Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Prepare your (actual) background

  • To achieve the best virtual background effect, Zoom recommends using a high-contrast, solid-color backdrop, preferably a green screen (Amazon has a good selection). Whatever you use, go for a matte, non-reflective background.
  • Keep your background surface close to you.
  • Don’t wear clothing that’s the same color as your background or the virtual background.


  • If you are using your computer or phone camera, ensure that it’s unobstructed and smudge-free.
  • Higher quality cameras result in a better virtual background, so ideally you’ll want to use an external webcam.


  • Try to keep the lighting uniform across your shot (no dappled light) and not too bright or dim.
  • Avoid windows, and be aware that the sun will move during daytime meetings.
  • Positioning a lamp in front of you ensures a more professional look. Better still, invest in an LED Ring Light.

Background image

  • Use high-quality, high-resolution images.
  • Zoom recommends using background images with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a minimum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
  • Zoom recommends using background videos (MP4 or MOV file) with a minimum resolution of 480 x 360 pixels (360p) and a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p).
  • If your background image includes text, uncheck the ‘mirror my video’ option in your video settings.
  • Select from a range of Scripps Research branded Zoom Virtual Backgrounds.
  • To add your name, title or contact info to your background download a copy of this PowerPoint template and "Export" as a high resolution JPG.

Enabling Virtual Background during a Meeting

If you have already enabled virtual background, you can turn it on during a meeting.

  • In a Zoom meeting click the ^ arrow next to Start/Stop Video.
  • Click Choose a virtual background...
  • If prompted, click Download to download the package for virtual background without a green screen.