Why that lawyer’s viral cat Zoom filter is so hard to find

A viral video on Tuesday during which a Texas lawyer is seen hilariously trying to disable a cat filter had thousands and thousands of individuals asking the query of the century: How can I be an lovely kitten throughout Zoom conferences too?

Sadly, the reply is extra difficult than it sounds. A number of savvy web sleuths have been rapidly in a position to decide that the filter in query was a part of very previous, no-longer-supported software program for Dell laptop computer cameras, and actually a blogger complained manner again in 2013 about how difficult the filter was to disable.

Rod Ponton, the now-famous legal professional who fell sufferer to the furry glitch, would have to agree. “I’m not a cat,” he says within the video, regardless of the actual fact that he clearly was a cat. The YouTube clip posted by the 394th District Courtroom of Texas has been seen greater than 5 million occasions in a little bit greater than a day.


Though the filter was a part of an outdated webcam driver, the viral incident does increase the query of whether or not Dell would think about bringing it again in future updates. Reached for remark, the corporate didn’t say. However Glen Robson, chief expertise officer of the shopper options group at Dell Applied sciences, despatched us the next assertion. (Apologies to the pun averse.)

“By no means underestimate the ability of a software program improve. Mr. Ponton was seemingly operating an outdated driver which can have held him in cat filter limbo a little bit too lengthy. Whereas these of us techies have been in all probability cringing watching that video, I’m positive cat lovers in all places have been celebrating. A purr-fect reminder to hold your software program up-to-date. The long run is meow.”

Filters generally are fairly simple to allow for videoconferencing calls. Zoom has a few of its personal, and Snap Camera even allows you to make customized ones that you’ll be able to allow and use with Zoom.

In the event you’re actually decided to use the precise filter that left Rod Ponton so befuddled throughout that fateful assembly, Debugger simply posted an intensive set of instructions, however be warned that they take a little bit of technical know-how.

And let’s be sincere—the filter is already so much much less lovely than it was 24 hours in the past.