9. How to improve computer performance for mmhmm

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Hi there! If you’re like us, you’re spending a lot more time on video than ever before. With mmhmm, we’re trying to make that a bit more fun and engaging. Clear, compelling video communication should be easy for everyone.

This article is meant to be a user manual of sorts, so read it in its entirety or use the table of contents to jump around. Check out other articles in this user manual on the right-hand side of this page.

Don’t see the answer to your question? If you’re having technical difficulties or want to suggest a topic for this guide, click here to submit a request or email us at help@mmhmm.app.

Table of contents

Overview

Video software can be demanding on your computer. When you are running mmhmm alongside  Zoom, Meet, and other memory-intensive programs, you may notice issues such as slower response time, computer fan noise, or choppy or delayed video. Here are some steps you can take to optimize your computer’s available resources.

Restart your computer

Restarting your machine can free up system resources, especially if it’s been a while since you last restarted.

On Mac

On your Mac, Click on the Apple logo on the top left-hand side of your screen, then select Restart.

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If you don’t want app windows that are open to reopen when your Mac restarts, deselect “Reopen windows when logging back in.”

On Windows

On Windows, Go to the Start menu, select the Power button, and then select Restart.

Quit unnecessary programs

On Mac

There are two ways to find and quit running apps quickly on Mac.

Using the Dock

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Locate the Dock at the bottom of the Mac screen (if icons are not visible, move your mouse over that area to show them). Running applications have a dot under them. 

  1. Right-click on the icon once to activate that application. 
  2. Select Quit.
  3. Repeat until all the applications you aren’t using are closed.

Using the Application Switcher

On your keyboard, hold the command (⌘) key down, then press Tab (⌘-tab) to see the Application Switcher.

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You’ll see a row of icons with all of your computers running applications appear in the middle of the screen. 

    1. While continuing to hold the command key down, tap the Tab key to cycle through them. 
    2. When the icon for an application you want to quit is highlighted, while continuing to hold the command key, press Q (⌘-Q) to quit it. It should disappear from the icon list.
    3. Repeat until all the applications you aren’t using are closed.

On Windows 

A lot of applications that you close will continue running in the background. To ensure that the application is fully closed, use the Windows Task Manager.

To open Task Manager, you can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard or right-click the Windows taskbar and select Task Manager from the menu.

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With Task Manager open, select the task you want to quit, and then select End task.

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Note: Be sure to save your work in the application you want to close before selecting End task in Task Manager.

Use a physical green screen

The virtual green screen feature in mmhmm requires a lot of computer resources. If you have a physical green screen, consider using it instead. To learn more about green screens and lighting, read this article on green screen best practices.

Don’t see the answer to your question? If you’re having technical difficulties or want to suggest a topic for this guide, click here to submit a request or email us at help@mmhmm.app.

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