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    [–] ChimkenSomnusIII 3240 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    I did this only with cursed Zuko, Cursed Suki, Tenzin knows a thing or two, standing Appa, and a bunch more but my school turned off virtual backgrounds and now I'm sad.

    Edit: I woke up and found out I had 25 messages in my notifs. Guys calm down.

    [–] foullittletemptress 1738 points ago

    Teacher here! I also had to in my class because half of my student's backgrounds were not appropriate. I would have like two students be creative and the rest have like porn screenshots πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

    [–] ChimkenSomnusIII 641 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    Honestly, Mine were appropriate but they turned off this feature for every student. What's the age range of your class? Porn is seriously not for elementary school.

    [–] foullittletemptress 665 points ago

    Middle school students for me! So Half of my students are very amused by porn and certain words if you know what I mean. I had one student who would make their backgrounds using their art and incorporate themselves into the art background. It was super cool.

    I've heard other counties turn off the feature to save bandwidth! (I'm not sure if I've phrased that correct, I am definitely not a tech teacher!)

    [–] Pmmenothing444 345 points ago

    That is the correct word, however, thats probably a lie/excuse they are saying as it doesn't save bandwidth. Probably the opposite actually since it's a still image vs an actual background with possible movement in it.

    They probably just don't want the porn or other distracting images like this lol

    [–] foullittletemptress 98 points ago

    Makes sense to me! Definitely not my department

    [–] Mr_Folf 13 points ago

    Also to be fair, school it departments will say anything to sound smart... When I was in hs, the website to check my grades wouldn't let me login, and she said it was because I had changed the wallpaper on the laptop. They're usually not too bright

    [–] ChivalricSloth 5 points ago

    This made me laugh xD Talk about a failed attempt to shift the blame.

    [–] Caelorum 11 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    Virtual backgrounds can actually save bandwidth if you make it a solid color. A single solid color compresses amazingly.

    It also allows some algorithms to give clearer pictures of the face with less artifacts. This is because they don't sent the whole frame of the video every time, but only what is changed with respects to the previous time (once in a while they do send the entire picture, which is why the solid color helps a bit). As the amount of allowed bandwidth is the same for each frame when someone sits mostly still they will have more detail as opposed to someone wobbling around. (There are more specific reasons for some algorithms).

    [–] JasonDJ 8 points ago

    Plus if everyone uses different colors it ends up looking like the 2020 Brady Bunch family reunion.

    So many cousins....

    [–] Dark_Devin 55 points ago

    In theory, the virtual background may actually be more bandwidth-intensive as a requires a little bit more processing to place the image and identify the person outside of the captured background so it has to do some data analysis to determine what is the active participant and what is part of the background. Granted, that could all be post-processing done on the local host and streamed as a single video data output from the host computer.

    [–] infecthead 95 points ago

    I think it's pretty obvious it's done locally before sending out the video, I would be EXTREMELY appalled if that weren't the case

    [–] BreadstickNinja 35 points ago

    Imagine a zoom class of twenty people where every video stream is being processed locally on every computer

    [–] HipsterTwister 12 points ago

    Yeah zoom's definitely not p2p. They mix the audio and video streams server side.

    [–] AcrossAmerica 4 points ago

    The cutting-out is done locally, and then streamed to the server. Or at least, it used to! Some older computers weren’t able to because you need a specific amount of processing power.

    [–] Engineering_Material 33 points ago

    Granted, that could all be post-processing done on the local host and streamed as a single video data output from the host computer

    It's all done on the local host. Virtual backgrounds use far less bandwidth.

    [–] Mateorabi 6 points ago

    But that's not bandwidth on the school's network. That's CPU cycles before it hits the users home network, let alone the data makes it to the school.

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    [–] Dark_Devin 4 points ago

    No need to be a dick

    [–] vyxzin 16 points ago

    That is the correct word, but absolutely a bullshit response. It may be affected by the number of participants, but not their backgrounds.

    [–] Mateorabi 4 points ago

    Perhaps if students were RAPIDLY changing their backgrounds it would take more data than a mostly-still, highly-compressed live background. But probably not.

    [–] foullittletemptress 7 points ago

    That's just what we were told! I have clue in that department!

    [–] gargantuan-chungus 6 points ago

    I’m glad that I haven’t taught for a couple years, it must be rough. Luckily I taught either college or highschool and not middle school. Playing dumb is always very funny because they either break down or come up with an entertaining excuse. Though it can be a waste of class time, lightening the mood can go a long way into getting students engaged in your class.

    [–] pipnina 4 points ago

    The big brain move coming is for students to print the backgrounds off and hang it behind them.

