Introducing how to set up the camera and how to check if it is not reflected!

Introducing how to set up the camera and how to check if it is not reflected!

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From July 15, 2022, Zoom will have a 40-minute limit even for meetings with two participants if you have a free subscription. (Previously, it was only for meetings with 3 or more people.)
Companies and organizations using Zoom for business should consider switching to a paid license at this opportunity.

Zoom video conferencing allows you to communicate while checking the other person’s facial expressions and reactions.With the spread of remote work, there are cases where Zoom has become a communication tool instead of the phone.

Some people may say that these days, there are more Zoom meetings than face-to-face meetings.

Since there are many opportunities to meet face to face through the camera, you want to give a good impression to the business partner by paying attention to the camera shine of Zoom.

Especially if you are in the position of a presenter such as a webinar lecturer.

In this article, we will introduce how to set up the Zoom camera and how to deal with the problem that the camera image is not displayed.

How to choose a camera for Zoom

You don’t have to suddenly buy an expensive camera for Zoom.

Any camera recognized by the device will do.

First of all, try using Zoom with your camera or the built-in camera of your device, and if you want to improve the image quality or adjust the angle, you can purchase a device that suits your purpose.

Camera type and connection method

Camera type and connection method

When using Zoom for business, it is basic to turn on the camera.

However, computer cameras are rarely used outside of video conferencing.

If you have never fiddled with the camera settings before, you are likely to encounter troubles such as “The camera is not set even though the Zoom meeting has started” or “The camera is not shown but I do not know how to set it.”

Here, we will introduce the types of cameras that can be used with Zoom and how to set them up.

Check your camera settings before the Zoom meeting.

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PC’s built-in camera

Many laptops, smartphones and tablets have built-in cameras.

No special camera settings are required when using the built-in camera.

When you join a meeting with the Zoom app, you will be asked for permission to access your camera.

If you allow camera access, it will automatically connect to the built-in camera if no other camera is connected.

Switch between in-camera and out-camera

The built-in camera can be used immediately without initial settings, but one thing you should be careful about is switching between the in-camera and out-camera.

Laptops and smartphones may have cameras on both the outside (back) and inside (screen side) of the device, which can be switched manually.

If your video is on but you can only see the wall or you can’t see yourself, the video may be the outside camera.

If you want to participate in the Zoom meeting while looking at the screen of your device, switch to the in-camera on the screen side.

USB camera

You also have the option of using an external webcam if you want a better camera or want to place the camera wherever you like.

If you use an external camera and a tripod or stand, you can also adjust the direction and angle of the camera.

This section introduces the camera setting procedure when connecting a general USB camera to a computer for the first time.

  1. Make a USB connection between the camera and the computer. If your camera has a power switch, connect it and then turn it on.
  2. When connecting for the first time, the camera driver will be installed on the computer.
  3. Launch the Zoom app and click Settings (gear icon) > Video.
  4. Select the USB camera from the pulldown.

The camera used in the Zoom conference is now set to the USB camera.

External camera settings and advanced operations may require the attached app

If you want to make detailed settings or perform operations such as screen zoom with an external camera, you may need to install a dedicated app. For details, check the website of the manufacturer of the USB camera you are using.

Use your smartphone camera as an external camera

Most modern smartphone cameras have high image quality and high performance. Have you ever wanted to use this high-performance camera for video conferencing?

With the app, you can connect your smartphone to your computer as a webcam, and you can use it as a camera for Zoom.

Various applications have been released for using the smartphone camera as a web camera, but the following two are particularly famous.

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What are Zoom’s camera settings?

What are Zoom's camera settings

Zoom’s desktop client for PC has a rich camera setting menu such as video quality adjustment and correction in “Settings”.

Once the camera is ready, let’s adjust it to get the image you like.

How to open the camera settings menu

  1. Launch the Zoom desktop client and sign in.
  2. Click Settings > Video.

 

Items that can be set

Image quality (original size/HD)

With Zoom, you can set the image quality even on the free plan.

HD provides better image quality, but the operation may become slow due to the large amount of data.

Please select according to your usage environment.

mirror my video

You can display your own image by flipping it left and right like a mirror.

This feature is only on your screen and will not be flipped when viewed on other people’s screens.

correct the appearance

This is the so-called “skin effect”.

Turn on the check box and adjust with the slider to brighten and clean the skin.

Adjusted for low light

This function adjusts the brightness of the screen and is useful when the camera image is dark.

Check the box to select “Automatic” or “Manual”.

Camera Trouble Causes and Solutions

Camera Trouble Causes and Solutions

I will introduce how to deal with the case that “the image of the camera is not displayed in the Zoom meeting”.

Unmute video

If the camera image is not displayed on Zoom, check the status of the video camera icon on the meeting screen.

If the icon has a slash through it, the camera is muted.

Click the video camera icon to unmute.

Allow camera access

If your computer or smartphone camera cannot be used with Zoom, access to the app may be prohibited.

This is due to a feature to prevent unauthorized access to the camera.

If you intend to use the camera yourself, you can use it by allowing the app to access the camera.

How to allow access to the camera on PC (Windows 10)

  1. Open Start > Settings.
  2. Click “Privacy”.
  3. Click “Camera”.
  4. Turn on “Allow apps to access your camera”.
  5. Scroll down and turn on “Allow desktop apps to access your camera” as well.

How to allow camera access to Zoom on iPhone/iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Zoom”.
  3. Turn on “Camera”.

How to grant camera access to Zoom on Android

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & Notifications.
  3. Select “Zoom”.
  4. Tap Permissions and turn on Camera.

Restart the Zoom app

If the camera doesn’t work, the app may be stuck.

App freezes can be fixed by restarting.

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Try closing the Zoom app and restarting it.

If that doesn’t work, try rebooting your device.

stop other apps

If multiple applications that use the camera are running, the camera may not work properly or images may not be displayed.

Check if an application other than Zoom that connects the camera is running at the same time.

If multiple apps that use the camera are running, close all apps and then try to start Zoom only.

Preview your video in advance and take the worry out of camera settings

Preview your video in advance and take the worry out of camera settings

It’s safe to test in advance so that you don’t have to panic when you say “I can’t see the camera!”
Zoom allows you to preview the camera image yourself even before the meeting, so check it before the meeting starts.

Windows PC

  1. Launch the Zoom desktop client and sign in.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click “Video” to see a preview of the video.

sign in
Click "Settings"

iPhone/Android

  1. Launch the Zoom app and sign in.
  2. Tap New Meeting.
  3. Enable “Video On”.
  4. When you tap “Start meeting”, the image of the camera will be displayed on the screen.

summary

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  • With Zoom, you can connect a webcam in addition to the device’s built-in camera
  • First of all, it is OK with the camera on hand. Consider a high-performance camera depending on the purpose
  • You can adjust the video to your liking with Zoom’s video menu
  • It is safe to preview and check the image of the camera before the meeting starts

The first impression of a video conference is comparable to the first impression of a face-to-face meeting.

Please master the camera settings to give a good impression to the other party with Zoom.