High-Speed Internet Connection
Zaption is a web-based application, and there is no software to download or install on your desktop or laptop computer. Any computer or desktop purchased in the last three years with a recent operating system and a high-speed internet connection, should be able to use Zaption easily.
While YouTube only requires 0.5 Mbps for streaming a single video, we recommend having at least 1 to 2 Mbps per individual user. Since Zaption's interactive elements are added to the streaming video, and tied to the video timeline, a slow connection can make Zaption seem buggy and it's a less than optimal viewing experience.
Web Browser Compatibility
Zaption is optimized for the latest versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on both PCs and Macs. If you have the option, we highly recommend using one of these browsers. Zaption is also compatible with Internet Explorer 10+ and recent versions of Safari, but Authors may see some issues when creating lessons on older Macs with older versions of Safari. If you encounter any issues with Safari, we highly recommend upgrading to the latest version of Safari or using one of our preferred browsers above.
iPad and Android Tablet Compatibility
Zaption has a mobile player app for iOS devices with an operating system of 7.0 or higher. More information about the app can be found in this Help Center article.
There is not currently an Android app. Since Zaption is a web-based product, Zaption lessons can play on Android tablets (OS 4.2+). We still recommend using the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox while viewing lessons on tablets.
Due to some limitations of how video is streamed on iPads and tablets, we recommend creating Zaption lessons on a laptop or desktop computer. Tips for viewing Zaption lessons on tablets can be found here.
Access to YouTube
If you would like to use YouTube videos in Zaption learning lessons, embedded YouTube videos must be accessible to anyone using Zaption, both Authors and Viewers. More information on filters can be found in this Help Center article.
If your organization blocks YouTube, this does NOT mean you cannot use Zaption. In many cases, YouTube.com is blocked but watching embedded YouTube videos on other websites is still allowed. In fact, Zaption can be a great way for a school or organization to curate their favorite YouTube videos and have students view them inside Zaption video lessons. You can test if embedded YouTube videos will work on this page. If the embedded video in the middle of the page loads and plays, then YouTube videos should also play inside Zaption.
NOTE: If your organization uses very restrictive web filters AND redirects all YouTube traffic to YouTube Edu, then it is possible that this will block all embedded videos from YouTube - even those from YouTube Edu. This could cause Zaption not to work, and you should talk to your web filtering company or technology department.