video meeting participant layout
Currently each participant in a meeting gets equal layout space wether the camera is on or off. If one participant is presenting using the Camera, I want to see that one camera instead of a slice of everyones camera equally. I should be able to change the layout so I only see the image of a selected participant or the image of the person currently talking.
Video layouts and customization are a must, especially since Teams is competing with WebEx and Zoom.
Atleast implement spotlight lock, this is really frustrating not being able to see properly if using just one camera.
We have the same issue that Jakub described on Feb 5: "Any layout customisation would be nice. If you have a 3 way call between three meeting room, all you can see is middle portions of two of those meeting rooms. Sides are cut off, so people not sitting in the middle are not visible at all."
We had our first video conference using Teams on Tuesday and none of the participants could see anyone in either conference room, just a tiny slice of each room was visible. We need to be able to resize or adjust the layout so that we can see everyone.
Add best options of competitive products: Zoom, BlueJeans, etc.
• Show all (non-phone) participants
• Show a single participant ("Pin")
• Show talking participant/camera
Any layout customisation would be nice. If you have a 3 way call between three meeting room, all you can see is middle portions of two of those meeting rooms. Sides are cut off, so people not sitting in the middle are not visible at all.
A cumbersome workaround at the moment is to resize Teams window to take only top 50% of the screen, then it all scales down and everyone is visible.
It would be nice to have a choice to show 100% of the video instead of cropping.
Anthony Elgan commented
With Skype for Business being integrated into Teams, will we have better control over the participant layouts?
[Deleted User] commented
We have offices in multiple locations and use teams when we inform our staff. When we all connect, we lose the chance to follow the speaker in a good way. We would like to have the opportunity to choose which participants we want to see in the big window so we can more easily attend the meeting.
Johan Erikshjalpen commented
Spotlight lock is the most important function we lack as of now, I would say.
Cassandra Crawford commented
Here are some Meeting Layout Options I'd like to see:
Spotlight Lock, for TownHall style meetings.
6 Square option - For Q&A panels
8 Square Option - For DR Response teams or other emergency action teams.
Richard Jones commented
People are crying out for better layouts in Skype and teams will be not different. We ask users to use Skype for VC calls and the lack of good, customizable layouts for video is a serious flaw to usability and sends us looking at third party services.
This is desperately needed.
Question: Why give a spot on the main grid to a user not presenting at all? Our meetings almost always have a dozen people, only one of which presents at a time. Most never turn their camera on at all.
From the dark side, those pixels must return!
Yes.. Awesome enhancement! Meeting chair should be able to toggle "show participant list" .. and if list is displayed... participants should be able to select which ones they want to see.. and / or toggle view when speaking .. etc..
We want this. The user should be able to somehow switch the speakers video full screen.
Aaron Hatton commented
This feature is essential for our business
I'd like to be able to move the particpants up to the top of the window as well, so they are closer to my camera. As it is, everyone is always looking down, because participants are at the part of the screen furthest away from most webcams.
Paul Brummitt commented
I'd like to be able to see more than 4 people at once.
I agree. When participants are split, you don't get a widescreen view o the room, either. In order to see everyone in the room, you would only want to see the person who is currently talking.
Louise Bedwell commented
I'd just like to have a more balanced layout of participant video feeds, where we can customise the layout and screen size dedicated to each participant depending on need at the time -
one time it might be a presentation where its important to dedicate as much screen size as possible to the presenter,
another it might be a 1-2-1 or interview we want to be able to record where the videos are more equally sized,
or it may be a conference call where we want to be able to view reactions from all participants.
Its this interview style that's currently defeating us, as the caller's video is tiny, and the person being called is taking up all the screen, where we'd prefer a more 50/50 scenario.
This is infuriating...
Eric Renken commented
This would be great for us as well. I would also like to be able to PIN a video on my screen. I might want one video to take up the whole top part of the screen and then show the thumbnails of other users video in the bottom like you do when there are more than 4 people in the meeting.