Changing your background in the Virtual Lobby
By using a virtual camera, you will be able to apply virtual backgrounds, create layers and presets during activities in the Virtual Lobby without owning a green screen.
Downloading a virtual camera
- First, you will need to download a virtual camera according to your preference.
- Next, install and launch the virtual camera you have just downloaded.
Setting the background
Virtual background for Windows and Mac users
Once you have downloaded and launched your virtual camera, it's time for you to explore it!
One simple but powerful virtual background desktop application for Windows and Mac users is ChromaCam. Click here to download it.
There is a free-to-use edition that lets you replace your background with a standard image or virtual green screen. With a ChromaCam Pro account, you can customize your background and logos, unlock additional images, and use PowerPoint content as a dynamic background.
When opening ChromaCam, the image below is the main page you will see when opening your virtual camera.
In the top right, you will see the Classic and Streamer background options for you to choose from.
On the left, you can navigate through Backgrounds and Filters options.
Once you have chosen your background option, you can skip to the topic Selecting the virtual camera as the video source to continue the setup of your event.
Virtual background for Windows users
Another alternative for Windows users is XSplit. Click here to download it.
When opening XSplit, the image below is the main page you will see when opening your virtual camera:
To change the background, simply click on an image on the right-hand side or press Add Background to upload a Media File, YouTube video, Webpage, or Unsplash photo as your background.
Once you select the Media File option, a window will pop up for you to select a file from your device. After selecting the file, it will appear in your background and also in your background collection on the right-hand side.
Once you select the YouTube video option, a window will pop up within XSplit asking you to enter the YouTube link of the video you want to play as a background. After entering the video link, press Add and the video will appear in your background and also in your background collection on the right-hand side.
Once you select the Webpage option, a window will pop up within XSplit asking you to enter the URL for the webpage you wish to use as a background. After entering the webpage URL, press Add and the webpage will appear in your background and also in your background collection on the right-hand side.
Once you select the Unsplash photo option, a catalog of images will pop up for you to select the image you wish to use as a background. You can also use the search engine to find valuable images on the Unsplash database.
By clicking on top of a photo, the stock image will be downloaded and added to your background and also in your background collection on the right-hand side.
Selecting the virtual camera as the video source
Now that you have installed, launched, and explored your virtual camera, you should access the Virtual Lobby.
If you are:
- A speaker, room host, or administrator joining a session you'll be taking part in
- An attendee being invited to speak by a room host
- A speaker, room host, administrator, or attendee networking with other people
You will be prompted to configure your devices such as a camera, speaker, and microphone so that people can hear and see you in the room you are in.
Under Camera, you should select your virtual camera as a video source. Now, the output image you see in your virtual camera with all effects and layers will be transmitted to the Virtual Lobby.