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A video guide to setting up and improving your online video meetings, calls and webinars

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (2h 3m)
    • 1. Intro to the course

    • 2. How to get great sound

    • 3. How to light yourself

    • 4. What to put as your background

    • 5. How to frame yourself in shot

    • 6. What to wear (and what not to wear)

    • 7. How to be engaging on camera

    • 8. 121 etiquette

    • 9. Group etiquette

    • 10. How to share your screen

    • 11. Which platform to use

    • 12. Zoom

    • 13. Skype

    • 14. Making the camera your friend

    • 15. Which device to use

    • 16. How to position your camera

    • 17. What can you do for free

    • 18. What can you upgrade to

    • 19. Final thoughts

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About This Class

Doing video and doing video well has just become the cornerstone of a successful business and company.

Our diaries were once filled with face to face meetings, shaking hands and drinking coffee. But now with the Coronavirus & COVID-19 situation we're instead holding so many of our business or personal meetings online in lockdown or quarantine.

Some of us though might be worried that while we were sure we could make a good impression face-to-face, it's just not the same over a video call. We might be frustrated at not being able to set these calls up & get the technology working right or we might be concerned that we're committing a faux pas and not making the meeting a success, we might be worried (if we're salesmen) that it's affecting our sales and our ability as salespeople to get new business in.

Whether you're using Skype, Zoom, WebEx, Google Hangouts or Facetime, these are the problems we aim to help in this course. We want to refine your video calls (whether for business or for your own enjoyment) to be as slick as they are in person. In this course. We'll be covering things like:

Part 1 - Placing a great call:

  • How to get good quality sound

  • How to light your calls so they can see you

  • Setting up a backdrop behind you

  • How to frame your 'shot'

  • What to wear & not to wear on camera.

Part 2 - Etiquette & dos's/don'ts

  • Helping your meetings stay engaged with you

  • Etiquette on a 121 call

  • Etiquette on a group call

  • Do's & Don'ts for screen sharing.

Part 3: Getting the best from your platform & device

  • Which platform to use for your meeting?

  • Setting up & Using Zoom

  • Setting up & Using Skype

  • What device to use?

  • Where to position this device.

Part 4: Equipment & Upgrades

  • Ideas to improve your set up for free

  • How to effectively upgrade your kit.

Whether you're using Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Facetime, Facebook or another platform, this course aims to help you hold video calls, meetings and video conferencing in the best way possible. These skills can also be used for Webinars, Online Training or video conferences too.

Who this course is for:

  • Business owners & Managing Directors (MDs)

  • Business Leaders

  • CEOs

  • Sales leaders & salespeople

  • Communications experts

  • Account executives

  • Consultative sales leaders

  • Influencers

  • Public affairs experts

  • Authors

  • Experts

  • Anyone who wants to make their video calls incredible.

The course is over 2 hours long and you can watch at your convenience.

With zero technical knowledge, a minimal amount of equipment (even a mobile phone will do the trick) and a willingness to learn, you'll be able to level up your video call game and take your business further.

I'll see you in the course.

