Video calls are a really great way to connect with people and talk to them face to face – in a fashion. However at times the quality of your video calls may be disappointing, and the audio may have an echo or the video may stutter and look indistinct.
The good news is in most cases you can do something about those issues, and to improve the quality of your video calls, there are three tips that you should definitely try to use:
Use headphones or make sure the microphone isn’t near the speakers
If you hear an echo in your video calls or even a screeching sound, odds are it’s because of audio feedback. Essentially what is happening is your microphone is picking up the audio from your speakers and triggering a feedback loop.
The easiest way to fix this problem is to plug in some headphones. As soon as you do the feedback loop will be eliminated as your microphone won’t be able to pick up the audio. If you don’t have headphones – try making sure the microphone isn’t near the speakers, point it directly at your mouse, and turn down the speaker volume.
Make sure your connection is stable
For the video call quality to be good your internet connection needs to be stable. It is best if you’re at home on Wi-Fi with a strong signal – and preferably one that isn’t shared by too many users.
On mobile networks or public networks it is more difficult to make sure your connection is stable however. If you want you could checking your connection using a speed test before placing a call.
Improve the webcam video quality
Ultimately the webcam that you use will play a big part in the video quality, and so you should take steps to improve it on that front. There are a lot of ways to improve the quality of webcam videos, including make sure the area is brightly lit, positioning the webcam at eye-level, turning down the screen brightness, and so on.
Keep in mind that all the tips listed above apply even if you want to record Google Hangout or Skype using Movavi Screen Recorder for example. At the end of the day it will be recording what is on your screen, and so the better the quality of the video call the better the quality of the video that you will be able to record.
All in all it shouldn’t be too hard for you to implement each of the tips, and you the impact they have should be noticeable. Subsequently you can look into other ways to improve the quality of your calls as well, in terms of the audio, video, or connection.