Fake camera with virtual background on Linux
Zoom and Teams are supported by Linux. However, they provide limited functions, especially the limited virtual background function. For this purpose, I tested the following solution which works well on both Zoom and Teams, providing not only virtual background, but also foreground.
The solution is based on the github repository of Linux-Fake-Background-Webcam. This is based on the blog article of Open Source Virtual Background.
Installation is pretty clear to follow from the above website. To use it, I am taking a note here for personal purpose:
foo@bar:~$ cd /path/to/Linux-Fake-Background-Webcam
In one termal,
foo@bar:~$ cd bodypix foo@bar:~$ node app.js
In another terminal,
foo@bar:~$ cd fakecam foo@bar:~$ python fake.py
I am using conda to setup the Python environment, as the default Python 3 is too old on my Linux (Ubuntu 16.04). So before running the above, I should run
foo@bar:~$ conda activate # I am using the base one (default one)
The background image and foreground (and foreground_mask) can be replaced in the folder of fakecam. To activate the images, run ctrl + c in the fakecame console. To quit fakecam, run ctrl + \.