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1. Intro to the course: Hey, my name is Nick Pilgrim and the iron's sneak robotic films, dynamo TV advert producer and director. But they also produce videos for businesses and form of promotional videos, case studies, documentaries, that sort of good stuff. In addition to that, I'm also a lecturer in advertising film and music video production. But as well as all of these things, I also go in and train businesses marketing people to help use video to further whatever it is they're doing. Whether that's business, whether that's content for social media, or whether that's just for fun and enjoyment. Now, on this course specifically, we're gonna be looking at video meetings. So we're in a position at the moment where video meetings are being held more and more and more and I'm becoming more and more important. But we don't necessarily always give the same amount of thought to these video meetings, to how we're conducting these, to how they're sounding, how they look, how we sound and how we look, then what we would do if we were in person and this course aims to fix some of that. So we're gonna be covering some stuff like sound, how to make sure that the sound you're, you've got through your devices crystal-clear. We're gonna be looking at lighting or the position of your devices to make sure that you can make sure that you look as good as possible and the light you're using is his flattering as possible. We're going to be looking at what devices you might be best holding these video meetings on. And we'll also be looking at things like etiquette, where that's a one-to-one or one to group sort of way for video meetings to make sure that you're not sort of annoying anybody or making sure that really you're putting yourself forward in the best possible way. Finally, we're also going to be looking at a couple of hints and tips for free that you can bring stem stuff in it you might have around the house and you can utilize to make this video content and know the video meetings you're holding just so much better. Or if you want to spend a couple of quick, we're going to look at and maybe a bit of a shopping list for you guys, you all to go out and spend some money to be able to make all this look and sound and feel better. Hope you guys enjoy. 2. How to get great sound: Let's talk a little bit about sound and I'm going to try and get through this action without filling, get completely with sound pawns with stuff like that. And it can be really, really difficult. So if I don't get to the end of that doing this, then then yeah, Amy, I probably will do and if so, I'm really sorry in advance. But why you sound important? Well, it's a big part of how we communicate. How do we communicate? Well, we communicate through the body language. We communicate through tone of voice, which is part of some. And we also communicate through the words that we're using. So of these three particular factors, two of those utilizes sound. If we have an ACO, a room where you can't really clearly understand somebody than asking how a detrimental effect to the meeting that we're having. Now, it's important to consider for a little bit that these things that we have on our face and not the, as these things are actually amazing at picking out certain things, certain sounds and certain specific kind of noises that we're listening out for. So when we're having a meeting someone when we're sitting and having a face to face conversation with somebody, these things are just ignoring all the other stuff that's going on around it. And it's amazing part human body. However, microphones don't have the same ability and microphones will often pick up the sounds around you in indiscriminate way. And so my friends, they might be directional, but even they will pick up the sounds in that direction and indiscriminate way. So we need to have a bit of a think about how we can utilize the surroundings that we have to try and minimize the amount of sounds that we don't want hitting this microphone, whether that's in your laptop or the actual external microphone. To make sure we minimize the amount of things that are hitting up Mike. To really try and just focus in on voice and what we want to communicate with the person holding the meeting with. So how did we do this? Well, it's couple of tips and tricks. First of all, you want to try and eliminate what we call reverb or you've got, you might think of as echo. So if someone sitting now and they sound like they're in some sort of light Hall or something like that. And that's obviously not very good and that's kind of breaking that better communication that we would normally have with somebody. So we can think about how we can try and reduce this in a room that we're in. So stuff like sofas are typically really, really good for this stuff. I know you might not have space for extra sofa. And you might just kind of look like, like a, like a sofa shuffled DFS or something kind of we're so for stuff everywhere, we don't want to do that. This is not the intention here, but maybe you could just have some soft furnishings around you then that can be really powerful way of doing it. So hangup, bits of fabric in parts of your room or something like that just to kind of soak up some of these, some of these sound waves that are hitting and stop them from bouncing back into your microphone, which is basically what we're trying to avoid as much as possible. Also have a think about what sort of things you might have in the room with it. It might be creating sound that you don't necessarily want. So if you have an AC condition unit that you've got set up in the corner of your room, that's going to be really noisy. Turn it off. If you have a fridge for whatever reason and the cat Sadia room, that's going to have this really irritating going on in the background. That's gonna be really annoying. Turn it off. If you have a fun, let's kinda whirring away or any devices or charges or something that's creating lots and lots of sound, that's really, really annoying. Turn out as well. But here's what I want you to do is I want you to close your eyes for ten seconds. However, listen out for any sounds that you might be able to hear that you don't want to hear because you know what your microphone's getting, picking up all of these things. So all of this just about mindsets. Close your eyes, have a bit of a think. Do you want spend lots of money? This stuff like sound treatment panels and stuff like that, and you can go out and buy. So I'm also musician, one 3s1 nova. I'm quite passionate about sound. And we built a bunch of studios before now where we've, we bought sounds treatment panels and then position them strategically around the room so that we can control the amount of reverb and echo that's hitting on is. And that's a really interesting thing. However, it can be quite expensive. So it crosses battleground of the hafta to treat the studio, you'll probably do it from as little as 5600 pounds. But that's still quite a lot to do when basically you can just bring us so for into the room with you. So scope of things you can think about. But largely if you just bring some soft finishing in, then that will help off the get-go. Something else to consider is maybe how close is a device to you? Now, you gotta be really careful here because you don't want to be having a meeting with the device. So we are focused, but it illustrates my point. Likewise, you don't want the device meeting where here, because this probably sounds awful right about now as well, because nowhere near the microphone, funnily enough, which is just here for me. So how to think about if you can bring the device any closer to you so that the sound is being produced by your mouth, is being hit to microphone. It is directed away as possible, and that's not always possible, but it's worth having a bit of a think about IT. Other things to consider, you have to think about reducing and removing the distractions that are around you. So if you have a mobile phone, don't put it to vibrate and then shove on the table. Because half of three a meeting you're gonna get a vibrate sound. And what's the other person on the other end of this going to be thinking, they're gonna be thinking, oh, maybe they don't really care about it's meeting that we're having. Maybe they instead care about whatever's going on in their life so he can switch your mobile phone to silent. Just remove end notification sounds because having constant is probably worse and if I break so we'll just see what you can do to kind of get, get rid of as many of those as possible. That also goes for your laptop or tablet or whatever is your holding your video meeting on it as well. Had a bunch of different video meetings where you can hear people's emails kinda click into their inbox. And I'm thinking you are checking your emails while we were in this meeting, Han Shu. I'm not said that because I'm British and we're overly polite him to a, to a silly level. But I'm sitting there thinking, well, you're not really paying too much attention to me here. It may well be actually they they just had that are going on in the background. I don't know that. So I'm sitting there thinking as just as a person, I'm thinking the worst, I'm thinking, well, me CAD I just there doing whatever they're doing is just worth thinking about trying to remove any of these distractions because any of these thoughts just unnecessary. You don't want any of them going on in the video meeting because you want to be there to talk about the stuff that you don't have to talk about, right? So to summarize, sounded really, really important because a huge chunk of how we communicate with people and we want that to be as clean as possible. How do we do that? Well, we might want to put extra soft furnishings and our rooms. So sofas or, or cushions or just something to try and soak up that sound. Going bouncing around back and forth. We want to be doing things like meeting notifications on our mobile phones or on our on our laptops to make sure that we don't have any kind of big distractions coming out. We want to be doing things like switching off the big hack conditioning unit you've got going on in a corner. And really just kind of thinking about the room that you're in. Any kind of weird sounds or anything like that. There's kinda going on in that it's gonna be really off putting for the person that you're having a meeting with, you want to upgrade the stuff for free. Well, you could aside for novices, soft finishes you can drag into the room. You could also have like a little earphones, savvier phones it might get with your mobile phone, your iPhone or something like that. And you can then plug directly into your device to be able to bring that microphone a little bit closer at what t if you want, spend a couple of quid and then something like a USB microphone would do really, really good job. And I like the Blue Snowball microphones that are really good. But there's a whole bunch of other ones I have that on the market. So just how we did have a search for them, touched, hopefully set yet. 3. How to light yourself: Let there be light. Yes, I know it's a terrible pun. And sometimes we have to fit these things into our lives because terrible pumps sometimes can make us feel a little bit better as human beings and meet me for boss human beings sometimes that validates me as a human being. But let's talk about less of my issues. And let's talk a little bit about some things. Reiterate important, lighting. Lighting is a really important thing. Why is this important? Well, for a number of different reasons. Number one, if you get your lighting right, it can look super flattering and can make you look absolutely amazing. And it can make you look glowing. And its Ace, he got it wrong. Then it can kind of emphasize all the things that we don't necessarily like about the way that we look. So for the sake of your own, your own ego and status in a good way, to spend a bit of time getting the lighting right and it'll help you out. There is also a practical element to this as well. So the device that you're holding a video meeting on, if the room is too dark, then you'll have digital noise. You'll have kind of horrible pixelated stuff is kinda devices to dislike. Oh my God, this is so dark or go to catcher, but everything. Just help help, help your device. I'll help you laptop the tobacco outlet or bet to try and make it look as good as you possibly can. And the good thing about lighting is, is that it's not actually going to get it, but at least half decent. And that's some ways all we need I guess are decent, but let's let's shoot for better than half decent if we possibly can. How do we improve this? Well, first of all, I want you guys to think about the room position. So think about where your laptop, your tablet, whatever is your hobby meeting on is, is in relation to the room. If you're window you have a window behind you while you're holding this meeting, then I want you to stop and changing grounds immediately because you do not want a window behind you pointed out with the camera because one of two things will happen. First of all, the device will expose to you, and in which case you look like you have this gigantic glowing white thing around you that make you look like you've, you're in some sort of alternative dimension, filters, light bulbs, or it's going to expose to the outside world. And your kinda gonna look like your off of something like crime watch or something like that because you're just going to be dark and no one's mail to see any of the details of you or your face. Neither of these things are very, very kid, so he doesn't want to be doing that instead. Rotate yourself around a 108 degrees. The one the big things we've been talking about in this section is to utilize the, the, the biggest light source that we have available, which is the sudden, it's huge. It's really, really useful when, when I direct TV adverts are DOPS, I work with direct photography. So as I work with, we utilize a sonnet wherever we possibly come up, sometimes we have to block it off, sometimes we shoot an inside. But most the time we're trying to use this as one of our main light sources. It's a really, really powerful things that utilize this new video meetings as well because it's, it's, it's totally a good thing. So first things to think about, maybe half the window facing you and you kind of the way that they're facing side of you. And but on a day like today where it's really nice and bright and we can't go out. The light could be hitting side of your face and it can basically making you're right, the right side of your face look too dark, and the left side of your face too bright. And that also means that you weren't necessarily, you might even light at one of your eyes. And we actually communicate to each other through our eyes, whether we realize it or not. So be able to see both eyes. There's a really important thing. So I always think having just a light that's directly in front of you, pointing at you is totally the best way to go. But that's not to say we can't supplement this with other light sources that we have around. And to kind of explain why this is important, I'm going to explain to you the kind of something we call three-point lighting. Now this might be a little bit technical enough, so I'm really, really sorry. I'm gonna try and make it as simple as possible with three-point lighting basically is how filmmakers light seems Madu, through three different types of light. One type of light is what we call the key light. This is the main light sources hitting us and lighting our faces. So arche lightness instances, we have a square like that. We have this around the outside of the lens. That's done hitting me from all sorts of different directions. That's the key light. The fill light is the light that kind of fills nor nooks and crannies and you've seen and the lights around, around you now in this scene, we have to fill lights going on. One of them is the sun. That's basically just chicken loads a light into the scene. And one of them is we actually have another light off site there that's basically just lighting at this backdrop bit here. It's kinda going on. Third light is what we call a backlight or sometimes called a hair light as well. We don't need it in this particular scene book, but most the time you absolutely would, especially if you have a smaller ring, what's a hair light? Well, it lights your hair, shock horror or lights the back of you. And it's the backlight is shock horror. We don't tend to need it for this thing because we have loads that are going on in this room. And so we've got all this about here. I guess those lights back those lights are Windows, buck there could be seen as the backlight, but generally speaking, yeah, we wouldn't need it for this room, but if we did have a backlight than what we'd be doing is we'll be positioning offsite off camera that a little bit, maybe over the pointer is pointing at the back of my head and don't want it too bright because it doesn't look like I have a halo going on around the outside of my head because that's not very, very good. Something to separate his away from seen as really, really good, especially if you are filming in small spaces. So if we have a wall maybe two meters behind me, a meter behind me, something like that, then we would absolutely want a backlight to try and separate now from this thing and the background. You would have, you know, going on behind gene, which is something we'll talk about later on. Hub, right? Do you actually need these things? Well, depends on type of life. I mean, fulfill like we're using the sun, so that's quite bright. So any lights that we have. So the key light here is basically competing with the sun a little bit. So quite bright in that instance, but largely depends on, on what you're trying to achieve. Quite bright is what I would say to very bright. If you can get some things really bright and really got, if he can get something that maybe you have a variance on, as he can get lights, you can kind of move up and down in terms of brightness. And that could be really, really powerful as well. Depends we have around the house really. But speaking of around a house, there is something you should absolutely avoid the enemy to all nice-looking images. And it's called a strip light your triplets, uh, but strip lights a terrible triplets, evil, maybe label but they're just terrible. Just don't want them anywhere near the stuff that you're filming on, stuff that you have, any video meetings you have. Why do you hate strip lights neck I hear you say probably don't really hearsay, but but why do why do I hate strip lights so much and something that I've spent some time considering. And one the reasons why is because they, first of all, they, most of them fluorescent tubes or have a green tint to them. So they make anyone that you're filming look a little bit sickly, not very good. Second level, they are horribly direct, so they are directly above you pointing downwards. So if you have any chaps who might be follicle challenged, maybe they did bold. If it's a choice, I then it's just gonna be reflecting off of the top of their heads. And that doesn't look very, very good either, but it just creates a really horrible download shallows and that's awful. But largely the biggest reason why I really don't like strip lights or tube lights as they're called, is because of something called bundling. So. You may have seen this before, you may not. I'm not sure, but you have some time to have bunch of lines going down your image. And this is also due to technical about this, but it's all to do with refresh rates of how fast the lighter turning on and off, and how that's them hitting your Camry or device, whatever it is that your your holdings video meeting on. And generally just look off on that largely, they wanted to only do this because it has to do with how fluorescent light works and it's turning on and off and on on a kind of jazz which I'm with edge that I just really, really terrible. So