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‘I’m live here. I’m not a cat, ”said the lawyer, identified on his Zoom screen as Rod Ponton. ‘I can see that’, the judge responds before trying to help the lawyer solve the filter problem.
The fake leg initially appeared to be the result of using a filter on a Snap Camera, by the same company that makes Snapchat. However, it is apparently actually a Dell webcam filter from circa 2007.
While this was clearly a mistake, you may be wondering how to turn yourself into a kitten (or try out a variety of other animals or effects) to spice up your next video meeting.
If you don’t happen to have an old Dell computer, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to set up Snap Camera and use the filters for your next Zoom video chat.
1. Download the free Snap Camera app for Windows or Mac (make sure to read the terms and conditions first). It asks for permission to use your camera and microphone.
2. Open the app and you will find a variety of “lenses” or filters to search through. Whatever you click on will appear at the top of the app, where you can see it over your face.
3. Go to it Find lenses bar, and type “kitten” (or anything else you’d like to try).
4. Search through the different options and choose the feline that appeals to you the most.
5. To associate your new filter with Zoom, open the Zoom app (you may need to restart it if it was already open while Snap Camera was downloading).
6. In Zoom, go to Settings> Video> Cameraand select from the drop-down menu Snap camera You should see your face with the filter you selected in the preview.
7. Start or join a Zoom meeting. Your face will appear as a kitten, or whatever filter you have selected.
Return to to disable the filters Settings> Video> Cameraand choose your usual camera again. If you really want to feel like it, you can even make your own lenses on Snap Camera.
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