Last fall, Google added options for blur your background in Google Meet and use your own images as backgrounds in Google Meet. This week, another background option was added to Google Meet.
You can now use videos as virtual backgrounds in Google Meet. At this time, the options are limited to only videos provided by Google. Hopefully more options including uploading your own videos will be added in the future. The video background options currently provided by Google are “classroom”, “party”, and “forest”.
Applications for education
This update will not change the way each of us use Google Meet for online instructions. That said, it’s nice to have an option to break up the routine of Google Meet meetings with a fun background choice. In the future, if Google allows us to upload our own videos to use as backgrounds, we could use those videos in a virtual green screen environment where the video plays behind us while we talk about what’s displayed. I imagine it works a bit like the animated green screen backgrounds used by TV weather forecasters on morning news shows.
For those who haven’t tried virtual backgrounds or blurry backgrounds in Google Meet, please the video below I show how to use these two features.