Video Conferencing Tips

Read through these quick tips for ideas on how to optimize your video conferencing experience. You’ll find general tips and simple suggestions for improving your videocasting.

Pre-Conference 
Install any drivers that came with your webcam if you have not used it on your computer.
Plug the webcam into the computer you will be using for the conference.
Test it out prior to your web conference to make sure you have the camera set at the right position
If you have an manual focus on your camera, make any necessary adjustments
Set your webcam presets (if applicable) before you start your conference so that you can quickly use them during the call.

Tips for Great Video
Avoid wearing bright colors, all-light or all-dark clothing, or very “busy” patterns (such as small checks or narrow stripes). Light pastels and muted colors look the best on the screen.

If there are windows in the room, close any drapes or blinds. Daylight is a variable light source and can conflict with interior room lighting.

Use natural gestures when you speak.

When adjusting your cameras during the meeting, try to fill the screen as much as possible with your headshot rather than with the table, chairs, walls, or the floor.

Make sure that you are facing the camera. 

Use a speakerphone for audio so that you do not have to hold the phone up to your ear during the conference.

Limit your movements while on camera. Excessive movements are disruptive to viewers.

Be yourself! Imagine that the other participants are sitting in the same room with you.

And most importantly…remember you are always on camera!