Avatar function is implemented in Zoom! Transform into your favorite animal

Avatar function is implemented in Zoom! Transform into your favorite animal

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With the spring 2022 update, the BETA version of the avatar function has finally been added to Zoom.Not only for those who were reluctant to show up on Zoom, but it also has a great impact as a material for online drinking parties.In this article, we will introduce the details of the functions and how to use the newly introduced Zoom avatar.

What is Zoom’s avatar function?

What is Zoom's avatar function

An avatar is a character that represents you in a virtual space.

Zoom was equipped with functions for arranging the appearance, such as “studio effects” where you can enjoy point makeup, and “video filters” where you can play with frames and accessories, but these are just adding effects to your own camera images. So, my face remained my own.

However, with the avatar function released this time, you can participate in Zoom without showing your face.

Even if the camera is off, it is possible to tell the reaction while hiding the face because avatars are linked to facial expressions and facial movements.

There are 11 kinds of avatars prepared in advance, so you can easily transform yourself into a different one simply by choosing a character.

How to use avatar

How to use avatar

Now let’s take a look at the terms and conditions for using avatars.

Avatar prerequisites

Only the following devices and app versions are compatible with the Zoom avatar function.

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Plans that can use avatars

Currently released avatar features are available on all plans.

There is no difference in the types of avatars you can choose, so please try it even if you are on the free plan.

Avatar type

There are 11 different animals to choose from, including cats, dogs, foxes, and pandas.

There are two types of each, a T-shirt and a hoodie, for a total of 22 types including different versions of clothing.

All the characters are adorable, and the visuals are soothing, and there is no doubt that it will create a peaceful atmosphere.

It’s fun to try and find characters that look like you.

What you can do with your avatar

Since it tracks the image of the camera, it can move not only the direction of the face and the tilt of the neck, but also the opening of the mouth, the movement of the eyebrows, and other small parts smoothly.

However, the avatar 3D model only supports the upper body and front.

The facial expressions move a lot, but the body is almost fixed.

Even if you stand up in front of the camera, your avatar will not be able to stand up or turn around.

If you move a lot and get out of the camera’s recognition, you will disappear.

It is intended to be used in a sitting position, so please note that it cannot be used when movement is involved.

How to set your avatar

Avatars can’t be used in a browser, so if you want to use avatars in meetings, install the app.

Here‘s how to set your avatar on the PC desktop app.

How to set up before the meeting starts

  1. Launch the Zoom desktop app and sign in with your Zoom account.
  2. Open Zoom webinar window smaller, other options will move to [ Details ]. There are also new Settings.
  3. Click Backgrounds and Effects.
  4. Click “Avatar”.
  5. Select the avatar you want to set.
  6. Check the appearance on the preview screen.

How to set during a meeting

  1. Join the meeting from the Zoom desktop app.
  2. Click the arrow next to the Video icon in the meeting controls.
  3. Click Select Video Filter.
  4. Click “Avatar” and select the avatar you want to use.
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Items to check when settings cannot be made

Items to check when settings cannot be made

If you can’t set your avatar, your device may not support it, or the app version may be outdated.

First, check if the version of the device app meets the prerequisites.

If there are no issues, the feature may have been disabled in the Zoom web portal settings.

whether the device is compatible

Avatars are only compatible with PC apps (Windows/Mac), iOS mobile apps, and Androids that meet system requirements.

Please note that web browsers are not supported at this time.

Check app version

Avatars can be used on the desktop client for PC from version 5.10.0 onwards.

If you don’t see the avatar menu on the background and filter settings screen, try updating your app to the latest version.

Zoom desktop client update instructions

  1. Launch the Zoom desktop client and sign in.
  2. Click your icon in the top right.
  3. Click Check for Updates.
  4. If there is an update, the contents will be displayed. Confirm and click “Update” to update the app.

Activate the feature in the Zoom web portal

If the avatar menu is not displayed in “Backgrounds and effects” even if the app version is the latest version, check the settings of the Zoom web portal.

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal (https://zoom.us/).
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click In Meeting (Details).
  4. Toggle on “Avatar” to activate it.

Limitations and precautions when using Zoom avatars

Limitations and precautions when using Zoom avatars

Let’s also check the restrictions and precautions when using Zoom avatars.

You can’t use your own characters

The only avatars that can be used with Zoom are pre-prepared animal characters.

It is currently not possible to set your own created character.

Cannot be used simultaneously with video filters

Video filters add effects such as frames and parts to camera images, but cannot be used simultaneously with avatars.

Video filters are not selectable during avatar settings.

If you want to use the video filter, please set your avatar to “None” first.

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Real background cannot be used while setting avatar

Since avatars cannot be combined with real backgrounds, it is recommended to use them together with virtual backgrounds.

Even if you set the background to “None” while using an avatar, the background will be completely black and you will not be able to see the actual background image.

When you want to show something in the room, you need to unlock the avatar.

Article Summary

Article Summary3

I introduced the avatar function newly added to Zoom.

  • With Zoom, you can participate as an avatar without showing your face
  • Characters are animals only
  • Free plan can also be used
  • Supported devices are Zoom desktop client and iOS mobile app
  • Can be used with virtual backgrounds. Simultaneous use with video filter is not possible

A convenient avatar for when you want to change your mood or for an online drinking party.

With the addition of this function, it can be used not only in business, but also in educational settings and events.

Currently, it has just been launched, so expectations for future updates and the addition of avatars will increase.