You’ll need to let Hangouts use your camera and microphone when you start a video call for the first time. On Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers, this includes downloading and installing the latest version of the Hangouts plugin.
- Broadband connection to the Internet
- USB web camera or BlackMagic device
- Other devices, like virtual cameras, may not work with Hangouts
- Any 2 GHz dual-core processor or greater
The bandwidth used by Hangouts is adaptive and will vary to provide the best experience on participants’ network.
For the best video results, make sure you use a light source that is behind your camera. Your video will not work well in low light situations.
If you have headphones, use them for the call. Headphones with a microphone in them work even better to enhance your voice quality.