How To Add Visual Effects To Zoom Meetings?

Add visual effects to zoom meetings

Zoom is the most used video meeting application in the world. It is used by family, friends, office employees, and any two individuals for a video chat. With most official work being done from home nowadays, Zoom has become the default app for video conferencing. 

However, performing Zoom meetings for a long time is boring. Moreover, it would be best if you also took note of the state of your room before any meetings on Zoom. You would not want to expose your messy room during a meeting. In such cases, adding visual effects will not only help make your Zoom meetings fun and enjoyable but also stops others from seeing your messy room, keeping your private space private. 

What Are Zoom Visual Effects?

There are four major visual effects that you can add to your Zoom meetings. 

  • Virtual Backgrounds

You can add any image or video as virtual backgrounds in your Zoom so that you do not have to show your physical background during a meeting. You can choose the existing background images and videos or add custom images and videos of your own. 

  • Filters

Filters are the effects you add o yourself (like a mustache, beard, etc.) during your Zoom meetings. They help liven things up and make your Zoom meetings enjoyable and memorable.  

  • Touch up and Lighting 

Touch-up helps improve your facial features by making your skin glow, smoothen any wrinkles, and give your face a glowing look. 

The Lighting feature helps you look more presentable during a Zoom meeting by improving the lighting effects and adjusting for low light conditions. 

  • Snap Camera and other third party applications

There are different third-party applications like Snap Camera that can improve the visual effects and make Zoom meetings fun. Snap Camera is the most popular one as it is easy to use, downloadable on your PC or smartphone, and has a wide range of features. Some other third applications include ManyCam, EpocCam, CamTwist, ChromaCam, etc. 

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How To Add Visual Effects To Zoom

Here, we discuss how you can add virtual backgrounds, touch-ups, lightings, filters, and the third-party app: Snap Camera for your Zoom.

Add Virtual Backgrounds  

Requirements for Zoom virtual background 

Previously, a physical green screen was required to enable custom backgrounds on Zoom. Recently, that has changed as the Zoom app has become smart enough to differentiate your face from your background. 

Although Zoom still recommends the physical green screen to change your background, it is no longer mandatory. However, there are several hardware and software requirements to change your virtual backgrounds on Zoom. Here are some of them. 

RequirementsImage (Physical Green Screen = Yes)Image (Physical Green Screen = No)
WindowsZoom version 3.5 or higher.
Intel 2 cores with 2.0Ghz or higher (i5/i7 or AMD) processor
Zoom 5.2.0 or higher
Windows 7, 8, and 10 (64-bit)Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, Intel i9, AMD processors
MacZoom version 3.5 or higher
Apple M1, 2 cores, 2G Hz or higher 
Zoom 4.6.0 or higher
MacOS version 10.13 or higher
LinuxZoom version 2.0 or higher
2 cores, 2Ghz or higher (i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) processor
Zoom version 5.7.6 or higher
Intel i3, i5, i7, i9, Xeon, and AMD processors with 4 cores or higher.

You can also add videos or templates as your virtual background on Zoom. However, they have additional sets of requirements. For a more comprehensive requirement list, you can visit the Zoom support page

Another important thing to remember is that you need to enable the virtual backgrounds on Zoom before adding them to your Zoom web client. 

To enable virtual backgrounds on Zoom, 

  • Sign in to Zoom using your browser. 
  • Go to Settings
settings on zoom browser
  • Click on In-Meetings (Advanced)
  • Scroll down and turn on the Virtual background option. 
enable virtual background on zoom

You can also enable the video backgrounds by clicking on “Allow use of videos as virtual backgrounds.” 

Add Virtual Background To Zoom 

Before/After a Zoom meeting

  • Open Zoom Desktop Client.
  • Go to settings by clicking the gear icon on the top right below your Profile. 
settings gear icon
  • Click on Background and Filters from the resulting window. 
  • You can choose the virtual background from the list of backgrounds 
add virtual background as a visual effect
  • Or you can choose your image as the background. 
  • To choose your image as a virtual background, click on the + icon > Add Image
add own image as virtual background while trying to add visual effects on Zoom
  • You can also choose a video as a background by clicking Add Video from the + icon. 
  • From the file explorer, choose the image or video you want for the virtual background. 

