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Optimising your Connection for Video Chats

teacher avatar Philip Campbell, web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow

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8 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. 1.0 - introduction

    • 2. 1.1 - let's talk latency

    • 3. 1.2 - steps to take before live stream

    • 4. 1.3 - things that effect the livestream

    • 5. 1.4 - memory and bandwidth

    • 6. 1.5 - tools to monitor your system

    • 7. 1.6 - the roundup

    • 8. 1.7 - review and share (...)

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About This Class

getting lag on a video call? chat going all stuttering?

i've put together a simple overview course for you to fine tune your connection and things you should be considering every time you make a video call or even start gaming online.

in this course i'll be discussing the following. . .

  • let's talk latency
  • steps to take before a live stream
  • things that effect your live stream
  • memory and bandwidth
  • tools to monitor system areas

i'm hoping that my tips will help you really optimize the best settings you can and to understand what is happening in the background of your computer to really get the most from your internet connection!

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Philip Campbell

web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow


brand new for 2022 | let's decentralize our content into web 3

i'm an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet!



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1. 1.0 - introduction: this course is around 20 minutes. Okay, I've been wanting to do this course for quite some time. This is optimizing your Internet connection for gaming or for video chats, things like that. Things that really use your Internet connection and need to be solid and stable. So we're gonna go through five different areas. We're gonna talk about latent, see what Layton's. Here's how it happens. Steps to take before you do a live stream. All do a live video chat, things that affect your life stream. So as you're doing the live stream things that could go wrong and calls interference on LaGon stuttering. Also going be briefly talking about memory and bandwidth on a computer and tools to monitor different system areas so that you can track and find out what's going on in the background of your computer to kind of head off some of these problems before they start to become an issue in in stream and gradually, what happens when you become really a pro at using a computer, you start to recognize how your computer's running, how much memory you've got. What applications attacking a memory on all of this effects video streams and live on demand stuff 2. 1.1 - let's talk latency: So, Layton, see, is the stuff that happens between the hops that your information your data takes two different services on the Web every time it jumps from one place to another place you have Layton, see, there is a certain amount of time Time did milliseconds between jumping from one target to another target to another target. So, for instance, going to somebody's website in America, you have to go through different parts of the Internet to get there, and every time you do it, you go via a different route. So upload and download is only part of the story, only partly equation. When it comes to the Internet, it's not just about. I've got, like 80 Meg up and I've got 80 make down. If your Layton see is really bad between those points, it doesn't matter what speed it is. You're still gonna have interruptions battery. So Layton see, especially has a big effect on video understanding. What creates the Layton C could really help you to understand how you can reduce it. Most of the time, you can do quite a bit on your own system before you start having issues with external forces, maybe from your Web server or from your game server. Another thing that people don't realize is that there is dormant computer programs that sit in your tray, your task bar that are waiting to call home. Now they do these on an occasional basis. Maybe once a day might be once a week. It might be hourly to just check on a website to check the up time off a site, or maybe to download information for a new update. These are random times so you might not be able to notice when these things are happening. If you have a lot of APS of running in your tray in the background that do certain functions, you might not even know they're calling home to check. There's an update. But all of these incremental things that happen on your machine can affect the Layton see off your machine. So, like I said, Layton, see is mentioned, measured in milliseconds. But your pink is effectively your life when you're online, when you're connecting to a live video chat. When you're doing a live video chat, you have two areas which could be a problem. Your end of the computer terms of your time, your upload in your download, your Layton sea or the jitter that happens between you and that video server. And then the other side would be the video server itself might be overwhelmed. We're going to get into that. 3. 1.2 - steps to take before live stream: only run what you are focusing on. If you can stop remove that stuff from boot up. So if you're doing a live video chat with somebody on it, it's a very important interview. You want to make sure that you haven't got things that are running in your startup. You can find this on both the mackin on Windows in. We knows it's in the control. It's in the start button. You can see that the launch, the log in items on on a maki confined a similar place in the preferences panel. If you don't need to be running in a boot up, remove. If it's unusual to you, you don't know what it is. They beat some installer that was on there for webcams removed. Do check on it first to a search on Google to see if it's an app that is necessary for you to be on there. Otherwise, try and trim the fat of the things that Bootle, because most of time he's just sitting dormant in the back of background of your computer, taking memory up. If you're doing a video chat, I would heartily suggest that you reboot your router before you do the video chat. If you can connect over wired Ethan there instead of WiFi, I would always do this when doing a video chat. You'll just have so much of a more stable connection when it's wired and player compared toa WiFi unless you've got a top of the range brand new a seal. The latest specifications. WiFi that kind of compensates for interference is fast enough for it to recover quickly. A lot of old routers, especially routers that are under the desk covered in dust maybe three or four years old, not the latest standard are not designed for the latest things that we do on the Web today , like live video streaming