Also, here is some advice from IT's Rob Domaschuk on creating Benedictine Zoom backgrounds:
"From a technical perspective, there’s no problem. But please check with Trente Arens to ensure that any images that you might use 1) we have the copyright for, and 2) they’re of sufficient quality since they’ll reflect the university."
"As for using the free Zoom tool there are a couple of things to be aware of. First, we (IT) are not in a position to provide any support for Zoom, so you’d be on your on. We don’t say that you can’t use it (nor would we – if you feel it’s a better tool for this, then you should use it) but please know that IT just doesn’t have the resources. That being said, there are some great YouTube videos on how to best use Zoom.
"The second issue with Zoom – especially with the free version – is something that’s just popped up recently, Zoombombing. The basic security defaults in the free Zoom accounts typically allow anyone to find and join a Zoom session. Nothing malicious has been done in terms of malware but there are increasing reports of people joining for the sole purpose of disrupting the meeting. Hackers have taken over a meeting and locked out the original host, they’ve shared their screen and then started streaming… “inappropriate adult material” .So please check the settings in Zoom.
"Adding a background is a significant draw on bandwidth because as you move around (even if you’re just sitting in front of your camera) the software must constantly adjust the image and refresh the virtual background. If anyone on the call has any bandwidth issues from where they are connecting, that will cause a fairly significant degradation in quality of their call/experience.
"Again, not saying “don’t do it” but I wanted to make everyone aware of the technical concern.
"If you do decide to try it:
Turn off every single device in your home that uses WiFi if it’s not essential. Anything that might use some of the bandwidth coming into your home will impact the quality. Move your computer as close to your router as you can and try to get an unimpeded line-of-sight between your computer and your router
Use the lowest possible resolution image and still have a quality image. You don’t need a 4k image for this. The higher resolution/larger file size of the image will also cause your computer to slow down significantly. I would use an image no larger than 1080 pixels wide.
"Run practice session with each other to ensure the look and feel is good. If your head is blocking the logo, then there’s no point in using that image."