How I prerecorded myself in video conferences for per week

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How I prerecorded myself in video meetings for a week

Prerecording my presence in video calls did not save me any time or stress that is for certain.


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Do you actually must be in your subsequent Zoom assembly? It is fairly tempting in the course of the pandemic shutdown to see if there is a solution to “be” in a gathering with out really being in it.

And I am not simply speaking about having my digital camera off. I needed to see if I might seem as a completely engaged worker with out really being within the assembly in any respect. So I set out on an experiment to see if I might automate my presence in video conferences for a complete week with out my co-workers or supervisors noticing.


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To start I must say that I am very grateful to have this job and I know that working from home is a privilege that not everybody enjoys. That said, since this is my situation, I decided to have some fun with it.

For my experiment, I used two programs: Ecamm Live, which allowed me to create a virtual camera and Loopback, which allowed me to create a virtual microphone.

Ecamm Live lets me prerecord various “Scenes” to play on demand. The audio and video from those scenes were routed through the virtual camera and microphone and into whatever video conferencing application we were using for a particular meeting (Zoom, Hangouts, etc.). Ideally, it would be a step up from the dummy and audio system used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

For one whole week I used my prerecorded videos in video meetings instead of my live feed. To see how the experiment played out — and whether I actually fooled all my co-workers — check out my video I made detailing the experience.

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