a 720p camera, then your video is 1280×720. So it makes sense to do it that size. 1080 would be 1920×1080. If you are making a graphic, and not using a photo, I would make it at least double the size to future-proof it. Why not? But if you are using a photo, just use the photo as-is. No need to resize it.

    Gene
    3 months ago

    This is both a general as well as Zoom question. When you want to use a photo (in this case for your Zoom background) that is in your Photos library and the app will not allow you to drag-and-drop how does one access the photo?

    3 months ago

    Gene: Just export a file and use that.

    James Gates
    3 months ago

    How do I get the green boarder on my participant screen So All people can see me when I talk

    3 months ago

    James: Sorry, I’m not sure what you are trying to do. Everyone should be able to see you normally. Not sure what a “green border” means.

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