Zoom Tricks To Know

Lighting for your Zoom Call

If you’re using the camera built into your computer, video quality will be much better if your face is well lit. Poorly lit setups will look grainy and will require more network bandwidth. 

 

The cameras built-in to notebook computers automatically adjust lighting exposure to suit the brightest thing in the frame, so you want to make sure that’s your face, not the lamp or the wall behind you.


If you’re like most people and don’t have a video lighting kit handy: Turn on some lamps in front of you. Set up with a wall behind you, not a window (light source). Any back lighting that’s brighter than the front lighting will probably make your face too dark. Bright lights behind you are BAD unless there are brighter lights in front of you. Well-lit and evenly lit works best.

Zoom Audio For Musicians

 

 Zoom audio settings are set by default to enhance voices and suppress other sounds. Musical instruments are detected as noise to be suppressed. To make music sound good on Zoom, you need to change the following settings.

Notebook/Desktop Computer

- Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom installed.  Current versions are Mac - 5.0.2 (24030.0508) and Windows - 5.0.2 (24046.0510)

 

- Start the Zoom application. At this point you don’t need to sign in or join a meeting. Go to settings (on a Mac it’s called Preferences). When the settings window appears, select “Audio” in the list on the left.


 

- Click on the “Advanced” button on the bottom right. Disable “suppress persistent background noise, disable “suppress intermittent background noise”. Check the box next to “Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone”, close the window.

- After you join the Zoom call, but before you perform any music, ensure that “Turn on original sound” is enabled.
On an iPad

Launch the Zoom app.  Tap on the settings icon.
- Scroll down and enable “use original sound”.
After you join the meeting, tap on “More” and then tap on “Enable Original Sound”.

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