7. Test your audio and video

We recommend you test your audio and video (webcam) before running your first meeting, at the beginning of each meeting and if you are using Zoom on a different computer. 

For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Test computer or device audio and Test your webcam guides by Zoom.

Audio options

Option Explanation
Automatically adjust microphone volume This option will automatically adjust your microphone volume based on how loud you are speaking to maintain a consistent level. 
Use separate audio device to play ringtone simultaneously This option allows you to set a separate speaker to play the Zoom ringtone if someone calls you via Zoom.
Press and hold SPACE key to temporarily unmute yourself

If this option is selected, when your microphone is muted, you are able to press the SPACE key to temporarily unmute yourself to speak.

Video (webcam) options

Option Explanation
Enable HD When this option is selected, your webcam will appear in the highest possible quality. 
Enable mirror effect When this option is selected, it will make you appear the correct mirror image for participants. For example, if you raise your right hand, it will appear on the right hand side of the screen. This setting is imperative for visual demonstrations. 
Touch up my appearance

This option retouches your video display with a soft focus. This can help smooth out the skin tone on your face, to present a more polished looking appearance when you display your video to others.

Turn off my video when joining meeting

This option will automatically turn off your video when you join a meeting. This setting will provide you with time to prepare before your webcam is visible to participants. You can then turn on your video by clicking on the Start Video button. 
Spotlight my video when I speak If you select this option, your video will be highlighted when you speak. This setting is useful if there is more than one webcam shared at the same time. 

Tasks to complete

  1. Test your audio device.
  2. Test your video (webcam).