Are You Using Zoom Backgrounds?

Last Update: August 23, 2020

I was wondering how many of you are using zoom, over the past few months I believe that zoom has become very popular.

A few weeks ago I asked the following question; "what background do you use for a web cam", my question received quite a few answers.

You can see the question below.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/video-marketing/what-background-do-you-use-for-a-webcam

I think what surprised me is the fact that it seems like I need to use a traditional physical background. With today's technology this highly surprises me as I thought there would be many different ways of creating a digital background.

Recently when I was on a Zoom call with a friend he added a background, which gave quite a nice feel. Although I guess we have to be careful not to be distracted while admiring the nice background view! This could also have an effect if we are perhaps creating a product review, we do not want to distract the viewer from the main object.

Although I have been on quite a few Zoom calls, I have only hosted one zoom call myself, so I am not really familiar with the functionality and what Zoom actually offers.

Do you know if it is possible to make a recording of yourself using Zoom backgrounds? I normally use Camtasia to create videos, most of these are screen capture videos which have a picture of me in the right-hand corner.

Any thoughts and help appreciated.

Thank you for reading.

Roy

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JossLandry Premium
Zoom does offer backgrounds, but I find unless you have some sort of green screen behind you, you will catch playback reflections around your image. You can look up VideoZeus on youtube. He has all types of videos on green screen to help you. https://youtu.be/jCqD7RVMn_0
Good luck, Roy.
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Roybretton Premium
Good morning Joss,

Thank you for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated.

I guess as technology increases, backgrounds will improve and gradually get better.

Thank you for the YouTube link, I will take a look in a moment.

Have a great day.

Roy
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Talk2Ray Premium
I have thought about using a zoom background or something other than the room behind me. But I do notice that when I watch videos with a busy background I find myself distracted from what the person is saying.
At the moment I tend to think that the ideal background is a white cloth or at least a blank wall without too much furniture.
Just thinking
Ray
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Roybretton Premium
Good morning Ray,

Thank you for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated.

This is interesting as several people have mentioned that they get distracted with backgrounds. I just mentioned in a previous comment that if I see books I will try and read the book titles! Which takes me away from what I'm supposed to be listening to!

I appreciate your input, Ray.

Have a great day.

Roy
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hanley Premium
Hi Alex,

the current trend seems to be a busy background that is natural to the surroundings, a bookcase, picture wall. window with traffic going past.
I watch one sports reporter that has a corner of his office that includes an old typewriter. Interestingly he always has a sports book on display and this gets changed everyday, It has got that way I have to read the title while he prattles on.
Just saying

Peter H
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Roybretton Premium
Good morning Peter,

I hope you're doing well, thank you for commenting.

This is another issue, backgrounds can take away the attention of the listener. If I see a bookshelf, I try and read the title of the book's rather than listening to the broadcast!

Have a great day.

Roy
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wendyg53 Premium
Our school system switched from Zoom to Google Meet when we went remote. Zoom has some significant security issues. I don't like the backgrounds because they look unprofessional and weird.

Since I'm facing teaching online again I'm looking into iPad and laptop portable stands so that I can stand or sit comfortably in front of a blank wall in my apartment.

I think professionally, no matter what you're doing, a bland background, i.e. a wall or room screen works best. That's what I plan to use when I start recording Youtube videos for my business, unless the technology changes dramatically in the next year.
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Roybretton Premium
Good morning Wendy,

I hope you're doing well.

It appears that a lot of security issues are coming up in this thread, I was not aware of this until now!

How does Google meet work for you, it's something that I have never used.

Geoffrey made a very good point below.

Have a great day.

Roy
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wendyg53 Premium
Google Meet works great, it's how we conduct all of our live meetings with staff and students. Youtube has tons of videos on how to use Google Meet. It's easy to use, has a lot of nice features, including live closed captioning. There's also no time limit like there is on Zoom where you have to pay if a meeting runs longer than 40 minutes.
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natasha2020 Premium
Oh I was not aware about Zoom not being safe, just did a quick research - It can make users vulnerable to cyber attacks - Taiwan has banned the software from use in government over fears of Chinese spying. Google has also prohibited the software from its employees’ work-issued devices, stating that the app “does not meet our security standards.”
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Roybretton Premium
Good morning Natasha,

Thank you so much for responding to my question.

This is the first time that I have heard about Zoom security issues. This is one of the many great benefits of asking a question on Wealthy Affiliate.

Thank you for the helpful information.

Have a great day.

Roy
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