We all know that webinars are perfect to host from home. But not everyone has an office or permanent studio with a suitable background. And yet the right background is essential for a webinar. In this blog, we explain how you can create a virtual background for your webinar.
Do you have a green screen? Then, besides the mmhmm.app, you can also use software like OBS or hardware like the BlackMagic ATEM Mini to create a background. Read our blog about using a physical green screen for more information on that topic.
You'll need the following for a virtual background:
- The mmhmm.app
- A background photo (optional)
Step 1: Download the app
For this tutorial, we will be using the mmhmm.app software. Download the software and install the app on your computer or laptop.
Please note! The mmhmm.app is currently only available in macOS. The Windows beta app isn't available for the public yet at the time of writing this article.
Restart your browser after installing the app so that the app can be selected as the camera in WebinarGeek.
Step 2: Select the desired background
When you open the app, you will immediately see the image of your webcam with a moving background. This is the background your viewers will see during the webinar.
On the right side of the screen, you have two menus. In the menu 'Rooms' you can change the background. Under 'more rooms' you can choose from many different backgrounds but you can also add your own.
Step 3: Adjust the camera image
In the 'Presenter' menu you see several options that can give your camera image a little spice. For example, choose which side of the screen you want to be in the view, how big your camera view is, and adjust the transparency of your camera view.
In addition, you can also adjust the frame and select the pointer. Do you want to make it really colorful? Then choose one of the different effects.
Step 4: Use the app in a WebinarGeek webinar
Open the WebinarGeek app and open your live webinar via the 'Open live webinar' button. Go to the settings and choose the 'mmhmm Camera' as the camera input. You will now see your creation appear in the webinar.
What else is possible?
The beauty of the mmhmm.app is that you can also visualize your presentation. Upload your presentation via the slides tray in the app. Display the presentation full screen or make it dynamic by using the presentation over-the-shoulder.
Sharing the screen while still being visible is also possible! In combination with the pointer function, this is the ideal solution for teaching online classes and courses.
It is even possible to play videos on the screen. Make sure you select the mmhmm.app as audio input in the settings of your webinar so that the sound of the video is audible.
If you are hosting a webinar of several hours, you can even use this app to activate an 'away' screen. With this screen you insert a pause without pressing 'stop' and leave the webinar - this is obviously not recommended. The app will show a screen telling you that you'll be back in a moment.
Curious what else is possible in the mmhmm.app? Download the app and test it yourself in a test webinar.