Chromebook Camera to Get Animated Effects for Faces?

Your Chromebook’s camera might soon let you add funny filters and animations to your photos.

Force enable face AE

Before we start, here is a disclaimer. This, to be honest, is an educated guess at best.

The story starts with this little experimental flag that I spotted in the Chromium OS souce code today.

Force enable face AE: Enable this flag to force enable face AE for camera

The best explanation I have for “AE” is “After Effects”.

If that is true, what we are looking at is a Chrome OS camera feature that will let you add effects to your face while taking a picture or even better, while recording videos.

I am leaning more towards the video part. All the major video conference platforms, Zoom, Teams, and the like offer face effects.


There were a few more code change requests tagged “VCD“. However, I could not find anything useful from them. The feature request bug for this change is set to private.

So, as you can see, I am hanging tight to the “face” and “AE” part and trying to guess that this is a face filter/animation feature for videos from the Chrome OS camera. I would love to hear what you think about this flag.

Any other guesses? Let me know in the comments section below.

Source: Chromium Gerrit.

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