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How to Enable and Force Zoom to Use Webcam in HD Quality

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May users are complaining that the video quality on their Zoom videoconferencing calls is so bad. The reason for blurry videos when using Zoom is, your webcam image is zoomed in by default. But, don’t worry, as we have created this guide to help you improve the quality of your Zoom videos by enabling HD on your camera settings.

Depending on the webcam that you are using on your laptop or desktop computer, you have three options under your camera settings in Zoom. You can choose from Original ratio, HD, and Mirror my video.

When selecting the HD option, you are effectively forcing Zoom to use the 16:9 ratio or the widescreen format. The “Original ratio” setting allows Zoom to use the maximum resolution that your webcam supports. For some cameras, however, when this option is enabled, it still could mean just a standard resolution, not necessarily a 16:9 ratio.

How to Enable and Use Camera HD Quality in your Zoom Video Calls

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If you want to force Zoom to use the 16:9 ratio in your video meetings, you need to enable the HD option. Please note that if you don’t see the HD selection under the Video > Camera settings, it simply means that your webcam does not support higher resolution videos.

Here’s how to enable HD on your Zoom desktop app.

  • Launch the Zoom desktop client on your Mac computer or Windows 10 PC.
  • Click on your profile picture at the upper-right corner of your screen.
  • Then, select Settings.
  • Choose the Video tab on the sidebar of the settings screen.
  • Select the HD check box to enable the setting.
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Now you will have a 16:9 (widescreen) resolution for your videos to use in your Zoom meetings. You might notice that you can select both HD and Original ratio, if that’s the case, the HD setting takes precedence. Your video quality will still be HD even if the Original ratio is enabled.

Were you able to make your Zoom video quality better using this guide? Please do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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