Zoom Video Backgrounds From Youtube Videos

Did you know you can easily turn any video from Youtube into a background for Zoom (Version 4.6.4+) using a simple command-line tool called Youtube-DL. One of my favorite videos is The Traveling Bird Feeder so I will use it for this example.

  • Install Youtube-dl:
    • brew install youtube-dl 
  • Then fingerprint the video:
    • youtube-dl -F https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu72ja_mGME
  • Then download any video larger than 640×360:
    • youtube-dl -f 18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsN_9a257rM
  • Go to Zoom preferences and add the video you just downloaded and amuse your coworkers:

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