Microsoft Teams has a new feature for its Meetings video conferencing service that allows users to enhance their virtual backgrounds with a green screen effect. The feature is available now for everyone in the public preview channel of Microsoft Teams.
The green screen feature improves the sharpness and definition of the virtual background effect around the user's face, head, ears, and hair. It also allows users to show a prop or other object in their hand to be more visible to other meeting participants.
To use the green screen feature, Microsoft Teams users must have a solid color screen or a background wall behind them. Furthermore, the screen or background wall must be flat without stains or other irregularities.
Microsoft points out users must also apply a background effect in Teams meetings before enabling the green screen effect and then choose the correct backdrop color so that the effect is applied correctly.
According to Jan Steberl, Microsoft Teams program manager, users can enable the green screen feature by following these steps:
- “After you join a meeting, click the “More” icon in the meeting toolbar, go to “Video effects.”
- When the “Video effects” panel page is open, go to “Green Screen Settings” in Backgrounds section and click the link to turn on the Green screen toggle button under “Teams settings -> Devices -> Green screen.”
- Click the backdrop icon and move your mouse cursor into the Preview box to manually pick backdrop color. For example, avoid picking a color that matches your clothing or props you intend to show on camera.
- Return to your meeting.”
The green screen feature is currently supported only on Windows and macOS devices with Intel chips. Mac M1/M2 are not supported. The feature will also automatically disable background blur and Together Mode while being compatible with Presenter modes like Standout, Side-by-Side and Reporter, PowerPoint Live Standout, and background replacement (JPEG/PNG).
Microsoft says that the green screen feature is designed to make virtual backgrounds better and more realistic for users who want to have more control over their appearance and environment during Teams meetings.
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