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Best practices for virtual background

With the Hippo Video’s virtual background feature, you’ll feel a lot more confident while recording from your home or anywhere.

Here's a quick video on best practices for virtual backgrounds,

Why to use virtual background?

  • To maintain a professional appearance.

  • To avoid background obtrusively.

  • To keep your privacy. 

How to choose your background?

  • Recommend using a high-contrast, solid-color backdrop, preferably a green screen, or go for a matte, non-reflective background.

  • Keep your background surface close to you.

  • Don’t wear clothing that’s the same color as your virtual background.

How to choose your camera?

  • If you are using your computer or phone camera, make sure it's clear and smudge-free.

  • Higher-quality cameras produce a better virtual background, so an external webcam is ideal.

How to choose your lighting?

  • Try to keep the lighting uniform across your shot (no dappled light) and not too bright or dim.

  • Avoid windows, and be aware that the sun will move during daytime meetings.

  • Putting a lamp in front of you ensures a more professional look. 

How to choose your background image?

  • Use high-quality, high-resolution images.

Let’s dive into detail for more tips and practices to drive outstanding results.

  1. Use Relevant Backgrounds for your videos: The good news is that you have a host of excellent options in Hippo Video available to you, and you can avoid the messy background if you choose to use them. You can also use LinkedIn or website backgrounds to impress your prospects.

Tip: Use board room or slick office background.
  1. Use Pleasant Color Schemes: It is always an important factor to consider perfect or proper virtual background color while recording. Make sure the chosen colors are simple in order to have a realistic look and feel which in turn makes your calls more interactive. 

Tip: Use a subtle gradient. It gives some depth but the lack of background detail holds well in the video.
  1. Subtle Ways to Promote Yourself or Your Business: Make sure to incorporate your branding such as a logo in the background during recordings. You can also select the right fonts and color palettes for your background that match your brand to make it more professional.

  2. Avoid Using Too Much Text: Always make sure to use a high-quality, high-resolution background image with minimal text.

  3. Avoid Distracting Elements: If you choose a virtual background that’s heavy on detail, you’re not going to stand out on your screen. There are plenty of free images available to use. It’s always preferred to think about the kind of impression you want to make to your meeting attendees. 

  4. Add Proper Lighting: It’s a great idea to use a green screen for a more professional look. It works to detect the difference between you and your background and maximizes the performance of the virtual background feature. 

Tip: If you’d rather not use a green screen or alternative, choose a background that is matt and non-reflective. 

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