Zoom, Skype, FaceTime: 11 tips for your video-chat-apps – CNET

Zoom, Skype, FaceTime: 11 tips for your video-chat-apps – CNET

as long as you’re here-video Chat, you might as well make the best out of each function.

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millions of people work from home and practice social distance coronavirus take advantage of free video chat apps stay in touch with colleagues, Your friends and family. But you are staring at your own face, framed by her messy living room or in the simple home office on the screen can get matt for you, and for you. 

fortunately, the popular video Chat and conferencing platforms, such as Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime, to offer some ways to spice up your chats with fun features and settings. We will break down the tips for each app below.

read more: How to stay healthy and entertain at home during the COVID-19-pandemic

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1. Change your Zoom background

Virtually transport yourself to the beach, outer space or anywhere else you can imagine, by changing and customizing your background, while it is called to Zoom everyone to do it these days. You can read our step-by-step guide on how to change your Zoom background on the desktop and mobile app, but basically, you go to Settings – > Virtual Background, and select upload or the one you want from there. 

2. Loop the attention during a meeting 

” Not, we would always recommend doing this, but if you create wanted is a custom background that only a loop of the tweeted himself nodding along to a meeting, you could technically do that, as David Zhou from Mailchimp. The video background option, follow the instructions for customizing your background on top and just paste in a video file instead of an image. You could need to ensure that your Zoom is updated, and that you meet the minimum requirements to the system requirements. 

3. Turn your microphone on and off with the spacebar

Want to make you feel like a DJ who happens to work in your PJs from your kitchen table? Your microphone to mute, press and hold the spacebar if you need to talk. 

4. Look your best with a Zoom-beauty-filter

you probably already have all the work-from-home advice by now-wake up on time, shower, dressed, like a day at the office. But if it’s one of those days where you don’t think you look your best, Zoom has an answer: a feature called ” Touch-Up My look. Basically, it is a softening filter, as you want to, you can find on Instagram, FaceTune, or your phone-selfie-camera. 

To turn it on, click on the up arrow, the Video. Click on Video settings, and under My Video, check the box for Touch Up My appearance

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The background-blur option can be enabled during a Skype call.

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1. Blur your background on Skype

On Skype, you can make the background blur of the Videos, hide all the mess. The background blur function (which is the same to Microsoft team, uses as Microsoft owns both platforms), the AI will focus on them. To use this function, click or tap on the camera icon at the bottom of the screen, and press blur my background

2. Send a video message over Skype instead of live Chat

If you want to video chat with other Skype users but not their times to fit, you can send video message for you to watch, if you can. To do this on the desktop version, click on the contact you want to message, click on the three dots on the lower right corner of your messaging history, and select Video message Send record a clip of a maximum of three minutes for you to watch. 

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3. You talk with friends and relatives abroad with Skype Translator

Skype everything you say has a Translator service that translated, or type in real time to the person you talk to. The text-translator is available in more than 60 languages, while the voice translator, available for 10 languages (including English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian). You can activate it by clicking on tools > options > General > Skype Translator

4. Discover all the Skype hidden emoticons

In its messaging function of Skype offers a range of animated emoticons which will help you revive your entertainment, or better Express your mood. While most of these are visible when you click on the smiley face in the lower left corner of the chat window, some are only accessible if you have a specific link in — including those who are a bit more PG-13, like a middle finger, a smoker, and Santa you its full moon. You can find all of the hidden emoticons in Skype support page. 

Apple’s FaceTime for iPhone and Mac

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“FaceTime” as your Memoji or a Animoji. 


1. Chat as your Animoji or Memoji-in FaceTime HD

If you have creates a user-defined Memoji avatar, you can use it to replace your actual face during a FaceTime call. To do that, start to call a FaceTime, tap on the phone display and tap on the effect button (it looks like a star, and is at the lower left corner of the screen). Tap the monkey icon at the top to select the Memoji or Animoji you want to use, and you get to see your face, is replaced by the choice. Tap on the effect button again to terminate the use of the character, or switch to another. 

2. Add filters and effects to your FaceTime chats

Make your FaceTime video call look a little more interesting by adding filters and effects — similar to Snapchat or Instagram. To do this, start a call to a FaceTime, tap the screen and again tap on the effect button. You will see different options in terms of the effects, functions, and labels, you can remove your call — the stay also during the call, or until you decide to. 

3. You can take a live photo during your FaceTime-video-call

Keep a moving snapshot of your time with your friend by a live photo during your FaceTime call. To do this, tap on the camera icon at the bottom of the screen. It will say, “you took a FaceTime-photo” on your screen. The photo will then appear in your photos app. Live photos is enabled by default, but you can disable it or go back to settings > General > FaceTime

for more tips to help you through social distancing and self quarantine, check you out, whether you should use the are you using Zoom or Skype for work-from-home, our guide to everything you need to stay healthy and entertain while practicing social distance, and all of the practical tips to avoid, coronavirus, when you leave the house.

Released on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 17:21:00 +0000

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