It's probably not the purr-fect way to start an important meeting: firing up your video chat software only to discover you resemble a talking cat.L
It’s probably not the purr-fect way to start an important meeting: firing up your video chat software only to discover you resemble a talking cat.
Lawyer Rod Ponton learned this the hard way during a virtual hearing when he showed up to the livestream with a cat filter enabled.
“I’m here live, I’m not a cat,” said Ponton in a clip Texas’ 394th District Court shared on YouTube called “Kitten Zoom Filter Mishap.”
It’s not exactly clear what program Ponton used that generated the cat filter. The BBC reports the specific cat filter in the video originated from pre-installed software for Dell laptops called Live Cam Avatar. USA TODAY has reached out to Dell to confirm.
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It’s not the first time a filter mishap in our age of Zoom meetings has gone viral. In April, as Buzzfeed reported, People for the American Way political director Lizet Ocampo made headlines after she attended a meeting with a filter that made her look like a potato.
But what if you actually want to do this on purpose? Maybe you want to liven up your own Zoom meeting bytransforming yourself into a potato, or a cat, or even a banana. Here’s how:
Download Snap Camera. The app from the company behind Snapchat pulls all those wild augmented reality filters from its smartphone app on to your desktop. It’s available for both Windows and Mac. It will work with most video services including Skype, Zoom, Twitch and Google Hangouts.
Head over to your settings. Go to Settings within your preferred app (or Preferences if you’re on a Mac). Under video, you should see the option to choose your camera. Pick the Snap Camera. For the filters from Snap Camera to work, you may need to keep it running along with your video chat software.
Apply your filters. When you open Snap Camera, you’ll see the variety of filters available, which range from cool backgrounds to, yes, giving yourself a cat head. You just click on the filter you want, then click it again to turn it off.
Don’t forget that last step if your next meeting is a legal hearing.
Kelly Tyko contributed to this report. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.