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 How to Appear and Sound Perfect at a Video Conference


The pandemic forced millions of sheltered employees and students to use a vast array of video conferencing tools for meetings and courses. This sudden change has caused countless faux pas, absolute hilarity, and when it comes to technical issues, - the exasperation of hair-pulling. 


These frustration is due to audiovisuals issues such as self-caused or conference apps issues. No matter the conference software issues, you can take a few steps to ensure better audio and video quality, especially when you are at home.



Pick the Perfect Sonic Location for Your Calls


Rhett McClure, a professional cinematographer, and tech consultant say the sound can be difficult depending on location. "Audio acts a lot like a light. If you can operate the video conference from a smaller bedroom with plenty of objects to absorb reverberations, your audio would naturally sound better than a huge empty-walled room."



Use a Microphone Or Your Smartphone


There are several fancy devices for video conferencing, but sometimes the simpler ones are better, especially when it comes to microphones.


Wireless headphones have been doing great since their inception. Nonetheless, wired microphones will always deliver better audio quality with lesser interference. Wired microphones are better and usually don't need to be recharged or a separate power supply.


If you have a USB mic, bring it closer to your face for the best volume and quality, and use the foam windshield even if you are indoors. No independent microphone? McClure suggests turning off the mic on your laptop and calling with your smartphone for a conference call.


Most smartphones have much better noise-canceling functions than your laptop. If your phone is averagely decent, it's probably the best video conferencing device you have.



Process a White Light and a Sleek Camera Angle


Bright lighting is the best, diffused via a curtain or jumping off a light-colored wall," McClure recommends. "If you can process a white light  facing an empty wall, it will look great than aiming at a window." You can also place a white tablecloth or a piece of white paper or on the table where you will sit to get that bounce from your light source.




The position of the camera is also critical. Direct the camera in a safe direction so that the other participants are not distracted. For a flatter angle, use a stack of books or a laptop stand to bring your recording device to about eye level." At least you won't have a tired look down at the screen.



'Quiet and Still'


Stay calm during the call. Video streaming has come a long way, considering quality, but sharpness and clarity improve when you don't move back and forth everywhere.


Also, one feature probably surpasses the others when it comes to distance conferencing – and that is “mute.” If you are not talking, press mute.


The Mute function has some powerful capabilities. First, it eliminates ambient noise that could tamper with audio quality. A little paper shuffling and typing might seem harmless, but these interferences can make it much harder for people to you’re your conversation, especially if these people are motionless.


This prevents you from disturbing the meeting with irrelevant, random noises, from cracked joints to touching the pencil, to children screaming through the TV remote control.

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