More masala added to Zoom calls, Apple’s Memoji-like Avatar feature rolled out

    Video call platform Zoom has introduced a new Avatar feature similar to Apple’s Memoji to make video calls more interesting and fun.
    By: HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on: Mar 24 2022, 09:48 AM IST
    Try out these Memoji-like Avatar features in Zoom call.
    Try out these Memoji-like Avatar features in Zoom call. (REUTERS)
    Try out these Memoji-like Avatar features in Zoom call.
    Try out these Memoji-like Avatar features in Zoom call. (REUTERS)

    Video calling platform Zoom has rolled out a Memoji-like Avatar feature that allows users to conduct video calls and webinars using an animated Avatar similar to the one available on Apple devices. Users can turn on the Avatar feature during a Zoom meeting, and the device’s camera will detect your face and apply a virtual animated avatar that mimics your expressions and head movements. Surely, Zoom calls are set to be more fun and exciting!

    "Avatars are an easy and entertaining way to engage with attendees and create a bit of fun,” said a Zoom official. This new Avatar feature will help users who do not want to appear on camera, but still want to express body language and facial expressions.

    You can select the avatar effect that you want to apply from the available options.

    "Images of your face do not leave your device when using this feature, and they are not stored or sent to Zoom," the company said. The feature is accessible for both Zoom meetings and webinars and doesn’t require sending images of the user’s face to Zoom. The feature is currently being rolled out to Windows, macOS and iOS devices, while Zoom desktop client or mobile app needs to be running version 5.10.0 or higher to access this feature.

    Here’s how to enable and choose your avatar for your next zoom meeting:

    How to enable and choose your avatar for your next zoom meeting:

    Time
    Tools
    Supplies
    10 Minutes
    • Macbook
    • iPhone
    • Windows
    • Updated browser
    • Internet
    Step 1:

    Open the Zoom client on your device and start/join a meeting. 

    Step 2:

    Ensure that your camera is on and that the software has access to it. 

    Step 3:

    Now, click on the ^ symbol on the ‘ Start Video’ button to go to the menu.

    Step 4:

    Select the “Choose Video Filter…” option.

    Step 5:

    You will see a dialog box from where you can choose the ‘Avatar’ tab with a ‘BETA’ symbol right next to it.

    Step 6:

    Here, you will see a number of options for your Avatar, including a cat, a cow, a rabbit, a polar bear and a panda dressed in either a hoodie or a T-shirt.

    Step 7:

    Select your Avatar whatever you like to apply.

    Step 8:

    Now, enable video by clicking on the ‘Start Video’ button. Your Avatar will be enabled. 

    Step 9:

    Continue on your video call with a new Avatar.

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    First Published Date: 24 Mar, 09:48 AM IST
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