With thousands of people working remotely due the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all using video conference calls more than ever. Zoom conferencing seems to be the platform of choice in these physical distancing times. And if you’re weary of your coworkers gazing upon your kitchen or your couch in the background while you pontificate about KPIs, you can swap out your actual setting for a virtual one. Fans and brands alike have shared a plethora of pop culture options for everything from
Get ready to make some challenging Zoom decisions, because we have a lot of backgrounds to share. Maybe you could pick a different background for every work day? This is precisely the time to exercise ridiculousness.
Let’s start with
Long have we waited... 💫 Video backgrounds from a galaxy far, far away have arrived! Use these backgrounds on your next video call to show off your love for the light or dark side!— Star Wars (@starwars) April 16, 2020
View more backgrounds on https://t.co/mVXi17qoJk: https://t.co/itIF4qBsIl (1/2) pic.twitter.com/vxtsFKk3NO
Some internet memes
iconic zoom backgrounds: a thread— Shell 🐝 (@BeeShellll) March 31, 2020
keep it going pic.twitter.com/GU54B97tiR
Some original Simpsons painted backgrounds to use as backgrounds for your Zoom meetings. (Swiped from various locations.) pic.twitter.com/y8Zb0lwlNW— That Guy, But Scary Because It's Halloween (@ThatGuy3002) April 1, 2020
seinfeld zoom background for you pic.twitter.com/E9sYMrgpsr— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) April 1, 2020
Why not add a bit of flair to your Zoom video calls with a custom background?— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) April 2, 2020
Mosey on over to the #SquareEnix Blog where we’ve gathered together a number of #FinalFantasy VII Remake designs for you to use! #FF7R
🖼️ https://t.co/EYWAq4jpDR pic.twitter.com/pRJO51UzTj
Zoom up to new altitudes by downloading these #TopGun: Maverick Virtual Backgrounds for your @zoom_us meetings, hangouts and happy hours here: https://t.co/fQ7ONELci6.— Top Gun (@TopGunMovie) March 27, 2020
Share your screenshots with us by tagging @TopGunMovie! pic.twitter.com/TaUBfa4TuS
Missing Disney Parks? You can choose from a variety of parks backgrounds, including the above Disneyland image, at the Disney Parks Blog. And if you’d rather have Disney animation Zoom backgrounds, you’re in luck!
Backgrounds set the stage for characters and stories to unfold. For your next video call, go under the sea or off to Wonderland with these backgrounds from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library collection! pic.twitter.com/WBBvJox00U— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) April 14, 2020
You know, actual space.
Looking to spice up your Zoom meetings? Try these backgrounds.— AeroDork (@AeroDork) March 27, 2020
The ISS cupola pic.twitter.com/pVic7fYDPW
Some gorgeous Ghibli backgrounds
Ghibli zoom background :— 𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙢𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 🌷 (@letmesaveyouuu) April 1, 2020
Spirited away ☁️ pic.twitter.com/BqOmyoODKk
Plus as a bonus, Studio Ghibli has officially shared backgrounds from
Remembered I had pictures from the Doctor Who Experience from 2016. They'd made excellent @zoom_us Zoom backgrounds for meetings, calls, etc. #DoctorWho #TheUltimateGinger @bbcdoctorwho @DoctorWho_BBCA pic.twitter.com/ENUf8EvjcH— spooky-ish dave (@ddryan) March 30, 2020
Actually working in Gotham doesn’t sound appealing even a little bit, but having virtual
Here’s your new Zoom background. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/yR5UsbAuSH— Kitze 🚀 (@thekitze) March 30, 2020
A sampler, including
Feels like the right time to take Zoom meetings from the sweet isolation of Skull Island or Gotham City. Let us know how it goes! pic.twitter.com/YB7mIwSlQt— Legendary (@Legendary) April 3, 2020
A sampler from Netflix
Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
Yes, I have an empty shot of the BA Test Kitchen you can use as your Zoom background. pic.twitter.com/sHR2szVgOT— Matt Hunziker (@matthunzi) April 20, 2020
Don’t see anything that suits your tastes? You can make a Zoom background by uploading any ol’ image or video. They just suggest you crop your image to match the aspect ratio to your camera. Not too bad, right?
To change your space to a virtual background, sit in front of an empty wall. If you, for some reason, own a green screen, this is made for you. Hang that baby up! If not, a plain wall will do. Then sign into Zoom, go to account settings, and then the meeting tab. Enable virtual backgrounds there. Get thorough, step by step instructions in Zoom’s help center.
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