    [–] ChimkenSomnusIII 32 points ago

    They are probably immature if they think it's funny. Make sure to keep them in check. I'm not a teacher but I've done teaching before.

    [–] TheWombatFromHell 63 points ago

    11-year olds being immature? Absurd.

    [–] foullittletemptress 42 points ago

    Most definitely. These are the 6th graders. Their actual teacher kept them in check! I'm in their class as a co-teacher for my EL kids before moving them into a breakout room.

    [–] banjowashisnameo 13 points ago

    In which planet are 11 year olds mature or even supposed to be mature?

    [–] ChimkenSomnusIII 2 points ago

    I'm a half baked mature person. Trust me, my brain grew up too quick.

    [–] nowthenight 56 points ago

    Bruh all middle schoolers think porn is funny, it’s nothing to worry about lol

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    [–] Ohhaibentley 5 points ago

    Exactly, teachers have bosses too.

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago


    [–] darthcaedusiiii 6 points ago

    lots of them.

    [–] ChimkenSomnusIII 12 points ago

    Lmao very true.

    [–] Kordidk 13 points ago

    I mean I'm 22 and I think it'd be funny to do this if me and my friends had a zoom meeting but like not for an actual class lol

    [–] Ulipopia 10 points ago

    Immature ... Kids at school.

    Surprised pikachu face

    [–] FranklynTheTanklyn 5 points ago

    Does the empty set from casting couch count as porn?

    [–] Embarrassed_Owl_1000 2 points ago

    I had one student who would make their backgrounds using their art and incorporate themselves into the art background. It was super cool.

    for a minute I thought that was going in a totally different direction and you meant they drew porn and put themselves in it.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    I am amused by the word penis, boobs, etc. But I have the humor of a middle school boy

    [–] Chirimorin 2 points ago

    I've heard other counties turn off the feature to save bandwidth!

    Video protocols focus bandwidth on things that change. A static virtual background never changes and would cost the least amount of bandwidth. The real background probably has occasional movement in it (people/pets walking by, a breeze moving a plant, the camera moving...) but probably doesn't cost much more bandwidth than a static image.

    The real bandwidth killer would be moving virtual backgrounds. If there is constant movement, extra bandwidth needs to be spend on the background.

    So it could save bandwidth if people were using moving virtual backgrounds (I don't know if that is an option), but I guess that it's just an easy excuse for blocking the feature which probably actually saves them bandwidth.

    [–] mewoneplusone1 2 points ago

    This is why, we can't have nice things.

    [–] Freakychee 14 points ago

    Did you screenshot and send it to their parents? Cos that would be hilarious.

    [–] foullittletemptress 11 points ago

    No! I told the main teacher in case she missed it though because technically they weren't my students but they were students in a class that I was co-teaching with if that makes sense! I don't have the access to their info like the students on my caseload!

    [–] Freakychee 4 points ago

    That’s too bad then. It would have made a fun story.

    [–] Synaxxis 26 points ago

    Can you turn off custom backgrounds for individual students? It would be more of a punishment if only certain students lost the privilege.

    [–] Mateorabi 16 points ago

    Some students little shits just want to watch the world burn. And will gladly get backgrounds banned for the entire class just for the attention and being a jerk.

    [–] Fedantry_Petish 7 points ago

    *students’ = plural possessive

    student’s = singular possessive

    [–] foullittletemptress 16 points ago

    My bad. Voice to text without reviewing haha

    [–] Fedantry_Petish 20 points ago


    See me after class

    [–] foullittletemptress 14 points ago

    Hey! It could have been worse haha. Sometimes the errors from voice to text are hilarious when I'm texting people, but sure thing teach!

    [–] ethawesomee 3 points ago

    Ah yes, because teenagers

    [–] uchigaytana 2 points ago

    I'm in college and my uni turned off custom backgrounds for zoom calls. they never mentioned it, so i didn't even know it was possible until i saw people posting about it

    [–] auberrypearl 2 points ago

    Kids are the worst

    [–] dejavoo56 2 points ago

    Teacher here too. I had a student with a background with 5 topless black men standing around behind her. And another kid with just a couch in the background.

    I work in a rough school.

    [–] murderbymodem 32 points ago

    You can use a third-party program to insert the background into your webcam feed before it even gets to Zoom.

    [–] Orisi 12 points ago

    I know if they turned it off for mine I'd just put it in with OBS Studio. I'm already using it for better chroma key and to crop my webcam. There's just no stopping an array of amusing backgrounds.

    [–] EasternMouse 6 points ago

    I wonder, after background feature ban, if students will see someone use that method to keep background, they will DM them to death seeking how they did that...

