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Using Filters and Custom Backgrounds in Stage TEN

Want to go LIVE as a potato? We've got you. In just a few clicks, you can customize your background using filters and custom backgrounds in Stage TEN

In just a few clicks, you can customize your background and add filters to your Stage TEN Studio using the Snap Camera app.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Download Snap Camera

Snap Camera is a free desktop app that allows you to add filters and backgrounds (called “lenses”) to your LIVE streams.

Head to Snap Camera and download the app for Windows or Mac. Installation is super quick and easy.

Step 2: Select a Lens (or create your own)

Once you have the Snap Camera app open, you’ll see a library of lenses you can experiment with, and a preview screen where you can take them for a test drive.


  • No makeup? No problem.


  • Fancy going LIVE in front of the Eiffel Tower? Mais oui.


  • Want to get abducted by aliens mid-LIVE stream? Knock yourself out.

Seriously though, there are hundreds of Snap Camera lenses to choose from. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can create your own filters and custom backgrounds using Snapchat’s Lens Studio.

Step 3: Close and reopen Stage Ten Studio

a. First, close Stage TEN, or better yet - restart your computer for optimal performance.

b. Next, open the Snap Camera app. Then open the Stage TEN Studio or use your participant link to join.

c. Both Stage Ten and Snap Camera are CPU and power-intensive processes, so double check that you have all other programs closed and your power cable connected.

Step 4: Select Snap Camera in Stage TEN Studio

The Stage TEN Studio recognizes Snap Camera as just another available camera source. You’ll need to select Snap Camera as the video source you are using to go LIVE in Stage TEN.

a. Click on the settings icon within your camera feed



b. A dropdown menu will appear, under “Video Source” select “Snap Camera” then click "DONE".



c. Et voila! - you’re streaming with your chosen lens through Stage TEN!


You can set hotkey commands for your favourite Snap Camera lenses to quickly change from one to another during your LIVE stream. Go on, we know you can get creative with these - there is truly no limit!