Prerecording my presence in video calls didn't save me any time or stress that's for sure.Jesse Orrall/CNET
And I'm not just talking about having my camera off. I wanted to see if I could appear as a fully engaged employee without actually being in the meeting at all. So I set out on an experiment to see if I could automate my presence in video meetings for an entire week without my co-workers or supervisors noticing.
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To start I must say that I am very grateful to have this job and I know that working from home is a privilege that not everybody enjoys. That said, since this is my situation, I decided to have some fun with it.
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Ecamm Live lets me prerecord various "Scenes" to play on demand. The audio and video from those scenes were routed through the virtual camera and microphone and into whatever video conferencing application we were using for a particular meeting (Zoom, Hangouts, etc.). Ideally, it would be a step up from the dummy and audio system used in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
For one whole week I used my prerecorded videos in video meetings instead of my live feed. To see how the experiment played out -- and whether I actually fooled all my co-workers -- check out my video I made detailing the experience.