Zoom: upping your video conferencing game

Zoom: upping your video conferencing game


There’s an awful lot more content being produced on Zoom. Over the last week as gym instructors, chefs and teachers have been flocking to the Zoom video conferencing platform to communicate with audiences worldwide.

The typical kit being used is a laptop, phone or iPad. The typical result is tinny audio with muffled voices, slightly blurred video and a really distracting, busy background.

Let’s not kid ourselves. We’re not going to get broadcast results in a flash. But there are three simple steps we can all take to improve matters no end.

  1. Close the curtains. turn off the lights. Now turn on a video light (or best of all 3 lights) to illuminate what you want the viewer to focus on. You’ll see a lot less of the clutter in your office and you’ll look better on screen too.
  2. Use a microphone – it needn’t be an expensive one. If you have a dedicated video conferencing speakerphone, the sound will probably be fine, as long as you’re at a desk. But if you’re connected to your phone or tablet and you want to move around, best option is a clip-on mic (also known as a lapel or lavalier mic). You’ll get really good sound and it won’t pick up background noise.
  3. To improve your video quality, if you’re using a PC or Mac, you have two main options.
    • Firstly, you can buy a high-quality webcam such as the Lumens B10U.
    • Second option is a Panasonic UE4 camera. At around £1,000 this may sound steep, but as well as being an amazing USB webcam, it’s got the ability to stream straight to YouTube when controlled by a tablet, PC or Mac.
      For a quick guide to using the UE4 as a webcam, click here.
LEDGO LG-E116C

For a slicker production you can add on-screen graphics and titles with Wirecast, split the screen between the video and a presentation using Epiphan Pearl-2 or Inogeni Share 2. Or you can create TV with the ATEM Mini, but that’s for later.

For more information on these products please call us or follow the links below.

Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini
Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini

4 HDMI input Live production switcher

Epiphan Video Pearl Mini
Epiphan Video Pearl Mini

Portable all in one video production system

Lumens VC-B10U-B
Lumens VC-B10U-B

ePTZ USB Camera - Black

Lumens VC-B10U-W
Lumens VC-B10U-W

ePTZ USB Camera - White

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Pro - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Mac

Live video streaming production software for Mac

Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows
Telestream Wirecast Studio - Windows

Live video streaming production software for Windows

INOGENI SHARE2U
INOGENI SHARE2U

Dual USB Video to USB 3.0 Multi I/O Capture

INOGENI SHARE2
INOGENI SHARE2

Dual Input to USB AV Converter with PiP

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