Change media settings during a video call

If you have already started a video call with your customers through browser using your computer’s microphone, but in the during the meeting you want to change the audio source to an external microphone, you don’t need to interrupt the meeting to change your preferential media.

VEEDEEO added the ability to change the settings of video and audio input and output (microphone, speakers, bandwidth, camera) after you have started your video meeting without affecting it.

Just go to the left side menu and select the Media Settings option in the More icon.

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In the framework choose the option of your choice:

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You can change the media input/output during the meeting whenever you want or according to your needs.

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Join video meetings audio only

You can now join or start any VEEDEEO meeting audio only!

You can be a participant in a video meeting and keep your camera off. You can be a listener or even say what you have to say while you are on the move or seated in a openspace.

This is a great update on VEEDEEO and is particularly useful if you do not have a webcam on your desktop but really need to attend the meeting or your bandwidth is quite poor. It also helps you avoid unnecessary interruptions during the meeting due to bad internet connection.

When you are about to join or start a VEEDEEO meeting, choose Audio only and then click START.

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All your guest can enter the meeting and choose audio only as well. If they click the link on the email invitation, they will be able to choose their entry in the meeting. They can select CALL AUDIO ONLY.

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If you want to learn more about this feature, contact our specialist at support@veedeeo.me.

Set the best definitions at the meeting entry

You are about to start a video meeting, but you forgot to set everything for the best image and audio quality. Do no worry!

From now on, you can start or join a VEEDEEO meeting and change your settings right before you enter your video space.

When you GO TO VIDEO SPACE or START MEETING, you are redirected to the meeting settings page. There you will find several options to help you optimize the meetings experience.

If you enter the meeting as the host

Choose the media source of your preference:

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If you enter the meeting as a guest

Guests can follow the invitation link on their emails. All guests are able to access to any video meeting with different types of entry:

  • using browser;
  • using video conferencing system;
  • audio only;
  • or screen-sharing only – if they only need to share a file with the other participants (for example, you are an assistant on a broadcast session, and you are supporting the speaker by showing his visual content).

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Start a video meeting to check this new entry  options.

 

Why bandwidth is the most important guest of your video meetings

In this world of information on a global scale and frantic paces, bandwidth should be a major concern to any business with presence in the World Wide Web.

The web traffic is increasing and content is evolving, getting more and more sophisticated. Large files, high-resolution images and videos, the constant access to web applications. Everyone is connected nowadays, through their private and professional devices and networks. Content is consumed in seconds, as people’s attention is requested in several places at the same time.

Bandwidth determines how fast a website or web application loads on a browser and may test its visitors patience if it takes more than 15 seconds – the average time a person spends on a website according to Tony Haile, CEO of ChartbeatPeople do not want to suffer while waiting for a video to load or an email to reach their inbox. Besides, technology is raising the bar and making consumers increasingly demanding. They know what they want – and they want quality. A low bandwidth will limit and affect the quality of the content seen by the eyes of the user.

For the best video conferencing experience, bandwidth has its (very important) role as well. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred in a second and is measured in bits per second. It may determine the connection speed and ultimately interfere with the image and audio quality of your video meeting. A high bandwidth has the potential to make users happier, as their video meeting experience improves.

A slow internet connection impacts download and upload speeds. Due to our behaviour as Internet users, connections are normally set up to allow faster download speed than upload speed – that is how we can stream a video or load a website in seconds. Home networks commonly follow this tendency, but corporate networks can have similar download and upload speeds, which is fitting for video conferencing. What happens during a video call is that you send your video feed (upload) to the other connected video points, which they receive and stream (download) and send back their video feed, etc.

The ideal is to have a stable Internet connection with equal download and upload speeds for your video meetings. VEEDEEO requires a minimum bandwidth of 512 kb/s both download and upload for a HD image resolution of 720p, but we recommend a bandwidth of 1024 kb/s both download and upload for a great video experience. The higher the bandwidth, the better the quality of the image, especially if your hosting HQ video meetings with a resolution of 1080p, which require bandwidths above 4 Mbp/s upload and download speed. You can test your connection speed and predict the quality of your video meeting.

To avoid any surprises during the meeting, get informed about the bandwidth you have available so you know the limits of the download of internet videos or the upload of large files. Or, better, close all Internet-spender apps or websites you won’t need during the meeting. Then, test the connectivity before the meeting to make sure the image is as steady as possible. Bear in mind sometimes a low bandwidth is acceptable if the participants in your meeting are seated and won’t make movements and gestures that may result in motion lags or jerky movements.

But bandwidth is not the only thing to be taken into account. Connections may be affected by latency, a delay, lower or higher and measured in milliseconds, depending on several factors, such as the location of the remote servers or the network hardware. Satellite Internet connections, for instance, tend to have higher latency. If you host or join your video meetings from your desktop, bear in mind your PC should have a good processing capacity, with a good processor with a minimum speed of 1.7 Ghz and 2 cores.

Bottom line, consider investing in a good bandwidth service and technology will never let you down.

 

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