Use Snap Camera’s video filters in any web app on Chrome
There are many video calling apps that you can use right from your current browser. But when you’re having a video meeting, things can get a little stale and boring. Snap Camera can help you get the mix up a bit. By using Snap Camera, you can use filters in your video calls even if the application you are using doesn’t offer them.
How, you ask? Snap Camera is an application that creates a virtual camera that you can use in place of your computer’s webcam. Then the feed from this virtual camera can replace your camera video feed in any application you want. All you need is to download and install the application on your computer and you can use the filters in any video meeting, even if you use the web application from your browser.
Download the Snap Camera app
After you click the checkbox, the Download button will become active. Click on it.
An installer file (“.exe” file) will be available in your downloads folder. Run it and then follow the instructions on your screen to install the application.
Using Snap Camera Filters
Using the Snap Camera filter in any app is a two part process; first, you need to configure the settings in the Snap Camera app and select the filter you want to use, then, you need to select virtual Snap Camera as your preferred camera in the video meeting app.
Setting up the Snap Camera application
Using the Snap Camera application is very easy. Launch the application on your computer; You should be able to see your video immediately in the preview window. If you can, all is well, and you can move on to the next step. But if your video is not visible, the app may not have access to your camera, and you will have to change it. This is most likely the case when you have more than one camera installed on your system.
Click on the ‘Settings’ (gear) icon at the top right corner of the screen.
Then, click the drop-down menu under the ‘Select your camera’ option and select the webcam you want to use. Go back from the settings and your video will be shown in the preview window.
Filters are available below the preview window. Select the filter you want to use in the video meeting from the Snap camera app. Since it’s basically Snapchat for your PC, you have all the filters you love to use on your phone available for you to use.
Once you have selected a filter you can minimize / close the app if you want. But don’t quit the app completely as it has to stay open in the system tray to do its magic.
Using Snap Camera in Chrome
After you’ve changed all the settings in the Snap Camera app, the next step is to select a virtual camera in the video meeting app that you will be using in Chrome. When the app creates a virtual camera that acts as a physical camera, all you need to do is switch from webcam to Snap Camera from the settings of the video conferencing app you are using.
Let’s see how you can use it in Chrome with a Google Meet example. Google Meet is a video conferencing application from Google that does not have a desktop application and only functions as a web application. Go to meet.google.com on your Chrome browser to open the app.
Now click on the ‘Settings’ (gear) icon at the top right corner of the screen.
The settings window will open. Go to ‘Video’ settings. Then click the drop-down menu under the ‘Camera’ option and select ‘Snap Camera’ from the list.
Now when you join a meeting on Google Meet, the camera you choose is Snap Camera, and your video will have the filter you selected in the app. You can also switch cameras while you are on a video call.
While each application has different steps for changing camera settings, the basic premise remains the same. No matter which platform you use on Chrome to hold / attend a video meeting, you need to change your camera from a physical webcam to a “Snap Camera” virtual camera from video settings to use filters.
Snap Camera is an efficient way to use video filters in any app, regardless of whether the app supports them or not. Using the Snap Camera filter, you can bring back the fun lost from video calls in any app, even your browser.