Virtual cameras: Changing your video background in the Virtual Lobby

When planing your virtual event you were inclined to use a virtual background to look modern and create a sense of artistry that static background images simply can't match up to? At InEvent you have the option to choose from a native video background or you can also download a third-party virtual webcam and integrate your options while setting your video preferences.

Virtual webcam
A virtual webcam is a software application that allows users to use their computers' resources as an output during a video call. In other words, users can place images, videos, and other sources as their primary output during a presentation. By using a virtual camera, you will be able to apply virtual backgrounds, create layers, and add presets during activities in the Virtual Lobby without owning a green screen.

InEvent virtual background

To enable the Video Background option, you have to go on Settings > Tools > scroll down until the section Live and select the option Video Blur, click on End to save.

tools for the video background

The next step will be simply selecting the background of your choice at the device configuration pop-up.

The video background option will be supported on computers with dedicated GPU or MacBooks with M1 processor. If you see the message Background: not supported, you may try to use one of the options below.

Third-party virtual camera

Downloading a virtual camera

  1. First, you will need to download a virtual camera of your choice.
A few examples of virtual cameras that will allow you to change your background are Prezi Video, OBS, XSplit, ChromaCam, ManyCam, and Logitech Capture. Please note that some of those given options are not available for both Windows and Macs, check which one will suit you better.
  1. Next, install and launch the virtual camera you have just downloaded.

Giving the Virtual Camera application access to your webcam

  • Windows: Check this article to learn how to turn on app permissions for your camera in Windows 10.
  • Mac: Check this article to learn how to control access to your webcam on Mac.

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.

Chromacam

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 background to continue the setup of your event.

Another option for both Windows and Mac users is Prezi video. After installing the Prezi Video application and setting up your layouts, choose the Go Live option on Prezi and choose Prezi Video as your Virtual Camera source when accessing the activity or sponsor room. Please check the official Prezi Video Tutorials Website to learn more about Prezi Video's features.
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:

How to add/remove the background

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. For further information, click here.

Selecting the virtual background

Now that you have checked the options and chosen to, either activated the InEvent Video background tool or installed the 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.

If you have opted for the InEvent video background you will see the following options below your image:

If you have installed one of the third-party software, 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.

Camera options

When you see your self view in the virtual camera, it will be flipped, but when the other participants in the meeting see your video, they will see it the correct way.
If you try joining a room with presenter permissions to share your camera and audio but you haven't given InEvent access to your camera and microphone, you should see a pop-up notifying you about that. Click here for further information.


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