Add a custom virtual background to your video

« to Studio visual effects and virtual backgrounds: Overview

Who: Host, Guests, and Producers
Plan: Riverside for Business
Device: Computer Browser, iOS app, or MacOS desktop app

With visual effects on a Riverside for Business account, upload your own image to create a customized virtual background for your video.

Please note:
This feature is in beta and is being released gradually to Riverside users.

Step by step

  1. From your computer browser, MacOS desktop app, or iOS app join a Riverside Studio.
  2. On the Lobby page, in your video preview, click visual-effects-wand-icon.svg Effects.
  3. On the panel under Backgrounds, click plus.svgplus button.
  4. Choose a PNG or JPG image file on your computer or mobile device. 
    The image loads in your video preview.
  5. Click the X to close Visual effects panel.
  6. Click Join studio and enter the recording session.

Once a custom background is uploaded, it is available in all of the Studios across the Production. Team members and guests can use the custom backgrounds that have been added to the Production. They can also upload their own custom backgrounds to the Production. Please note that this does not apply to the MacOS app. » Read more


Visual effects are not yet supported for Studios set in 4K. Be sure your studio is set to 720p or 1080p to access visual effects.

Virtual backgrounds cannot be removed from the final recording file. 

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