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Tips for show video and audio quality

hoopingLIVE is streamed via google+ HOA (Hangouts on Air) technology. Here are some tips for achieving the best quality.
  1. Have a good solid Internet connection. If possible connect your computer to your router or modem via a cat 5 or 6 cable instead of a WiFi connection. WiFi is subject to interference. 
  2. Use a good quality webcam. Logitech C910, C920 or C930 are good options.
  3. Have good lighting facing you and not behind you. Cameras love light. Audrey uses two aluminum clamp-on lights from Walmart (about $7 each) with 60 watt LED bulbs. They are placed facing her off to either side so the light is coming in at about a 45 degree angle. 
  4. Limit background noise and, if possible, use a separate microphone for good audio. Audrey uses an Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR2100-USB-Cardioid-Dynamic-Microphone/dp/B004QJOZS4/
  5. If you have never done a google+ video chat hangout before you can do a test hangout with yourself. This will also allow you to see what your video feed and lighting looks like. 
  6. Newer Apple and higher-end Windows computers often have good built-in webcams.
  7. In most cases it's best to use the google chrome browser to join the hangout-on-air. 
Hope to see you soon on the hoopingLIVE show!
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