How to use Snap Camera to transform yourself in Zoom, Skype, and Teams calls

Editor’s Note: Recently, an unfortunate lawyer joined a hearing with a cat filter enabled. The poor “cat lawyer” quickly became a viral sensation, which we’ve embedded at the end of this story. Here’s how to create filters (like a cat filter!) using the Snap Camera…and also how to turn off the Zoom filter, too.

Creating a funny Zoom background is so March, 2020. Instead, it’s time for the new hotness: Dress up as a virtual pirate, a potato, or a slice of pizza! It’s all available with Snap Camera and its photo filters for your next video call—Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or something else.

And yes, you can do it on your PC’s webcam. You may already know how to mess around with Snapchat filters on your smartphone, but did you know you can use them on your PC, too? Zoom (and now Teams) can superimpose a custom background behind you, but Snap Camera can do that and give you a digital costume. Here’s how.

We’ll warn you, though: At least in our tests, the strain of two apps (Snap Camera and your video calling software) fighting for the same camera sometimes caused Snap Camera to fail. Rebooting seemed to solve the issue, but you may want to try out our tutorial a little before your call is scheduled to begin.

Get started with Snap Camera

Of course, you’ll need to download the Snap Camera software first via the Snap Camera website. The system requirements are in the Snap Camera FAQ, and we’re repeating them below for you:

Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit); MacOS 10.11+

Hardware: A minimum of Intel Core i3 2.5GHz or AMD Phenom II 2.6GHz with 4GB RAM; plus at least a Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Nvidia GeForce 710 / AMD Radeon HD 6450 GPU

Remember that you’ll need to run Zoom at the same time, and that application requires a 7th-gen Intel Core chip or younger, and the best webcam you have. As a result, you’ll need to merge both apps’ requirements to get this all to work. 

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