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How to make Halloween Zoom backgrounds

Updated October 5, 2023
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Want to get in the spirit of spooky season? Make your Zoom meetings more engaging and on-theme by creating unique virtual meeting backgrounds for Halloween. 

From eerie forests and haunted houses to dark night skies and pumpkin carvings, turn your regular meeting background into a Halloween video background. Using free creepy stock videos, glitch video effects, and haunted stickers, you can create Halloween Zoom backgrounds in no time.  

Learn how to make Halloween background videos and images with Clipchamp and explore easy uploading options to Zoom.  

How to make Halloween Zoom backgrounds

All Zoom video backgrounds must be created in the default 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio with a maximum file size of 5MB.  

Step 1. Import videos or select stock footage

To import your own videos to use as a Halloween Zoom background, click on the import media button in the your media tab on the toolbar to browse your computer files, or connect your OneDrive.  

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You can also use royalty-free stock media. Click on the content library tab on the toolbar and click on the visuals drop down arrow, then videos. Search through the different stock categories using the search bar as well. We recommend selecting a Halloween themed stock video that isn’t too busy and distracting for viewers. 

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Next, drag and drop each video onto the timeline from the your media tab.  

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Step 2. Trim your Halloween background video  

Trim your Halloween stock video to a maximum of 30 seconds. Using the green handles, drag the right handle to the timestamp. We recommend trimming your background video to 15 seconds to avoid videos becoming distracting.  

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Step 3. Add Halloween stickers and overlays

Click on the content library tab on the toolbar, then click on the visuals drop down arrow to browse the categories like stickers, shapes, overlays, and GIPHY. Drag and drop a Halloween overlay onto the timeline above your video asset.  

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Step 4. Preview and save your Halloween background 

Before saving your video, make sure to preview by clicking on the play button. When you’re ready to save, click on the export button and select a video resolution. We recommend saving all videos in MP4 1080p video resolution for the best quality. You can also save your video as a GIF if it is under 15 seconds.  

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How to upload your virtual Halloween background to Zoom

To upload a default background video to all Zoom Rooms, follow the steps below. Make sure Zoom is updated to the latest version to see all options and filters.  

  1. Sign into the Zoom web portal.  

  2. Click on the room management button then Zoom Rooms in the navigation menu. 

  3. Click on the account settings button.  

  4. Click on the account profile tab.  

  5. In setup, find the background image for Zoom Rooms setting.  

  6. Click on the upload image button.  

  7. Select your image in your files then click on the open button. 

To upload your background on the Zoom desktop app, follow the steps below.  

  1. Navigate the preferences button in the settings menu.  

  2. On the left side menu, click on the background & filters button.  

  3. You will see virtual backgrounds where you can upload your video by clicking on the + button.  

Make your Zoom meeting more exciting with customized video backgrounds. Explore more ways to enhance your videos like adding animated text. If you’re new to video editing, check out our ready-to-use video template library.  

Try creating a video today with Clipchamp for free or download the Clipchamp Windows app.

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