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Improving your video quality Follow

Overview

Zoom has many built-in features to improve video and picture quality, as well as enhance video with Virtual Backgrounds and filters. These settings allow for a better meeting and webinar experience, as well as allow hosts and participants to add some flair to their video.

This article covers:

Prerequisites 

Touch up my appearance, HD video, and Virtual Background features

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.2.0 (42619.0804) or higher
    • macOS: 5.2.0 (42634.0805) or higher
  • Zoom mobile app
    • iOS: 5.2.0 (42611.0804) or higher

Lighting adjustment feature

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.2.0 (42619.0804) or higher
    • macOS: 5.2.0 (42634.0805) or higher

Video filters feature

  • Windows
    • Zoom desktop client, version 5.2.0 (42619.0804) or higher
    • 64-bit operating system
    • Supported processors: 
      • Intel: 4th generation or higher i3, i5, i7, i9 processor
      • AMD: Ryzen 3, 5, 7, 9 processor
  • macOS
    • Zoom desktop client, version 5.2.0 (42634.0805) or higher
    • macOS 10.13 or higher
    • Supported processors: 
      • Intel: 4th generation or higher i3, i5, i7, i9 processor
      • AMD: Ryzen 3, 5, 7, 9 processor
  • iOS
    • iOS version 11.0 or higher
    • iPad 2017 (A9) or higher 
    • iPhone 8 (A9) or higher

Studio effects feature

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.3.0 (52670.0921) or higher
    • macOS: 5.3.0 (52651.0920) or higher

Touch up my appearance

  1. In the Zoom desktop client, click your profile picture then click Settings.
  2. Click the Video tab.
  3. Click Touch up my appearance.
  4. Use the slider to adjust the effect.

Zoom remembers your preference and uses it the next time you start or join a meeting on this computer.

  1. On your Zoom app, tap Settings .
  2. Tap Meetings.
  3. Tap Touch up my appearance.
  4. Toggle this option to display your video with and without the touch up.
  5. Use the slider to adjust the effect.

Zoom remembers your preference and uses it the next time you start or join a meeting on this device.

HD video

Note: Due to recent events with COVID-19, meetings in 720p-quality video are only available to Pro account users or higher, and only for meetings with a maximum of 2 participants; 1080p quality is for special-use cases currently. For more information, please see our requirements for Group HD.

You can enable HD video, to utilize 720p or 1080p for high-quality video when in a meeting or a webinar. To enable HD video in your Zoom client:

  1. In the Zoom desktop client, click your profile picture, then click Settings .
  2. Click the Video  tab.
  3. Click HD.

Note: Even with the setting enabled, your device must meet the bandwidth requirements as well. 

Adjust for low light

  1. In the Zoom desktop client, click your profile picture then click Settings .
  2. Click the Video  tab.
  3. Enable Adjust for low light.
  4. By default, the setting will be set to Auto. However, you can select Manual, and adjust the setting to the desired effect.

Video filters

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click your profile picture and then click Settings .
  3. Click the Background & Filters tab.
  4. Click the Video Filters tab.
  5. Select the desired filter.
  1. Sign in to the Zoom mobile app.
  2. While in a Zoom meeting, tap More in the controls.
  3. Tap Background and Filters, then select the Filters tab. 
  4. When finished selecting a filter, tap the X to return to the meeting. 

Virtual backgrounds

The Virtual Background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. This feature works best with a green screen and uniform lighting, to allow Zoom to detect the difference between you and your background.

Studio effects

The Studio Effects feature allows you to apply eyebrows, mustache and beard, and lip color filters as part of your video appearance. 

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click your profile picture and then click Settings .
  3. Click the Background & Filters  tab.
  4. Click Studio Effects in the lower-right corner.
  5. Choose your desired settings from the Eyebrows, Mustache & Beard, and Lip Color sections.
  6. Select or deselect the Apply to all future meetings check box.
  7. Click Close.