A/V Check
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Written by Kira Fines-Kested
Updated over a week ago

Before you begin your class, Forum will check to ensure access to your camera, microphone, and headphones. If you encounter a problem during the AV check, see common microphone issues or common video issues for more information.

Ready for class

Upon entering class, an AV Test will begin, which checks your camera, microphone, and audio output.

If a working webcam and microphone are detected, you will see a notification that reads, “You’re ready for class.”

Confirm microphone levels by checking the bar at the bottom of the video feed. When you speak, the bar will move to show the level of detected sound. If the bar reaches up to a level where it’s green, then you are ready for class. If the bar only moves a small amount and remains red, your input audio is very quiet and may not be heard by others. If the bar does not move when you speak, then your microphone is not picking up any sound.

Selecting a camera and microphone

The AV check gives you the option to select a specific webcam or microphone. Use the drop-down menus to select your preferred camera and microphone. You can click Play Test Sound to check that your headphones are working and set to a comfortable volume level.

Clicking Enter Class will end the AV test and bring you into the classroom with your currently selected settings.


When Forum cannot detect or access your camera and/or microphone, a warning appears indicating there is an issue. Visit our common microphone issues or common video issues articles for more information.

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