Zoom vs Google Meet vs Microsoft Teams for Video Quality

You want to record an interview, or a client testimonial remotely…and you’re wondering about the best tool to use.
Let’s compare the 3 main software:
Zoom – Google MeetMicrosoft Teams

In this test, I recorded myself as a host with each tool. In this way I could compare the sheer compression each software applied to the recording at an “optimal setting”.

We have to keep in mind that for a good interview, you have to care about your hardware (webcam, microphone), your internet connection and your general environment (lighting, background noise).

But let’s compare the data:

Videographer test video quality of Google Meet

1. Google Meet

In Google Meet you can only record in the paid version which starts at 10€ per month.
Recorded Video Quality in my Test:
(update February 2024 – 1080p resolution is available under certain conditions – source)
The frame rate, which is how smooth the video appears, remains at 24 frames per second (fps). This is typical for video calls and ensures a smooth enough appearance without requiring too much data.
0.8 Mbit/s

The bitrate, which affects the quality and clarity of the video, was of 0.8 Megabits per second (Mbit/s). This measures how much data is transmitted every second.

It’s worth noting that actual frame rates and bitrates can vary based on several factors, including internet bandwidth, hardware capabilities, and Google Meet’s adaptive performance features.

Videographer test video quality of Microsoft Teams

2. Microsoft Teams

the recording option is only available in paid plans
– the resolution can go up to 1080p, which is pretty good, however, looking closer at it…
– …the framerate was only 16 frames per second, which doesn’t reach the minimum standard of 24fps.
(the exact frame rate can vary based on network conditions, Teams aims to provide a high-quality video experience that can adapt in real-time to bandwidth constraints and content types, potentially reaching up to 30 fps under ideal conditions.)
Recorded Video Quality in my Test:
1.6 Mbits/s
Some 2024 Updates:
AI-Based Optimization
: Microsoft Teams employs AI to dynamically optimize video and screen sharing quality. In bandwidth-constrained environments, Teams intelligently balances between picture quality and frame rate, ensuring that documents remain legible and motion video plays smoothly.
Advanced Audio Codec: Teams introduces the Satin Audio Codec, designed to deliver high-quality audio even at low bitrates, such as 7kbps.
Background Noise Suppression: Leveraging deep neural networks, Teams filters out background noise while preserving speech.
Videographer test the video quality of Zoom

3. Zoom

In Zoom,
you can record a meeting in the free version,
– However, these meetings have a time limit of 40 minutes.
Recorded Video Quality in my Test:
2.5 Mbit/s
As I found online, Zoom is enhancing its platform by focusing on AI to improve user experiences. This approach aims to make meetings more efficient and interactive, reflecting a commitment to adapt to the evolving needs of hybrid work environments.

Conclusion: Zoom vs Google Meet vs Microsoft Teams

Zoom vs Google Meet vs Microsoft Teams for Video Quality

Comparing the data:

If you want to record a video call, use Zoom rather than the two other main concurrents (Google Meet and Microsoft Teams).

Again, choosing the good software isn’t everything, you have to care about your hardware (webcam, microphone), your internet connection and your general environment (lighting, background noise).

If you are taking this kind of recording very seriously, there are some specific tools you can check out (riverside.fm, zencastr, remotely.fm), or arrange a meeting with a professional.

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