avoid strip lights. Generally what you want to go for his, You want to go for a really nice even light, because that is the most flattering type of light. If you get a lovely diffused evenly and hitting you, issues going to look really, really good. It's gonna make you glow, is gonna make you look just, just absolutely amazing. Which is one of the reasons why taking us onto the section where I talk about what you can do for free. Windows were amazing because the sun is hitting everything outside. It's bouncing on that side that is coming through your window. So sunlight is amazing for this because it will just make you look reiterated good and excellent in terms of the other lights, you might have. Things you could do for free. You might have some lights around the house. So I'm using this light here to kind of provide a little bit just to kind of in the background a little bit that you also can see would have fairy lights going on everywhere, which by the way, I'm a massive fan off fertilizer, absolute, amazing going on in the background. And it can look quite, quite nice and quite pretty as well. Spend some money there. There's a couple different things you can do. First of all, I mean, it's, it's pretty quite cheap to go and buy yourself some fairy lights and trick in the background. Some people might say it looked malloc festive, but in this time in the world, what's wrong would look a little bit fast device a fertilizer actually because you can trickle in the background and basically just can be a little bit out of focus or they can just kind of just be sort of sitting there, can just look nice and can add to the ambience of a room. But if you want something to direct you to you than something like a fill light or like a key lights and family those then little knee were panel lights can be quite good. They're not too expensive. You pick more puff of Amazon or eBay or some phi that will just took general sort of any panel lights. Now, don't go crazy spending stupid amounts of money online. It's online because you can spend stupid money. Are the lights we use. There are about 5000 quid to grand alarm, and that is really pricey and you don't need that. In fact, the stuff on we are holding video meetings. We don't use those because that's just totally overkill. So just some cheaper lies you can kinda penalizes, you can pop on society, can help point out you can be really, really good if your device allows it in the way that you're actually holding the meeting allows it something like a ring-like such in the most flattering type of light that you can use. So one of the reasons why makeup tutorials on YouTube looks so, so I, I will look so beautiful using these Spotify that I'm sure that beautiful people and obviously the poor to make upon as well. But basically what it does is it creates a really even the light around the outside of them. And you'll notice makeup mirrors in theaters have the same sort of thing, but alliterative got light hitting all sorts of different directions. And that is the best way of getting a really flattering looking like. So ring lights might be worth something looking into if your device allows it. Final thing to think about whether or not you're getting lights are free or whether you're getting lights, you paint for lights, you know, is color temperature, what's called temperature, core temperature is the temperature of the light source that is being used to light you. So for example, the Sun is quite a blue light and where something like this is quite a warm lights. I would never want to use this as a key or a fill light kind of like me with because then you'd have you'd have one side of me with Kuan orange looking white on one side of it looking at it, and that would be terrible. We wanna try and get a really consistent core temperature across a scene unless as any specific reasons to not do that like innocence. And we got the fertilizers lots hanging up in the background. And that, that, because it's kind of more useful on beyond this and kind of as a prop light almost rather than actually like me. I would say never, ever, ever use that to like me. Instead of what you wanted, you want daylight balanced bulbs, generally speaking, if you're using, if you're using the little windows outside, then you would want a daylight balanced bulb. You can pick these up really cheaply from Tesco, from supermarkets, from Amazon, from eBay, all sorts of different places and daylight balance are really, really good at doing that. And you can tell they're called daylight balance balls because I'll say the word daylight on them. And that will then allow you to use the, use these in conjunction with, with sunlight to be able to kind of light you in the most flattering possible way. So in summary, lighting is really, really important because it can make you a flattering and also makes your device is not kinda trying to catch up with you make local pixel, and that will be a bad thing. But how did we get this better? We use a room positioning that's around us. We use windows. We might use if we want to use additional lights, a three-point lighting setup serves a key, fill and they and the backlight, maybe if you want to go down that sort of route that we really useful if say you are filming at nighttime when you're holding a video meeting at night, the redder it useful. You wanna avoid script lights because the strip lights are the plague. They are a pox on humanity. Removed triplet stimuli. And then generally if you want to spend some money, then you might want to get some panel lights or something like that or a ring light if if, if at all possible, it's not always gonna be possible with that sometimes might be more of a pain than, than it than it's worth. But generally speaking, you can probably get some good stuff just from the lights you have around your house by just positioning them around the place and utilizing a window. Experiment. Let me know how you got on B. Really, really interesting to see all sorts stuff you guys can do. But I think that's the best way of getting good quality lighting. Just experiment. Position some lights around, see what works. 4. What to put as your background: Let's talk a little bit about backgrounds. Why backgrounds important? Well, consider this on your video. Call your face as lovely as it is, is only taking up around 30% of the screen real estate if fat, probably maybe a little bit more, maybe a little less, but it's not, not wildly outside that region. What's the rest of the screen filled with? Well, it's filled with stuff to get into background filled, stuffed them either going on foreground, that'd be weird. I committed to going on around to the side of humans, generally around you. And that's, that's all telling a story. It's all, it's all telling the viewer elder, the person, you're a meeting with lots of different things about you. Is this messy as this really messy? Well then their subconscious impression of you is that you are a messy person or the stuff that is just horribly and unprofessional or just is not the message that you want to deliver what that then they're gonna think that you are professional and you're not delivering the messages that you want to deliver. Its just really, really important to have a think about what sort of background you kinda want to actually kind of setup. And the setup is the right phrase for this because having one place in, in your house or your office or wherever it is that you're holding these meetings for these things is a really important thing because then you can really make sure that you have almost a, you know, a background that matches your personal brand and that's worth something that's worth thinking about speaking. So, how do you do this? Well, first of all, you can be sitting there saying to me, Nick, I have so much stuff in my house. You have no idea what am I supposed to do this? Well, that that's a really good point because I'm, I'm a bit of a hoarder personally. I'd I keep stuff at my house and I just can't seem to get rid of stuff, but I do sometimes do is I often put the stuff that's behind me, in front of me, hence the head. That way then you can't actually see what's going on either the person having the meeting with doesn't can't see and is stuff isn't matter. You've got the mesh is room in the world. You can have piles of stuff going on the background behind your laptop or your tablet, but no one's going to care because they can't it. So basically just maybe move some stuff forward. That's tip number one really. But also stuff should you include that if you're gonna move all that stuff, it back there, how much diff are you going to include? A what sort stuff you gotta include? Well, it could be things like fairy lights will decide how much like fairy lights, but you could do other things like could you include, I don't know, it's transfers on your wall. Could you bring in some furniture? So maybe some nice cubes or some shelving units that you can put some cool stuff on there. I've got shelving units that, that sort of I'll put some lego toys and stuff like that and some Tetris cubes and things that aren't in the background. And that's, that's quite cool. And just tell me stuff like that is kinda just added to your personal brand. This could be, this could be some certificates don't go crazy having 4 thousand of them, you don't wanna do that. That's not very good thing to do at all. But just a couple of them might be able to kinda say yes, I know what I'm talking about, or just general some stuff that is just pertinent to your industrial, your personal brand. It's just something as we're thinking about, what shouldn't you include? Well, filing cabinets, gigantic messy piles of paper, stuff, stuff that might be wildly inappropriate, minute professional manner. And I'm not gonna go too far down that route because I'm sure you can use the power of the imagination to think about what that might be. We just generally stuff that kind of, you know, you wouldn't want someone who you meet for the first time to kind of know that about you, I guess, or have that impression of you. And I think that's the thing to consider about. Now, I think it might be worth taking a second to show you guys a bit of a quick time lapse to what I did for my home office, for for video meetings. Take a look. Okay. So basically big trunk or I did though was trying to kind of take down stuff that I didn't really want to be seen and to kind of put stuff I don't want to be seen. So I've got movie posters in mind because, you know, it kind of fits in with my brand as a filmmaker. I've got some shelving units of that book, fairy lights in because everybody who knows me knows that I love fairy lights and they validate music, human being, which is quite depressing, but never mind. And then there's all sorts of other things that already can. I'd like a little lego toys, Tetris blocks deflect that, that kind of fits in with my personal brand. Now, don't copy this because obviously this has to match you as a person. So all the stuff that I maybe could have done that the other people definitely would do that. Maybe might as their personal brand more. You could do things like they could have painted the wall. So I don't have the facility the ability to do that in that room at that point and this point in time, I could if I'm gonna paint it and paint it like a nice shade of blue or red or something like that to kind of just really kinda offered a feature wall type of thing. I could put some more paper up to kind of have a nice kind of feature war wallpaper up there. Just stuff that generally kinda adds a bit more to the tone and feel of it without it being too busy. You don't want it too busy with these things. And you wouldn't want to have say, bookshelf wallpaper or something behind. I wouldn't think because that might be just too much. And that might just mean that the viewer doesn't have any clue where they want to. They want to folks in the face, you want to look at the books that behind you, you know, something like that you probably want to avoid. But something I just painting it in another color might have been the nice way of kind of increasing the quality of the space that I'm creating. What a topic of painting. What, what pink color should you have behind you? Well, generally white is, is not great. I mean, I've got to have white with that particular room. But generally why it is not ideal if you can help it off-white is much better and lovely grass, something would be lovely. Block is also equally bad, but something like a blue or green or something like that would look really nice. Pastel colors, think pastels with these things and generally you won't go far wrong. What can you do to improve this stuff, afraid? Well, I mean, just move things around. Think laterally. Guy, significant other. If you have one to come and help you move some stuff in and out of the place. Really just having a bit of a think about what sort of space you can create for yourself. You will spend some money on this stuff. Valves Amin, a DIY expert, I'm not a mother. How improvement expert? I'll show some videos first and doors before and that's probably about it. But, you know what? Have a bit of a think about what you can perhaps due to your shoot space and the space you're in to kinda or something to create this kind of video meeting space that might kind of make this field a little bit more, a little bit more woman, a little bit more on brand. And if it a little bit more, you. So to summarize, backgrounds are really, really important thing. And you need to kind of consider almost as your shop window of, of, you know, personal brand and the stuff that you're kind of holding these meetings about. You want to perhaps move the stuff that's behind you to in front of your laptop so that people who are having a video meeting with you can't tell what's going on at gotten itself is a big, big mess behind you. If you do happen to have a big mess. But instead what we should do is put things like fairy lights, all shelving units or cubes or something like that. That's just kind of makes a nice kind of set that you kinda building behind you. You could paint the wall if you wanted to. You could put transfer their backgrounds and a whole bunch of different things that you potentially do to really make the environment look really, really good. So have bit of apply, asking people for advice. Just, you know, take some fire, state. What do you think about this? And get their feedback? Level? High ego. 5. How to frame yourself in shot: Let's take a second to talk about framing within your video calls because this is a 3D communist state. You see people with like load to space above the head. You see people with loads like chopping off the head that you can see he's trunks to the body. And this is not a particularly good way of communicating people and it just really bad in terms of, from a filmmaking perspective as much as anything else. Now there is a tool and a thing that filmic is used called rule of thirds, is why basically you divide your, your image into shock horror thirds vertically and horizontally, vertically and horizontally. Now consider this horizontally by c, what you want is you want your eyeliner Player i's are in the image to be on the top third of the image is quite an important thing. Then generally if you combine this with the correct distancing away from, from your device, then that can be really, really good. Now what do we mean by distancing? So basically I'm saying that you don't want to be so close as a chopping off the top of your head. And also you don't want to be so close to it. And also, if you're off, far away is not a good way of doing a video call, I promise. Instead, what you want is you want and the framing to be kind of similar to what it is right now with this really, I suppose you wonder the top the frame, bottom of the frame story to be around here under chest, maybe a little bit lower. You could take it down to your stomach or maybe a waste. But now really lie with maps and tend to headspace. She wanted to be just above the top of your head. You don't wanna see load to space on top there and Tennessee where the space at the bottom there. And it's all about balance. So not too far away, not too close, not too high, not too low. 6. What to wear (and what not to wear): What did you wear on camera? Well, to some people, this might seem like a bit of a silly topic and something that really doesn't really bad at talking about too much is unnecessary to other people. This is actually a really, really important thing that you do need to consider. Now from a filmmakers perspective, there's a bunch of things and a bunch of items of clothing that you should actually avoid wiring. So in that regard is totally worth exploring us for a little bit and me explaining to you that from a film makers perspective, why it might not be worth wearing these particular things on camera. So I'm gonna get 0s thrown at me for a one-by-one to kind of begin with. So at the first one we're looking at is white. You don't want to be wearing pure white. Why? Well, because basically a lot of the devices your holding video meetings on are gonna be do some using something called Auto exposures that are gonna be exposing the image depending on kind of the, the brightness of the particular image. Now, as we know, white to reflect light and potentially just kinda makes entire thing way too bright and can make you seem washed out or console just disappear on some cameras. So special and cheaper cameras, whites have really big no-no, so no. But that's what we have is really slow. A black counters to the fact we don't want white. We also don't want pure black for the same reason because we can sort of disappeared a little bit into the background, specially if you have darker backgrounds and their own wearing slightly darker stuff today. I'm wearing blue and gray kinda waist coat. But the reason why we can get away with this is because we have quite a bright background here. If you happen to have a darker background, if you're shooting against even become dark grey or black or something like that, then you can very easily just become a talking head when it comes to this. So you absolutely don't want black. So next shot off that one, you've got the we got and you have stripes. Okay. So this is a big no-no. And I'll explain why stripes can cause weird artifacts and cameras sometimes. So I don't know if there's a mistake on this camera at the moment because we're shooting or one of our cinema cameras just for overkill. But it can cause something called Morning where basically there is weird artifacts on screen that kind of dances around a little bit and look just a little bit strange. Odd. So generally stripes or something with too intricate to patent on, you don't wanna kinda go with you really don't want anything more than internal, intricate and kind of what I'm wearing at the moment. Because otherwise you can just kinda get weird dancing artifacts is to fight that no stripes, there was a big no-no. And finally, you also want to avoid things that maybe, maybe Saturn or just stuff that kind of is too shiny. Because sometimes it can almost look a little bit sweaty, which probably isn't a very good thing as well. In terms of this, you also have, as I've gotten you, hey, you've got something that generally around a little bit. You probably want to avoid stuff that kind of triangles around too much now ladies, and looking at you well, maybe guys to I don't know, but with with earrings and stuff like that. If they're kind of jangling around every time you move your head, it's just not going to sound very, very good. And that can be a little bit off putting at the same time. So there's a couple of things to kind of kind of watch out for while on the topic of ladies. And actually sometimes when it comes to makeup. And stuff like blush, it can be really, really good. So if you have quite a, quite a bright light or quite like a big sort of soft and diffuse light. Sometimes actually, I'm your skin can look a little bit too flat. And it can look a little bit to