It was the Zoom call heard, or seen around the country — a lawyer accidentally turned himself into a cat, thanks to a filter.
Zoom says it “has a bunch of free filters to make meetings fun.” But a pizza hat or an eye patch that was OK for having a virtual game night with friends may not be appropriate when you’re in a meeting with your boss.
To toggle those filters on, go to the up arrow next to the “stop video” icon, and select “Choose video filter.” To turn them off, click the box labeled “None” in the top-left corner of the filter choices. You may have to scroll to see the option.
Zoom also works with third-party filters like Snap Camera, the company said.
To use those filters, you need the most recent version of the Zoom desktop client. Then click on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen and select “Settings.” Then click “Video” in the left panel. Then under the camera, click the drop-down menu to select the third-party app for the camera.
To turn off the third-party app, while in a meeting, click the up arrow next to the “Stop Video” icon, then choose a different camera setting or select different cameras until you get the desired view.
Finally, to prevent any issues, check your video output before the meeting starts.
To do so, go to your profile picture at the top-right and select “Settings.” Then click “Background & Filters” on the left panel and check the video preview.
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