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Facebook adds animated reactions and filters to Messenger video chats

Today, we’re excited to roll out some new features for your one-on-one and group video chats on Messenger - like animated reactions, filters, masks and effects, plus the ability to take screenshots. You can now share how you’re feeling with a reaction, add a filter to look and feel your best, make someone laugh while wearing a bear mask, and even save photos from your video chats. To start a video chat, simply tap the video icon in the top right corner of the screen in a one-on-one or group conversation on Messenger. From there, you can start adding some expressive flair to your video chats with the new features! Add a video reaction during your video chats to allow you to amplify your emotions and express love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger. The reactions will animate on the screen and then disappear, so you can express yourself in the moment, during the video chat. Video filters allow you to look and feel your best while video chatting on Messenger! You can choose from a variety of filters, from subtle lighting tweaks to bold color changes, like black and white or red. You can preview what the filter looks like before letting other people in the video chat see you. Try on new, fun masks during your video chats on Messenger. Some masks even have hidden effects. We also have added animated effects to your video chats, like falling hearts and twinkly stars. Masks and effects stay on the screen for the duration of the video chat (or until you take them off or switch to another one). Easily save and send photos from your video chats to remember the conversation afterwards. During a video chat, simply tap the camera icon to take a photo screenshot. The photo will save to your phone’s camera roll and from there, you can decide if you want to share to your Day on Messenger, or post on other social media accounts. Or, send it to the people you're chatting with. As always, we hope you enjoy these new, delightful video chat features on Messenger!

Posted by Messenger on Monday, June 26, 2017

Facebook is updating video chat in Messenger today with some new features, including live filters, animated reactions, and the ability to directly save screenshots.

The reactions take the five reaction emoji from Messenger — a heart, a smiling face, a surprised face, a crying face, and an angry face — and animate them as an overlay on your face. For example, the crying emoji will cause animated tears to fall from your eyes, while the heart creates a halo of exploding hearts around your head.

Similarly, users will be able to apply Instagram-like filters to the live video chat, along with Snapchat-style augmented reality masks. (These have already been part of Messenger for a while.) This marks a rare time when Messenger actually has a feature before its competitors. While Snapchat offered augmented reality filters first, the addition of the feature to Messenger’s live video chats is a first for the field.

Lastly, Facebook is adding an instant screenshot button, so you’ll be able to save all these cool new effects straight to your camera roll without ruining the shot with the Messenger interface.

The new Messenger features should be rolling out today.