If you are a regular visitor to our website and/or our YouTube Channel, you know that we host and/or take part in alot of Google Hangouts Live on air. (aside from our Live Standalone YouTube Broadcasts)
We get requested alot to add people to the hangouts, so in order to make the experience a success for all parties (the hangout host and all live guests, plus the viewers watching at home) we have complied a list of helpful tips to assist you in participating.
Here’s the list of what you need and what we recommend for the best hangouts:
- Google Account (Gmail address): Do you have one? If yes, then log into it. If not, go create one, it’s free!
- Webcam: Got one? You don’t have to have one, you can join with just audio, but it’s much better when we can all see each other. Built in webcams will work great, but I recommend the Logitech C920
- Microphone: Got one? It’s best to use an external mic, but built in mics in your webcam will suffice quite nicely
- Headphones: I cannot stress the importance of these enough. Unless you want to feel like you are the ballpark and hearing “now batting…batting…batting..batting” echos galore, then USE HEADPHONES! Earbuds are better than not using something at all.
- Good lighting: Try to have some decent light on you, no huge bright lights behind you or you’ll end up being a silhouette on the camera, if you have glaring sunlight, try and adjust blinds/curtains to control the lighting somewhat. If it’s night, add moderate lighting.
- Quiet Area: Try to position yourself in a noise-free environment. Next to your newborn baby’s crib or the dog cage, are probably 2 places to avoid. What you hear at your house, we hear magnified by 10. Be courteous to other guests and viewers at home.
- TV/Radio/Stereo: Turn off all televisions, music sources in the home while you are actively taking part in the hangout. Copyright law does not permit any of these sounds and/or visuals to be re-broadcast over a live hangout. You will be subject to removal from the hangout if you do not abide by this very important rule.
- Speak when spoken to: You know how it’s hard sometimes to both talk on a cell phone and hear one another? Google Hangouts are even worse. Speak when spoken too, and as you are talking, your camera will be front and center, and you are the star of the show, at least while you speak. Be courteous and try not to talk over someone. It happens, but just try and use common courtesy.
What these buttons do (hover over the top center of your screen when in a hangout and this little menu bar will pop up)
1: Toggles your mic on or off. Gotta sneeze? Click this button, sneeze away, then click it again when you are ready to talk
2: Toggles your camera on/off? Rip your pants and gotta change quick? Use this button! Your default profile picture will show up in it’s place.
3: Overall settings, quality, microphone source, the brains of your hangout session
4: Terminate the call
5: Lets you know if you are on or off air. Usually we talk and give the riot act to you before we go live. Then we broadcast live. This will glow when LIVE.