kind of singular color, monochromatic almost. So a little bit about osha, catchy, kinda really helped with that. I can look really, really good. I mean, feel free to pause much makeup on as you feel comfortable doing that. Of course, important, but sometimes a little bit more bloodshed can be quite a good thing. Same with maybe a little bit morale and unusual because it can help people focus on your eyes, which is of course, what you want to do when you're communicating messages fell as if you are, let's say follicle challenged, or if you've chosen to be bold. And that's great. And what you just want to have enough consideration behind where you put lights around you. Because if you have a light directly above you, it's just kinda, kinda go through and it's gonna look like really, really bright and kind of reminds me, I see from Lord of the Rings where they're kind of like the beacons or let go. No calls for a donut. I was just some bloke filming of log with that with a bald head on a lot of trade to build them. So just be a little bit careful about how that kind of works and how the affair that can kind of end up. Also, I must say this because I wear glasses or contact lenses. Don't have denied again, but I don't know. If you're wearing glasses, you want to have a bit of a consideration behind where the lights are regarded as. So if I was wearing these glasses, you would probably be able to see like is really awkward light reflecting off of them. That's the reason why I don't wear glasses when I presented these unaware my contact lenses. If you work on the glasses, don't want contact fine. We'll just have a bit of a think about where where the light's hitting your glasses and fs is gonna reflect back onto, onto your camera that's on your device. And that will be you want to maybe raise your devices, you probably wanna do anyway, we're covering that later. I will might be that if you have multiple choices where you can position lights, you may move them further to the side so that you're not kind of hitting the lens. Old cameras on your device based around where your glasses are. So she can glass can be tricky, but you can absolutely get around those things that you can do. I think just experiment when it comes to classes and Muslim makes the most sense. What can you do to upgrade the stuff for free? Well, I think just NOT where that stuff and just kind of have a bit of a think about how you're going to present yourself professionally. Because especially if you're doing this, you're on this course because you want to, he wanted to use this stuff in business. You need to have a think about what sort of image and oppression you're giving based on the stuff that you're wiring. Would you want to store your wiring to a normal business meeting? If so, amazing. If not, have a bit of a think about that. It's very tempting because often we're doing video meetings at our home that with just kind of in this mindset of we're wearing what we would normally where home. So I've I've had a video meeting before. I've logged on and aware in their pajamas for god sakes. I mean, really I'm saying again, would you would you ever turn up to a real meeting in pajamas? Would you come to our office and sit down and talk to me a pajamas? If so, maybe if not, then I blur. It's just it's just ridiculous. And absolute top will a thump. Do not do what one guy ice, where this is what some guy actually did once came to our office wearing a hoodie saying the earth is flat on it. And you know what? I've been dining out on that story for years. So don't really do that unless of course you're, you're on a video meeting with your F, a flat earth and you're meeting with a fellow fighter, there's in which case you guys do you, that's fine. But in the meantime, maybe just have a think about what messages you're portraying with the stuff that you're wearing because we didn't want to do any work with them. We we'd said no for a number of other reasons as well, but, but I've got to admit that I was, I was one of the Mozart has a funny one, but if you want spend money for free, as long as you want to register for free, everything about what's in your wardrobe that you can do to present yourself in a positive light. If you want to spend some money, then yeah, a shopping trip. But how good of a player on the stuff? You shouldn't have to break the bank. And this isn't me giving you an excuse to go and spend several 100 pounds onclick of ink. If you need that as an excuse, then you do that and you go look fabulous and Edu, that's absolutely fine, but I'm not telling you that's what you should do. What you wanna do anyway, find they're crazy. Harvard, everything about what you went on camera and this giving you the as given to someone who has a meeting with you, the right impression of you were thinking. 7. How to be engaging on camera: Let's spend a few minutes talking about how you can still be engaging in conversation unit if you're not in the same room as somebody, which is probably quite an important thing when it comes to video calls, right? Right, I think so. Here's an interesting thing. There is a chap called Albert Mehrabian who sounds like a Bond villain, I promise you is not a Bond villain. Has name also wasn't Lawrence of Mehrabian, which is what I would like. I wanna keep calling him and he has no part in the Latin and she's absolutely no circumstances start singing were 3B and it's to his face. And that's okay because probably won't have to do that to his face. But there we go. Anyway, he was a really clever guy. In fact, here is a psychologist. He's a professor of psychology. I over n around. But he discovered something really, really interesting and it's used by a bunch of different people, but boats pertinent to what I want to discuss with you guys. So he discovered that in a vacuum, we receive information in three particular different types away. Isn't he released something called communication's pie chart that looked at what percentage of the medium, if you like, of art. And we were just receive this information him, and he discovered he said that there was words, body language, and tone of voice. And well, he'd scholars really interesting. Only 7% of how we receive this information is through the words we use. 38% of the way we see this information is done through tone of voice and a whopping 55% was done through body language. And what does this mean? Only the words we're actually using in the way we say them only accounts for 45% of the way that we receive information, which is mind boggling, but also doesn't mean the body one, which is a really, really, really important thing when it comes to a video call. And it's often something that's just wildly ignored. So it should be something that we should think about, right, to make sure we're having effective video calls or how can we do this? Well, first thing, think about as I contact. Now. I'm a director. So when I'm directing actors, Eileen is one of the things that we pay attention to that is of vital, vital importance because we communicates through outline. So if you're having a conversation with someone and you stare wistfully into their eyes, that we think that you're flirting with them a little bit. That's the intention or not. I don't know. Generally speaking, however, if so, if you have a conversation with somebody and you instead looking off to the side and talking with them and talking to them there, then as can be seen, a little bit disinterested and rude. It's often what people do in video calls and we shouldn't do that. So what happens then, if I may ask you this, when we're actually looking just slightly below the camera on sale laptop screen to look at the people that were having conversations with. The equivalent of is, is I'm, am I looking at the lens? Same equivalent of a federal? I'll drop my eyes down and I'm basically looking where I will be looking if I was in a video call and if I was just looking at the other person I'm talking to, which can seem slightly kind of just weird and strange because you want to be connecting people through an island. It's worth just looking for the camera that's on your laptop, your tablet, whatever it is, you're having the video called, kinda really focusing in on there. How can you do this? Well, yeah, I mean, you could get some like a post-it note and put that next to your camera. Or my favorite suggestion was when it came to be the day when you get to googley eyes and you stick the googley eyes either side of the camera on your laptop. I think it's brilliant because then you sit down, you feel like you're talking to sort of a real person and maybe emitted the real person whose eyes hurts when he went and ran around in circles. But, oh well, but a generally a harsh to kind of focus in a way you need to be talking to us. You're having a meeting and while they're talking to your mother, you can still look at their face on the, on the, on the screen. And let's just constantly just kinda gazing at this, come all the way through. What's important to know where their eyes off. Just consider. 8. 121 etiquette: Let's talk a little bit about etiquette within a one-to-one meeting, I'm gonna do a separate video advocate within a group meeting as well because it's different sort of thing that you might want to take into account. But it really than a one-to-one meeting, there's, there's a few things you should really think about. And most of these things, they all just kind of center in on the same idea of if you are having this meeting face-to-face in-person for real, what would you do at any do's and don'ts? So for example, you would turn up on time. You would set a timer for the meeting, would say this has been taken out. Okay. You would make sure that your your kind of professional you wouldn't do things like sit there in a Pat's, wouldn't do things like check your emails in the middle of a meeting ON announced you wouldn't set up a camera and record the entire meeting. There's some stuff that you kind of would or wouldn't do normally in a real editorial meeting. For some reason, some people don't seem to quite understand that this same thing applies when it comes to online meetings. It's still, it's still very rude to the sum of these individual things. But we're gonna go down some of this stuff anyway so that you can maybe kind of talk with you a little bit about some stuff you may or may not have considered to make sure that you kinda giving you fitting in with all of this etiquette thing. So the first thing we wanna talk about ready IS distractions. Look, we get it all. I was having these video meeting to home. The distractions that we can't do anything about. Those. Your Dog start leaving his stuff because there's someone knocked on the door. Well, that could possibly happen, but whatever you can do to minimize these distractions and maybe get someone else to open the door to, to kind of look after the dog or or kids or some to alive if, you know, if you're having these meetings, whatever you can do to minimize the distractions, it's worth you, you thinking about trying to do. If you counted up, maybe what you can do is you can, you can mute sounds, you can mute your own microphone on vast majority video chatting apps. So say on Zoom is a little mute button and the button you can press unmute button to say if someone outside of the room that you're in comes and starts to kind of run it up and all of a sudden you realize, oh no, this is actually really loudly. You can hear the tap running throughout the entire upstairs. The house was never something I realized before. And then we can use you can kind of mute yourself whilst you're not talking. And that can be a thing whether bugging the person who's on the other end of the video call. Whilst this older stuff happens and it kind of takes away from the fact that you, you, and they are kind of talking and engaging in a conversation. Something that's right would consider. You might want to consider if you're playing stuff on your computer. So say if you want to show them something or if you want to kind of smell, you're playing a video using a screenshot or whatever, you'll kinda want to play it. It may well be that the stuff that you can beat it is actually really, really loud and become through your microphone stupidly large. Be mindful of that, but it's something you could have something you could've done beforehand to avoid the issue at all is task your kit? And that's something we should all absolutely do no matter what video call where we're about to do unless we're doing many of these things a day, it's definitely worth as testing the kit Before we get into a video call, we'd only sudden they're spending the first five minutes and we've all been there where we're sitting there going great. Can you hear me now? Right here we now know are mobile web cams not workin. Sorry. I'm just reconnect that. Okay. Now, can you see me now? Okay. Now, look, if very people did that, tested that kit beforehand. And then this would have been a problem. And there's stuff you can do to minimize these technical set of mistakes. They just create downtime and it's just frustrating for everyone involved in this kind of, it's just good mothers to testing kit beforehand on top of you. Good manners. Don't type whilst you are in the middle of a meeting because especially if you're using a laptop, if your camera and microphone built into the laptop, walk, do you think you can hear when you sit there thinking you're gonna slowly send an email in the middle of a call. Or they can here as clock, clock. Clock is allowed, this thing in the world, like you're not being a stealthy as you think you ha, so don't type unless you kind of have a good reason to start. Now, that's not to say that if you sit there and say the beginning of a meeting, look, I love to take PS notes and digital is the way that I take copious notes. I, I struggle writing stuff down, but I loved it and take notes and digital or it might be the stuff that I hadn't ever thought about that I kind of made me want to copy and paste into this conversation that might be pertinent to the stuff we're talking about. That's fine. That's really good because you've asked permission, you've spoken about this beforehand, but there's nothing more off putting when you're sitting there saying, I was video content goes I and all the CDOs that well depressing don't don't, don't, don't don't don't. I'm dong dong in the screens back and BUT shaking back and forth and it's just like they all sit there snugly thinking, he doesn't realize that I'm checking my LinkedIn profiles, like God said about don't type is just bad, bad for the salt. On the topic of permission. Don't record your meetings without permission because this could be seen as rude. Now if you sit there and you said, look, There's load of load of things that I kinda want to refer back to in this meeting or just some stuff where you might be telling me some stuff that I kind of want to know for future, future references. If you give me some advice that I would like to kind of be able to have as reference that Is it okay if I record the meeting, everyone's going to say no unless there's any particular reason they want to say no. But just slightly press the record button isn't a slight thing to do because it tells you when you're being recorded, there's a little bit for chord icon in the top corner of not, maybe not with all the chat platforms, but certainly as I'm zoomed, little record icon comes up in the corner and you can tell you being recorded, then no one's mentioned that to you. What do you think that that does us the same thing as kinda setting up a camera in the corner of a room that you are having a conversation or filming you, you feel a little bit self-conscious. So just be careful with that and make sure that you're not accidentally causing events. Because none of us want to do that, right? Right. I should hope one things you could do possibly is you could let other people in the house? No, you're having a video call before you have the vehicle. So why what's worked for me in that before in the past is I shut the door. I if I if I shut the door to my the back bedroom, which document pairs might my video meeting space at the moment. Then people know not to come in and not to knock on door because they're potentially interrupting a conversation. Because it's really, really rude if say someone walked in and was like announced themselves into the room. And I have a conversation with a friend of mine the other day, Syria through through work. And he said that he'd been having us incidences where people literally have just been walking into the chats and sitting down next to that whenever it trying to talk about really serious stuff in business or talking about it isn't distance. Are we talking about challenges and in their sales cycle? And all of a sudden they've got some, some, some dude who have no idea. Just sitting down and having a chat with them is just, it's horribly, horribly rude. And I guess the final sort of thing is, is maybe just hover Think about what sort of timeframe you would normally have for these particular video meetings. Do you know we have an hour in the diary for their stuff. Then then say at the beginning of this, this is likely to take an hour if it's any less than that and I'll give you some your life back. Is that okay with you? And then if they say yes, that's great. And if they sit there and thinking that was at just the five-minute call, then they can go on now. I've got I've got five minutes. You kind of avoided that all quickness to begin with. So it's worth thinking about. Let me know if I've missed anything. Hopefully. We've covered most of the etiquette points with this whole thing on a one-to-one call. I am British, so therefore, we're very conscious of not missing anything in the way of etiquette. And if we were ever rude in any way, shape, or form, then that's like four of us old is chipped away. So if we missed anything, then then then let me know. 9. Group etiquette: Okay, so we've discussed at kit on a one to one chord, but it's also worth considering for a couple of minutes and what sort of advocate we might need to think about for F, we're on a group chat as well because there's a couple of extra things that we might want to think about that we maybe just does not pertinent to think about. We don't need to think about for an honor one-to-one chat. So a lot of stuff is is basically the same kind of stuff and think everything that applies to one-to-one chat also applies to a group chat. But let's start with talking a little bit about destructions. Strike because all of a sudden become really, really important. Because if there is a sound on somebody's chat, than if the mark is not muted. Then often, depending on the chat settings, depending on the platform, but in a lot of platforms in large settings, the actual, the cabinet will then switch to you. So if, if the say you have someone knocks on the door and you'll say, well, turning around, going out now it's fine. I'm going to call it just go away. God, chew, chew. Its not going to be sneaky and Sly. Every all can see this happening. The reason why is because say if you're on zoom, zoom would then go, Oh, this person is talking. Let's focus on them. And oh, everyone can see is you're sitting around and saying to your wife or your husband or your dog. I know. I don't want to go to it's not a very good thing to do at it. It's not against the distractions are really, really potent when it comes to grep, Coal's not mobile support. So for if you have any paperwork nearby to you that you kind of rustling around, that you've kinda got on your desk as because you might not minus c not, not seen out loud to you because you mentioned before is are amazing things that really focusing in on what we want to focus on. But if at the background, if you, someone's sitting there doing that. Well actually might sound like to a microphone in your device is which is way louder. So just have a think about this. The standard animal sounds that you're making whilst yo, you're actually on your course, specially when