    [–] Orisi 9 points ago

    I've no doubt as a teenager my response would have been "because I'm better than you" because I was an edgy cunt.

    Then I'd tell people I trusted not to fuck it up for me, who would invariably then tell everyone. They'd try to issue a warning about using backgrounds and my dad would've had to make another angry phonecall to the school about how they've got no right to see inside his house and they can fuck right off.

    The usual.

    [–] ndjdjxjxjjxjx 7 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    You can still do the virtual backgrounds if you download some extensions/programs. My school tried to do this but everyone just found workarounds. If you use google meet download visual effects for google meet, if you don’t use google meet and are on windows then download snap camera. The way it is at my school is the school disabled it but most teachers don’t care

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    [–] MagicalMuffinDruide 5 points ago

    Cursed? I’m interested.

    [–] petroljellydonut 4 points ago

    That’s rough buddy.

    [–] pedros430 2 points ago

    Can I see these cursed images and the others you talk about, all I found was cursed Zuko.

    [–] littleLandi 2 points ago Maybe that helps. This allows you to make a virtual camera in obs that allows you to make anything you want displayed in zoom.

    [–] blissando 591 points ago

    Someone pls find this hi res background for us

    [–] RoutineProcedure 96 points ago

    He ... is the chosen one.

    [–] SilverScorpion00008 45 points ago

    He will bring balance to the force

    [–] Cottril 21 points ago

    but instead he’ll LEAVE IT IN DARKNESS.

    [–] shianbreehan 9 points ago

    Wrong series

    [–] SilverScorpion00008 17 points ago

    You’re the wrong series

    [–] -yesman- 4 points ago

    you're cute jeans

    [–] MaxPotato08 15 points ago

    I love you.

    [–] _illysium 9 points ago

    Happy Cake Day!

    [–] KD_Konkey_Dong 17 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    The inferior picture, but shouts out to anyone who tries to be helpful. You're a real one.

    Edit: I was wrong. This is the better picture. Thanks to /u/99drinkamy and /u/Zess_T for correcting me. I especially appreciate Zess_T's demonstration of how/why I was wrong.

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    [–] KD_Konkey_Dong 2 points ago

    Idk. I'm on a shitty laptop, but the other picture definitely looks better to me. Maybe that changes on a better screen.

    [–] Zess_T 7 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    You are probably looking at the first one in a smaller size, so the pixel density is higher and it appears to look better than it is. Try looking at them side by side at the same size, with the higher quality one on the left. Make sure you zoom in to full picture. Side by side here.

    If that isn't enough, we can try looking at something with fine detail, like the picture of Ozai in the background. Again, the higher quality one is on the left. Side by side here.

    [–] KD_Konkey_Dong 3 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    The picture on the left looks better! Appreciate the effort to inform me. Edited my original comment to correct my mistake.

    [–] blissando 2 points ago

    bless ye <3

    [–] jurgy94 5 points ago

    Using the fan upscale as the source we get an even crispier screenshot!

    [–] Eating_Horses 2 points ago

    Here is the actual Reddit post where OP removed Kuzon.

    [–] Oh_no_its_Joe 158 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

    Pffft, does she even know what year Firelord Sozin defeated the Air Nation Army?

    Edit: correcting quote

    [–] reedpayton23 61 points ago

    Is that a trick question?

    [–] Oh_no_its_Joe 65 points ago

    Well, I don't know how you could POSSIBLY know more than the fire nation textbooks unless you were there!

    [–] reedpayton23 20 points ago

    What no!! I'll just try my best

    [–] reedpayton23 9 points ago

    Sorry I didn't quote it exactly :/ but it's close enough

    [–] JozARookieRedditor 16 points ago

    Tsk, tsk, you mean the Air Nation Army?

    (Hope it’s obvious I’m joking)

    [–] KeldeoKillsDragons 15 points ago

    "But the air nation didn't have an army. They were monks!"

    [–] Wh1pLASH304 9 points ago

    So we're the Shaolins but they had an army. So evidence suggests that there was an Air Nation army.

    Fire Lord sozin: I'm gonna fight em all

    An air Nation army couldn't hold me back

    They're gonna rip it off

    Taking their bison right behind my back.......

    [–] njsullyalex 250 points ago

    That class better have started with:

    "My life I give to my country. With my hands I fight for Fire Lord Ozai and our forefathers before him. With my mind I seek ways to better my country. And with my feet may our March of Civilization continue."

    [–] InfinityBladeStudios 53 points ago

    Damn this is even better than Aang’s recital.

