How to Set Video as Zoom Background

How to Set Zoom video background

Video background on Zoom is called “Virtual background.” It lets you replace Zoom background with a video of your choice or a moving animation instead of leaving the meeting app background blank or to default.

However, for the best result with the Zoom meeting app background, it works best on green screens. You can also make the lighting of the background uniform for the best result.

This allows the Zoom meeting app to detect the difference between you and the video background you changed to.

To set video as your Zoome background is not limited to your Zoom account alone, you can set a virtual background on the Zoom meeting app before the meeting starts or while the meeting is ongoing. You can also set it as your personal profile’s background.

So, if you are reading this post, you will learn how every detail on how to set video as the Zoom meeting app background.How to Set Zoom video background

Windows/Mac and Mobile (Android/iPhone) Requirement for Zoom Meeting App  Virtual Background

According to Zoom, the following are the basic requirement to set the virtual background in the meeting app.

Windows

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  • Zoom Desktop Client for PC, version 5.2.0 or higher
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Intel i3 – 4-cores or higher, gen 8 or higher
  • AMD Ryzen 5/7/9 or higher

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  • Zoom Desktop Client for PC, version 3.5.53922.0613 or higher
  • Intel dual-core 2Ghz or higher (i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) processor
  • AMD Ryzen 5/7/9 or higher

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  • Zoom Desktop Client for PC, version 4.6.4 (17383.0119) or higher
  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit)
  • Supported processors (720p video)
    • Intel i5, i7, i9 – 2 cores or higher, gen 6 or higher, except Atom and Y series
      • The processor must have Intel GPU – except HD620 with driver version 26.20 or higher
      • OS must be Windows 10, 64-bit
  • Supported processors (1080p video)
    • Intel i5 – 4 cores or higher, gen 6 or higher, expect U series
    • Intel i7, i9, Xeon – 4 cores or higher, gen 4 or higher
    • Intel CPU with HD620 graphics (OS must be Windows 10, 64-bit and running Zoom 5.0.4 or higher)
      • i7 2 cores; or
      • i5 2 cores with major version 26.20 or higher and minor version 7323 or higher
    • Other Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, gen 4 or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Non-Intel processors – 8 cores or higher and frequency 3.0GHz; or 12 cores or higher
    • AMD – Ryzen 5/7/9 or higher

Video with a physical green screen

  • Zoom Desktop Client for PC, version 4.6.4 (17383.0119) or higher
  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 (64-bit)
  • Supported processors (720p video)
    • Intel i5, i7, i9 – 4 cores, gen 6 or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Intel i5, i7, i9, Xeon – 4 cores or higher
    • Intel CPU with HD620 graphics (OS must be Windows 10, 64-bit and running Zoom 5.0.4 or higher)
      • i7 2 cores; or
      • i5 2 cores with major version 26.20 or higher and minor version 7323 or higher
    • Other Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Non-Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, 3.0GHz frequency or higher; or 8 cores or higher
  • Supported processors (1080p video)
    • Intel i5 – gen 5 or higher, quad-core or higher
    • Intel i7 – gen 2 or higher, quad-core or higher
    • Intel i9, Xeon – 4 cores or higher
    • Other Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Non-Intel processors – 8 cores or higher and 3.0GHz frequency or higher; or 12 cores or higher
    • AMD – Ryzen 5/7/9 or higher

macOS

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  • Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, 4.6.0 (13614.1202) or higher
  • 4th generation i7 quad-core or higher processor
  • 6th generation i5 dual-core or higher processor
    Note: 6th generation i5 dual-core processor, requires MacOS 10.14 or higher

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  • Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, version 3.5.53922.0613 or higher
  • Dual-core 2Ghz or higher (i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) processor

Video without a physical green screen

  • Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, version 4.6.4 (17383.0119) or higher
  • macOS 10.9 or later
  • Supported processors (720p video)
    • Intel i5, i7, i9, Xeon – 4 cores or higher
    • Intel i7, i9, Xeon – 2 cores, gen 6 or higher
    • Intel i5 – 2 cores, gen 6 or higher, and macOS 10.14 or higher
    • Other Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Non-Intel processors – 8 cores or higher
  • Supported processors (1080p video)
    • Intel i5
      • 4 cores or higher, gen 5 or higher; or
      • 2 cores with gen 7 or higher and 2.0Ghz frequency or higher
    • Intel i7 – 4 cores or higher, gen 2 or higher
    • Intel i9, Xeon – 4 cores or higher
    • Other Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Non-Intel processors – 8 cores or higher

