Zoom gets avatar features for virtual meetings: here’s how to use it

Zoom has unveiled a new avatar feature that allows users to replace their presence with virtual characters in virtual meetings and webinars. The latest feature will allow you to create a cartoon-like version of yourself on the video calling platform. The character will mimic the user’s head movements and facial expressions to engage meeting participants. The Avatar feature bundled in the Zoom 5.10.0 update will initially offer animal avatars. The feature is quite similar to the Snapchat filter and Apple’s Memoji feature. Zoom’s main rival in space, Microsoft Teams also introduced 3D virtual avatars last year.

Zoom has announced the addition of new avatar features via its support page. With avatars, zoom users can confirm their presence in a meeting without having to attend. A 3D virtual avatar that mimics the movements and gestures of your head, replacing your appearance during a virtual meeting or webinar. Avatars are currently limited to animals such as cats and dogs, but Zoom wants to add more options in the future. Significantly, users must have Zoom Client version 5.10.0 or higher on an iOS, Windows, or Mac machine to access the new Avatars feature. Also, you need to turn on the webcam to use this functionality. Video also needs to be activated during zoom calls.

How to enable zoom avatar feature

  1. Start or join a meeting or webinar.

  2. Select upward arrow (3From the meeting toolbar to open video options) icon.

  3. Select and tap Virtual background Or Select video filter Options

  4. Navigate to the Avatar tab and select Avatar.

You can remove avatars and select a new avatar from ৷ Avatar Tabs also, users can select Stop Avatar from their self-view video tile in a meeting. Also, Zoom confirms that it does not use face recognition and does not store face data on the server. Virtual backgrounds can be used with avatars, but video filters are not supported with the new feature.

Last year, Microsoft Teams added 3D virtual avatars and environments to the platform as part of the company’s push to enter Metavers. With this feature, participants in a meeting can show themselves in a video or use a static image or bubble with initials. Avatar has customization options and can mirror movements using artificial intelligence (AI).

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Nithya P Nair

Nithya P Nair is a journalist with over five years of experience in digital journalism. He specializes in business and technology beat. A foodie, Nithya likes to explore new places (read recipes) and prefers to hide in Malayalam cinema dialogues to spice up the conversation. More

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