As a videographer, I keep getting asked the same questions so I put together some tips to look and sound your best while video chatting:
- First, let’s cover getting set up.
- Use an ethernet cable so your connection is at its strongest.
- Headphones with a mic provide the best audio quality for you and others. You can also purchase a mic that can plug into your computer to use as a higher quality audio source.
- Plug in your laptop charger.
- Log on early to make sure settings and permissions are good to go and that your webcam feed looks its best.
- If using any, open up notes or resources ahead of time to avoid long pauses during your presentation.
- Make sure pets stay out of the frame and are in their own space where they wont be a distraction.
- Pick a spot with good natural light.
- Don't sit right in front of windows or lights that will cause hotspots on your video.
- Sit in a room with carpet and open space if possible, tile and close walls bounce back sound.
- Place your webcam level with your face if you can, to avoid a low angle and harsh shadows.
- Start recording before the event begins so you don't forget to start it up later.
- Now, let’s talk about what to avoid during.
- Don’t eat or drink while chatting.
- Don’t wear noisy jewelry on your wrists.
- Don’t play with a fidget that makes noise.
- Be aware of what is in your background, or who may walk into it. Some platforms offer a blurred background feature, or a virtual background feature.
- If your are just listening in, mute yourself to cut down on any background noise.
- Be sure to speak up! Internal mics aren't the greatest at picking up sound.
- For specific tutorials about web chatting platforms, check out YouTube or reach out to your IT team.