FTI Best Practices
FTI recommends the following:
- Windows or Mac operating system. The Zoom application through the web browser or on other operating systems such as Google/Chrome OS do not support all functions (e.g. interpretation and breakout rooms).
- Computer audio instead of phone audio.
- Headset or dedicated microphone. Often, built in computer or web camera microphones are typically low quality and provide inadequate audio, particularly for court reporters and interpreters.
- Two or three computer screens. Having two or three screens (e.g. laptop with one external monitor or laptop with two external monitors) connected to your computer will allow you to see participants and screen share well and participate efficiently in the remote proceeding. You can use the third screen to access the court reporter real-time feed, file repository, outlines, etc.
- Updated Zoom application. Instructions to update Zoom can be found here. This will ensure full Zoom compatibility with the FTI host, latest software bug fixes and updated security patches.
Mute and Turn Off Camera
Hide Non-Video Participants
During the remote proceeding, we recommend that you hide non-video participants. This will prevent you from seeing a bunch of black boxes for those participants that do not have their camera turned on and will make the video size large for those participants that have their camera on.
Click the up arrow shape next to the video icon at the bottom of the main screen, then select video settings.