5 tips for better video calls

Video calls are getting more popular and with the growth of video calls it’s become a widespread thing that people are self conscious of how the look, act or perform in video calls. So we decided to write a little post to give you some tips on video chatting.1. Turn on the lights
Don’t look creepy. Nobody wants to talk to someone hiding in the dark, it’s just weird. Also you don’t look good when you are in the dark, so turn on those lights.2. Point the camera upwards
Pointing the camera upwards towards your face gives you a better camera angle on video and in short makes you look “better”. With lighting and your laptop/computer/tablet laid on a flat surface with the camera pointing upward towards your face makes you feel comfortable and look good. Thereby you’ll have better video calls.

3. Eye contact once in a while
One of the things people say they hate about video chats is that it seems as if you have to always have eye contact with the person you are talking to. They say it takes too much energy. Well let me say that talking to someone for 30 minutes and staring at them for the whole 30 minutes is really weird, nobody would like that. Video calls should be as natural as talking to someone physically. You look at them in the eyes for a bit and then your eyes can wander off for a while before coming back. With video calls you can even do something else like browse on the web while you talk with the person on the call. It doesn’t matter, the video of you in action serves the emotional purpose of the video call.

4. Stop downloads and uploads
Avoid lowering the resources for the video call by downloads and uploads. That uses bandwidth that could make a ok quality video call into a great quality video call. The downloads could make the video chopping and increase latency in the sound, so you’ll be talking to someone and they’ll hear you 10 seconds later.

5. Depending on your computer, wear headphones
Most video chat programs or apps are now very good at cancelling out background noise so that the receiver hears you properly and you can hear them properly too. However wearing headphones can cancelling out what remaining background noise that may have filtered through the call and makes you hear our caller perfectly.

So there, you now have 5 tips to make your video calls better. One more tip for the road which is an obvious one. Use a good video chat app, one with great features, simplicity, web presence and great video quality. You probably already know the good ones like skype, oovoo, rounds etc Use them. Another good one to check out is Reflap, here is the link, http://www.reflap.com

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