productive solutions for home office or remote workspace
As remote work and livestreaming become more popular and everyone works from home using e.g. teams and zoom, the standard for video setups will go up. What do you need if you want to stand out in a call ? Particularly for those who are working remotely for the first time, the streaming setup of a home office can be a perplexing one.
Working from your dining table or couch with a laptop doesn’t always work well. A work area is fundamentally different than any other area in the home. It’s important to be intentional about the space where you do the bulk of your work, designing it to be presentable for remote conferencing or surprise video chats and to create an atmosphere where you are productive and focused.
As you begin to interact with your homeoffice, you may determine that monitors should be shifted, lighting should be added or tweaked and that you actually need good quality microphones and camera. Check out our pro streaming setup to stand out in a webinar or online meeting. If you need advice let us know, we are happy to help you out.
Tailor your workspace
While most laptops ship with passable webcams, they do not offer optimal quality. A dedicated camera offers not only a higher resolution camera, but is able to handle low-light scenarios and touching up one’s appearance, tweaking e.g. white balance and better mount options.
Whenever possible, avoid using the inbuilt microphone of a laptop or desktop monitor when communicating. These microphones tend to be of low quality, and do little to stop background noise. A premium microphone can offer better quality sound providing exceptional clarity and noise reduction on video calls.
If you’re planning to present on a regular basis, consider a teleprompter. To create training modules or asynchronous video overviews, a teleprompter enables you to see your presentation while looking directly into the camera. This creates a more authentic connection with the audience.
When communicating via teams or zoom or recording webinars, one needs to be more cognizant of the lighting around them. DIY solutions are relatively easy to create Elgato’s Key Light is a great example. By placing one Key Light at the edge of a desk and facing its LEDs directly into the wall, a soft, refreshing light is bounced back onto the speaker.
USB-C is a great thing, now more laptops than ever ship with USB-C ports that can be used for all manner of things. Whether it’s charging, display connections or your camera and lights. Effectively expand your laptop or notebook’s capabilities, it’s easy to connect your workathome setup with one cable and you are ready to go.
Eliminate the need to map and memorize keyboard shortcuts with a streamdeck controller and use the virtual background features to display an image or video as your background during a meeting. This works best with a physical green screen and uniform lighting to detect the difference between you and your background. You can upload your own images or videos as a virtual background.
Here's our work-from-home setup to stand out in a call.
Perfect for online meetings e.g. zoom and teams, DIY studios, webinars, podcasters, streamers the Elgato Wave:3 Premium Microphone & Digital Mixing Solution is easy to setup and offers a clean and crisp professional sound, as well as great control over your audio.
The EVERET EVC203 is a enterprise level FHD 1080P30 USB 2.0 conference camera with 3x optical zoom and 108° diagonal field of view. Ideal for video conferencing in professional meeting spaces of all sizes and especially Huddle rooms.
The Stream Deck integrates your streaming setup with vmix or obs, optimize your productivity with popular online meeting software like zoom or teams and helps to automatically detect scenes, media, and audio sources, enabling them to be controlled with the tap of a key. 15 LCD keys can be programmed to launch an array of actions, while a one-touch, tactile operation allows you to switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio, and more.
Record or stream an HDMI signal via USB 3.0 with the Magewell USB Capture HDMI Gen 2. With its HDMI v1.4a input, this capture device will accept resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 at 60p. If you need to stream or record at a certain resolution, the USB Capture HDMI will internally up or down-covert the input signal to the set resolution. It can also perform frame-rate conversion and de-interlacing in real-time with its own hardware, taking the processing load off of your computer’s CPU.
The Stream Deck Mini integrates your streaming setup with vmix or obs, optimize your productivity with popular online meeting software like zoom or teams and helps to automatically detect scenes, media, and audio sources, enabling them to be controlled with the tap of a key. 6 LCD keys can be programmed to launch an array of actions, while a one-touch, tactile operation allows you to switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio, and more.
The EVERET EVC210 is an enterprise level FHD 1080P30 USB 2.0 conference camera with 10x optical zoom and 62.5° wide angle field of view. Ideal for video conferencing in professional meeting spaces of all sizes and especially Huddle rooms.
If you need HD resolution and more camera inputs than the standard Basic software offers, step up to vMix Basic HD Live Production Software. Supporting resolutions up to 1920×1080 and four total inputs, vMix Basic HD offers a more streamlined feature set intended for customers that don’t require advanced control functions and external hardware support. Program recording, live streaming, a fullscreen output, and an external output are supported.