16 August 2019
Instagram is allegedly testing a new built-in AR background Story effect so that you could choose a different backdrop for a picture you’re sharing from camera roll in Stories. Uncovered by the developer Jane Manchun Wong, the feature appears to offer a green screen-like effect where you get to choose a background.
Wong says the feature looks pretty similar to what Photo Booth app on macOS and iOS offers. She took to Twitter to share a couple of screenshots she managed to take from the feature. According to what she found about this unreleased feature, users will be able to select a photo from their camera roll and use it as a background for their Stories camera.
Instagram is testing built-in AR Background Story Effect— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 26, 2019
It's like the macOS/iOS Photo Booth and we get to pick our own backdrop from Camera Roll pic.twitter.com/KobB33DJ1r
As shown in the screenshots, Wong can be seen inside the Stories section and an option called “Background” is letting her choose a background from the available pictures on her phone. In the screenshot, she chose her picture to make as a backdrop while sharing a Story. So, using this feature, your actual surroundings are replaced by the image.
It’s, however, unclear for now, if we will also be able to put a video behind a Story or if it’s limited to static images only.
The researcher also tweets, “it's like Music sticker but for AR Effects. If you snapped a Story with an AR Effect, Instagram will provide a sticker for that effect so you can share it out.”
The feature appears to offer a seamless fit between your picture and the backdrop as you can notice there aren’t any disparities or any kind of gaps between the edge of the researcher’s face and the background she chose.
Wong has a good track record of uncovering unreleased features of several apps. We hope to see this feature going live soon.