There is your home, there is the office and then there is Zoom. With a little help, you can be in all three places at once, even places you've only seen on TV, on a poster, or in a catalog. Zoom, the video conferencing app, is growing in popularity as working from home becomes more common. What makes Zoom especially popular is the ability to swap backgrounds instead of having to clean your house before you can start a conference call with colleagues or clients.
In a previous article, we covered the specific steps you need to take to replace backgrounds in Zoom. Here are some of the best zoom wallpapers that you can use to spice up your video calls.
Note: If your camera is set to an aspect ratio of 16: 9, a 1,280 x 720 or 1,920 x 1,080 pixel image will work fine. For videos, you need an MP4 or MOV video file with a minimum resolution of 480 x 360 pixels (360p) and a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p).
No matter how hard you try, your place will never look like Modsy's updated apartment redesign for Friends, Sex and the City, Frasier, Will & Grace, or Golden Girls. However, that shouldn't prevent you from having them in the public-private area of your Zoom conference. Modsy, the web-based interior design service, offers numerous popular living room sets that you can use in the zoom zone.
You might want to redecorate your home in style – or just clean up the living room before your meeting – but West Elm conference backgrounds will be more recognizable. The company has collected pictures of their favorite real-life homes with their own modern furniture and decorations – including pooches. Just scroll and download whatever you want. Hey, you don't have to tell anyone this isn't your pad or pool.
Working at home may make you feel like you are in a galaxy far, far away, but with Star Wars-themed video conferencing wallpapers, the force can really be with you. You can now broadcast from the Millennium Falcon's cockpit or many other locations. Choose from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, The Ruins of the Death Star, or many more background choices.
Storyblocks, the stock video site, has unveiled a new collection of videoconferencing wallpapers that includes hundreds of high quality pictures, animated videos and motion backgrounds in MP4 format. Choose from landscapes like Arches National Park and the Santorini Greek Islands to landmarks like the Jefferson Memorial and Pantheon Dome. Storyblocks also has a green screen tool that you can use to put animals or other objects in the background. Storyblocks offers a variety of backgrounds for free download – no subscription required.
Who wouldn't want to be in a Pixar movie? With these high resolution backdrops, you can blend in with the beautifully crafted, mesmerizing scenes from popular films such as Ratatouille, Toy Story, Cars and even the deep mysterious oceans of Finding Nemo. Talk about a way to liven up a Zoom business meeting!
Canva got on the zoom bandwagon with a number of templates you can use for your meetups. You can choose between photos, animated backgrounds and graphic illustrations. Many of Canva's designs are particularly suitable for educational purposes for teachers and students who take up distance learning. If you're not a Canva member, you can sign up for free on Google or Facebook.
Unsplash offers a completely untapped market for free images that you can use for a variety of purposes, including zoom backgrounds. Choose from indoor and outdoor spaces to project an office, residential or landscape setting.