How to Make HD Skype Video Calls

HD Video Calling on Skype
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You want to get the high quality, high definition, crisp, clear and lively video quality as shown on Skype’s website when making video calls. You need to know that what you see on promotional and creative images are not actually shots of the reality. They have been reworked to show perfection. But you can come close to it. This is possible through Skype HD video. To achieve that, you need to make sure of the following.actuallThis is possible through Skype HD video.

To achieve that, you need to make sure of the following.

Get a HD Webcam

The integrated webcam on your laptop computer, or the small egg-shaped camera tucked on your desktop screen or sitting on your desktop will not give you HD quality if they are not HD webcams. If quality does not get in, quality will not come out. You need to buy a special HD web cam with specifications for quality will not come out. You need to buy a special HD web cam with specifications for high-quality video. Check this list for HD webcams.

Have Enough bandwidth

You need a good Internet connection for the HD video call to take place. Your connection needs to be fast enough to carry the bulky high quality video frames. For crisp images, 1.5 Mbps is recommended, although 1 Mbps can be sufficient. If you want to hold a conversation with more than one person at a time, multiple that number by the number of participants.

 Read more on how much bandwidth you require for Skype HD video. You may also further want to check whether there are concurrent bandwidth-consuming activities on your computer or device. Avoid downloading files or playing streaming media while on a Skype call.

Upgrade to The Latest Version of Skype

Skype has been refining his high-definition technology over time.

The latest version of Skype has the best mechanism for HD video. So upgrade. Here are guidelines on where to download Skype from. You also need to make sure that your correspondent has the latest version of Skype running as well. 

Mind Your Surrounding Light

It might sound like an outsider here, but light plays a capital role in image quality, both for picture and for video. You may have good hardware and connection, but a dim environment can ruin your images. You need to be showered by ample light. The brighter your environment, the clearer your video will be. Same applies to your correspondent.

Talk to HD-Ready Correspondents

You may have all of the above, but if your Skype buddy is still running on low resources and using old equipment, you are no better off. Both sides should be groomed for HD. That is, everyone needs a good camera for HD, everyone needs to have sufficient bandwidth, everyone needs to be running the latest version of Skype, and everyone needs to be well lit. Try this before starting an HD video call. Select the contact you want to communicate with, then on the conversation header, click on the Check Settings button. A visual network indicator will show whether your bandwidth will be good.