'60 in 60' Techshow session features tips to improve video meetings, boost well-being
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Fittingly, the first all-virtual ABA Techshow concluded Friday with a “60 in 60” session that highlighted a number of tools and tips lawyers can use to ensure their videoconferencing meetings feature solid audio and video quality.
The weeklong event was held remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the four presenters during the traditional final session offered technology tips that will be helpful as many attorneys continue working from home.
One of the microphones recommended for video calls was the Blue Yeti USB, which Roberta Tepper, Techshow 2021 co-chair and lawyer assistance programs director at the State Bar of Arizona, said offers studio-quality sound.
Her fellow co-chair Allan Mackenzie, founder of efficient.legal, shared that the Logitech USB Headset H390 he uses is very affordable and effective.
“About every other Zoom meeting people ask me what microphone I’m using because it’s the clearest they have ever heard,” Mackenzie said.
Ivan Hemmans, Techshow co-vice chair and senior manager of technical development at O’Melveny & Myers, said the SoLID Lavalier microphone is another affordable option that produces higher quality sound than the built-in microphones on desktops or laptops.
He also mentioned several tools that could help session attendees boost the quality of their videos for meetings and webinars. One webcam Hemmans touted was the Logitech C920 HD Pro, which he says is much more available now for purchase than it was early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, he referenced Reincubate’s Camo, which is an app that allows the user to utilize their iPhone as a webcam for video calls.
Mackenzie brought up how Zoom backgrounds used on video calls might not show up seamlessly behind the person using one. His recommended solution: adding a green screen. He listed several options ranging in price from $12.99 to nearly $160 that can be found on Amazon.
On the personal side, Brooke Moore, Techshow co-vice chair and founder of MyVirtual.Lawyer, said Facebook’s Portal Mini has helped her communicate with her parents remotely during the pandemic.
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The speakers also provided plenty of ideas for tools attorneys can try to help them enjoy their downtime and find some peace of mind.
For those into hiking, Tepper suggested the AllTrails website, which offers thousands of trail guides.
“If getting outdoors is the way you cultivate your calm, this is the app for you,” she said.
Mackenzie recommended Radio Garden as a tool to listen to radio stations from around the world and said it’s led to him listening to a lot of tunes from Zimbabwe.
Among the apps touted to help lawyers wind down and get some solid sleep was Philips’ SmartSleep Sleep and Wake Up Light Therapy Lamp highlighted by Moore.
Here’s the full list:
- 1. Blue Yeti USB microphone
- 2. Green screens for Zoom
- 4. SoLID Lavalier microphone
- 6. Otter.ai—transcription tool for Zoom
- 7. Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker
- 8. Logitech C920 HD Pro webcam
- 9. Medito App for meditation
- 11. Wireless four-in-one charging dock (Many different types available)
- 12. RetiCAM tabletop tripod
- 13. Goody for sending gifts
- 14. RadioGarden
- 15. PhoneSoap>UV light sanitizing device
- 16. iPhone/iPad tripod mount (many different types available)
- 17. Mealime meal planning
- 20. Reincubate Camo webcam app
- 21. AllTrails
- 22. ActiveWords
- 23. LARQ Bottle PureVis self-cleaning water bottle
- 24. Selfie ring light with tripod stand (several models available)
- 25. Noisli app
- 26. Gooseneck phone and tablet holders (many different models available)
- 29. Allrecipes
- 30. Jabra Speak 410 portable USB conference speakerphone
- 36. Add an HDMI Capture Card to your DSLR/Camcorder
- 42. MS Outlook Tip: When you send or reply to an email, have the return replies go to someone else.
- 43. Clubhouse invitation-only audio chat app
- 45. Dodow sleep aid device
- 47. Cozi family organizer app
- 48. Reflector 3 wireless screen-mirroring application
- 50. Expanscape seven-screen laptop
- 53. Qwerkywriter typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard
- 54. Tip: Office 365 Bookings
- 55. Birdie personal safety alarm
- 56. Camtasia Windows/Mac screen recorder and video editor
- 58. MS Word Tip: CTRL-SPACE removes font formatting but leaves paragraph formatting intact. CTRL-Q leaves font and other character formatting intact but reverts paragraph-level formatting to normal style of current document. CTRL-SHIFT-N returns the selected text to normal formatting.
- 60. Glide Gear TMP 100 iPad Teleprompter