Creating an Animated Zoom Background

Today during an ISTE Certified Teacher virtual meeting, I used a “newsroom” animated virtual background for Zoom that I created using Screencastify and Canva.

I was asked how I made this possible. Below are the directions:

First, here is my example so you have some context as to how to make this work:

Okay, the steps….

I personally recorded my screen using Screencastify and exported the recording into an animated Gif.

Then on to Canva….

In Canva, I started by Creating a Design using Custom Dimensions and setting the dimensions just below the recommended 1920px by 1080px (16:9 aspect ratio) from Zoom. (I originally had it set at the recommended ratio but was advised by Zoom that it was too large of a file when I went to upload it).

I went to work creating my virtual background. Once content, I then uploaded the animated gif that I recorded and downloaded from Screencastify into Canva and added it as part of my background.

Then download it as an MP4. You can also download as animated Gif.

And then finally, upload it into Zoom!


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