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How to Blur Webcam Background in Windows 10/11?

It's easy to hide your messy room or office on webcam video. Read this article to get 10 free methods to blur your webcam background on a Windows PC with/without the green screen. (Also applies to MacBook)
Luca TangenLast Updated: January 3, 2023
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If you are a content creator or someone attending a video meeting, you will know your audience will pay special attention to your background.

Sometimes when you have no time to organize your surrounding to make everything look best on your webcam, blurring the background seems a great option since it can quickly hide everything in the back to protect your privacy, avoid embarrassment and let your audience focus on you.

Below, we will tell you 10 methods to blur the webcam background on a Windows 10/11 computer. And most of them also apply to a Mac computer. Let’s get started!

Part 1. Top 4 Free Webcam Software to Blur Backgrounds 

The fastest way to blur the background is using one background removal tool. Therefore, we listed some popular tools for you to quickly blur the webcam background.

1. FineCam

FineCam is among the most powerful AI webcam software to remove, change and blur webcam backgrounds automatically. This would be very useful if you want to hide your mess room or office to let your audience always focus on you in video calls or live streaming. With the FineCam Virtual Background feature, you can even decide the degree of background blur.

Adjust Webcam Background Blur Degree using FineCam

Adjust Webcam Background Blur Degree using FineCam

To blur the background, the free edition is fully qualified. Here’s how you can enable its simple feature:

Step 1. Install and run FineCam Free on your Windows computer.

Step 2. Create one scene and add your webcam.

Select Webcam - FineCam

Select Webcam – FineCam

Step 3. On the right sidebar, click the Background icon. And then click the Blur option under the Virtual Background.

Webcam Background Section - FineCam

Webcam Background Section – FineCam

Step 4. Move the mouse over your video, you will find a Blur Bar that allows you to adjust the blur amounts.

Adjust Webcam Background Blur Degree using FineCam

Adjust Webcam Background Blur Degree using FineCam

FineCam is also skillful at replacing webcam background with image/video/ppt/webpage and a youtube video, no matter whether you have a green screen or not. Just like the Background Blur feature, Background Removal can also be used for free and listed under the Virtual Background section.

Create a Custom Background - FineCam

Create a Custom Background – FineCam

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2. XSplit VCam

XSplit VCam is another excellent option that allows multiple webcam video editing options. The software is free to download and you can use it to control the background blur effect. But it charges for premium benefits.

Xsplit Vcam - Blur and Change Background

Xsplit Vcam – Blur and Change Background

Here’s how to blur the video background:

  1. Open the video from XSplit VCam.
  2. Make sure you have Original selected from the Background option.
  3. Move the slider below to get your desired level of blur. The software AI will automatically do it, leaving you in focus.
  4. Save the file.

3. ChromaCam

ChromaCam is a fantastic software to blur out your webcam background for free. Although you can get advanced benefits from their paid plans, a free version may be enough. Follow these steps to blur your video:

ChromaCam Blur Background

ChromaCam Blur Background

  1. Join a video call or enter a stream.
  2. Click on the three dots or hamburger menu in the streaming platform.
  3. Select Preferences, and go to the Webcam category.
  4. Click on the drop-down menu, Select a Camera. Choose ChromaCam.
  5. It will automatically blur your background. Move the slider to set its intensity.
  6. When satisfied, close the ChromaCam window and click Ok in the Preferences menu.
  7. Return to your stream or video call, and select Share my Camera.

4. Perfect Cam

PerfectCam is a webcam streaming software designed by CyberLink. It is also widely used by many content creators and YouTube streamers for their live videos. Follow these steps to use its blur feature:

  1. Launch the software and open your desired video or start a stream.
  2. Navigate to the Webcam Effects Selection panel and click on Background Blur.
  3. Move the slider to adjust the level of blur behind your clear image.

