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By now you’ve probably seen it the viral video of the lawyer who accidentally turned into a cat during an important zoom hearing. If you’re looking to mimic his feline appearance, we have good news and bad news.

On the plus side, virtually transforming your face into that of a cat is easy if that’s all you’re looking for. Unfortunately, the cute cat overlay shown in the video is a proprietary effect that is only available on older Dell webcam programs.

So if you don’t have a 2010 Dell PC and webcam, the filter you are using will look different. There are many other kitten filters out there, however. Here’s a quick look at how to find one that works in any video chat software through the free Snap Camera app available for Windows or Mac.

The Snap Camera app was created by the same people who created Snapchat. Anyone familiar with the Snapchat mobile app will recognize many of the features and filters available in Snap Camera. The Snap Camera comes pre-installed with countless lenses and filters. You can create and upload your own so you can choose from a wide variety of effects – including multiple cat-themed lenses.

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How to Use Snap Camera Lenses in Your Favorite Video Chat App

Illustration for article titled How to Transform into a Cat (in a video call)Screenshot: Brendan Hesse

  1. Make sure Zoom, Meet, Teams, or other video chat apps are closed.
  2. Download and install the Snap Camera.
  3. Grant the app permission to access your camera and microphone when prompted.
  4. When the installation is complete, select “Open Snap Camera” or open the app from your desktop.
  5. Search Snap Camera’s lenses until you find one you like. You can also use the search bar to narrow your search, e.g. B. “kitten” or “cat”.
  6. After activating the lens in the snap camera, open your video chat app.
  7. Change your camera to “Snap camera” in the device settings of the app. If you need help with this step, click “Show me how” Link in Snap camera under “Go live with this camera”.

Participate in a call to show off your Snap Camera Filters to your friends and colleagues. If the meeting requires a little more professionalism, you can disable lenses in Snap Camera or revert to your regular webcam in the device settings of your video app.

Snap Camera isn’t the only way to change your video while on a group call. Zoom has built-in face filters and virtual backgrounds You can apply. Microsoft teams and Google Meet This also includes unique backdrops and Blur effects this will change (or hide) your background.