How to improve your video calls with NexiGo’s Webcam Software!
By: Tobin Carlberg | December 11, 2022
If you have a NexiGo webcam and want to look your best in your next Zoom call, we’re here to help.
Today we’re going to discuss how to use the NexiGo webcam settings app, a free software tool that lets you adjust how your NexiGo webcam looks. While all of our cameras are plug-and-play, this software lets you have full control over things like brightness, saturation, exposure, and more.
To download the latest version of our webcam software, head to nexigo.com/software. There will be an option for Mac and Windows users, so select the link that works with your operating system.
Once you have successfully downloaded the NexiGo software and plugged in your webcam, you’re ready to go! After opening the app, your NexiGo webcam will appear in the dropdown menu, so make sure it’s selected before you get started. Ideally, your webcam should be selected by default, but if you have multiple webcams connected at once, you may have to select it manually.
By clicking on the Preview button, you will be able to view the webcam in action. This preview will help you get a feel for how the video feed is going to look when adjusting each setting.
The first tab on the left-hand side is called Adjustments. Here you can change basic settings like brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue. The easiest way to change each setting is by dragging the slider from left to right, but you can also input a number into the text box if that feels more intuitive to you.
It's also important to mention that some NexiGo webcams can’t adjust certain settings. The N60, for example, doesn’t have the ability to adjust its hue or backlight compensation in the NexiGo software. Here’s a chart that explains the capabilities (and limitations) of most of our webcams.
Adjustment Settings: Explained
Are you feeling confused about how all these settings work? There are lots of them, so it’s normal to feel intimidated. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Adjusting the white balance is a good place to begin. If your image looks too orange or too blue, a small adjustment to the white balance makes the video feed appear more natural by ensuring the colors are more true-to-life.
The hue will let you change the overall color. It does tend to modify the image drastically, so try not to mess with this one too much, unless you’re trying to look blue or purple. Meanwhile, saturation determines how intense your colors are. Does your face look too washed out in the video feed? Saturation can add more color back into your lips and cheeks.
While this may be obvious, brightness lets you shine more light onto the image. This is typically the first thing you would change if you have an issue with your video being too dark, or too bright and washed out. Let’s say there’s a window behind you; if that’s the case, backlight compensation can prevent overexposure from any intense light sources hitting the webcam’s sensor.
Is your video feed looking a tad blurry? Sharpness can increase the detail of your image, smooth out the edges, and provide more texture to your face.
But if you feel like you went too far in a few places, you can press the Defaults button to put all your settings back to normal. So go ahead and play with them a bit so you can feel more comfortable with what they do, with the confidence of knowing that you can always press the undo button.
For more adjustments, the Advanced tab lets you change more dynamic settings like pan, tilt, and zoom. These settings let you properly frame the image so you’re always nicely centered in every video call.
Something to note — many of our webcams can’t adjust their pan, tilt, and zoom in the NexiGo software. If you're wondering if your webcam has these capabilities, remember that only webcams with digital zoom can use the PTZ settings in the Advanced tab. Also note that only our autofocus webcams let you adjust the focus in the app. Fixed-focus webcams have one level of focus, so you’ll have to move a certain distance away before you achieve full clarity. To find the focus range of your NexiGo webcam, check out our webcam comparison table.
Similar to the Adjustments tab, there’s a default button in the Advanced tab as well. Rest assured the default buttons are separate for each tab, so you won’t need to worry about accidentally undoing all of your other settings in the first tab.
Once you have all your settings just right, you can set a preset profile. That way, you won’t have to go back and change your settings each time you plug in your webcam. To save a preset, head to the box down below that says “preset as” and try to think of a name that is unique to the adjustments you just made. But remember, you can't use any special characters or spaces, otherwise your preset won’t save properly. Numbers will work, though.
Let’s say you need to save multiple presets for different situations or you have multiple NexiGo webcams plugged in at the same time. Just go down to the dropdown menu, select your desired preset, and press Load. Your preview image should display the preset you just selected. However, it’s important to note that presets settings aren’t transferable between different webcams, so if you have multiple NexiGo devices, make sure you have labeled your presets accordingly.
To delete a preset, select it from the dropdown menu and press the button that says "Del". This will permanently delete this preset, so make sure you have selected the right one. But even if you accidentally click the delete button, it’s not the end of the world; a pop-up will appear asking if you really want to delete it.
Using the NexiGo Software in Zoom
One of the best reasons to save your presets is so your webcam settings look pristine before you even start using your video apps. So whether you need to be on Zoom or Microsoft Teams for an important meeting, or you’re chatting with family through FaceTime or Skype, the NexiGo webcam software helps you stay prepared for any situation.
You can always keep the NexiGo app open while you're on Zoom, Teams, or Skype. The easiest way is to have it on the right side of your screen during your meeting, just in case you need to make a few adjustments midway through the call. Remember to make sure the camera is only open in one app at a time. Otherwise, your webcam’s video feed won’t appear.
And while there are plenty of video calling apps out there, we are going to focus on Zoom calls as it’s the most popular, but most video apps function similarly to Zoom anyways. Here are a few tips for improving your videos on Zoom:
Tips & Tricks for Zoom
- Zoom’s default resolution is set at 720p. To increase your resolution to 1080p, click the up arrow beside the Stop Video button, and select the very last option, Video Settings. Clicking on the HD checkbox will upgrade your video to 1080p.
- There’s some minor editing that you can do in the Video Settings tab. For example, you can touch up your appearance with the adjustable slider, which puts a filter to soften your face and helps to reduce blemishes.
- Still not happy with your lighting? You can adjust for low light in automatic mode, or manually drag the slider from left to right to find your preferred brightness level.
- In the Background & Effects tab from your Video Settings menu, it will give you the option to blur the background, use one of the many backdrops they provide, or you can even upload your own custom picture!
Have more questions?
If your understanding still feels just as hazy and out of focus as your webcam used to be, NexiGo’s Support Center will have everything you need, including:
- The FAQ page
- Warranty registration & returns
- The webcam comparison chart (with all the specs)
- Links to the webcam settings app
- Contact info for customer service
- Links to our webcams and their corresponding manuals
We hope this gives you a better understanding of how the NexiGo software tool can improve the quality of your video calls. For more tech tips and news on our latest products, we post a new blog every week!