The madness that defines Snapchat is not limited to the Snapchat app. You can use its filters in most video chat applications on your PC. When we talk about video applications, we even mean formal video chat applications such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Hangouts and even Zoom. Here we will explain how to add or remove Snapchat filters from your Zoom meetings.
This is possible with the help of the Snapchat desktop application known as Snap Camera. You cannot publish to your Snapchat account from the desktop app. You can only use it to add a filter to your photos or videos.
Let’s see how to make your formal meetings informal by using fun Snapchat filters in your Zoom video conferences.
How to add a filter to zoom in on the meeting
To use Snapchat filters for your Zoom meeting, you need to install the Snap Camera app, run it in the background, and edit the Camera app in Zoom. Here are the steps in detail:
Step 1. Install the Snap Camera app
Download the Snap Camera app from the link below. The minimum system requirements for the instant camera to work are Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit) or newer and MacOS 10.11 or newer.
Open the link above. Scroll down and check the box next to “I read …” Enter your email address and click the required computer download button.
Once the file is downloaded, click on it to install it. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Step 2. Run the application
Once the Snap Camera app is properly installed, launch it. You will see the live camera preview. Click on any filter in the list available at the bottom.
Now to use the filters in other apps like Zoom, Hangout, Microsoft Teams, you need to run it in the background. To do this, reduce the application by clicking on the reduction icon. Do not close the application.
If you don’t see any available camera inputs, close the app and reopen it. Or, click the settings icon in the upper right corner and select the appropriate camera from the list.
Note: The Snap Camera app will continue to use the camera when the app is running in the background. If you are not using it, close the application.
Step 3. Change the camera to zoom
Finally, you need to change the input camera in your video application. In this case, Zoom. The steps differ depending on whether you joined a meeting or not. Let’s check both.
Note: Continue to run the Snap Camera in the background to use its filters.
Method 1. Change camera before joining a meeting
Step 1: Launch the Zoom application on your PC. If you haven’t joined a meeting yet, click the settings icon in the upper-right corner.
2nd step: Click on the Video tab in the left panel. Then choose Snap Camera from the drop-down list next to Camera.
Close the window. Your meetings will now use video from the Snap Camera app. If you use a Snap Camera filter, it will appear in the Zoom meeting.
Note: To remove the filter, repeat the steps and replace the camera with the one listed in the Camera drop-down list.
Method 2. Change the camera in a meeting
If you’re in a meeting and decide to surprise your teammates, you can change the camera instantly. To do this, click the small up arrow next to Start video in your meeting. Choose Snap Camera from the list. That’s it. Whichever filter is active on your Snap Camera, it will be reflected in your current Zoom meeting. Open the Snap Camera app to change the filter.
To remove the filter, select a different camera when you click the small up arrow.
Fixed: Snapchat filters do not work in zoom
If the filters do not work in the Zoom application, close the Zoom application and try again. You should also try to restart your PC. If the problem persists, first uninstall Snap Camera, then Zoom. Then reinstall them.
Tips and Tricks for Using Snap Camera on PC
Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of the instant camera on your PC.
The Snap Camera app is loaded with many cool filters. Sometimes we discover a unique filter that we want to share with others. To do this, hover your mouse over the filter. Click the three-dot icon and select the Copy Goal link. Share the link with your friend. You can also share it in the chat in Zoom.
Bookmark your filter
If you use a certain filter frequently, you can add it to your favorites list. To do this, hover your mouse over the filter. Then click on the star icon.
To display the favorite items, click on the start icon in the upper left corner of the Snap Camera application.
Create keyboard shortcuts
For quicker access to your filters and other functions of the Instant Camera app, such as taking photos, starting / stopping recording, etc., you can create keyboard shortcuts for them. Shortcut keys are a combination of certain keys that you must press to start the function.
To add a keyboard shortcut for the functions, click the settings icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Camera application. Then scroll down and enter your keyboard shortcuts in the available boxes. In other words, press the keys simultaneously.
To create a keyboard shortcut for a filter, click on the filter, and you will see the custom trigger option in the video preview window. Enter the keyboard shortcut. Now, each time you want to access the filter, press the shortcut keys on your keyboard.
Adding Snapchat filters to your videos is quite fun. But we suggest limiting its use in informal meetings because not everyone will like the idea of talking to a banana or a potato. So use it from time to time when you know that other participants would agree with it.
Can you use Google Duo for video conferences? Find out how Zoom differs from Google Duo using the following link.
Last updated on April 8, 2020