# random


05/28/2020, 12:32 PM
Hey folks - I am in a situation where I am in a Zoom call and all the participants need to watch a short 5-10m video while on the call. Instead of screen sharing and streaming the video from my screen which is a horrible experience, does anyone have any ideas in which we can make this work? I have come across solutions like: (and similar) Which basically creates a synced up room. Hoping for something simpler as the participants will be younger children and it will be tricky to pass the URL (to click on) via Zoom and then bring them back to the call 🤷 It would be awesome if there was a zoom plugin which did it for you - like go to a theatre mode and bring you back.


05/28/2020, 12:53 PM
Iirc pasting a YouTube link on makes it integrate into the video call
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05/28/2020, 12:58 PM
While looking for plugins for zoom, realised that they have a flag for this purpose. Going to try it out soon and will share my results. I have only been at the receiving end of this — and the results were super laggy and choppy (like a badly scratched VCD - remember those?)


05/28/2020, 1:10 PM
You could co-watch public YouTube videos on Jitsi. After you've pasted the URL, Jitsi would stream it locally on each of the participant machines.
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This issue thread has more explanation on using the feature to co-watch YouTube videos on Jitsi:


05/29/2020, 7:07 AM
Thanks guys. Just to update this - Zoom has a flag - which when set, does work quite well. I tried this a bunch of times yesterday - with and without the flag. Without flag, framerate drops quite badly and with the flag it is decent. Not perfect - but good enough and straightforward. More info on setting this is here:
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