Krisp virtual background allows you to display an image as your background during your video calls. It helps concentrate the other call participants' attention on you, not on what goes on behind you. It keeps the focus only on one person so the other people in the background won't be seen during the call.
Krisp allows you to manage your virtual backgrounds across different apps from one place in a centralized way.
This article will show you how to set up virtual background through Krisp for your video calls.
Note: Make sure to have Krisp version 1.23.6 or higher on Mac to benefit from the feature.
Krisp virtual background is available both for Krisp personal and Team accounts. They can be on the free or Pro plan.
You can use the feature both with desktop and web apps.
Currently, Krisp virtual background isn't available for M1 machines. Our team is working hard to bring this feature to M1 users. Subscribe to our Release notes to keep your hand on a pulse.
You can set up Krisp virtual background with desktop and web communication applications that have dedicated video settings and allow you to choose virtual cameras. Krisp camera can be used in different apps simultaneously.
Krisp camera is a virtual device. It is being created on your computer when you install the app on it.
You will need a two-sided configuration to use Krisp virtual background.
- In the Video section of Krisp, pick the physical camera you wish to use during your calls.
- Allow Krisp to access your camera by clicking on Allow access in the video tab.
- Click on OK when the system settings window pops up.
Follow these steps to set up Krisp camera in the communication applications:
- Restart the application or the browser where a web app will be used. This is needed to make the Krisp camera appear in the available cameras' list.
- Go to the video settings of the app/web app and choose Krisp Camera as a camera. See the example with the Zoom app settings:
Now the image you choose in Krisp will be shown as your background during the calls.
You can use the in-app images or upload your own ones as a virtual background. There is no limitation on the number of images. The preview will be shown in the app so that you feel confident before starting the call with it.
To upload an image click on + ADD IMAGE and choose a .png, .jpg, .gif file from your computer. The uploaded image will automatically be set as your background. Click on any other image to change it.
You can also delete the image you don't want to use anymore. For that, click on the "X" icon and confirm the deletion.
There are no resolution restrictions for the images. However, we recommend using images with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The resolution of the images will be downscaled to 1280x720 if the initial resolution is higher.
You may see "Krisp virtual camera is not active" screen on the video preview of the communication app you're using. It can happen in the following cases:
- You have selected Krisp camera in the communication app settings and Krisp app is not launched.
- You have selected Krisp camera from the communication app settings and you're signed out of your Krisp account.
- You have selected Krisp camera from the communication app settings but haven't allowed camera access for Krisp.
- Krisp virtual camera is not available on your device.
To fix this make sure that Krisp app is launched and you're signed in to your account. Then, check the video tab of Krisp app. If you see "Allow access to your camera" screen, follow these steps to allow access from the system preferences:
- Click on Open system preferences.
- Click on the lock in the lower-left corner to allow changes.
- Select Krisp to allow camera access.
- Quit and reopen Krisp to have this take effect.
If your device cannot use the feature you'll get the appropriate message in the Video tab of your Krisp app.
Most communication apps flip the video horizontally when showing us the preview. This mirroring is done to give some comfort to our eyes, as if we are looking at ourselves in the mirror. However, it's the unflipped version that's broadcast to the call participants.
Let's look at the Zoom example. Open the Video settings and look at the preview. If you raise your right hand, the right one will be raised in the video and vice versa. To make this easier, take a book in your hands. The book title will not be readable, as well as the Krisp logo will be flipped.
However, if you start the call and ask someone to take a screenshot of how they see you, both the book and the logo will be correctly displayed.
You can turn off the mirroring from the settings to make your eye see what others are going to see. And yes, that will be the same view as in the Krisp preview page.
If you check the video preview in the Krisp app, you might get a feeling of weirdness. The reason is that the orientation is not the one we are used to seeing. While this is counter-intuitive, this is the orientation cast to the call participants and this is the way they see you.
Take the same book and look at the preview in Krisp. The book title will be readable, as it should be if someone looks at you in real life.
In the same way, the Krisp logo in the top right corner will be in a readable orientation.