These days a video of a trial by Zoom in Texas (United States) of the 394th district court where it is seen how a lawyer tries, unsuccessfully, to stop the cat filter that covered his face . In the broadcast clip you only see the first seconds in which the judge explains to the lawyer that he has this tool activated and the lawyer explains that he is trying to deactivate it but is unable to do so.
What happened? A function was activated that is available in Zoom, and also in other video calling tools, and that allows you to use different video filters. In this note we are going to see the step by step to learn how to activate and deactivate this function.
In order to use this option it is necessary to have the desktop version of Zoom downloaded. Once this is done and when one is already in the video call, either as a host or a guest, click on the arrow icon next to the video and a menu of options will be displayed, one of which is Select video filter . Click there
Once clicked there, a menu with various options will be displayed. You have to select the one you want and this will activate the filter for that and other video calls as well. To deactivate the selection and return to the version without a filter, choose the option that says “None” which means “none”.
Zoom also allows adding virtual filters, as seen in the second tab. This option is to add different backgrounds that will be seen behind the user's image. Another alternative offered by this video call service are the studio effects, which are in the lower left margin.
Within this section you can choose to change the color of the eyebrows and lips, as well as add different types of beards to the face. In the upper margin, if the option "apply to all future meetings" is checked, it means that unless it is deactivated, the indicated selection will be seen in all calls that are made. To deactivate each one of the options, choose “none” in each case, as mentioned above for the video filters.
The kitten filter and other Snapchat options
It is possible to apply Snapchat filters to the video calls. This would allow the use of masks that completely cover the face such as that of the kitten that went viral and many others that allow to have an anime face, cartoons as well as to modify certain features or simply add a change in hair color or some other decorative element. To do this you first have to download the Snap Camera application to the computer. For that you have to enter this link . It should be noted that Snap Camera can be used not only for Zoom but also for other video calling applications as well as for use with different streaming tools that are used for live transmissions.
Once you have entered the official Snap Camera site you have to Download the file (there is an option for Windows and another for Mac) and then run it following all the steps indicated on the screen.
Snap Camera allows you to add Snapchat filters to video calls
Once this process is complete, Snap will open Camera and there you will see a short introduction that explains how the system works. From there you can choose several filters that will be activated once the option is selected
Once inside Zoom, to select this option you have to click on the arrow next to the camera icon, as was done previously and choose the option that says "Snap Camera" .
This will activate the filter selected in that application. To deactivate it, you have to re-enter the menu next to the video icon again and choose the computer camera. That way you will begin to see the user's face without filters.