Enhancing your live steam using Zoom transcript

If your school is interested in improving the overall quality of your virtual celebration there are a few setup and hardware considerations you may wish to explore.

We acknowledge the first Australians as the traditional custodians of the continent, whose culture is the oldest living culture in human history. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and we respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We extend our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people here today.They share the memories, traditions and hopes of the traditional ancestors with the new generations, today and in the future. We would also like to thank them for looking after this land for thousands of years.

In this video we'll have a quick look at the ways of improving your video feed with external cameras, your audio with microphones and utilizing pre-recorded content.

Firstly your webcam. Most laptops now come with one or two built-in webcams, one front and one rear-facing. However, you may find the overall picture quality is not what we'd like.

To improve this schools might like to investigate a higher quality external webcam that connects via USB. Webcam features such as a 1080p image resolution or above, HD zoom capability and high quality inbuilt microphones are things to look for.

External cameras also give you some more flexibility with the placement that suits your environment.

Another option to improve your live stream is the use of a second camera. Zoom gives you the ability to switch between camera feeds during your live stream to another video capture device.

Bounce back and forth between your cameras to offer different perspectives throughout your live stream.

One thing that can really affect your live stream is the quality of the sound collected from the microphone. If the subject is some distance away from your streaming device it is likely that the microphone will struggle to capture good quality audio.

Schools may wish to investigate purchasing an external microphone such as a shotgun or line mic, cabled lapel or a wireless lapel microphone for this task. Alternatively you can use the smartphone or tablet suggestion with Zoom installed as detailed in an earlier video.

A shotgun mic or the wireless lapel mic will allow you to record audio wirelessly, whereas an external USB or a lapel microphone with a cable will need to be tethered to the streaming device.

Using pre-recorded material is a great way to add content to your live stream. To share this content with your audience make sure to have the files, videos, slide decks, photo slideshows or images pre-loaded onto their streaming device.

When ready, click the share screen button and choose the screen that contains your pre-recorded content. If it contains audio, make sure that you check the box that says share computer sounds. Share this content with your audience then click the stop sharing button and return to your camera feed.

Screen sharing a slide from any presentation software is a great way to have a wait screen with some music, prior to the commencement of your live streaming event.

[Background music plays]

You can also share additional content via a linked iphone or ipad. When you choose share screen you will see an option to share from an ipad. Once selected ensure that this ipad is on the same wi-fi connection and then swipe down from the top and choose screen mirroring. From the next list you want to choose the connection that says Zoom and your device name.

I encourage you to test this link prior to the event to ensure a speedy connection.

Return to top of page Back to top