and so have inherent issues that come along with being, ah, WiFi signal. I also would suggest that whenever you do live recording that you try and do a live test recording before you go live on the video, chat off the video camera using on the audio Mike, your use. Just record a simple 12th video late back to yourself, using quick time, and just make sure that the video quality looks OK. No glitch ing on the audio sounds okay as well, because there's nothing worse than going into a video interview with the wrong video camera selected camera, not working and you needing to unplug and re start. Go back in. Very frustrating for the people who wanna watch very frustrating for yourself. And it changes the whole interview, especially if you're frustrated. You'll never know if I have a problem with my mike. Occasionally that I get static have to implode the US being plug it back in again. Luckily, it just comes up straight away. There's stupid little things that just pop up, and it's always good to check this before you actually get started. If you're using a cellular connection, try and find a solid four bar connection locket to four G in the settings of your phone. You'll find that their settings to allow it to drop down to three G if you can set it to only use four G networks. That way you might find that you have less connection. Sometimes it alone what you drop you down onto a three G with four bars, but what you really want to do is to stop it raining, looking around for all the signals and just say I'll have one or two bars of four G compared to having four bars of free J. You just get such a better quality connection on 40 with five g coming, we should see that improve even more to great applications that I would tell everybody to use or anything to do with live video is to do a speed. Tests be tested on Net. Check your blood and download speeds to make sure that they're good enough for live video. I would suggest that to make opened down or the bare minimum that you have for your video chat. Also, I would actually to test ping test dot net, which check checks the Layton see off the connection to the Internet. It won't necessarily do it to the Google hangouts or to blab or whatever video service you're using, but it will give you a rough idea. If there's issues. Packet loss on your line might be that just rebooting the route, especially if you're a DSL to will give you a brand new 80 SL two connection to the virtual rooting that happens in the exchange and just might give you a better connection altogether . Doing these things at the beginning or video chap can make the video chat go a lot more smoother 4. 1.3 - things that effect the livestream: So let's talk about at things that happen on your that cause problems with your connection . Checking to see if anything else is on your network is super important as well. Other devices can totally affect your Layton. See, it might be that somebody streaming live video via Netflix might be somebody's doing iPhone app. Updating somebody might be downloading podcasts for iTunes. All of these things can be really heavy on the connection, especially when they're going to certain destinations cause they're que OS, which is quality service can kind of override your connection. If you don't have an update wireless network, then you can have it really issues with the band with being drawn out, which create almost like a pseudo of fact, jitter or Layton see Tween you in the video. Seven. You won't even know it's happening because it's elsewhere on the Net world with bound with being taken up, so make sure you know everything about your network before you get into it. Another thing to think about is, are you using wife? Are you on wife? Are you far away from your WiFi? Is the signal Good is affected by entering in particular Have you noticed that in the morning, it's better the evening. It's worse. Are you finding something happens at certain times of the day? I would suggest that if you're frustrated with your provider that you try tethering to your phone. I mentioned this a bit later on testing out If you're on WiFi compared to a wireless network connection and testing them at different times, maybe it's frustrating for you don't have the time for doing this. But this is the only real weight of hard core Tune your Internet connection to be the best it can be for the video call that you might be going into also check for applications and services that are firing up. That might be that Windows is updating. Gore's about to update. Make sure that you've got all of these things. Check talkers. These things running in the background will definitely affect your video call. Another thing I would say that happens, especially in summer on certain people's machines, especially if your computer's locked away in a cupboard or down next to your desk covered in dust. Overheating can be a problem that slows down your computer might be an issue that the heat in your case affects the networking in some way. When the machine gets too hard, I found situations in the past where my machine is overheated and everything just runs and grinds to a whole. So you gotta take in these things to consideration. If you do on a PC or a computer, that is that society desk. Get it out. Get some compressed air cleaner all that dust. It will definitely affect the temperature inside your machine. Later on, I'll talk about a little bit. Software about monitoring things like that. Another thing I will add to this. It might not be your end. The remote server. Your connecting to can also be affected by Layton. See, there might be issues upstream from you connecting, hopping over to a server, a chat server or a Google voice over Google hangouts over a lot of these chats. APS are based in America, and so if you're in Europe that you've obviously got the transatlantic jump from one side to another, those services might be under DOS attack, a denial of service attack, or if it's a very popular service, it just might be sheerly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of users, especially if something on the news gets released and it's a periscope. A periscope server might have multiple streams on there where people are live streaming from an incident, for instance, and over 20 or 30,000 people are connecting the streams. Obviously, that uses a lot of bandwidth, but it also creates a lot of latent see because the server is being overused with people trying to connect to it. 5. 