it comes to group calls because it gets highlighted what's going on, because the camera will switch to you. And that particular point in time, you do have any unexpected sounds without, That's okay. These things happen. It's not the end of the world and we don't plan for everything that happens in life. And this is one of the smaller problems if something unexpected happens. So in that case, you know, go to the mute bond, just mute and then go from there. So, so for example, I was on a video call last week and then there were some unexpected sound. So around a tap and a house. And then what you can, you can hear I can read aloud to the sound going through the plumbing and instead of sitting I just hearing they're going through everyone. I just needed a microphone. And then because it was on Zoom every time I wanted to say point, I just hold down the spacebar, taught subtle points needed to make an unlike own spacebar at the ends there and that were known was being bothered. My loud plumbing, I suppose, once it allowed plumbing, that could mean a few different things, but in this instance, I do actually mean literal plumbing. So there we go. But yeah, generally speaking, if you do have any these noisy, just take them away from the microphone to kind of make sounds or kind of mute them is a good way of doing it. There is a chat box in a lot of different video platforms. And this can be really, really good if animal makes it particularly interesting point depending on the tone of the session. But you could easily make some points that you're making me want to make on those individual chats of icons less so than the training call last week. And someone had somebody basically just making notes that were kind of really interesting points. The end of the meeting, you can just click on the little Hanover button and click Save. And then everyone's points were saved. But really, really useful and good. Then only, you know, people don't have to focus on notes as much. But I made sure that person who was giving those notes taken as notes, muted their microphone before doing it so that they didn't hit it. You guessed it? Quack, quack, quack as he's typing the stuff up. So he's just generally what this stuff is. It sounds like really common sense because it kind of is just common sense. But sometimes you make these mistakes and you don't even realize you're making them. So it's just worth thinking about before or during a call. 10. How to share your screen: Screen-sharing. Screen-sharing can be a really, really cool tool and feature available in some platforms. But if you're gonna do it, you've gotta get it right because there's the potential to really screwed us up and kind of not get it right. If you don't follow kind of a couple of simple rules and guidelines that we're gonna put out. And I'm going to tell you guys all about right now. So the first one is close anytime that you have open before you start the actual video call. So know what you're going to share an enclose everything else. No one wants to see Facebook opened, known wants to see your emails open, no walls or set of WhatsApp thing you've got open, now wants to see on your shopping list and Amazon thereafter, basically all really before. And a c is the specific things that you're trying to show them. Now some platforms have the ability and focus in on the actual thing that you're trying to go see her, what she pointing it to one particular app. And that's really, really useful. But just, just, just around the side of caution with this stuff anyway and just shut down anything you don't absolutely a 100% need as far as you go. Now, as Sam was a rule from anyway, maybe figure this stuff out before the video call takes place. Now I know this might not be possible because you may be sitting there going off or a vehicle. Of course, really cool thing. I've just remembered that I really like to show you then, then you obviously quickly closed down all the apps that you designate open up point in time. If you know, you're gonna Shazam from during a meeting to close down everything before you start the meeting is car-like equivalent. I guess if you put your phone on silent before you go into a meeting somewhere or Callahan a couple of notes about what you want the meeting to be about or what you want meeting about before you go into a meter, which doesn't make a ton of sense if we're spending half LA driving somewhere now conducts a meeting half now driving back to Ireland and total, then it might make sense to have 5-10 minutes to kind of just prepare and write write some notes down about making sure you're covering all Stephanie's go Rafa, same thing goes for video, meeting with travels and honor, but just paralleling little bit would be quite useful as you go through. Generally, when you're going through these things, you can use your mouse to make certain points. If there's something by you, you feel it's a particularly salient point. You can draw your attention to that as you go through and use the mouse and was like vinegar, which could be quite useful as you go through. And this also helps you to stop from the next mistake I mentioned, which is scrolling through the presentation too fast. Do you think and do bear in mind when you are presenting your screen-sharing presents exciting journey video called screen-sharing. You are basically asking your, your audience, the person who's on the other side to pay attention to a number of different things. You're asked him to pay attention to your voice message you're delivering. They're asking you to pay attention to your face still because you'll face a stone that you're also asking them to then pay attention to the actual slideshow and in one slide deck and we'll kind of falling off or whatever it is you're trying to share with them. Make sure you give them time to ingest the information correctly. They don't know this stuff as well as needed, of course, the data. Otherwise, why would you be sharing it? So it's really useful just to lose the fun silence going local. And you need to, it also might be really, really polite to be able to say, I'm going to send this to you being permitting if you would like me to assume that they want this stuff to be sent across. Having him on his emails come through there just in case might be unnecessary, but just offering to potentially share that with them might be a really powerful thing to do. I guess. Finally, the final thing is if you don't need to screen showing them and then turn the screen-sharing so it, it stops and potential unnecessary movements. Do this, stop screen sharing before you start closing down the opposite, as I said, otherwise no, closing that down and having stuff come out might be really awkward because behind them, maybe some notifications for me, significant others saying like I can't wait to see you tonight, in which case you just kinda just gonna disappear into your little Hollywood. The groundswell was evolved. So to recap, screen-sharing is an amazing, amazing feat took out before meeting. Thanks you closing down every single don't need switch offending notifications. I might have a medical problem. And when you, when you're finished screen-sharing, finished screen sharing. 11. Which platform to use: Let's take a moment to discuss what platforms you should use for your video calls. Now, I'm not gonna go down a big long list of all the stuff that you should use because there are so many different platforms out there and they're all being updated all of the time. So while it might be kind of raving about one feature, one of them two days later, there might be ones come out and go look. This is a feature that we've now added. So I don't wanna go into too much detail about ED's an individual things. But what I would say is maybe sit down and think about what sorts of features you would like for your own video calls. And then you can use that as a basis for, for which platform you want to use. So and I say, you want to see you want to. I have a platform that everybody knows and knows and loves, but you don't necessarily care about screen-sharing or group chats, then well, Skype might be good for you because everyone knows how to use Skype and near if everyone's on Skype. Or maybe you might sit there and go, You know what? I want some if it's quick to login on that can I can do screen sharing and group chats from short 30-minute calls or something like that. Then I'll zoom, might be good for you because you can have group chats or to a certain length of time. And then you can do screen-sharing record and all that kind of jazz. Or maybe you might be sitting there years. You're sitting there saying, I need a platform that fits in really well with Facebook because all the people who want to talk to are on Facebook. So why don't we, instead of you trying to find it on the platform and you just use Facebook, video chat, there is usable. So just rather than having to get them off that platform might be simpler to just use Facebook to begin with. So I guess I would say is make a list of all the things that you want out of the platform you want. And then an unconscious fine apart from that fits in with the best. Some of them you have to pay for some of these features. Some of these features are free. So it's just sort of worst sitting thinking about which one will suit you and what your needs are. In addition to that, also, if there's any particular platforms you'd like more information on than just dropped me that Q and a just Astronomy message. And we can look at adding some of these videos to expand the course or drama connection request on LinkedIn. And I will give you a hand to try to kind of find the right one for you and talking you through how to use these platforms. 12. Zoom: Alright, let's talk a little bit about zoom. Zoom is a really cool piece of software. And it kind of feels like at the moment is taking over the, the king of the video call mantle away from Skype. A little depth. Scraps already has, still has its uses and it's a really good piece of software. But zoom seems to be becoming more more popular at the moment to hold video meetings for number different reasons. One and the group call feature is really good to. The screen-sharing feature is excellent. And three also allows you to send meeting invites out to people which had great within the business sense. So normally when you would send to send somewhere meeting, invite over a Google calendar link or ical or, or hold account or whatever you use, you can actually send out an invite through zoom that then links up with your account, an account and also has the meeting one Condor, which takes off, takes an awful lot of the fat that you sometimes half of all the video calling apps. Which is always a good thing because we don't like fat. Fat is bad about buffer stock. So let's dive in a little bit and talk about and look at what it isn't, how to use it. So here we have the interface of here, I've got a screen-sharing function up here, um, and you'll notice that you can sign in with Google Santa for Facebook. And we can use an actual specific zoom accounts as well. You can sign up through here. I sign up through Google because all of our stuff you use Google and we like Google a lot. So we're gonna click on this. You can see listed off screen a little bit. It basically is asking me to choose an account which I'm already logged in for from a Google account. And then I click on that and give authorization. And boom, there we go. We have the zoom home screen up in front of his hips. So wasn't missing home screen. We've got a few things here. We've got a new meeting. So this is where we can go to, to start a new meeting. You can join an existing meeting. You can schedule an event to Charlotte, scheduled something into your calendar, which is what I've talked about before. And there's also Screenshare function as well. On the right here you've got meetings, you've got coming up today, and I've already had all my meetings. But this is really, really good thing as well because it allows you to kinda zoom as part of your calendar, which I think is what the design is really getting out and trying to, try to kind of allow it, to make it a really nice app to be able to build into our general day-to-day working life, which is good stuff, especially at the moment. So we also have the chat function on the top here where we can send chats to people. So say like, hi Steph on here, that you're probably respond in a little bit to that and be like, why are you asking me, leave me alone? And I'm just doing my zoom through. Say hi. Who knows, maybe she'll come back to us. We'll say on the meeting section here that allows us to take a look at meetings we've had and meetings that we're having and it was on contact here. And you catch import are the contacts from other address books into your contacts list and assume, I'm not done that quite yet, but it's a good thing to do. And also at the top here you have your ability to switch to Do Not Disturb or a way or you can switch it up stuff. Say on lunch for an hour, you can switch it to, to another. You can go into my profile screen here, which weighs lives to change your display picture. Not gonna get too far into detail of how to do that book. Click on that and I'll follow through, try top features and there's some stuff that as a paid license and paid version as well. Paid versions are excellent if you'd find to hold a lot of conference calls because at time of recording, you have a 40 minute limit on zooms. Group calls, which can be limiting because typically these might be an hour or two hours long and you'll need a pro subscription for that firm subscriptions and cost too much. But if you don't need it and the money, right? So let's talk a little bit about how to start a meeting. So there's different ways of starting meeting. The obviously you could schedule in a meeting here, you could click on the meeting here. So we're gonna start with trying this new meeting feature out. So you click on the meeting. And then I look, it comes up here and we can now see me talking ill and ask if you wanted to link your computer audio, which I'm going to now do, say we are. And then you look down screen here, you've got a bunch of different things going along the bottom. So how do you invite other people to the meeting? Well, it's a number different ways you can do that. So you can use invite feature here, so you click on invite. And then literally you can invite the contacts that you have. Or you can email a link out. So you click on a Gmail Lincoln and it basically sends out an email. There's DO auto-generate the mouse, say hey joined my Zoom meeting. They just put in the address on that. Then he goes from that really easy. Or my favorite one is really good if you use other apps as well. So we use other apps to chat with. You can copy a URL and then it copies your clipboard. You can paste that in to somewhere else and enabling click on that link and join through to zinc. That good. You could also then use a, you've got a default email client or so, or yahoo mail on that as well. And that's a really good way of doing things. I like the URL for function. One reasons why is because, you know, it's not. And the open someone's spam box, which can sometimes happen with Gmail link. Or sometimes people click on along with me wrong meeting link. Or if you send multiple of image to get a little bit confusing. There's a copy imitation as well that just copies the pace that the text that you would send out in your email here. It's pretty good stuff if you were to shows me that are gonna come out of this and this meeting the other way doing it and say it's rescheduled. So you click on schedule and it comes up here. A box comes up and you can edit program Zoom meeting. So Zoom meeting to discourse. I don't know what you're talking about. Chairs, jazz important. Like sit down, it's good stuff. So the date, you can pop a date on there and go, I'm going to invite these people to this meeting, Zoom meeting on Thursday at mid day. There we go and finishes at the official one o'clock, give or take seat. They've got says here's a basic 40 minute tunnel or meetings with three or more participants. And this instance sake, I will be sending out a Zoom meeting we just want or the person then then it would just be, you know, would not apply. But you cannot go there if you want to increase that to an indefinite amount of time as times owner as well, you can send a recurring meeting. So we might be looking at, say we have a weekly meeting on Monday mornings be kinda like Kickstarter weak. So we have a recurring meeting that generates and beginning to every single week at nine o'clock in the morning and some thought up meeting ID generate automatically, there's a personal meeting ID as well. If you wanted to send someone a personal meeting ID on that little joined box that's on your homepage. You could do it that way. I just keep it at a generate automatically and then if you want to pass through it onto their password. But I generally don't have passwords because someone would have to actually be able to access this link anyway. And if someone has jumped onto my Zoom meeting, I'd be like, well, you didn't go away and kick them off. So there's a host function here that allows you to be the host of the meeting. If you're having a group calls is really important. You do probably want to be a host because that then gives you powers to be able to meet all the people or, or only screenshot your screen or, or so kind of give with people screen-sharing rights. You've got a lot of people on a conference call. That's something you kinda wanna take a look at if you just talking with one of the person than just office fine. Participants also allows you to manage to adopt the participants within the meeting. Audio. You can actually dial in via a phone to zoom meetings, which is really cool. And that's especially good if you have, if you're holding X2 meetings or conference call. So you holding a training session with some people who might not be particularly technically competent or there might not be confident within the row technical ability that can be really good at alarms, just kind of, you know, user an actual phone. I've got this image of someone sitting there with one of those like kind of rotation phone things kinda click, clicking a worrying, trying to get into ethical. I'm not gonna go into the details of that because that's a different feature entirely, but the checkout zooms own content on YouTube for that sort of stuff. And it allows you then decide what calendar you wanna kinda use, utilize here. I use Google Calendar because I use Google and advanced options. There's a waiting room. So if the meeting hasn't started yet to say if you want to start at ten o'clock, then someone logs on a CT scan, then it's waiting for people to be able to chat and do whatever they want to do. I leave enabled, joined before hosts so people can get on there and sought out all the audio visual issues. If they if they have any meat participants on entry, that's really good. If you hold a large conference, call a training session, and automatically record meeting on the local computer. That's also good, but don't forget, it's really important to ask permission to make sure that's okay with people. People don't like being recorded and not not knowing about it. So that, that that can be good. But what I would tend to be myself would be to just rather than start recording immediately, I would leave that unchecked and then say, is okay with everybody. If I record the session for whatever purposes I want to record a session four. So that's all good. Then you click Schedule schedules, and then now you will see here I'm just gonna drag login to my Google account that we've reached a moment. And then I will login, drag this across my two here. So this is my Google account here. And then we'll just create a standard meeting there, zooming to discuss chairs, I cannot guess. And here so far is gonna invite steph. I'm not going to cause she's gonna be like, very confused as to what's going on there. And if I did, But