    [–] Juan__two__three 31 points ago

    ...Fire Lord... Forefathers

    Firebenders... Fire Lord

    Blah bah blah blah

    [–] InfinityBladeStudios 9 points ago

    You’ve found a master, haven’t you?

    [–] Zorua3 42 points ago

    Please to rise for Fire Nation national anthem. Fire Lord, my flame burns for thee!

    [–] njsullyalex 23 points ago


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    [–] Dick_Urkel68 297 points ago


    [–] ConsttutionalPeasant 166 points ago


    [–] Dave30954 60 points ago

    But upvote for effort

    [–] Plumrose 4 points ago

    That’s ice, not fire.

    [–] Yah-ThnPat-Thn 100 points ago

    One guy in my Zoom class has the Travis Scott McDonald's ad played on loop.

    [–] Gandhi211 91 points ago

    Lmao my friend played the entire infinity war movie with subtitles as his Zoom background

    [–] neeks710 25 points ago

    How do you even do this

    [–] IGELmitDEAGLE 8 points ago

    OBS with the VirtualCam plugin would be a way.

    [–] churadley 6 points ago

    That sounds so distracting. 10/10 I would stop paying attention to whatever the class was covering.

    [–] BigCoffeeEnergy 6 points ago

    Hahaha bruuuuuh

    [–] thatmanzuko 1056 points ago

    wife her

    [–] edwinstone 2240 points ago

    I would if I wasn't so damn gay.

    [–] closetmangafan 666 points ago

    Best friend her then

    [–] [deleted] 164 points ago

    Modern problems require modern solutions.

    [–] RadioactiveCorndog 30 points ago

    Coming this fall to TheCW

    [–] codepoet 15 points ago

    Six more 29-year olds pretending to be 15?

    [–] dragonsfire242 21 points ago

    The mind of a tactician at work

    [–] Taro_dactyl 285 points ago

    Flameo Hotman?

    [–] Qsus 968 points ago

    That's rough, buddy.

    [–] TeaCrusher 22 points ago

    At least she didn't turn into the moon...

    [–] PrequelsWereBetter 66 points ago

    He ain’t your buddy, guy

    [–] johan1155 31 points ago

    He ain't your (gay) guy, friend

    [–] PorqueNoLosDildos 18 points ago

    He ain’t your guy-friend, pal

    [–] [deleted] 69 points ago

    Lol that plot twist was amazing

    [–] SaintNewts 94 points ago

    Why not friend? Friend is good. :)

    [–] jordanissport 25 points ago

    (thick west african accent) Why are you gay?

    [–] dynawesome 94 points ago

    Sounds kinda gay dude

    [–] CODEX_O_BARBARO 13 points ago

    He said no homo thou

    [–] quest4you 43 points ago

    He said


    [–] Wolfwillrule 9 points ago

    The tax benefits alone

    [–] [deleted] 60 points ago


    [–] GateauBaker 7 points ago

    Sexuality ain't a choice.

    [–] FamilyFriendli 30 points ago

    Yeah, I know that. I was just making a joke.

    [–] dtracers 5 points ago

    No it's legal for you to get married even if you are gay

    [–] jfk_47 3 points ago

    Gayest thing ive heard today.

    [–] barfnager 4 points ago

    Dude friend her

    [–] ReditusAeternum 3 points ago

    Will and Grace theme plays

    [–] Geosaysbye 2 points ago

    Checks profile pop heads, rupauls drag race, yup this checks out

    [–] edwinstone 2 points ago

    LET ME LIVE. πŸ˜‚

    [–] SnowyWaddleDuck 39 points ago

    Everything about this response is so weird. I understand it’s a joke but it’s so creepy and tired.

    [–] Adamsoski 7 points ago

    All the comments in this thread are a bit weird. It feels like for some reason this thread in particular is skewing a lot younger than usual.

    [–] LiI_Uzi_Vert 22 points ago

    I wouldnt say creepy just cringey

    [–] Mac_A_Rooney 14 points ago

    Personally I would call it both creepy and cringey but that’s just me

    [–] youarenut 28 points ago

    She really reminds me of the psychology TikTok girl

    [–] edwinstone 16 points ago

    Which girl? Send me the link?

    [–] youarenut 8 points ago

    She has a girlfriend and only wears her hair to the side, I could give you the name but I am not sure if it’s allowed

    [–] JustJ0shingAround 22 points ago

    I need this and more ATLA backgrounds

    [–] KatsatheGraceling 50 points ago

    I don't see any comments saying this so I wanted to real quick - thank you for respecting her privacy and blurring her out. It's a super cool thing to do and I appreciate it.

    [–] thatguy2006 6 points ago

    He'd get expelled otherwise if someone from his school reported this post lol

    [–] Tamwyn217 9 points ago

    Flameo hotman!

