Google Meet has added a very important feature that could help to boost your confidence before a meeting. The videoconferencing app has just added a new feature called ‘green room’. Green room allows you to do a pre-check of your audio, your dress, and your environment prior to a meeting.
This will most certainly guard against those embarrassing moments when the lighting is bad, audio is muted by mistake, and when the audio quality is nothing to write home about.
“We’re making it possible to quickly preview how you’ll appear to others before entering a Google Meet video call. You can use this new functionality to confirm that peripheral devices are properly configured and corrected, to check that your network connectivity is good, and to understand the impact of noise cancellation on your audio (if it’s available to your account),” Google said in an official blog statement on Tuesday.
When a problem is detected, you will see a warning and tips for troubleshooting common issues, such as granting your browser permission to use the microphone or camera.
The green room feature, which has already started rolling out, appears as a small button below your video close to the “Ready to join?” window. It will display with a message saying “Check your audio and video.” All you need to do is to click on that button, and a pop-up window will not only display your video image, you will also be allowed to see [and change] the microphone, speaker, and camera that is currently live.
As described by The Verge, a “Next” button on the pop-up window then allows you to record a short 6-second video sample. This allows you to see how you will look and sound to other participants. Google says the clip is private to you and will not be saved. Your mic, speaker, camera, and connection are also checked in the process and given the green checkmarks should everything be working fine.
Last October, Google Meet has started rolling out custom background images on the web. This is part of Google’s efforts towards giving you a more personalized feeling when using the videoconferencing app.
The update is a bit like background blur; just that this time around you get a chance to choose from handpicked images. These set of images include but not limited to office spaces, landscapes, and abstract among others. You will also be able to upload your custom images if you do not feel like using the default ones.