Zoom call tips

Zoom has great features for making video calls better for everyone. Did you know you can apply a face filter to smooth your skin tone? Or that Zoom has virtual backgrounds that can cover up a messy home office and give your call a more professional look? 

These tips highlight some of Zoom’s best features and will help you get the most out of your video calls

Use Good Video Conferencing Etiquette

If you don’t typically join a lot of video conferencing calls, brush up on some basic etiquette:

Mute your mic.

When you’re not talking, mute your mic. With groups of more than three people, it’s essential etiquette. It’s also a good rule no matter your group size if you have children, pets, or frequent unexpected noises in your environment, like street noise.

Use headphones.

Headphones and a microphone make calls sound so much better for everyone. Even an inexpensive pair helps. If you don’t have a microphone, still use headphones, unless of course you’re dancing 🙂

Test your audio, mic, and video.

Launch Zoom five minutes before a call to check and test your equipment. In the desktop app, click your profile image > Settings > Audio. Choose the right input and output for your audio and mic. Test them. Then navigate to video and do the same for your camera.

In the desktop app, click your profile image > Settings > Audio

Touch Up Your Appearance

Face filters aren’t just for Instagram and Tiktok. Zoom has a tool called ​​Touch Up My Appearance that adds a soft focus to your video, which smooths your skin. In the image, you can see it enabled (left) and disabled (right).

You need Zoom version 4.0 or later for macOS, Windows, or iOS to get this feature. To enable it, go to profile image > Settings > Video > Touch up my appearance. Zoom remembers this setting for the future, too. If you join a meeting and forget to enable it ahead of time, you can still do it, although people might notice. Simply click the arrow next to the video icon and select Video Settings > Touch up my appearance.

go to profile image > Settings > Video > Touch up my appearance.

Add a Virtual Background

With Zoom, you can take a video call from a messy room and hide it by adding a virtual background. This feature works best if you have a green screen, but it’s not bad even if you don’t.

Zoom gives you a few backgrounds to use. You can also upload your own images. It can be a landscape, cityscape, or even your organization’s logo. This feature appears in the Settings under its a tab called Virtual background.

This feature appears in the Settings under its a tab called Virtual background.

This post is an extract from an excellent article by Jill Duffy at PCMag