yeah, you've got notifications. They are standard standard Google meeting requests. You'd have the same thing if you did that through ical, something like that and let little calendar selection box relate to do different things. Stop, so please go back in to zoom. So let's take a second to look at how we can change our audio and video devices and make sure they're all set up correctly because it's important stuff. And that's where sometimes people fall over a little bit with this stuff. So I go, it's gonna go ahead and create any meeting. You can see on my face on the screen here, idea for me. And I've see want to join with computer. I would normally tick that box bombs Kindle even OK. For the sake of this tutorial. And then you can see at the bottom here you've got the audio function here and in the video function here. So you click this little arrow. You can then choose which speaker and microphone you want to set up that if you have a separate microphone like a USB microphone, you can change it there. And then you can also do the same video camera. So if you have a different video camera, then you can work a webcam that you've got pulled them. You can then change that. And that's quite good too. So if you go up to the top of zoom and guarantee preferences, you can also see some of this information and drag it across here that's up here so you can see the audio and the video sections on here. Video and slides to change the camera that you're using. Fixes what aspect ratio 60 million is generally good and evil HD. You can marry a video so that if I'm holding in my hand here, on my right hand, then it's coming up on screens. Merit, as also talked to my parents feature as well that you can see it's probably fixing some of my tide lines on my face. The audio feature, if you're seeing yourself through that, then that's good. That generally means that people should be able to see without too much of a problem, muslims gone horribly wrong. On audio. You can then test speak into the microphone. So if I'm not short month my mass because working on the test speaker. And we go each module to hit up. All right, so let's see if that works. And then if you've got a microphone and you can click, the task might function. And I'm talking a little bit now it's recording. And then I will ask my phone. And I'm talking a little bit now is recording what the best testing language using the word that I should've gone testing, testing 123, I guess, but oh, there you are. You can also then dropdown here onto different different speakers and different microphones. If you have access to these things, you plug-in some headphones, those will automatically then change to suit. The import of your computer in your device is pretty good. Then the features, I'll just fire quickly through the other features that are in the settings here. So on the audio you can join or do you buy computer when joining a meeting, you can mute my Chrome would join the meeting. That can be quite useful if you want to press and hold space for temporary unmute yourself. I love that feature was really good. I mentioned on the foreign proves video. So you can click on to advance here. And you've also got other software you can suppress persistent background noise. And generally like little, little funds or anything like that going on the background that can be quite useful. And there's also echo cancellation generally just leave these on auto. You'll be generally fine if stuff wisdom happening, you might want to play around with that a little bit so you can do troubleshooting. And n is also emitting option to enable original sound. Having, if you've got a device that is playing up a little bit and you can maybe other play around with that left. Going through all the stuff. Gem holds a dual monitor feature, which is really cool. You can enter fullscreen one starting during the meeting, I leave that tech DOM because it then jumps up on my screen and automatically copy limitation you are once the meeting starts at eight and then paste that into other people's boxes and stuff like that. I mean, these are all pretty self-explanatory generally asks me to confirm and I want to leave a meeting, obviously, eyes while others show meeting duration, larger town safe. Click on now you can see at the top here how long I've been on the meeting for. I'll zoom to the OS minibar. That'll be different on PC, I'm sure, but it's what it is. Stock video. Day one display is awful. Screensaver begins. I leave that switched off just in case I've got something weird going on. And remind me ten minutes, I enabled this time it's for my upcoming meetings just in case I happen to not pay attention to my calendar and something sitting there. Systems Athens, a lighten dark feature. I just can you System Settings simply prefer light. Simply prefer dark. It depends on what you want at any point in time. There's also more settings we click on that that's now opened up a feature on resumes own website. Not gonna get too far into details of that. That enables you to do things like enabled breakout rooms and stuff like that. Those advanced features that if you kinda want to get into those, I'd suggest you take a look at zooms own trouble guides and things, how to, how to utilize us stuff. But you've already been through audio screen-sharing. These are pretty obvious. So enter fullscreen, wanted to spin screenshot maximize zoom window when system Screenshare, scale to fit shared contents to zoom window, this is all pretty basic stuff that basically fits in the screenshot. I'll talk a little bit less than Screenshare section, chat box as well. Again, basic stuff allows you to talk more about that chat box and allows you to add link previews and stuff on them and they will actually was useful. And then also there's only one red message notifications as well. If you have a particular active chat, if you're save your, your role in a meeting is to make notes. And that can be really useful answer questions, maybe that, that could be really useful as well. Virtual backgrounds is an interesting thing that I'm going to, I'm going to come on to in a little bit. Recording allows us to basically default where they say where we want our recordings, we saved two. So when we record something, basically it what we call encodes the video that the end of the Zoom meeting. And that then allows us to then save it to wherever we want to save it to. And it just tends to save it as an mp4. If you click on this optimizing third-party video editor, which I would always leave enabled timestamp recording. I don't leave that turned on, but you can, if you want to, I guess, record video during screen-sharing. You wanna be able to see the screenshot has been recorded. Comment bothered with keeping temporary according file. You've gone to profile. You can then link this up through and look at advanced features and profile and stuff like that through their statistics, if you wanna do, we wanna do. And then keyboard shortcuts. If you want to start looking at shortcuts, like potentially quite useful. And accessibility is literally if you're hard of hearing, how the pinholes site and then you can increase the size of your texts throughout. Potentially quite useful. So clever about virtual backgrounds. Virtual backgrounds or weird thing. If they're done well, they can be really cool. If they're not doing well, they can look awful. And zooms crazy bit coding going on in the moment with this stuff because I mean, take a look. So if I sit there and go right, I'm going to be surrounded by the earth. That's some interesting piece of software. I mean, it's tacky. It looks awful. But it's kind of that problem is, is that as you move around, you can see on the screen, this stuff starts to happen. Not so good. I'm not a fan of that particular thing. You can if you have a green screen, but only if you have a green screen, you can click the green screen button and it can do better at what they call keying out the bits of you that use them. And the bits that you don't want to be seen, but don't click on it. You don't green screen because if you do click it, when you don't, this happens. So you've gotten up and disappeared. This is so weird, like dot, dots, just awful. I wouldn't do that ever. Just leaped up and taped. In fact, I think you are better off representing your brand without a virtual background, but you can also do, do what you are seeing some people to do, and I've seen some people do to. Great fact is to add their own backgrounds so they can actually have a branded background. And that can be really good. And they can add an image or video here. And then it can have something on the background. What will say though is, is that you seem to be lick or specifically for that. Because Zoom is, when you click on, say I want to be in San Francisco, zoom is now actively trying to kind of figure out what my faces and what my face isn't. So you see little bits here, that's all going to get wrong. When the shadows involved, depending what the lighting scheme is, it can go a little bit wrong and that can be really off putting. If you are in an environment where you have no control over your background and you just kind of, it's just tough. You just, just got to deal with the background that looks awful. Then then virtual backgrounds can be a way around that. And then it's best to have a virtual background representing your brand. And then it is to sort of have like an absolute mass behind you or if there's other things that's going on back there. So virtual backgrounds, if you don't need them, don't use them. If you do need them, then then go for it. But there's some things you can do to try and help with the key and you can make sure you've got a backlight kind of separating you for out from the background. And just try not to move around too much to try and avoid some of those glitches that can kinda happen. Wash. You're going along. So okay. So we've, we've set up the audio and video, audio videos or working, we can see that this video is working on that we can see the audio moving up and down, a little microphone on there. How do we mute audio and video during a meeting? Well, it's really easy. We just go down to the bomb here. You click mute. There we go. Nobody would be able to hear me now. Meet that. Yeah, this is a short quote. Yeah, we know. That's fine. And you can see if you have emitted and then you wanted to temporarily unmute this, it says on my screen now, you can then hold the space bar that says temporarily muted. A little, a little screen comes up with a little icon comes up at the bottom that allows this. And when you've finished making your salient and interesting point here, move your hand. And then it's kinda go back to being muted. If you want to meet video, say you how something's going on in the background safe. Sometimes I see people in meetings where they have they have to move around, maybe because they've got kids around or just whatever the situation is with for them, or they're on an iPad or something like that or a tablet, than you might want to stop the video whilst you're moving around because it can really, really off-putting. So you just click on stop video and it goes back to either your just your title. And I talked to your profile photo, you have registered with zoom or if you don't have that, then it just comes up in your name. That's really good, especially if you will take everyone's taking say, a 510 minute break. I always walk my video on meat as well to make sure that I don't know if the cat runs in and start tearing stuff down and people can't see stuff. And just to stop any of those funny stories you'll see on the internet happening to me. So there you are. So on here we also have a chat window looking at going across the bottom here. You can click on chat there and then you can start to everyone in the chat window. So be like hi everyone. What you can also do is you can also then, if there's less people to me to be able to see this, but you can also send messages to specific peoples. It'll drop down menu that or you can actually click on their names appear of the highlighted in blue. And then that'll analyte to then send private messages to people. It's very easy to accidentally forget that that's a thing or send a private message that you think is private message, but it actually had sent to everyone. Just be careful with that and be careful what you say and do. So you can also then attach files as well. And then you can also control other host who can chat with different people. That might be something that I want to look at if you're holding, say, zoom conference called a 100 people or something like that, it's worth just thinking about, wow, that's pretty self-explanatory. There is what it is. It's, it's a good little function for people to be able to talk while, whilst people talking and to add comments without interrupting somebody. So instead of having to kind of jump in and go, oh, can I just say for a minute, they could type in the chat. And if that's something that the person who is talking about and then take a look out there can then address that as they go. So it's a nice little function, F becomes o, the function on the bottom we talked about in participants here. So if there's more people may be able to see differences, participants needed this away. You could move to them if you were the host. So now you can meeting myself really Participants menu. And it is quite useful and meet me. And then there's also software you can rename your self or minim with people if you're on the wrong name for one reason, other ones zoom, you can then click rename and then I rename itself there. So instead of that, I'm going to call myself over Lord Nicholas Pilgrim under noun down as overlord Nicholas Pilgrim under. That feels a little bit too self-important. I'm not going to change herself back to Nick. Again, I think that we are back to my humble self. And you can also mute and on util there as well through a participant's window that generally where you can control what's going on with your participants. If you are host of a meeting. Going on the bottom here also, you can see record function, which I'm going to cover in a second. And there's also reactions feature where it allows you to clap or thumbs up. I think there were probably adding more to this as time goes on. It's not particularly useful function, but it's that, I guess so you want to clap, clap, or you could just go on a video, hey, helplessly. And they're also got screenshot over here. If I'm going to record before, we're going to screen share their recording. I mentioned before to some do's and don'ts to eradicate with this. But it's really simple to use. You press record and in lecture you can see a little recording icon come up at the top here. And there's also a pause and start recording now. So if you want to pause for whatever reason, say something's gone wrong or someone saying something that you probably shouldn't mean, including the recording for whatever reasons has closed meeting. And you can also pause that. And you can also then control these at the bottom here. Once you've finished your recording and you can then press the Stop Recording, little thing comes up at the top is assaying group, they're recording file will be converted an MP4 when the meeting ends. So it's not destroying your computer. Trying to re-encode video whilst the meeting is going on, it will do that at the answer. Don't worry. It's not Nothing's come up immediately when you press stop and that's all fine. When you're going to screenshots. So there's, there's, there's a thing that we can control. One participant can share at time and multiple disciplines can share simultaneously. Generally, multiple people are sharing, then that can be a little bit chaotic and hectic. But if there's a specific reason why you want to do that and that's great. But generally, if you want to start screen-sharing, I'll take a look at Screenshare. Thing comes up here asking me what's I wanted Screenshare, i'm going to screen share. What's your Screenshare? I'm going to screen share the desktop I'm on currently. So you click on this. Let me go unimpressed shot. There we are. And now my inter face has changed a little bit. And now this is where people go, oh my god, this is broken. It's not broken, is fine. It's supposed to do this. It's so that you can focus on what you're sharing a particular point in time. You can still see the image of you on your webcam there. You can't see your contributors unless you've kind of got Joe Montana setup or different things. I so don't worry about that for the time being, people can still see what's going on on your Screenshare. If you're on the screenshot, you should probably be focusing on what you're doing on a particular screen. You'll notice however, that the menus disappear from the bottom. Well, maybe they've actually moved that sat at the top here. They've now pop this up at the top. I think the reason why is probably so that you don't get like documentaries and things like that coming up. That is just the interface thing. But it also then allows, then stop sharing if you so choose to do so when you should use to do so, you can pause it and it goes to annotate stuff, which I think is quite cool. So if you wanna kinda like going, I want to, I want to, I want to circle back to meeting function there or, you know what, let me, let me know what else. I'm going to write some text. This is cool. Cool. Yeah, that's quite good. But if you sit down and go now it's no longer called Your kills and erase it and produced a from its nice little feature. There's, there's other stuff you can do. You can point to our rows and stuff as well, and that's kinda nice. Alright, annotation functions, pretty, pretty funky. But you can also clear view and you can clear your drawings as well. When you're finished with the screen-sharing, just click stop shop and it stops sharing shock horror. As mentioned in our screen-sharing video. Once you finished chairing, you should probably stop sharing unless you don't want to accidentally potentially open yourself up to potentially embarrassing different things. So that's kind of zoom in a nutshell really, I suppose. I mean, there's other advanced features in there as well, things like breakout rooms and stuff like that. But most of you will never probably we need those, those particular advanced features should be able to get most people through zoom and Bill to utilize what you, what you need to use it for. So when you're finished, you can then press the end Meeting button here. Click on meeting. You want to leave this meeting open, Please assign all the Host. Well, I'm only meeting house, so admitting for all that and it pops up and then now converts the video to an MP4, something that's usable and more than save it to wherever it was set to automatically safety. There we are. And then you can then and the guys from nasa, I'll close this one down. And hopefully God has given you guys a bit of a bit of a whistle-stop tour of how to utilize Xin. And giving you guys a bit of an idea as to where to go to next. 13. Skype: So let's take a look at Skype. Skype is a really interesting piece of software because it's kinda like the granddaddy of all the video call and video meeting apps out there. And people who are used to, in fact, they still do so they'll say, yeah, let's Skype each other and stuff like that. It's really good. It's still not a newcomer. It's been around for a number of years. It was bought out by Microsoft and a while back. But just a really nice, stable app. I tend to find people tend to use it more for personal use than business use. Where's my zoom is tend to be more business and personal. You know, it has its own place in the world. But it's really good. And certainly if you compare it, some plant Microsoft Teams, which is definitely a more business orientated sort of thing. You can see how Microsoft trying to kind of separate out the how Skype sheets or personal and teams is used for the business use. Books Skype can absolutely still be used for business and lots of people still do. It's