The Best Features Of Google Hangouts
By Susanne Webster On March 8, 2015
In terms of VoIP and free video calls, a war has been launched between Skype, which is promoted by Microsoft; chat applications for phones, like Viber and LINE; and Google Hangouts.
If I have to decide for only one, I will definitely choose Google Hangouts. Indeed, beyond the simple fact that Hangouts works beautifully, even during videoconferences to 10 people, there are so many little extras making Hangouts inescapable. However many of those features are unknown. In the following I will introduce my favourite 9 features of Google Hangouts. .
1# Register your call or conference on YouTube – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
The first feature that’s not well-known yet extremely practical, Hangouts on Air—for recording calls on YouTube
As the name suggests, the videoconference is broadcast live on YouTube. But pay attention to the privacy settings; it is possible to significantly restrict access to your videoconference.
Once the call and live broadcast has ended, the video is automatically saved to your YouTube account. To access it, go to the Video Manager section.
2# A real-time mini video controller – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts offers another big advantage: the capability to access a mini video controller from the options.
From this control room, you’ll be able to turn the microphone on or off and capture the participants in the video conference through the webcam.
The tool has been widely used by YouTubers and podcasters around the world because it limits post-production work.
3# Manage your Circles to quickly launch calls – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
As part of the Google ecosystem, Hangouts is of course closely linked to the Google+ social network. A proper use of the VoIP service requires organized Google+ Circles. The result? You save time.
Do you frequently hold videoconferences with your friends or colleagues? Then consider creating a Circle to initiate conversations quickly so you don’t have to add all participants one by one.
4# Schedule your Hangouts appointment – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
When setting a Hangouts call, you can of course invite your Circle of friends and add a description in the Details field. The notification system of Google+ keeps you abreast of news related to the event.
5# Applications and games for Hangouts – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
Besides the YouTube video module and collaborative work via Google Docs, which is discussed below, Google Hangouts includes several applications, all free.
To use an application, simply download the module corresponding to the service. The icons are then added to the control centre on the left of the screen, and all participants can search for them in the video call.
Sound design with « Soundation », stories with « A Story Before Bed », and visual quizzes with « Panoramio »—these add-ons can really make your Hangouts conversations more exciting.
6# Collaborative work via Hangouts and Google Docs – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
Screen sharing has already become a basic feature of all videoconferencing services, but we cannot say this about collaboration. Google Docs scores where services like Skype are completely lacking.
To edit a document during a call (up to 10 people can do so), you must download the module and then create a new document or open an existing one. Once completed, the document can of course be saved locally or on your Google Drive.
7# Watching YouTube videos with other interlocutors – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
YouTube Hangouts is another application worth visiting. It allows you to stream a video in a window of the call centre. The video is visible to all participants.
Google also mutes the microphones of your contacts as soon as the video plays. To watch a clip or the last trailer, locate the video through the search engine and then add it to the module’s playlist.
You feel like listening to a podcast? Prepare your video playlist in advance, start a live show on YouTube with Hangouts, and avoid the dirty work of postproduction.
8# Change the given bandwidth in Hangouts – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
After the appeal launched, you cannot properly navigate the web? The bandwidth given to videoconferencing is too high? Do not panic! To correct this inconvenience, click on the Internet reception symbol between the toothed-wheel settings and disable the webcam icon.
Reducing the bandwidth given to video calls also lowers the quality of the image itself. However, this should allow you to continue to navigate, play, or download during the call. Note that although the quality of the call is lower, you should not feel a lag between the audio and video.
9# A random button for Hangouts Effects – The Best Features of Google Hangouts
Remember the famous winks of MSN? Google Hangouts also offers funny and kitschy animation. This option is called Google Effects, and the module is installed by default.
What you may not know is that Google allows you to change random effects. The button hides to the right of the window. Luckily, making fun of people, even on the Internet, has never killed anyone.
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