Important reminder: Always check your zoom settings before joining a video conference.
Rod Ponton, an attorney who tried to bring a case to the 394th Texas District Court, learned that lesson the hard way recently. Ponton participated in a zoom video call with a filter that turned him into an adorable little kitten.
On the video, Judge Roy Ferguson can be heard explaining the face filter situation to Ponton while the kitten’s eyes shift and his tiny lips mimic what the lawyer says.
Ponton confirms to the judge that he is aware of the problem, but neither he nor his assistant can figure out how to turn off the cat filter.
However, Ponton, always the specialist, confirms to the judge that he is ready to proceed with the proceedings regardless. He even assures the judge: “I am not a cat.”
Readers may notice the clear warning label on the video that “It is prohibited to record this hearing or live stream”. Violating this can even result in a fine of up to $ 500 and 180 days in prison. How did this clip make it online?
IMPORTANT ZOOM TIP: If a child has used your computer, before joining a virtual hearing, check the Zoom video options to make sure the filters are turned off. This kitten just made a formal announcement about a case in the 394th (tone on). #lawtwitter #OhNo @zoom_ushttps: //t.co/I0zaj0wu6K
– Judge Roy Ferguson (@JudgeFergusonTX) February 9, 2021
Judge Roy Ferguson himself tweeted the video with an important zoom tip: remember to check the zoom video options before entering to make sure the filters are off, especially if you have kids.
The likely culprit for this kitty-face mishap: Snapchat’s snap camera, which allows users to select the app as a virtual camera in the zoom video settings. Just go to “Settings” in the zoom and click the “Video” tab to make sure the correct camera is selected in the settings.
Pontons Zoom incident certainly won’t be the last in a time when the video conferencing app has become a necessity due to the pandemic. However, it is certainly one of the best zoom-related glitches to have occurred.