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Student FAQs - Improve Video Quality

How to Improve Your Video Conferencing Sessions

Here are a few suggestions for an optimal experience:

  • An high quality external microphone.
  • A high quality external web camera.
  • External speakers
  • A large computer monitor.
  • A wired connection to the Internet (wireless connections can be unreliable).
  • An Internet connection of DSL speeds (768kbps UPLOAD connection) or better (no dial-up connections).

    Test your UPLOAD speed on any of these websites:

There is much you can do to improve the quality of the audio and video. By attaching a quality microphone and webcam, you can significantly improve the quality.

We have tested many microphones and found two USB microphones which combine ease of use, quality of sound and price.

The first microphone we recommend is Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone. Blue Microphones have a excellent reputation and the Yeti is one of the most popular selling USB wired condenser microphone on the planet. It is easy to install (just plug it in) and comes with a small stand so you can place it on a desk, table or any flat surface.

Another microphone by Blue is the Snowflake USB Microphone. This microphone is a step down from the Snowball but still produces an excellent sound. It is also easy to install (just plug it in) and you can also place it on a desk, table or any flat surface.

Another microphone we recommend is the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone.

Most recent laptops have a webcam built in. Although these may provide an acceptable experience, attaching a quality, external webcam can provide much better quality. We have tested many webcams and have found the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording to have superior quality.

Another choice would be the Logitech HD Webcam C310.

And still, another choice would be the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD Webcam.