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Technology How to turn yourself into a kitten on Zoom, just like that lawyer did

09:41  10 february  2021
09:41  10 february  2021 Source:   cnet.com

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If you've been anywhere near the internet on Tuesday, you've probably seen the viral video of a virtual legal proceeding in Texas that wouldn't have been very noteworthy -- except for the fact that a lawyer accidentally switched on a filter that turned his face into an adorable kitten, and couldn't figure out how to turn it off.

a close up of a cat looking at the camera: A Zoom kitten filter spiced up a Texas court hearing. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET © Provided by CNET A Zoom kitten filter spiced up a Texas court hearing. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

"I'm here live. I'm not a cat," the lawyer said, identified on his Zoom screen as Rod Ponton. "I can see that," the judge responds before trying to walk the lawyer through fixing the filter issue.

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The faux-paws appears to be the result of use of a Snap Camera filter, owned by the same company that makes Snapchat . While this was obviously a mistake, you might be wondering how to turn yourself into a kitten (or try out a variety of other animals or effects) to spice up your next video meeting. We've got you covered. Here's how to set up Snap Camera and use the filters on your next Zoom.

a cat sitting on top of a laptop: A Zoom kitten filter spiced up a Texas court hearing. © Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

A Zoom kitten filter spiced up a Texas court hearing.

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1. Download the free Snap Camera app for Windows or Mac (just make sure you read the terms and conditions first). It'll ask for permission to use your camera and microphone.

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2. Open the app, and you'll find a variety of "lenses" or filters to search through. Whatever you click on will appear at the top of the app, where you can see it overlaid on your face.

3. Go to the Search Lenses bar, and type in "kitten" (or anything else you'd like to try).

4. Search through the different options, and choose the feline that speaks to you the most.

graphical user interface, website: Choose from all kids of different kitten filters on Snap Camera. Screenshot by Alison DeNisco Rayome/CNET © Provided by CNET Choose from all kids of different kitten filters on Snap Camera. Screenshot by Alison DeNisco Rayome/CNET

5. To connect your new filter to Zoom, open the Zoom app (you may have to restart it if it was already open while Snap Camera was downloading).

6. In Zoom, go to Settings> Video> Camera, and from the drop-down menu, select Snap Camera. You should see your face with the filter you selected appearing in the preview.

7. Start or join a Zoom meeting. Your face will appear as a kitten, or whatever filter you selected.

a cat that is looking at the camera: Your Zoom meetings may never be the same again if you can show up looking like this. Screenshot by Alison DeNisco Rayome/CNET © Provided by CNET Your Zoom meetings may never be the same again if you can show up looking like this. Screenshot by Alison DeNisco Rayome/CNET

To turn the filters off, just go back to Settings> Video> Camera, and choose your usual camera again. If you want to get really fancy, you can even make your own lenses on Snap Camera.

Enjoy the new trick! For more, check out all of the other Zoom tips we've found, and how to change your Zoom background.

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