just written us at lunch. But let's dive in and take a quick look at some of the features and how to use it and how to kind of get onto a really So first of all, you've got here on my screen capture and you've got a login screen. You can use a Microsoft accountable to login to this or this, or you can register a Skype only accounts, so I'm already logged in, so I'll take a look at click on there. And Skype pops up. Lovely. Let's take a quick look at the interface here. So it's pretty simple interface. I think. Warm welcome sign, that's quite nice. Display picture here that you can then change when you click on that and you can tell your friends what you're up to and have low status updates or thing a little bit social media style, which is quite cool. And you can start conversation with somebody on your friends list. Over here up the top, we have my account balance. So if I'm placing phone calls through Skype, then that comes up that a little hamburger Botnet life again, settings as little search menu allows us to search for contacts. And then also the main force of the boxes of chats. Calls made different contacts I might have connected with unary notifications not they may have had you can very much told Skype or trying to build up kind of a social media kind of vibe to this sort of thing. And it's much more friendly branding than, than other competitors. And that makes sense with kind of who they're going with and how they're kinda China a market themselves really. So, yeah, it's pretty good. But before we can again to call to take a quick look to make sure that we're set up correctly through our audio video settings. So here I'll click on Skype audio and video settings. And it pops up to here if you're using a PC Rather than the MAC, and there'll be a slightly different setting, but somewhere around that you'll be off figure out, oh, your video, it comes up here. You can see on the screen here that we have a lovely glowing face that allows it to be seen. If you are using a webcam or wanted to change your device, you're seeing yourself with your camera. You can click on a little drop-down menu there. And if I had webcams in that would appear that. Then you can also see that my microphone's working. You can then also similar to above, you can click on devices here. So if you had a USB microphone or not, should appear on this particular drop-down menu. And also also allows you to automatically adjust microphone settings. I would generally leave them unless there's something wrong is going on. On the video. You can also, there's a feature which I'm gonna found at this. I know I see what they're trying to do. If you've got a really messy background, then, you know, you can, you can click on the blue feature. Presume we're trying to do the same thing with their, with their visual backdrop thing that they were doing there. On Skype, but it doesn't track very well. So you can see my hands moving around. Here is some kind of strange noises. Louisiana scan on the images. You can see stuff's going on behind me. I'm not a massive fan. I actually wish that this was slightly less blood and I think that would be more effective function of feature. But I guess it's good for if you have a really messy surroundings econ knew anything about, you can kinda blow their zone and let people focus on you. I would tend to shy away from them unless they prove it in feature, in which case it got crazy. That works for you even like that, then, you know, war poverty. You changed speakers device as well. So if you say, if you call it here anybody that can be y, and then allowing them longitude and test your audio as well. And we are now meet yourself. Unless you didn't test that's coming through. You can also unmute for incoming calls and can have any of your computer is muted like mine was just them. Then you can unmute it automatically whenever you went if you have an incoming call. And also if you use multiple devices, you can use additional devices. So they can rent-free multiple devices to make sure if you're hearing what's going on. So that should all be working now, but let's quickly go through the rest of settings here just to kind of power three is pretty quick, that pretty self-explanatory. This is not designed to be a complex piece of software, but it's just worth going to recover these omega S, a profile picture we've reverted looked how we can change that Skype name. That's what you can send to people. So you can be like, right? Yeah, this mascot named copy and paste into an email or something. If you want to create a Skype meeting email address your touch to your location, but they add funds here to you can you can use Skype as a as a phone call, a phone, a phone service. So I did this when I was in university cause I was really poor and I couldn't afford the problem of our phone. That does show my age a little bit. But there you are. And what I was doing was I kind of took on a couple of quit on to be able to make phone calls through my Skype connection. And there's nice words well, you can use will get Skype phones as well and if you still count. But yeah, you can add forms through that as counter page ego sort of thing. They've left the feature in which is nice. I don't know how many people use it anymore, but yeah, I have It's a profile thing here to allow people to see how your scene on Skype with other account stuff, send request money and nucleus. You can tell your account as well. General settings are pretty basic language. What happened when you close the app? Shale location being if anyone actually uses Bing, you can share location with that keyboard shortcuts translation, appearance is pretty self-explanatory. I like the light setting, but some people like dark setting, you can change the coals of stuff as well and that's all fine. And also change high-contrast as well if you are over the hottest site. And that can be really nice for all sort of accessibility mode and how built-in nephrons looks quite cool. And there's also some stuff here where you can change the interface little bit to sort of be seen a little bit more compact. Where are we going to do video calling here? That's if you actually have this connected to your mobile phone or using it as a mobile phone. And you can enable your caller ID and stuff like that. It's kind of quite useful. Receipts and messaging stuff for in chats. Now, the chat function we're gonna talk about a little bit, but some people are no, use Skype to actually talk to all the people in their team. It's just really nice little, little way of doing that, that makes total sense. But then also Agena control what notifications you're getting as you go through when you click them notifications. So between these two you can see the text, the text settings, chat setting motion, say, and I also want notifications you're getting. There's also an address feature allows you to sync it to your address book. Hopefully, the main thing you can't eat folks on here is kinda be seen, cannot be heard. If so, yes, great. Or get to go close that down. So how do you actually make a call on Skype? Well, need to find someone first. So you do that through clicking on the top here you can search Skype. So I found myself earlier on. We are. So Nick dot this is my second account that I've created, a second account just for the sake of this lecture. And then I've, I've kind of, I can, and then I can connect them myself based off of that. So I found a soft that. So as you can see, I've had a few test calls going on earlier on. And it's basically literally I can now have a chat with them and say, Hi Nick, say hello. This will then pop up on my Skype app on my phone, which are currently got linked to. And then it will kind of go through that also in the chat function here, you can then also send files. You can share a contact. So if you have a Skype contact, say unless someone saying, oh, you have Julie Skype, you like gash or you can share that with them so they can contact them as well. There's also a record a message, so you can record a message for somebody, for you to have time for a full-blown Cortana can be nice little function and I saw feature. You can share your location, you can send a video message, has said the ODM message, you can do a video equivalent. You can schedule a call with them is much similar to the zooms feature, where you can send a scheduled call through your calendar. You can create poll, which is a nice little feature that's not available on many other apps. Send some money. I can send some file if I OneDrive or Spotify song, if you hit something you really, really like. But everything you wanna do really in these, in these chats though is you've got their video call, feature pair on audio call if you want to place them. So let's go ahead. Archie played a video call with me. So I saw come up on my phone. The microphone, say count the gimmick. I'll accept me. Sorry about feedback left. So now muted the metered, the feature on my, on my phone, on my second device and also on a laptop here. So keep electric guy. And now this is a pretty basic interface, functional full-screen this. So you can see the bottom here you've got a ability to mute or unmute yourself. You can also learn little popsicle and comes up that allows you to change your devices, which we did in the audiovisual section. You can then do the same thing with video. So you can mute your videos. And now I can't see me tobacco. And it's I haven't button there as well as your car because that's another thing here is you can open conversation, you can chat either. And that can be quite useful if your having some audio visual issues or someone can't, Hey, you some site that you want to try and minimize those wherever you kinda nice things because it's just faster and we don't want to. But you know, these things happen sometimes. And if that's the case, then you can, you can send something on that and charge them based off that screen sharing feature, which is quite nice, sloppy when I realize it's Skype has this. But you need to click Screenshare and then start sharing this particular screen. And now it's screen sharing this with me. Obviously you want from a mobile phone. And then it's allowing me to kind of share what I'm seeing with the other person. It's not as powerful or apps boy is kinda what it is. And it's good when you want to stop screen sharing. You can then click screen sharing options. Stop sharing that we are going to, Hey, you've got reactions. These are little bit more cartoony and a little bit less sort of business orientated because it's designed to be usable by my family, by kids, by elderly people, people who aren't necessarily technically gifted. And that's one of the reasons why Scotch great. And you click into more options that you can start recording. So we start calling here. You can see on the corner, Pierre started recording and then a little notification comes up to the other person as well telling them that they are being recorded. As mentioned here, avoid legal snow-covered telling people they're being recorded, which is just a generally good thing to do anyway. I mentioned before, mentioned again, make sure that if you're recording someone, you ask permission first and just say, look, here's this, okay, and then go from there. So once I've finished recording, you can finished recording of finished a bit in a conversation where you want to record, you can click stop that. And that will then come up on the chat window after the conversation's finished mode, I'll talk about later on. And the more options that you can turn subtitles on. So if somebody is hard of hearing than they can, it can automatically generates subtitles. Automatically generate the subtitles, and never particularly effective or they might be better than nothing. So it might be a feature that you might want to take a look into the blurred background features you talked about. And also you can turn off incoming video. So if you want to turn off the person's video, that's the person you're chatting to their video content and you can do as well. And then you can realize it. And afterwards, you can then hold the call. Don't just hold without telling somebody. But if you say if you have a phone call or something like that, you know, if your phone rings would have distraction, you can you can put everything on hold and then regime it back again when you are done. And there's also audio video settings as well. Down the bottom. It's a really simple interface. It's really cool. It's Skype, Skype. It's designed to be not a painful user experience really, when you're finished with your core here, you can then actually before I finish that, sorry, almost Miss Ana. You can also do group calls within Skype, which is quite a nice little feature. You can see up here, this little person button add people to the call. You can click on to this, and then you can add people to your video call here. And another one comes up a conference call much like you would in zoom. And we're going to do at the moment because otherwise the echo sound tests services is gonna go absolutely crazy and we're gonna hear sounds and it's gonna get hit with a bed, then come pops up at the top that allows you to then bring multiple people into a coal that is available in the free function of Skype. It's not it's not like it used to be, used to be a pro function you start to pay for. And now you can do it in free. That has in fact been the way since 2014, which lots of people don't realize, which is really, really interesting. And I think some people still think it's pay for they were, so yeah. So that's kinda sky. Once you've finished what you call that, you can hang up where this Like I'm not here saying and call and call and it comes up city and how would you write qualities call. Sure. I think he was fine. So 5-stars, great. Then I mentioned if you record something, it will appear in the chat window at the bottom. And you can then click on this here. You can then watch the chat window entrepreneurs from metered. And you can watch back what you doing. Pause on that. Pause on that. Thank you. And then if you click on a hamburger board here, you can then save the downloads. You can save as you can open in a separate file for onto someone or just deleted. I really like the core feature of Skype because sometimes on zoom, it's very easy to accidentally press escape. And then I'd delete your coding, which is tweeting today, where it sits on here for as it says here, 30 days a month before you can get deleted. So it's a nice little vessel feature. Skype. Hopefully that was useful for you guys. Have a play and have a look at it, and placing calls and see how you get up. 14. Making the camera your friend: Let's spend a little while talking about how to make the camera your friend. Once I friended that mean like for a friend we're going to take out the dinner is skipping down a straight with you and for getting its birthday. Because a parent has a really good way of getting dumped. No, I'm instead talking about how basically you can utilize the technology that's in the top of your laptop, your device to kind of best portray you as you go through. And there's a couple of things that it's worth considering regarding this topic. So first of all is auto exposure. Now, all cameras that you'll be using that are built into these things will be auto exposing. What do I mean by auto exposing? Well, I mean that if you hold your hand up accident in front of your camera, it will then change the level of exposure on the image and I'll make it obeys exposed to your hand. You take dropped back down. It'll change again. And it can be really off putting in a little bit strange next time when you're waiting for a call to start and just kind of hold your hand up and take it back down. You'll see exactly what I mean. So just be mindful of that as you go through and just make so it's just not off-putting as you as you go. If you have a Seniors perhaps too dark. I mentioned foreign the lighting section. Basically this can mean your image can be really, really noisy. So if you say if you're having a, a video meeting at nighttime, then you might want more than a couple of lights kinda. It's on there. You might want more than just your house, like you just need to have a bit of a think about making sure there's enough light being poured into that camera so that it's not boosting up what we call the ISO. So that the image is just to digitally noisy and grainy and looks at it horrible because that's a sure-fire way of not looking particularly good and as is difficult sometimes nighttime. And that's one of the things where for having a video call at night time, then we may well just to kind of have to live with the fact that, that that's the thing that we might have to consider and people understand that and that's okay. But whatever you can do to try and make sure that it looks as good as possible. And hey, let's do that. So let's have a think about what you could do for free if you wanted to upgrade the way that your camera sees you? Well, first of all, you could consider which camera actually you're going to be best off using. So you might have multiple devices, you may have your own laptop, you might have a tablet for work, you might have a phone. Is it that your laptop's really old? And then fats the camera that's in your tablet is better than your laptop. Or maybe this is your phone better than any of them. Don't unnecessarily assumed that device you're holding the video meeting on is the best thing for the job. You just maybe have a bit of a think about which one's the best. So how do you figure that one out? Just do a couple of task goals, doing Himself to Him with a friend or family member or something like that. Just through process of elimination, you'll very quickly find which one looks and sounds the best because all have different mikes on as well. And that's your job. Considering if you want to spend some money, how can you improve this stuff? Well, you could do that what we're doing, and we're actually looking at purchasing a bunch of capture cards that we will capture cards to go into. We use external wants to go until our laptops. But what's the capture card or capture card is where you can take the feed of something like a digital SLR, like, oh, what's sometimes called DSLR photography camera. You can take the feed from that to pull it back directly into your computer. You can also get external dongle digital ones we're getting. And what can I do this now in our instance where you're gonna be using this so that we can plug in our ridiculous filming kit into our cameras and how video meetings over our ridiculous cameras waste the money. Maybe cool was held. Absolutely. We don't really care. That's going to get the most nodes can look really, really good. But if you have an old DSLR, it may well be the actually it looks way, way, way, way, way better than the onboard camera that you're using in your devices. So you could get something like Bach magics, ultra studio. They've got like little mini recall the things that you can plug in there really, really good way of getting, but you can also get, can blink as it's coming for K as well. That basically it's just like a little USB to HDMI converter that will allow you to then run a camera into that, it can look really radical. We do a lot of video meetings that might be worth considering. If you need to spend that money though, I think we just, we just mostly using this because we can't, because we have the attacker already there. A small amount. We can kind of have really, really cool looking video meetings. And it kinda feels like because we're delivering training like this, maybe we should have a really nice looking image for all of our video meetings, right? Right, yay for not being hypocrites. So to summarize, making the country a friend is really, really important and don't forget it's birthday. But in addition to that, makes sure that you are considering the auto exposure and your image and make sure that you've got enough light going into your scene and you in the room that you're filming any yo you haven't emit video meeting him. And make sure that if you're doing this at night, that you maybe have a couple of extra lights and edges to really add a bit of actual light into there. If you want to upgrade the kit, you have free, then maybe don't need to upgrade kit. In fact, maybe you might have some the different device equal potential use for your video meetings. But if you want to spend some money than a capture card can really, really kind of increase the production value if you want, call it out of your video meetings. 