Enable gif backgrounds for Microsoft Teams

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When you select a gif as a background effect, it just appears as a still picture and is not animated.

Please add support for gifs so that if you set a gif as your background effect, it is animated.

 

Thank you!

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@ryanhall, Where are upi trying to add gif image?
You can go to UserVoice  and raise/vote for this.

@Abhijit_MSFT 

where I add my custom background effects:

~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads

 

I will add the request there as well.

If you need it right now you can use OBS here is a guide for that.

@Andreas Thuresson  Too much work required; easier if Microsoft developers gives us this function in the next update.

@TMorg2000 At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon, I would like to formally veto this request. We really don't need a bunch of irrelevant activity going on in the background while someone is talking or presenting.  One or two animated backgrounds might be quaint; a dozen backgrounds with zombies eating brains, Hooters dancing girls, Wizard of Oz flying monkeys, Godzilla attacks, Warcraft Victory parties, Las Vegas Slots, and extreme weather gifs would be seizure-inducing - even if it takes the edge of those monthly TSP reports that Lundberg keeps asking about. 

@SouthSurrey  Group policy could disable the function for your org.  Personally, I'd like seeing how others would use or misuse animated transparent GIF support. It reveals their character and lightens the mood. As our org has brought in many new hires and consultants during pandemic, it's would be plus.  OBS virtual webcam can be used as a work around, so if your end users are tech savvy, you might see Scooby Doo walking around the background. Hopefully, you'll smile instead of grumble. As for distractions, a ViP recently left his camera on while another ViP was talking during a virtual townhall, so the whole company got to watch how distracted he was and count how often he touched his face, LoL.

@ryanhall Ryanhall  what if you are a anteed and by the way i am a 3rd grader

@SouthSurrey I agree that this can be very distracting and possibly even unprofessional depending on your audience but this is best left up to the individual, small touches like this can greatly enhance presentations if used correctly.

 

While I agree that hordes of zombies may be too much for most meetings, if used correctly these have the potential to add a more polished finish -  I agree that a custom static image background can suffice for most purposes.


Say I am proposing a new coffee machine and would like small unintrusive video background showing the machine in operation which could help explain the idea or maybe my company logo with a simple shimmer effect.

 

There is a time and place for everything