Simple steps to better home video collaboration

Inquisitive pets and hungry children have become part of video conferencing lore. But these experiences are less funny when they happen to you, and you lose your train of thought or feel embarrassed in front of your audience. The good news is that you can optimise your video conferencing setup with one or two easy and affordable steps.

March 26, 2021

Living on video

Most video conferencing services, including StarLeaf, offer background blurring, and the option to personalise meeting backgrounds with your choice of image. Not only does this maintain your privacy, it’s also a great way to help your home working environment appear more professional.

You may also want to consider adding an HD webcam to your setup. Even high-end business laptops have relatively poor cameras when compared to a standalone HD webcam. The effect may be subtle, but the extra clarity of a better camera will help you appear more lifelike to your audience. You can also control where you place your webcam and achieve a more flattering angle than with your laptop’s built in camera. A good quality camera from a reputable manufacturer will be compatible with almost any video collaboration software, including StarLeaf.

Sound control

Background noise is a big problem for many home workers, but even affordable entry-level headsets feature basic noise reduction that suppresses background sound. This is a big plus if you live in a shared house, or if school closures mean your home is full of restless children. Alternatively, you can combine audio and video with a noise-suppressing video bar, complete with HD camera, like Poly’s new Studio P15 model that’s purpose built for home working.

Simple is best

Each of these suggestions has something in common: removing complexity and distractions from your video meetings, so that you can focus on what really matters – forging rewarding connections with your colleagues and achieving better outcomes from your meetings. The StarLeaf video conferencing platform is designed with exactly those same principles in mind. It offers a simple and intuitive user experience, with a guarantee of 99.999% uptime per year, so you can meet and call every time without disruption.

Most businesses are willing to consider providing accessories for home working, so ask your employer about any of these suggestions. You can try StarLeaf for free.

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