Add a virtual background or blur in Studio (macOS app)

Who: Host, Guest, and Producers
Plan: See table below
Device: Riverside Studio for macOS

Use the Riverside Studio app for macOS to add visual effects to your video's background. The options range from a subtle blur to an entire backdrop image and are included on your final recorded file.

Please note:
This feature is new and is being released gradually to all Riverside users. Business account users will be notified once it is available.

Step by step

  1. Install and launch the Riverside Studio app.
  2. On the list of your Studios, click Go to studio,
    or click Join studio via link and paste an invite link.
  3. In your video preview on the Lobby screen, click visual-effects-wand-icon.svg Effects.
  4. On the panel, choose from the visual effects:
    • Preset backgrounds

    (available on all plans)

    • Slight or full blur

    (Pro and Business plans)

    • Upload a custom background image (JPG or PNG)

    (Business plans only)

  5. Click the X to close Visual effects panel.
  6. Click Join studio and enter the recording session.

Before the recording starts, you can click visual-effects-wand-icon.svg Visual effects in your video frame to change or remove the effect.

Virtual backgrounds work best when you are well-lit and any other light in the recording space is steady and unchanging.

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