So you are excited to video chat with someone; however, you don’t like the quality. The audio echoes and then cuts out, the video is choppy and you almost cannot see the other person. The following are some things that you can do to ensure you get the most successful video chatting possible.
- Ensure you are using the latest version of your video chatting service. Each new version improves the video chat quality so you are currently running a two-year-old copy, you can expect to get the same poor quality that you had a couple of years ago.
- Wear Headphones- If you or the other party hears echoes in the audio, this is because the speaker of the other party is too loud. This issue will disappear by wearing headphones.
- Adjust your light- ensure that you have a lamp or light behind your monitor that points toward you. If you are using a laptop, ensure that the camera is at eye level and does not point down at the floor or up at the ceiling lights.
- Ensure the background is stationary-In case your family is watching television behind you or you are sitting in a bustling coffee shop, move somewhere else. This is because the more work the video chatting service will need to do, the choppier the video will get.
More Advanced Fixes
- Adjust the video settings of your webcam. The majority of webcams will allow you to tweak the contrast, microphone volume and brightness and other things within their own settings. Adjust any exposure, brightness, white balance, color and other sliders until you achieve a better video. This is likely to take some playing around.
- Set your router’s service quality- This makes sure that if you are video chatting, this takes bandwidth away from your other applications. Note though that some routers don’t have this setting and if you don’t have just install DD-WRT on your router. This step could have the same effect as when you shut down online video games, BitTorrent and other programs which hog your bandwidth.