Video with a physical green screen

  • Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, version 4.6.4 (17383.0119) or higher
  • macOS 10.9 or later
  • Supported processors (720p video)
    • Intel i5, i7, i9 – 2 cores, gen 6 or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Intel i5, i7, i9, Xeon – 4 cores or higher
    • Other Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Non-Intel processors – 8 cores or higher
  • Supported processors (1080p video)
    • Intel i5 – gen 5 or higher, quad-core or higher
    • Intel i7 – gen 2 or higher, quad-core or higher
    • Intel i9, Xeon – 4 cores or higher
    • Other Intel processors – 6 cores or higher, except Atom and Y series
    • Non-Intel processors – 8 cores or higher

Linux

  • Zoom Desktop Client for Linux, version 2.0.91373.0502 or higher
  • Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher (i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) processor
  • A physical green screen

iOS

  • Zoom Mobile App for iOS, version 4.1.27541.0627 or higher
    • iPhone 8, 8+, or X
    • iPad Pro and the 5th and 6th generation iPad 9.7

If your Windows or Mac or Android/iPhone do not meet these requirements above, you will not be able to set your favorite video as your Zoom app background on PC (Windows/Mac) and mobile (Android/iPhone).

Recommendation Setup for Best Result on Zoom with Video Background

You wouldn’t want the background video to interfere with your image during the meeting. Therefore, these settings are recommended.

  • Choose or set a green background screen for the best result.
  • We recommend that you use a high-quality camera for the best results.
  • Both lighting and color should be uniform.
  • Do not wear a cloth that has the same background or color as the video background color.

When all these set recommendations are in place, you are ready to get started.

How to Set Video Background on Zoom Meet App on Desktop on Personal Account

Let start by enabling the virtual background on your Zoom personal account.

  • Sign in to your Zoom account.
  • Tap on Menu >> Settings.
  • Go to “Meeting tab >>Virtual Background.”
  • Toggle “ON” to enable photo or video background.
  • Upload the video you want to use as your Zoom account background.

How to Enable Zoom Video Background  in a Group for Some Selected Members

This feature can also be used to change some group members’ Zoom background to video background.

  • Sign in to the Zoom web portal (You need an administrative right to do this). If you are not an admin of the group, you need to request permission to do that.
  • Go to Menu >>User management >>Group management.
  • Tap on the name of the group.
  • Tap “Meeting” to access group settings.
  • Navigate to “Virtual Background” and toggle the feature to enable.
  • Tap “Manage virtual background” and upload the video to be used as the group background.

If you are unable to upload video as your Zoom background, update to version 5.1.1.

How to Enable Zoom Virtual Background Feature to Show Videos as Background to all Users in the Account.

Here you can enable the virtual background to all users in the Zoom account.

  • Sign in to the Zoom account as an administrator.
  • Navigate to “Account Management >> Account Settings.
  • Go to “Meetings >> Virtual Background” You can find this under the “Advanced section.”
  • Toggle to enable the feature to set video as background to all users in the account.
  • Tap “Manage Virtual Background.”
  • Upload the video from your device to your Zoom account.

However, as an admin or a participant, you can disable Background video in your Zoom account if not locked. But, if you want the video to be made default to all users tap on the lock feature to lock background video the settings.

How to Activate Virtual or Video Background During Meeting in Zoom on Desktop

First, you need to enable a virtual background Zoom web portal to be able to turn on virtual background on desktop during meetings.

  • In the “Zoom” meeting, tap on the “upward arrow” adjacent to the start/next button.
  • Select “Choose Virtual Background.”
  • Tap “Download” to download the Virtual package for desktop

How to Use Virtual Background

You need to have a green screen if you don’t want the virtual background to blend with your video.

  • Launch the Zoom desktop client app.
  • Tap profile >>Settings.”
  • Select “Virtual Background.”
  • Tick “I have a green screen.”
  • Select your video to select the correct color that works perfectly with the green screen.
  • Tap on the image to select your favorite virtual image from the options or tap “+” to upload your virtual image or video as the background.

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