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

  1. First, you will need to download a virtual camera according to your preference.
A few examples of virtual cameras that will allow you to change your background are 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.

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 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:

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.

Add Background options on XSplit

Media file

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.

YouTube video

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.

Add YouTube video as a background
Webpage

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.

How to insert a webpage as the background
Unsplash photo

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.

Photos by Unsplash

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.

Camera options

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.

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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