Zoom hacks

Since the outbreak of the Corona crisis we're forced to work from home, using videoconferencing software for our meetings. Some aspects of our new virtual gatherings are great. We're always on time, and they're highly efficient because we're only spending time on-topic, quitting the session as soon as it's possible.

But during a session, there are various nuisances. Fortunately we don't need to wait for Zoom or Microsoft to fix these things. With the SnapCamera program it's easy to add your own functionality to the videoconference. Facefilter effects and virtual backgrounds are well known phenomena these days, but besides enhancing yourself visually a facefilter effect can also be used to create interactive functionality that reacts on your webcam presence. Below is a set of effects that might be handy during one of your next sessions.

> HOW to add webcam-effects during a Zoom session is explained at the bottom of this page

Virtual colleague / High Five

When you're happy that your #WFH day is over, but if there aren't any colleagues around, this interactive high five webcam-effect is for you

Link to copy/paste into SnapCamera:
Abstract Presence: dynamic pixelation

This 'abstract presence' filter-effect for Teams/Zoom allows you to change the level of detail of your visual appearance . By moving to the side, so you can temporarily escape from the webcam. But your fellow participants will know you're still there

Link to copy/paste:
Dynamic privacy setting

Choose whether you want to hide yourself or your living room.

Copy this link below into the 'search' field of the Snap Camera program:

(Very) abstract presence

This filter can be used to open up Zoom and feel connected to other people, but without the need to be aware of the webcam peeking into your room. You're an abstract avatar, nothing fancy. But that's not the aim of this filter. It's not asking you to waste time configuring your virtual outfit and choosing the color of your hair. This filter just broadcasts your presence, or your temporary absence.

Copy this link below into the 'search' field of the Snap Camera program:

'Away' icons (plus screensaver)

If you don't want to interupt your fellow videoconference participants with an explanation why you're leaving the chat for a moment, use this filter. Exit the screen on the top left or top right, bottom left or bottom right to trigger an icon indicating where you are. Just searching a pen, getting your charger. Getting coffee of handling the DHL guy at the door.

COPY THIS LINK and paste it into SnapCamera (see explanation here >)
Foreground / background

How to split your background in half?

MeetYourStranger.com/facefilter >

This series of Zoom experiments are focussed on finding out how Zoom session can be enhanced with meaningful augmented reality filters. Nowadays, there's much more these filters can do besides applying a facefilter, such as mouse ears or a funny hat.

These are some more filters to try:


While in a Zoom session, these 'subtle games' help you stay focussed. By subtly moving your head you can control the games, but for other participants it will hardly be noticeable that you're multitasking.

Subtle AR filters >
The filters presented in this research are privacy safe. When activating facefilters in Zoom the output is generated locally within the SnapCamera program based on input from the webcam. No data or images are collected and nothing is sent to any online server, except for the filtered output which is visible for all of the participants.

More filters of various kinds:

Use an external application to add AR effects in Zoom:

A) first install the
"Snap Camera" program on your computer

B) choose "Snap camera" in the settings of your videochat tool

C) copy+paste the snapcode-links below into the searchbox of the Snap Camera app :