Facebook has announced that Group Effects are now available in Messenger video calls and Messenger Rooms and will soon be coming to Instagram.
Up until now, many AR effects have been a “solo experience,” with users augmenting a photo or video for their Stories or Reels. To make AR effects more fun and immersive, Facebook is now starting to roll out Group Effects – new AR experiences that augment every person on a video call simultaneously.
With Group Effects, users can play multiplayer interactions with friends, making their video calls with their friends and family a much more “shared experience.” Users can choose from over 70 Group Effects available within Messenger video calls and Messenger Rooms and compete with each other in a range of activities.
Facebook is also expanding access to the new Spark AR Multipeer API at the end of October to allow many more creators and developers to build their own Group Effects. According to the announcement for the new features, the API will let them build “dynamic, real-time interactive effects for larger audiences and transform the way people experience video calling.”
Users need to start a video call or create a Messenger Room in the Messenger app to use Group Effects. Then they need to tap on the smiley face to open the effects tray, and, finally, Group Effects.
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