1.4 - memory and bandwidth: talking briefly about bandwidth and memory. When I buy a computer these days, what I tend to do is to max out the amount of memory that that computer could have. I just find that these days, with the price of memory, it makes sense to buy a machine fully loaded to the hilt. I'm not saying that you will. You will necessarily use 32 kicks off member Just having that that freedom to move If you do have applications that run in the background. If you do have applications that accidentally load up or you load up A, I don't know, a graphics package or a video editing package. Just having that breathing room on memory and not this space means that your hard drive is not swapping things in and out, which also causes massive leg, especially with browsers. If it's trying to load and swap things out, it just makes whatever is happening at the time. Max out in the browse only end up with having 110% usage and you dropping frames in the video and then prop start to creep in to try max out the memory on all your new computers, as possible. Not all Internet is made equally just because you have 10 mega often make down but symmetrical each way is different. Do you have fiber? And a lot of people have been complaining in the UK that they have fiber Internet when really they don't. It's just the last mile to the exchange is not necessarily fiber Internet because it uses the old copper. While we are starting to see problems off, being oversaturated overpopulate with people, people complaining massively about them, not getting the right speeds, and you start to see Layton see creeping into connections. I tend to go with hosts if I'm living in a apartment or a place I tend to go to with a host that is really aggressive in terms of their sales, really aggressive in terms of getting the most out of their Internet connection is constantly shooting it. I tend to go towards the ones that gamers use gamers very much need a Internet provider that has super low latent See, I tend to use gamer I s peace because they normally have services for their upload and download our super super fast, though late in season really low because when you're connecting to game servers, a lower milliseconds ping that you have back and forth to that server, the better your game is gonna be. So if you want Teoh have the best Internet connection, look at what the games are using for their Internet, with different levels of band Wickham different routing levels higher up in the traffic route in order. So, for instance, if you're using fiber or gigabit Internet in a host of facility, chances are they are using a top tier Randlett system with a host, which then gives you almost like a slow, medium and fast lane on a jeweled carriageway or motorway or freeway. A lot of these providers that using 100 meg or a gigabit you starting to go in the sort of pecking order the routing levels. You have a lot less problems with the business class systems because you have less contention ratio there and you'll find that also, you have a lot less latent. See issues there because you tend to be able to wring a business advice line and say, Hey, I've got an issue and they sort it out really quick because when it comes to business class A lot more support ability to tap into, and you will find that you get a better quality of service than your average iced tea and service. STL Service Another thing that I mentioned earlier on home Connection Not good but important video meeting Tried tethering to your mobile for G signal. Now it seems crazy. But if you're getting a lot of latent, see that a lot of dropout lot packet loss. It might be that you get a decent connection on your four g signal and just tether that to your computer. So have that open ready and ready to go is and redundant option. Another thing I should say is that things lag over time. Remember to refresh everything before you go life. So, for instance, your chrome browser over my chrome browser all day long, gradually, gradually throughout the day that is bloating, eating up, more memory just by me, opening tabs going to different things before you go into a video chat. Always restart your video. Always restart your browser. It just it can make a difference. Or having four or five gig of memory all tied up, bloated in this browser and then releasing. Get starting a fresh and it might just be enough for your 30 minutes 60 minute video chap 6. 1.5 - tools to monitor your system: so let's quickly talk about applications. Istat Menu five format is system monitoring from your task bar. It's a super slick. I definitely recommend it for the money gives you the uptime, the load average of task and threads you can see actively see your upload download, and you can see what applications are using memories a really good way to find out and explores going on in your system. Some people think this is expensive, but as an activity monitored, there is free ones out there. I just find that this one is really good on a mat. You can use activity monitor. It's free. It's already installed on most MCA applications. If you're on Windows Machine, use something like the rain meter dot net. That's a very powerful system monitoring tool. Browsers can be the biggest so off memory. And, like I said, restarting before the chats and you'll see that you'll have a better video chat that you would if you just carried on using that browser that's been running all day On the key to this is get usedto monitoring your CPU and also the networking and processes side. If you can manage that bloat, if you can see what processes or what applications are taking up or your networking or you're bound. We might even have a bit torrent climb that's running in the background that you don't realize it's using So much. CPU are opening up so many ports and therefore almost restricting your ability to upload and download video content. Even though you've got a 10 make open down connection, it just might be suffocated by another application that's running on your system. 7. 1.6 - the roundup: so quickly the round of then I covered a lot of areas way you can be more aware of the requirements that are needed for a good video chat session. I gave you heads up about tools that you can use to understand what is happening on your system. I would say Invest a bit of time in understanding what applications are running in the background if you have a map. Istat menus five is absolutely brilliant, super slick you are. You don't need to go into absolutely infinite detail, but if you can see how much process or an application is using process threads and how much memory and you can have a rough idea of what applications to close when you're doing video chats. Maybe this helped you prompt to upgrade and get some or memory or bam with. If so, let me know. I'll be interested in what you did to fix your problem. If you could share this link out to my premiere course three months, access is only 99 cents, one euro ₹66. It's an absolute bargain. I hope you enjoy the information in this course. I'll see again my next one soon 8. 1.7 - review and share (...): while I have you enjoyed the course, Please share and review the course. It really does. Help me out. Click on the triple dot button. Leave a review shared with Twitter and Facebook. I'll catch up with you.