Video conferencing with HUE and Google Meet

Video conferencing with HUE and Google Meet

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Google Hangouts Meet, now often called Google Meet, is a popular online video conferencing platform with screen sharing. Like Zoom, it’s free to use and fully compatible with the HUE range of cameras. Your HUE will work with Meet as a plug and play device without any drivers.

All that you need to do is select your camera within Meet once you begin a call. If your camera isn’t available, check your computer’s privacy settings (these are part of Windows or macOS) to make sure that the computer isn’t blocking your browser from accessing the camera.

Google have published instructions for giving the Chrome browser permission to use your camera and microphone here, along with additional setup information for Meet.

Advanced options

In some video chat software, the webcam image is always shown mirrored so that you can react to your viewer in the same direction. Google Meet seems to apply this effect by default. You can verify that your students are seeing your image the correct way around, without any mirrored text, by asking them to share their screen with you (or you could make a test call to a spare computer if you have one available). The image you see on the caller’s screen should be normal, indicating that they are seeing your materials the way you want.

If you want to adjust the video for your callers, please see this page for help with changing the orientation of the video from your camera in third-party applications. Unfortunately there is no way to use your HUE camera in multiple applications simultaneously without the help of additional software like SplitCam.

The camera settings in the HUE Intuition software are unique to the application itself and changing these settings will not modify the camera’s view in Google Meet. As an alternative to sharing your camera directly in Meet, you could share your HUE Intuition window using Meet’s screen sharing feature. This will give you access to all of the extra tools from HUE Intuition during your calls.

Launch HUE Intuition and set up your camera to focus on your subject. Open the Google Meet web app and start/join a call (you do not need to select a camera at this time).

Once you are on a call, click on the Present Now button at the bottom right of the screen and then choose ‘A Window‘. A pop-up window should appear near the top of the screen with a list of open application windows to share. Click on the HUE Intuition option, then click on the Share button to share it with your Google Meet call.

This should take you straight to the HUE Intuition window, ready to start your presentation. There should be a small Stop Sharing button at the bottom of the screen for when you’re done (you can hide the button if it is obstructing your view). 

If you have a built-in camera on your computer you could assign this as your webcam in Google Meet so that the people on the call can also see your face while you are demonstrating with HUE Intuition. Click on the red, crossed-out camera icon and Google Meet should automatically find any free cameras available.

You may also find our HUE Camera Viewer tool for the Chrome browser a useful alternative to HUE Intuition as there is minimal setup required when you start it in Quick Viewer mode. If you’re using HUE Camera Viewer with Meet’s screen sharing feature, choose ‘A Chrome Tab’ as the screen you want to share.