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Video & Audio filters

Video Filters

In this guide, we will show you how to apply custom video filters to a video stream. We are going to use the Stream React Video SDK provided components that enable background blur and background replacement filters.

These components use the camera.registerFilter() API under the hood to register custom filters.


We currently support video filters only on modern desktop browsers. Support for mobile devices is coming soon.

As not all of your users will have the latest and greatest hardware, it's important to check if the filters are supported on the user's device before enabling them.

Step 1 - Enable and initialize the filters

Background filters are provided through the following APIs and components:

  • <BackgroundFiltersProvider /> - a React context provider that will allow you to use the filters API in your application
  • useBackgroundFilters() - a React hook that will allow you to access the filters API in your application

A basic integration looks like this:

import {
} from '@stream-io/video-react-sdk';

export default function App() {
let client: StreamVideoClient; /* = ... */
let call: Call; /* = ... */
return (
<StreamVideo client={client}>
<StreamCall call={call}>
isBlurringEnabled={true} // enables blurring
backgroundFilter="blur" // initial filter
<MyUILayout />
<MyBackgroundFilterSettings /> {/* your settings UI */}

Step 2 - Use the API to control the filters

Once you have the BackgroundFiltersProvider rendered in your application, you can use the useBackgroundFilters() hook to access the filters API and control the behavior of the filters.

import { useBackgroundFilters } from '@stream-io/video-react-sdk';

export const MyBackgroundFilterSettings = () => {
const {
isSupported, // checks if these filters can run on this device
isReady, // checks if the filters are ready to be enabled
disableBackgroundFilter, // disables the filter
applyBackgroundBlurFilter, // applies the blur filter
applyBackgroundImageFilter, // applies the image filter
backgroundImages, // list of available images
} = useBackgroundFilters();

if (!isSupported) {
return <div>Background filters are not supported on this device</div>;

if (!isReady) {
return <div className="my-loading-indicator" />;

return (
<div className="my-video-filters">
<button onClick={disableBackgroundFilter}>Disable</button>
<button onClick={() => applyBackgroundBlurFilter('high')}>Blur</button>
<button onClick={() => applyBackgroundBlurFilter('medium')}>Blur</button>
<button onClick={() => applyBackgroundBlurFilter('low')}>Blur</button>
{ => (
<li key={image}>
<img src={image} alt="background" />
<button onClick={() => applyBackgroundImageFilter(image)}>
Apply background

Audio Filters

An example is coming soon...

In the meantime, you can use the microphone.registerFilter() API to register custom audio filters.

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