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User Guide On Use GIF For Zoom Background

Use GIF For Zoom Background
Written by Hassan Abbas

Use GIF For Zoom Background: Zoom is the biggest platform of video conferencing app that is currently in use, during the Quarantine period. However the custom image and video backgrounds are old news, so we are going to take it to the other level with a GIF background!

In this guide, we are going to explain how to make a GIF, change them to a video file format, and then easily apply it to your Zoom meeting background. Also, you can use a reverse GIF for this!

What is a GIF?

GIF is the simplest form of an image file format, just like JPEG and PNG. We can also use it to make still images. However, the GIF format has the added benefit of holding various images. These pictures, when decoded in some way, can be played like a flipbook, to make or create an animation.

Just like images, GIFs are quite easy to share and are compatible with other social apps like Facebook messenger, twitter, and also your Android keyboard.

How can I use GIF as a Zoom background?

Zoom enables users to create virtual meetings. During a conference room, you sit comfortably at home and attend. However, these meetings may tend to be a bit dull. Also, Zoom launched a virtual background setting that enables users to impose themselves on a fake background. These fake or virtual backgrounds provide a comedic aspect to the meetings and also hiding the personal details of your work at home.

In addition, Zoom also included a choice to use a custom virtual video background. Also, users can upload any video or picture and use it as their backdrop during a video call.

These pictures and videos want to follow some guidelines for them to work right. As GIF is a composite format, Zoom doesn’t forcefully enable it to be used as a background. However, we all know that Zoom accepts video background, and also we know that we can change a GIF into a video. Simply convert our GIF into a video file.

There are lots of software that can modify GIFs to different other file formats. Today we are going to concentrate on the MP4 format, that is a video format that Zoom accepts and also will do the job for us.

How to change a GIF into a video

Now we want to convert a GIF into an MP4 file. However, there are tons of sites that help you to change a GIF to various file formats for free, we love Convertio. Their tool is quite easy to use. Come let’s begin.

Step 1:

Visit Then, tap the ‘Select files’ button.

Step 2:

Now you can upload our GIF. Then locate and choose the GIF you like to convert.

Step 3:

Once you uploaded the file, simply set the video settings now. Tap the Setting button.

Step 4:

You will get different choices on the screen.

Step 5:

Tap Resize. And then choose the ‘640×360 (YouTube 360p) choice. Rather than, Zoom need the minimum resolution of 640×360 pixels for a video, 16:9 aspect ratio, and maximum size 5MB, choosing 640 x 360 pixels seems the best bet.

Step 6:

In the Resize mode menu, select between ‘Zoom and add black bars’, or ‘Zoom and crop’, as you want to. Press the Ok button once done.

Step 7:

Press the Convert button now.

Step 8:

Wait for few minutes until it uploads and change the GIF to Video. Once done, tap the ‘Download’ button to save the video file on your computer.

The browser will be highlighted that the file has been installed at the bottom left corner of the screen.

How to include GIF as background on Zoom

Now that you have changed the GIF file into a video, it is time to include it as your virtual video background in Zoom. Move and open the Zoom app. Tap the Settings button located at the top right, below the profile icon. Now, tap Virtual background located in the left pane. Tap the add button and choose the video file that you installed above. Choose it to include it as a virtual background for all your Zoom meetings.

If you want to set a virtual background to a meeting only, then initiates a meeting first. Choose the select virtual background setting then tap on the little plus at the top. Now locate the MP4 video we just changed and choose it.

Now you should view a preview of the video looping around your head. You’re all set!

Download a ready-made video of the GIF

If all these steps seem too cumbersome, don’t forget you can install a GIF directly in a video format!

Some sites like enables you to install GIFs directly in MP4 formats. Just move to the website and choose the GIF you want to use. Tap on the media button right next to the GIF. This should pop out a dialog box.

Simply copy the MP4 link then paste it into the browser. Once the video loads, right-tap on it and choose to save this file also you can save the MP4 file to your desktop!

Go ahead and use the file in the way mentioned above to set it as your Zoom background. But if the file is smaller than 640 pixels, then you will need to resize it.

Where to find GIF

When the GIFs gaining popularity, there are lots of websites dedicated to hosting GIFs. Some of them are:

Installing GIFs is quite easy as choosing the one you want to open its page, and tapping the install button right next to it.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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