Stuck using Zoom instead of going into an office?

I use Zoom and Skype Call Recorder frequently for a podcast I run with my son where we interview professional soccer players.  It’s a lot of fun and we’ve met some amazing people in the soccer field.  (Get it?  Field?)  Anyhow, I’ve noticed that many people we interview don’t know some of the basics of making their video quality great – especially for video recordings.

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But let’s get into some basics of Zoom Video Quality.

Zoom is remarkably reliable.  But the default settings on the recordings are really low-quality.  Zoom has poor video quality.  That’s a fact. I noticed that even with improving the video quality, the file sizes are not that high.  So there’s a limit to how much you can improve the video quality, but here are three ways.

Zoom is easy to use, easy to schedule, and easy for the guest to use.  So it’s perfect in that sense.  However, we like recording in Skype using Skype Call Recorder.

The main reasons we like this is that it can do a split-screen, and it also records the files are 3 separate tracks, so you can have a lot more options when it comes to editing.  The file sizes are quite high as the recording quality is better.  If you are doing interviews, I’d recommend checking out Call Recorder from Ecamm, a company that specializes in web-streaming software.  It’s a very solid program.

How To Improve Zoom Video Quality Step 1:

The most important adjustment is to tick the “HD” box under Preferences=>Video

how to improve zoom video quality

Make sure to share this post with your guest so they can tick this box, as it is unselected by default, and will significantly improve the quality of your recorded Zoom meeting.

How To Improve Zoom Video Quality Step 2:

First: Make sure you (or your Zoom guest) is not backlit.

Backlit is when you are directly in front of a window.  The computer/webcam senses the light around you are over-compensates for this light, ending up making the figure dark.  Try to position yourself so the light from the window falls on your face directly, or at least on the side of your face.  This makes a tremendous difference.

How To Improve Zoom Video Quality Step 3:

There is an option under Preferences=>Video where you can “Adjust for low light.”  This boosts the light from your webcam and can be adjusted manually by selecting “Auto” and then “Manual” and then adjusting the slider manually until you get enough light.  The key is to make it realistic, as too much light will blow you out.

How To Improve Zoom Video Quality Step 4:

Add more light.  The best way to add more light is to use a simple USB or battery operated ring light.

Here is a simple desktop USB light that comes with an adjustable desktop tripod.

Here is a good example that clips onto your laptop or desktop monitor.

How To Improve Zoom Video Quality Step 5:

Audio.  I know, it’s not video, but the audio quality significantly affects the impression and the quality of the overall video.  If you have an external microphone, check that it is selected as the default mics as Zoom will sometimes revert to the default mic if you unplug a USB mic periodically.

So those tips should help you improve the video quality in Zoom, particularly if you are recording your Zoom meetings.

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Got any other tips on improving your Zoom video quality?  Leave them below in the comments.

Bonus Tips:

If you want to improve the quality of your webcam, digitally, this program works with Zoom to enhance the look and quality of your webcam using proprietary software.

Lastly, you can actually use your iPhone as a Webcam pretty easily.  All you need to do is to download the EpoCam App.