Loom terms

Virtual backgrounds

Digital backdrops replacing actual surroundings in video.

What is a virtual background in Loom?

A virtual background in Loom is a feature that allows users to replace their real-life background with a digital image or video during a screen recording or video call. This can be particularly useful for maintaining a professional appearance when working from home or in a busy environment, as it can hide any distractions or clutter in the background.

The virtual background feature in Loom uses artificial intelligence to detect the user's figure and separate it from the background. Users can choose from a selection of pre-set backgrounds provided by Loom, or they can upload their own custom images or videos. This feature enhances the overall video recording or conferencing experience, providing a more personalized and engaging visual presentation.

How to use virtual backgrounds in Loom?

To use virtual backgrounds in Loom, you first need to ensure that you have the latest version of the Loom app installed on your device. Once you have the app, open it and click on the "Preferences" option in the menu. From there, select the "Video" tab and then click on the "Virtual Background" option.

You will then be presented with a variety of different backgrounds to choose from. Simply click on the one you want to use and it will automatically be applied to your video. If you want to use your own image as a background, click on the "+" button to upload it from your device. Please note that this feature may not be available on all devices and may require a certain level of processing power to function properly.

Can I customize my virtual background in Loom?

Yes, you can customize your virtual background in Loom. Loom allows you to change your background during a video recording. This feature is especially useful if you want to maintain privacy or add a professional touch to your videos. You can choose from the default backgrounds provided by Loom or upload your own image.

To customize your background, you need to start a video, then click on the "Effects" button, and select "Virtual Background." From there, you can choose a pre-existing background or upload your own. However, this feature is only available for Loom Pro, Business, and Enterprise plans. It's also important to note that the virtual background feature requires a higher amount of processing power, so it may affect the performance on older computers.

Why is my virtual background not working in Loom?

There could be several reasons why your virtual background is not working in Loom. One of the most common issues is that your computer or device may not meet the necessary system requirements to use this feature. Loom's virtual background feature requires a certain level of processing power and graphics capabilities, so older or less powerful devices may struggle to support it.

Another possible reason could be related to your lighting conditions. For the virtual background to work properly, you need to be in a well-lit area. If the lighting is too dim or too harsh, the software may have difficulty distinguishing you from your background. Additionally, make sure that your background is relatively plain and not too cluttered, as this can also interfere with the software's ability to properly apply the virtual background.

Lastly, it could be a software issue. Ensure that your Loom application is up-to-date. If it's not, updating it may solve the problem. If you're still having trouble after checking these potential issues, you may want to reach out to Loom's customer support for further assistance.

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