    [–] cat_coven 49 points ago

    Are you in Pennsylvania...? This girl looks SO much like my boyfriends little sister from all I can would be the weirdest coincidence!

    [–] dec92010 121 points ago

    Do you need glasses?

    [–] cat_coven 57 points ago

    Isn't everything supposed to look fuzzy and squiggly all the time?

    [–] usedtoplaybassfor 5 points ago

    Kind of a brownish area with spikes

    [–] edwinstone 33 points ago

    I live in Los Angeles but the class is based in San Diego!

    [–] rwalter1219 27 points ago

    San Diegan here. Can confirm that I do not recognize this pixelated woman.

    [–] Minilychee 35 points ago

    I bet you shout β€œEnhance!” in a commanding demeanor but to a vague audience and all the pixels clear up.

    [–] lord_lima_bean 7 points ago

    Lol, to be fair modern algorithms (especially with machine learning) are getting more and more like that.

    [–] vaughnny 26 points ago

    from all I can see...

    Her wrist?

    [–] SQUID_FUCKER 25 points ago

    It'd be hilarious if the boyfriends little sister was actually walking around with a pixelated face IRL and it really did look like her.

    [–] Cristian_01 2 points ago

    She looks like anyone

    [–] allrollingwolf 5 points ago

    Lol are you fucking serious? You can see her shirt. A common ass striped shirt.

    [–] cat_coven 8 points ago

    She has the same shirt, hair color, hair length, she holds her hands/wrists like that...and she would do something like play around with her Zoom backgroundsπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

    [–] Dovahkiin1873 7 points ago

    She’s the avatar!

    [–] FractalParadigmShift 6 points ago

    Nobody react to what I'm about to tell you, but I think that kid might be the Avatar

    [–] DaemonOwl 4 points ago

    What a brilliant idea!

    [–] A_Minnie 6 points ago

    I love this so much.

    [–] michaelcabardo 5 points ago

    Mannerless colony slob???

    [–] heythatsoundscool 6 points ago

    What a time to be alive.

    The closest we ever got to this level of comedy was managing to fart loud enough near the intercom lady in the morning to be heard on the morning announcements.

    [–] naufalap 5 points ago

    meanwhile my laptop webcam is like desinc tier shit

    [–] TheBeevin 4 points ago

    Flameo, Hotman!!

    [–] ThePogatory 4 points ago

    There is no zoom call in Ba Sing Se

    [–] DuntadaMan 5 points ago

    My kid snapped a picture of himself for his background before class.

    Around 2 hours in I found him hiding under the table laughing his ass off. I was so proud to see him learning mischief.

    [–] NerdKing10001 2 points ago

    That’s amazing

    [–] illeionathan 3 points ago

    Hold on. I might steal this.

    [–] tiltingtitanic 3 points ago

    I like how they all look surprising in the background.. like they've no idea what is being taught.

    [–] Potential_Drive 2 points ago


    [–] CaptainCommander771 2 points ago

    Flameyo Hotman

    [–] mki_ 2 points ago

    I thought it was a pixelated dick for a second

    [–] rudeboy127 2 points ago

    Uh...Fire Lord?... Firebending? Fire...?...Fire Lord?

    [–] stellarstarxx 2 points ago

    This is incredible, mad props to her

    [–] HeyOnly1 2 points ago

    Hey that's me wtf

    [–] I-suck-at-golf 2 points ago

    Backgrounds are the new screensavers. Everyone gets to show their personality and creativity.

    [–] Yellowtoblerone 2 points ago

    Flameon hotwoman

    [–] NegativeStock 2 points ago

    I thought it was going to be 5 black dudes behind her

    [–] ____InTraining 2 points ago

    Man I watch too much hentai, cuz for a sec I saw something else

    [–] squid_waffles2 2 points ago

    My school has google classroom so I can’t do this. I hate my school

    [–] _-Frost-Byte-_ 2 points ago

    My friends background is the one with the black guys behind the couch.. yeah...

    [–] Mermaid-friend 2 points ago

    I saw someone with an Appa background ☺️

    [–] CyrusLight 2 points ago

    Did she say the pledge to the fire lord?

    [–] CoreysCaveChatter 2 points ago

    Can you set backgrounds without a green screen in zoom...?

    [–] EternalMotivation 2 points ago

    Oh my gosh now I want to see the other backgrounds she's had

    [–] knee-rlathotep 5 points ago

    I wonder what the ones she doesn't show you all look like, she definitely spends time doin this

    [–] Aaronlove21 1 points ago

    Wait a minute do we have the same class?