You’re getting ready to make a video conference, and you’re used to Skype as your primary video call service. Now, if your environment is messy, or you’re in a different place and want to only have the camera’s focus on your face, you can try the newest feature that was just released this week.
Skype will be able to automatically blur the background for you, and you will be the only one that will stay in focus. You no longer need to tidy that room to call your parents or call your colleagues from work before video calls!
Microsoft released blog post last week announcing that the feature will go live starting this week and explained that this feature is similar to the one in Microsoft Teams which was added back in September 2018.
The artificial intelligence added to Skype will detect the human figure in the frame to keep the caller in focus and make everything else blurry. It will also work if you move your hands in front of the camera or if you have long hair, added the blog post:
You’re about to video call your parents and your laundry is all over the place, or you’re about to have a meeting with a potential investor and your business plan is on a whiteboard behind you, or you’re being interviewed on live television, and your adorable child comes marching into the room.
Here is how you can enable the feature, according to a Tweet from Skype.
How to Enable Skype Background Blur Feature?
— Skype (@Skype) February 6, 2019
Open Skype and go to the video camera icon where you can open the settings and toggle the option “Blur my background.”
Most of desktops and laptops that run the latest version of Skype will get this feature, with Microsoft adding that they “cannot guarantee that your background will always be blurred.” Well, it’s worth trying anyway!
Jeff Wilkinson is a Senior Politics Reporter at Debate Report covering provincial and national politics, . Before joining Debate Report, Jeff worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Jeff has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.