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Add a virtual background to your camera
Add a virtual background to your camera

Replace your background with an image or blur it.

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A virtual background helps you achieve your desired look with no additional equipment.

Virtual Background settings in Studio


How to use a virtual background

  1. Go to Restream Studio and click the gear ⚙️ icon under your preview window.

  2. Go to the Virtual Background menu.

  3. Click the Key color menu and select Auto.

  4. Select your background - you can blur, use a default image or upload your own.


Requirements

  • You can upload up to 10 custom backgrounds; the recommended size is 1920x1080.

  • Virtual backgrounds work on almost all devices, but we recommend using a powerful computer since it uses your graphics processor (GPU).

  • For best results, we recommend using Chrome as your browser, with hardware acceleration enabled.


FAQ

Do I need additional equipment to use virtual backgrounds?

Not at all. You just need your camera and streaming device.

My background flickers. Any tips?

  • Consider your camera. Virtual backgrounds work better with digital cameras. If you are using a built-in one, make sure it's as high quality as possible and not blurry.

  • Light is your friend! The better lit you are, the easier it is to isolate you from your background. Good lighting will also improve your camera quality.

  • Try to use an image with colors close to your background and a good contrast with you. Otherwise, the system will struggle to tell where you are and where your background is.

  • Watch out for a cluttered background since it will make it harder to tell your image from the objects behind you. A solid wall is a great choice.

How can I turn on hardware acceleration?

Copy and paste this link in Chrome: chrome://settings/system

Make sure "Use graphics acceleration when available" is toggled on.

💡 Do you own a physical backdrop, like a green screen?

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