If you’re not an animator or special effects artist, an easy way to step up your webcam's video quality is with XSplit VCam’s software that can replace your webcam background without requiring a green screen or even a blank wall. It's the perfect way to add a personal touch to any video meeting you're in, especially when you're just catching up with friends.

Changing your background can be as simple as placing you in a new environment to paint a picture of the story you’re telling, or it can be as subtle as simply blurring out your surroundings to keep your online footprint safe from trademark and privacy concerns. All you have to do is download the app, add the XSplit Cam as your camera source, and select or modify your background to your heart's content.

Modifying your background can place you somewhere new, or enhance the environment you’re already in. Score the coveted and pricey DSLR look with an adjustable blur slider, or use portrait mode to bring your video subjects to the foreground. These tools can be really handy for typically in-person meetings that have transitioned to remote setups due to closures—like lectures, casting calls, and even dates.

Put your best foot forward with a better background during virtual interviews, consultations, remote meetings, and more with XSplit VCam. You can get a lifetime subscription to the Windows-compatible tool at a 59 percent discount while the software is on sale for $20.

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