Since the world is switching to an offline mode, many of us would like to remove video conferencing apps from our work devices. However, there are no signs of a decline in the popularity of these programmes or of virtual conferences in general. In the age of telecommuting, Zoom came out on top.
This is likely due to the abundance of useful tools available within the service. Cover your camera’s view with a picture or video you’ve taken yourself, found online, or uploaded to Zoom’s extensive collection.
The background might also be simply blurred if the user so chooses. A blurred background comes in handy when you need to hide a distracting or private background. Many working professionals have found this function to be invaluable.
Here, you’ll learn various tips and tricks for using Windows 10’s Zoom feature to obscure the scene.
A Method for Background Blurring When Using Windows 10’s Zoom
Zoom’s ability to create virtual backgrounds has been around for a long, but the blur background option is new as of version 5.5.0. The high processing requirements of this function mean that it is not available on all devices. One thing to keep in mind is that the blur function can be used without a green screen.
As per the official system requirements, the blur background function is compatible with the 64-bit editions of Windows 7, 8, and 10 on any of the processors listed below.
- Higher-generation Intel i3 processors and up
- Processors of the Intel i5 family, third generation and up
- Above Intel i7 3rd Gen
- High-end 3rd-generation Intel i9 processors and up
- With a clock speed of at least 3.0 GHz and a minimum of 8 virtual cores, AMD is a viable option
How to make a Zoom conference more private by reducing background noise Windows 10 is easy to use and consistent across all versions of Windows and macOS. Here are the measures to take:
- Launch Zoom Client on your computer to get started. If you can’t find the Zoom icon on your desktop, just hit the Windows key plus S to bring up the search box and enter the program’s name. In the list of results, select Open.
- To adjust your account’s settings, use the gear icon that appears just below your profile image.
Navigate to Background & Filters on the left side of the screen, and from there choose Blur from the Virtual Backgrounds submenu.
3. Your background ought to be blurred at this point. To see how the meeting’s blurred background will look, use the preview box at the top.
4. Zoom has an option to obscure the background during a meeting so that participants may focus on the conversation at hand. To pick Choose Virtual Background, use the arrow to the right of the Stop Video button.
5. Afterwards, as demonstrated in point 3, the Background & Filters window will appear. By selecting Blur, the background will be blurred dynamically.
6. Zoom clients can be kept up-to-date by clicking the user avatar and selecting Check for Updates.
7. If an update is available, a window will open detailing any changes (new features, fixed bugs, etc.) that have been made since the last version was installed. To complete the process, select the Update button.
8. If you are not on the newest release, a notification like the one displayed here will appear.
Generate a Soft Focus Photo by Hand
Do not worry if your computer does not have the minimum specs needed to run the blur background feature; we have a workaround for that. If you are unable to instal the newest version of the programme, you can still utilise this approach. We’ll use an online picture editor to create a blurry version of your meeting’s backdrop, which we’ll then use as the virtual backdrop throughout the meeting. This article will show you how to blur the background in Zoom without having to update to Windows 10.
- Start by taking a picture of the setting of your meeting using a smartphone or a webcam. To take a picture with your mobile device, position it such that the camera can see it, then press the Capture button.
- Launch your web browser and head on over to BeFunky’s Simple Blurring Tool. Select the Get Going option.
- Select Computer (Ctrl + O) from the Open menu in the page’s upper middle. Click the picture you want to use as a background.
- To make changes, select the pencil symbol on the left side of the screen.
- Select Blur from the Edit menu’s Blur & Smooth submenu.
- Simply tweak the slider for Blur Amount until you’re happy, and then hit the Apply button.
- When you’re done, either use the shortcut Ctrl + S or go to File > Save As > Computer from the menu bar.
- In the Filename field, type whatever you’d like to call the document. If you want the highest possible quality, choose PNG as the format and move the Quality slider all the way to the right. In the end, select the Save option.
- As before, navigate to Zoom client > Settings > Backgrounds & Filters. To add an image, use the addition sign (+) in the upper right corner.
- Select the image you’d like to use as a blurred background from the Explorer box, and then click Open.
- In Virtual Backgrounds, you’ll find the blurred image that will serve as your meeting backdrop going forward.