Buffalo Backgrounds for Video Chats & Virtual Happy Hours

Whether you’re hopping on a video conference for work, joining an interactive webinar, catching up with relatives and loved ones, or taking part in a virtual happy hour (my favorite), it’s always the right time to show off your Buffalo pride. We’ve made it easy to live in the virtual Buffalo moment by creating some backgrounds to up your video call game and show off Buffalo.

The first batch of photos comes courtesy of me, Drew, Visit Buffalo Niagara’s marketing manager and resident photographer. Featuring the Buffalo History Museum at cherry blossom peak, morning at the Martin House, a steamy plate of Nine Eleven wings, and more, I’ll keep adding to this gallery of images in the coming days. To download the images and begin using Buffalo as a virtual backdrop, follow the steps below. Take a screenshot and upload to social using #InTheBUF – we want to see your Buffalo pride.

Hello from the Martin House… sort of. Pardon my social distancing hair.

Download here: Visit Buffalo Niagara Virtual Backgrounds for Video Calls

If you need some assistance getting these beautiful Buffalo images set up as your virtual background, we’re here to help. In this instance, we’ll use Zoom video conferencing platform as the example. Please note: These backgrounds work best using your desktop/laptop camera. Some computers processors may not allow for use of virtual backgrounds.

Once you’ve downloaded Zoom to your computer follow these steps:

1. Download our images from the Dropbox link provided, and save to any location on your hard drive.
2. Open Zoom and join an existing meeting or create a new meeting.
3. Frame yourself properly in the video preview. A plain, light-colored wall is the best backdrop for using virtual backgrounds.
4. In the bottom taskbar of the Zoom window, click the up-arrow to the right of “Stop Video” and select “Choose Virtual Background…”.
5. Above the preexisting selections click the “+” next to “Choose Virtual Background”.
6. Select the preferred Buffalo image file from where you saved them on your hard drive.
7. Your selected image should begin to appear behind you. Move around in the frame of the video preview so that your computer can tell the difference between you and the background.
8. Bask in the glory of Buffalo!

Download here: Visit Buffalo Niagara Virtual Backgrounds for Video Calls