Zoom, the popular video calling platform, adds a curious novelty in its version 5.10: the possibility to apply virtual avatars which replace the face of the members of a call. This is a feature very similar to Apple’s Animojis which in this case aims to provide “an easy and fun way to interact with attendees” both in a meeting and a seminar. . Also “create a little fun”, as the company points out.
Zoom also details that avatars are a good option for people who prefer their face not to appear in the meeting, but for some reason they want to express their opinion with body language and facial expressions. Avatars, in fact, are able to detect the movements of the person’s face and body. This way, if the member nods, the filter will perform the same action instantly, regardless of the type of camera the user is using. The company guarantees that its own technology is used for recognition, but that it does not include a facial recognition system, so it cannot identify who is behind this avatar.
avatars too completely cover the body of the person appearing behind the camera. The head is replaced by one of the various animals available, while the torso, which can also appear in focus, is modified by virtual clothing.
How to Enable and Use Zoom Avatars
The ability to apply avatars in video calls is available in the desktop version of Zoom for macOS and Windows. Too in the iOS app. To use this filter, you must ensure that the platform is updated to version 5.10.0. If not, the application will display a new version hint before starting. Click the update button to download and install it. In the chaos of iOS, go to the App Store, click on your account icon and check if there are any updates available for Zoom.
Once inside the platform, you must first activate both the camera and the microphone. Next, click on the side menu of the “Stop Video” option that appears at the bottom of the screen. To choose ‘Choose virtual background’. Finally, choose the avatar that you like the most. You can remove the filter by stopping the video or clicking the “Disable avatar” option that appears in the meeting preview.