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Part 2. Free OBS Plugin to Blur Webcam Backgrounds

Open Broadcast Software (simply OBS Studios) is the most popular streaming and video content creation tool. Many OBS plugins are out on the internet for video blur, but they failed to provide satisfactory results. However, one of them can give an exceptional performance.

1. StreamFX

StreamFX is the best plugin that can blur your webcam backgrounds efficiently on Windows and Mac computers. You can download the plugin from GitHub for free. After downloading, follow these steps to blur the background:

Blur Webcam Background in OBS Studio

  1. Install StreamFX to your computer. Remember, you should not be running OBS Studios in the back. Otherwise, the installation may fail.
  2. After installation, open OBS Studios and check the StreamFX extension on the toolbar.
  3. Right-click on the target video and select Filters > Blur > Give Your Blur a Name.
  4. Name it as desire. Then select Apply a Mask.
  5. Move the sliders to adjust the region you want to blur. Click apply after finalizing everything.

Part 3. 5 Free Chat Platforms with Built-in Blur Support

Some video calling platforms don’t need third-party webcam software to blur the background. They have the feature already built-in. These are mostly meeting platforms widely used in the Covid era for office work.

Here’s how you can blur the background in them:

1. Zoom

Zoom is the most popular platform for meetings. With a popularity surge in the past few years, Zoom has integrated many valuable features. Background blur is one of them. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Zoom, and click on your profile picture.

    Click Zoom Setttings Icon

    Click Zoom Settings Icon

  2. Click on Settings, then Backgrounds & Filters.
  3. Click on the Blur to turn it on.

    Blur Background in Zoom Meeting

    Blur Background in Zoom Meeting

If you are in a meeting and want to do it during the video call, here’s the method:

  1. Join the meeting
  2. Click on the upward arrow from the bottom left corner.

    Click Video Settings – Zoom Meeting

  3. Click on Blur My Background.

2. Microsoft Teams

Blur Background in Microsoft Teams

Blur Background in Microsoft Teams

  1. Join or start a meeting.
  2. Move the cursor till the toolbar appears.
  3. Click on the three dots and select Apply Background Effects.
  4. In Background Settings, you will find Blur. Click on it.

3. Skype

Skype was once the king of video calls. However, some people still use it for the purpose. Here’s how you can blur the video background in it:

  1. Click on more options during a call.
  2. Select Choose Background and select Blur. Your current video will get the effect.
Access Webcam Settings on Windows – Skype

Access Webcam Settings on Windows – Skype

4. Google Meet

Google Meet is another incredible conference call platform for business people. The platform has many other features, but follow the steps below for blur:

1. During a video call, click on the More button.

Click Apply Visual Effects – Google Meet

2. Select Apply Visual Effects.

Blur Background Option in Google Meet

Blur Background Option in Google Meet

You will get options to slightly or completely blur your background. Click on what you prefer.

5. Discord

Discord is the most famous platform for streaming for gamers. Millions of gamers and their followers get into video streams every day. Here’s how you can blur your background during the process:

Blur Webcam Background in Discord

Blur Webcam Background in Discord

  1. Click on the cogwheel in the bottom left corner and go to Voice & Video.
  2. Scroll down to the Video Settings till you reach Video Background.
  3. Select the Blur option to apply the feature.

Apart from the above platforms, some famous platforms are also without this facility. They don’t have any built-in mechanism for background blurring. For instance, take YouTube Live. It is among the most popular live-streaming platforms. But it doesn’t support the background blur facility.

Blur Your Video Backgrounds Now!

Privacy and clean looks are essential while having a meeting or live stream. A blurry background provides both, and we’ve told you 10 methods to do it. You can use the StreamFX plugin or any other webcam software. Or you can even get the advantages of built-in blur from various platforms. Select one which suits you best and get brilliant results.

This article is originally published on September 28, 2022, and updated on January 3, 2023

Luca Tangen

Staff writer at fineshare.com. Has been writing about the technology of Windows, Mac, and iOS since 2014.

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