Zoom’s virtual background feature can add some flair and organization to online meetings, as well as helping hide messy home offices or bedrooms.
Zoom admins can enable customizable Zoom backgrounds for their entire organization or specific groups of employees. Once enabled, users can modify their background before or during meetings.
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1. Open the Zoom app.
Zoom is one of the leading video meeting apps available, and offers some fun features that can add spice and variety to your meetings. Virtual backgrounds allow you to cover up messy office or bedroom spaces and studio effects can add flare. We will demonstrate how to change your background on Zoom as well as offer guidance and best practices when using virtual backgrounds and other features.
If you’re hosting a Zoom call, to change its background simply click your name in the top right corner and select Background & Filters from the drop-down menu that appears. This will open a panel on the left with different options such as Virtual Background. From here you can either choose one from pre-existing selections or click plus sign to upload custom backgrounds – provided they meet at least 1280 x 720 resolution requirements.
Once you’ve selected a background, select the checkbox next to “I Have a Green Screen.” This will enable chroma keying and will replace any color found within your video with that chosen background. Please be aware that if wearing clothes of similar hue will also key out and disappear from your video footage.
If you are not hosting a Zoom call, but still wish to personalize your background, simply click your profile icon in the top-right corner and select Background & Effects from the drop-down menu that appears. From there you can either select from premade options or click Plus sign to upload one.
2. Click your name.
As companies increasingly rely on virtual tools for conducting meetings, video conference apps such as Zoom are becoming essential. But changing your Zoom name prior or during a meeting can be challenging without proper guidance; in this article we’ll teach you how to change it across devices and platforms.
First, open the Zoom app on either your computer or mobile device and log in using your username and password. When logged in, click your name in the top-right corner to open your profile – here you can change your name, personal meeting ID number and other profile data as well as add a custom photo for your Zoom profile.
Once you’ve updated your information, click ‘Save’ to save and apply your changes. Your new name will now appear at all future meetings; additionally you can modify your background using the ‘Backgrounds and Filters’ menu in ‘My Profile.
Zoom allows you to change the virtual background while in a meeting as well. Simply tap the More button while in a Zoom meeting and select Virtual Background; there you’ll have access to pre-installed backgrounds or upload your own images for use. Green screen backgrounds can also be set, however please make sure that they are calibrated before doing so.
Zoom allows administrators to enable virtual backgrounds at both an account or group level, enabling admins to upload their desired backgrounds for users on their team to use. If this option appears grayed-out, this may have been locked for security or compliance reasons.
3. Click Background & Filters.
Zoom allows you to add virtual backgrounds to your video calls, making them more entertaining and engaging. You can change the background before or during meetings and also utilize video filters and studio effects for further customization of the video call experience. This guide will demonstrate how to change your background on Zoom on both desktop and mobile platforms.
To change the background on a desktop computer, launch Zoom app and click your profile icon in the top-right corner. Next, choose Backgrounds & Filters in the left sidebar; from here, you can select either from Zoom’s selection of default backgrounds or upload one yourself.
On your mobile phone, launch the Zoom app and click the three dots at the bottom right to open the More menu. Next, tap More options > Virtual background to choose or upload a backdrop of your own choice. For green screen setups, enable smart virtual background by checking its box – this feature uses your video’s color palette to automatically substitute an appropriate image behind you with its virtual counterpart.
If you don’t own a green screen, the virtual background feature still allows you to use virtual backgrounds by selecting “I don’t have a green screen”. However, the quality of virtual backgrounds may be inferior when compared with those using green screens.
If you prefer to conceal your real background instead of creating one virtually, using the Blur thumbnail can also help. This feature darkens pixels of your video so as to lessen its visibility among coworkers. Please be aware, though, that this feature only works on iOS devices; not Android or Windows ones.
4. Select a background.
Working from home often means holding Zoom meetings from an uninspiring office, messy bedroom or even with your pup running amok in the background. But Zoom’s virtual background feature can help cover this up so you appear more put together during video calls. Enabling and changing it are easy processes; plus you can even blur your real background so only your face shows through!
To use virtual backgrounds with Zoom Desktop App, first login with your name at the top right corner and click your name again in the background right corner. When the Backgrounds & Filters tab loads up, your camera will activate and you’ll see a list of preset backgrounds on the left-hand side. Simply choose one to use for your next Zoom meeting!
Simply click the plus icon at the bottom of your screen, select an image from your computer, and tap Close when finished to return to your Zoom meeting.
If you prefer blurring your actual background rather than replacing it with images, click the Virtual Backgrounds tab in the left menu and select one of the preloaded backgrounds or click + to upload a custom Zoom background of your own choosing.
Once in a Zoom meeting, you can also enable virtual backgrounds by clicking the up-arrow by your video camera and choosing Choose Virtual Background from the menu. After selecting a background it will automatically apply for all future meetings with Zoom.
5. Click Save.
Zoom comes equipped with an impressive selection of virtual backgrounds, but you can create your own. To do so, navigate to the Virtual Backgrounds tab of the Background & Filters section of your settings menu and click on “+ Choose Virtual Background”.
To use Zoom background as a virtual backdrop, open up a small window where you can select an image or video for use as your virtual background. Uploading custom-sized thumbnail images gives your Zoom background even more personal appeal – just be wary if any clothing worn during calls matches the virtual background’s color, as this could cause it to key out or blur your appearance during calls.
Once you’re finished selecting your background, click the save icon in the lower-right corner to save your changes. If you wish to make additional modifications later on, click on the refresh icon at the top of your screen and follow these same steps again.
Zoom provides an effective green screen feature to assist with hiding distractions from their home office, without breaking the bank. Simply click your name in the upper-right-hand corner during a Zoom call and select the box labelled ‘I have a green screen.
Once enabled, this feature enables you to change your background at any time during a zoom meeting – just make sure there are no participants who don’t also support this option!