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Meetings v. Webinars Comparison Chart

CarmenZoom meetings and webinars offer similar features and functionality but have some key differences.

Meetings are designed to be a collaborative event with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance.

Webinars are designed so that the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio and screen. Webinars allow view-only attendees. Attendees have the ability to interact via Q&A, limited chat and to answer polling questions.

It is possible to limit interaction in meetings based on personal settings and meeting controls; it is not possible to increase levels of participation or interaction in a webinar.

Unsure of whether you need a Zoom meeting or webinar? This comparison might help inform your decision. If you have additional questions contact carmenzoom@osu.edu.

If you believe that a webinar fits your needs, you can request a webinar license using the CarmenZoom Contact Form.

Feature Meeting Webinar
Screen Sharing All Participants Host and Panelists
Video Sharing All Participants Host and Panelists
Participants are View-Only No Yes
Capacity Up to 300 500
3,000
Larger available upon consultation
Participants list Visible to all participants Visible to Host and Panelists
Registration Yes Yes
Email to Participants Confirmation email if registration is enabled Various options if registration is enabled
Chat Yes Webinar chat is host-to-participant and vice versa; no participant-to-participant chat
Q&A (moderated questions) No Yes
Polling Yes
Registration enabled -- results are per individual
Registration is not enabled -- results are anonymous
Yes
Registration enabled -- results are per individual
Registration is not enabled -- results are anonymous
File Transfer Yes No
Cloud Recording Availability

120 days

120 days or duration of license (whichever is shorter)

Cloud Recording Auto Transcription Yes Yes
Breakout Rooms Yes No
Phone Dial-In Option Yes Yes
H.323 / SIP (room-based video conferencing) Selected Ohio State rooms Selected Ohio State rooms