Having a great video call doesn't have to be hard. This guide provides simple research backed tips to improve your video call experience.
01

Internet Connection

wifi versus wired
Use a cable to connect to the Internet
+ Why?
Internet upload speed comparison
Make sure your upload speed is >3 Mbps
+ Why?
02

Audio

person speaking into microphone
Use a headset or high quality microphone
+ Why?
wired versus wireless headphones
Use wired headphones or speakers
+ Why?
03

Camera

person looking down versus straight at camera
Place your camera at eye level
Prop up your laptop or lower your monitor so that your camera is at eye level
+ Why?
person framed too close versus just right
Make sure your upper torso is visible
Position your head towards the top of the frame so that your upper torso is visible
+ Why?
person too close to camera versus an arm length away
Keep an arm's length away from your camera
+ Why?
04

Environment

person back-lit versus front-lit
Make sure your face is well lit
+ Why?
person back-lit versus front-lit
Avoid distracting backgrounds and visual clutter
+ Why?
05

Video

self view turned on versus turned off
Turn off self view
+ Why?
video window positioned in lower third versus top third
Resize your video window
Resize your video window to only occupy the top third of your display
+ Why?
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References

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