15. Which device to use: So what device should you actually use to hold your video calls? Well, look, we're living in an age where, where lots of us might have multiple devices and access to multiple devices that can do these things. So we might have a laptop that we use for work and we have a mobile phone. Maybe we have a tablet as well, or an iPad or something like that that we can use to kind of talk to conduct these meeting on. So, with so many devices, how do we figure out which one's going to be the best to use? Well, I mean, I could sit here and create like an intricate ranking system where I sit there and didn't take away points depending on the video quality, the sound quality, the streaming quality. Or you could just go away and test them, which is what I'm going to tell you to do. So I literally have video call with a friend or family member and just try one and then hangup login with the next device. Try that one, hangup drought next device, and just try different devices to see which one looks and sounds the best as you go because you know what you might find that actually the laptop that you thought was really, really good in terms of the video communist built into it might actually be all that good. They might find that you actually your mobile phone be better. Maybe you just need a tripod like this, like a mobile phone tripod to potentially be able to position your phone on it and then you plug in something to their tear had sat so you can listen to what they're saying and then you in a really good position, where might well be that in fact, you weren't expecting it to be any good at it. It's actually perfect for what you're trying to achieve. You wanna upgrade the stuff for free. Well, obviously testing is the way to do it. Make sure that the camera is cleaned before you start shooting these things, and make sure it's all working. You want to spend some money to upgrade the stuff though. There's a whole host of different options. Obviously, you can upgrade your laptop. I mean, we use MacBooks. I like my MacBook. It's really useful for stuff like this and the image quality is pretty nice. I like that. I'm conscious that lots of people would rather set their shins on fire before using a Mac Book. And, and, you know what, I get that, that makes a ton of sense. Normals are shims on phi that would be deeply uncomfortable. And what you can do, you can't use the PCs as well and lots of PC laptops or have cameras and microphones built-in and that's really good. But if they don't, then you could get yourself a webcam. There are lots of webcams out there on the market, hop onto arms and check-out some video reviews or modern or recommend a specific one, because there are so many out there at the moment. And obviously they're listening all the time and it would probably be dead by the time that the distinct died out. So have a look, see what's good and what's not good. See what works for you guys. If you want spend loads of money, you could get a capture card and a fairly fancy camera and kind of bring this up yourself. I would think that would be a bit silly just for the video meetings unless you already have some of this kit ready. But yeah, basically have a bit of a think about which device than you already have access to is gonna be the best one for the job. 16. How to position your camera: So you've decided what device you're going to be holding a video calls on, let's take a little bit to talk about how you position this device to the best possible way. This might sound like a bit of a strange thing to discuss, but it's an old filmmakers trick where actually it's really important to have how high your devices in terms of the actual height compared to your eyeliner. So picture this last time you saw an action movie, let's say, I don't know, a super maybe. So I'm MAN steps really poor things to come in. Battle fan OS. And, and what you see, you see a camera kind of crawl on the floor. We call hero shot. It's a low shot with a wide lens that's kinda pushing forward. And he steps really portals. It's like, oh my God, that looks absolutely amazing. Karachi member, fine man did actually jumped through steps, report on these things, but just please do by with with me going and checking the soap lost in the middle of a point here because that would be silly. Anyway, here I shot. Now it looks really, really good. Doesn't really suit video calls at all. Why is this? Well, what we find is is that if we have a camera that's low, and then generally that would empower us as people. And we also show off our chin. And you can see every knows which isn't very good either. If the camera is the same eye height as the person saying, I like this person, then that's definitely something you look at it from a position of trust on an adult adult basis, not a parent-child basis, if you're familiar with transactional analysis. But then also if you raise the camera up, then that's also disempowering you, which is a really interesting thing because actually, cough, selfie culture, we're so used to taking selfies kinda a little bit higher because it's more aesthetically pleasing. Bats not suitable for a video meeting at all. First of all, because you viewed sit there and you hold your phone up for that length of that time of that, then hey, you're a better person than I am and you go absolutely crazy. However, what I would say is it's just, it's just not a good way of doing it from a technical perspective either. Instead, what you want to do is you want to have the camera on the same level as you read really important thing. And additional things you might want to think about is you want to avoid any full wobbling. So if you want to position your device, your laptop, whatever on your desk, you wanna make sure that the thing you putting on those and wobble. So I'll give you an example. I have a laptop stand that was really, really cool. But every time that I kind of nudged anything on the desk whatsoever was making some notes and writing something down. The laptop would wobble and it would look really, really strange to someone else on the other side of the video call. So I got rid of that. I'm not a shoebox and some books in a pop them on top of each other and that works way, way better. So that's kinda my, my free tip. If you like, maybe get some hawkish shoebox, awesome books, or just stuff you have around the house where you can raise your device Ob-la-Di higher. And you want to spend some money. And then there's a bunch of different ways you can do this. One way is if you're using a phone or a tablet, depending on the size of a tablet, you could utilize a tripod and that'll be a really good way of using a device. And maybe you wouldn't have thought you could have used an alternative if you want to use a computer and you can get this as my replacement one, a laptop standards that you can then put your laptop on to try and raise it up a little bit. So basically they're not just seeing that your chin and the popular news and, and this is one of the biggest, biggest, easiest and most common mistakes that I see people making when it comes to the video calls, you log on to a video call. Seeing is not very good, it's not very failings are very attractive. And it'll say, can we make it a little bit more difficult to kind of interact with people on adult 12 basis, which ultimately is what we're after in our video meetings and meetings in general. So that's a bit of a, a bit of a summary. What's your eye line? Make sure your laptop isn't going to wobble IO devices and going to wobble. And then don't kind of go for a selfie kinda pointing down. So the shot remember eye to eye, adult, adult. 17. What can you do for free: So let's recap. What sort of stuff can you access for free, a free cap if you like. A lot of stuff that you can do to make your video calls that little bit better with stuff that you might just have around the house and just have access to already. So let's start with sound. The first thing you can help with the sound is some soft finishing, some cushion of secondary position around you. And they can be really good to just kinda puts in the same room as you to try and soak up some of the sound. So the OS you might wanna be able to help with consider is some IP phones, something like these. It's all something you would might get with your iPhone or something like that if it has a microphone on that, when I find where the microphone is, a microphone. And then you can just plug this into your device and then potentially shut off some of the outside world sound. Don't do it, don't do it, that's fine. But you could also do is you could also shut the door and windows around you to try and make sure that you don't need to hear the older RECIST stuff's going on in the outside world. Just, just u, which is the main thing for lighting. We're going to use the biggest lighting source in the world in our solar system, the Sun, it's quite useful position they're basically yourself so that you can actually utilize the Sun rather than kind of fighting against it. So just think about where in the room you're positioned. If you need to light up additional things, then you some lumps you can position around the place, just make sure they're using day light bulbs for the background scene. Now. Just move stuff around, just stuff you have access to just around the house and I don't know what contents you might have in your individual homes. It will be a little bit weird if I did. But instead, maybe just consider what you have access to around. You can kind of bring in yourself as setting or proceed with this and then you won't go far wrong. For clothing. You want to avoid a couple of items. Clothing you want to avoid pure white, pure black stuff with stripes or complex patterns and things which are two shiny because it can seem a little bit like you're sweating almost not very good. And if you're a lady there may be a little bit more bullshit can sometimes be good if you have a flat lighting source and if you're a trap and if you're physically challenged, I'll bold, then maybe you need to consider where the lights are around you to make sure that you're not just kind of reflecting off the top of your head, which obviously isn't so good. What's like if you're wearing glasses, you also need to be careful way positioning lights, way position your camera to make sure that you're not reflecting light directly at the camera or the device that you're using for your video. Calls. Speaking of devices, basically just have a think about what you already have access to. It may well be that an actual fact that your phone is actually better than your laptop for these things all it takes a huge cropping that up securely and through something that will. Some, some books are a shoe box, something like that. As long as we're at eye level, then you're absolutely fine. In terms of positioning. See what you got around the house or basically just want this thing to be an island. We don't have too high. You certainly don't want it to be too low. And just have a bit of a thing that laterally, lateral thinking is what we're going for here about how you can utilize your video call space, if you like, in a positive way to try and get that, that height, right. And then that will then also lies and then build your background in a way that makes sense based off the shot that you've got IV setup. So I hope that helps. 18. What can you upgrade to: So we've recapped on what you can do for free to improve your video calls. Say you want to upgrade your kit. Where do you start? What should you use? And how should you go about doing this? Well, let's go through this point by point and section by section. And then I'm gonna give you a bit of a rundown of the order that I would upgrade kit in so that you can kind of like tick them off as you go, I guess. So the first one is, of course sound. So the best way to improve sound, if, if you want to spend some money on it, maybe you upgrade your microphone. So perhaps a USB microphones, something like the blue snowballs as really, really good example of a great quality Mike. But failing that there's a whole bunch of different really good quality mikes on Amazon or on eBay. You can kinda go out there and get your, get your mitts on, which is a good way of DNA. You also might want to pop filter. You can put in front of these things, but it depends on what microphone you choose also depends on where you position as you go. Tons of light. Well, first of all, I mean, you can get some some fairy lights. I do Lawson fairy lights. And that maybe that should be in the free section rather than the actual stuff you've got to spend some money on because it might well be that in your attic by your Christmas tree, you have some fairy lights just sitting around. Maybe not the multicolored ones. They were probably a little bit of math, but some of the just the kinda nice warm months and then go grab some of those. And that can be really, really good to just add a little bit of extra stuff to your scene, but you're not gonna spend the money on those, then a Lighting panel would be a really, really good shots. Now this maybe not this size because this is one of our production ones. But you can get some really good quality ones that are actually die expensive. Newer is a great brand to take a look out for it. It's not that expensive. But there's logos out there, lots of Chinese brands actually you can get kinda shipped over there that are really, really good if, if shipping is something you can take a look at and just generally kind of spend a huge amount on light to kind of make it and make it a lot better, but paneled lights definite something else it's worth considering in terms of background. Well, go crazy. You could, you could decorate your room, you could buy some shelving, you could buy some colleagues cubes my care. You can just kinda position behind you. You could add some, some jackals behind you. There's all sorts of really, really cool stuff you can do with background. But I've said before dinner, what situation you are houses and so upgrade that as you as YouTube. I'm tombs a camera stuff. I mean, you could, you could go crazy and upgrade to a digital SLR or some 5K a muralist saturable I've got here. And then you could then carefully, and then you could connect up to a capture card if you wanted to look really, really good. And then kinda from the wooden Sanford as well, and it would just look Lamott's knots. And that's from the more sort of technically advanced people of you, because capital cards or append the bump sometimes. But failing that, you know, you could just upgrade your, your laptop or your device or your tablet or something like that to be able to kind of look a little bit nicer as you go. Depends how far you wanna go with that one camera stuff is it can be an adventure. It can be a rabbit hole. You can go down and spend a lot of money that you might not want to actually spend on it in terms of what devices you want to use. Obviously, my books are really, really good. I'm using. If you're using a PC, you could get a webcam. There are many, many out there, so check out which ones that have good reviews and tech radars are really good website for reviews if you want to kind of check out, take a look at it. And finally, the positioning. If you're using a small a mobile phone or using a small tablet, then tripod is a really good shout. Or if you're finding the device you want to choose is in fact, a laptop than a laptop stands a really good way of just raising your laptop up by a little bit. So make sure that the island is of an equal height to your ice. That's why they call it I line. I guess. What order should you upgrade these N? Well, it's a little bit different from what I would recommend say feuding a vlog. Because really the big one is going to be the height elements. So if you can't quite get the height of your device right, than something like a laptop stand would absolutely be the first thing that I would look at or or a tripod or whatever it is that you're using to raise it up. But after that really I think sound is a great one. So, you know, you can, you can pick up achievement USB microphone, not too much money, really improve the quality of your sound. The third thing is light. The reason why it's third is because you can actually utilize a lot of stuff you have already and you probably don't need to upgrade your lighting setup. But if you do then light you some fairy lights or some, some paneled lights or something like that would be really, really good. Then after that, basically you kinda looking at your background, which is really important. I think most people can probably upgrade the background without spending money. But if you can't, then backgrounds are really, really important thing to do. And it really at the end of the list as far last is your camera gear because most of us have devices that can already shoot the stuff we need to shoot and can already stream these video calls on already. I guess if you don't have any devices that can stream video calls on, they should instead be number one, because it's actually because you need to make video calls to do that. And if you've got to this point in the course before realizing that the device you have can actually hold video call, then. Sorry. But hopefully your advisor jean, perfectly suitable to be able to use. Hey, if I missed anything, then the lamina. 19. Final thoughts: So that's it. You finish the course. Well done. Check you write, you viewed video calling ninja you. Now you can go up and start calling everybody and anybody. Maybe arrange this first before you start randomly do not. Anyway, I just wanted to finish off with a couple of closing thoughts and kind of give you guys an open invitation to connect with me. So first of all, I am just a few closing thoughts is really just get to know the kit you're using. Just, just take a look at some of the free stuff you can do before you start spending money and see if there's any ways that you can prove these video calls straight off the bat. After that, then maybe you can start spending some money, but he uses to if you have maybe Place a few practiced calls with your friends or family or someone that you kind of is also improving as you go along. And just try and try some things out and see what works, see what doesn't work. You know, no one ever got good straight away doing anything. People get good at doing things by doing things. So just go ahead and go crazy with that stuff. Edition slacked. It's anything that I've missed here. I would love to offer you guys an open invitation to connect with me on LinkedIn. I'm down as Nick pilgrim on LinkedIn Sarkar. And then just let me give me some feedback, let me know how it went. And it was anything more than I can kind of give you guys some one-to-one advice on a more than happy to connect. You guys are on offer that obviously please do leave 5-star review because all these five-star reviews go a long, long, long, long, long life to us personally, we really appreciate all of those. In addition to that, if there's anything that you'd like me to add to this course, and then please just drop it in the Q and a section below. And I'll do my best to shoot some more content for it. Because the more we can offer value to you guys, the better. But in the meantime, you know, I just wanted to say thank you so much for subscribing. And I'm taking a part in this course, and I hope it's really, really useful for you guys. So minus10 pilgrims from cinema butter, helping you guys hopefully place as many really good quality video calls as possible.