» Videoconferencing Tool Comparison

Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) offers a wide range of videoconferencing options for all faculty, staff, and students to use at no cost. Use our Videoconferencing Tool Comparison to help make a decision about which tool to use based on the set of features you need.

Videoconferencing Tool Comparison​
Canvas Conferences (BigBlueButton)* Google Meet Teams Meeting Teams Live Event Zoom Basic** Zoom Pro Zoom Webinar***

Recommended Use

Preferred method for Faculty delivery of course instruction Best option for students to meet virtually without limitations Staff meetings, day today operations, and training sessions Town Halls and Professional Conferences Alternative method for Student and Staff to meet virtually Preferred method for Faculty delivery of course instruction Limited licensing for end-users
Annotate Screen Share Yes; presenter and participants not available not available not available Yes; presenter and participants Yes; presenter and participants Yes; presenter only
Auto Captioning not available green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark   not available
Breakout Rooms green checkmark not available Coming Soon not available green checkmark green checkmark not available 
Built-in Polling green checkmark not available green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark   green checkmark
Chat green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark not available 
Compatible with High-End Room Systems not available not available green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Download Recordings green checkmark not available green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Max Duration of Meeting or Event No Limit No Limit No Limit 4 hours 40 minutes No Limit 4 hours
PHI Compliant**** not available not available green checkmark green checkmark not available not available not available
Integrates with Canvas green checkmark not available not available not available green checkmark green checkmark not available
Max Participants Seen on Screen 12 16 49 (choose Large Gallery View) Active Speaker (Producer Controlled) 49 49 Host and Panelist(s)
Maximum Connections 100 250 300 10,000 300 300 500-1000***
Option to Allow Only CU Authenticated Users green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Q&A Option not available not available not available green checkmark not available not available green checkmark
Raise Hand green checkmark not available green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Screen Reader Accessible not available Mostly Mostly Mostly Mostly Mostly Mostly
Screen Share Capabilities green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark Producer and Presenter green checkmark green checkmark Host and Co-host Panelist(s)
Virtual Backgrounds not available not available green checkmark Presenter green checkmark green checkmark Host and Co-host Panelist(s)
Whiteboard green checkmark not available green checkmark not available green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark
Live Accessibility Captions Required of Moderator green checkmark green checkmark green checkmark Requires 3rd Party Integration and Cost (Otter AI) Requires 3rd Party Integration and Cost (Otter AI)

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* BigBlueButton Resources for Faculty | Method for Student to Collaborate for Student Sessions/Group Projects
**Zoom Basic is available for Chapman University all staff and students.
***Zoom Webinars requires additional licensing, contact IS&T for more details.