In this way, you can add any image as your virtual background for Zoom.  

During a Zoom meeting

  • During a Zoom meeting, click on the up arrow beside the Stop video button. 
  • Select “Change Virtual Background” from the list of options. 
add virtual background during zoom meetings
  • In the upcoming window, choose the virtual background you want. 

In this way, you can add a virtual background on Zoom during a Zoom meeting. 

Adding virtual backgrounds on the Zoom mobile app is similar to adding them on its desktop client. You can add virtual backgrounds on both Android and iOS apps, although they also come with many hardware and software requirements.  

Add Filters on Zoom 

Before you enable the filters on Zoom meetings, you need to download the Zoom Studio Package. It is available on your Zoom web client, and you do not need to worry as the download will happen in minutes. 

To add Filters on Zoom before/after a Zoom meeting, 

  • Go to Zoom settings
  • Click on Background and Filters
  • Click on Video Filters
add video filters on zoom
  • Click on the filter you want to add. 
  • Your filter will be added.

Add filters on Zoom during a meeting

  • During a zoom meeting, click on the upwards arrow beside the Stop Video button. 
  • Select Choose Video Filter. 
video filters during zoom meetings
  • Then, you can choose your desired video filter. 

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Add Touch up and Lighting visual effects on Zoom

To add Touch up effects on Zoom, 

  • Open Zoom
  • Go To Zoom settings.
  • Click on Video
video on zoom settings
  • Click on the checkbox saying “Touch up my appearance
  • You can adjust your touch-up from the bar that appears on the right. 
add touch up and lighting effects on zoom

For Lighting effects, 

  • On the video settings, Tick on “Adjust for low light.”
  • You can choose Auto and Manual effects for your lighting. 
  • If you choose Auto, Zoom will automatically detect your room’s lighting and adjust for it. 
  • If you choose Manual, you can adjust the lighting effects manually from the bar on the right. 

Add Snap Camera for Zoom Meetings 

Before you add Snap Camera to your Zoom meetings, you need to be aware of its requirements. 

The requirements for the Snap Camera are: 

  •  Your Operating System for Windows needs to be Windows 10 (64 bit) or newer, and for Mac, the OS needs to be macOS 10.13 or newer.
  • The minimum hardware requirements are Intel Core i3 2.5Ghz or AMD FX 4300 2.6Ghz with 4 GB RAM; Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Nvidia GeForce 710 / AMD Radeon HD 6450; screen resolution of 1280×768 or higher.
  • If your device does not have the minimum hardware and software requirements needed, then you cannot install Snap Camera. 

To add Snap Camera for Zoom Meetings 

  • Download the Snap Camera app on your PC. It is available for both Windows and Mac.
  • Install the app on your computer after the download is complete. 
  • Launch Zoom.
  • Open Zoom Settings
  • Click on Video
  • Under the Camera option, choose Snap Camera

After Snap Camera is selected, your Zoom interface will have the Snapchat Camera Lens feature. The feature comes with a range of visual effects that you can experiment with as per your preference. 

If you want to turn off the Snap Camera, select the default camera from under the Camera options on video. 

Things to note: 

  • Always be sure to check the minimum hardware and software requirements before you add any visual effects on Zoom. 
  • It is recommended for you to update your Zoom to its latest version before adding any visual effects. 
  • You can update your Zoom web client by opening your Zoom web client and clicking on your Profile> Check for Updates. 
check for zoom updates

Final Thoughts

Zoom as a video conferencing application is not going to go away any time soon. And as time passes, it is bound to get more and more popular. Therefore, it is imperative that you learn all of its tricks and tips. Adding visual effects to the Zoom meetings is a great feature to help your Zoom communication become smooth, enjoyable, and memorable. We believe that you have now learned how to add virtual backgrounds, filters, touch-ups, lightings, and other third-party applications like Snap Camera on your Zoom through this article. For any queries or suggestions, our comment section is available for you. You can put all of your thoughts in the comment section, and we will make sure to clear all your confusion as best as possible. 

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