Meet Now Without Video. Video On/Off User Setting.
In a conversation or team channel, you cannot "Meet Now" with video defaulted to OFF. If you set it for yourself, yours will not be started. But ANY other person that joins the conversation meeting will have their video turned on without an option to join without it on. This discourages team members from joining calls as they don't want to share video. You should also have a user setting to enable or disable video by default so they don't have to choose to disable video each time they join a meeting. Thanks!
Carol Thomas-Knipes commented
People should always have the ability to control their camera visibility. It should never be automatic. please provide the functionality for users to set their options for all meetings, the change them in-meeting if desired. It's a privacy and control issue, but also frankly it is obnoxious NOT to have it.
Pete Fritz commented
It should default in all cases to off, as when I am working from home or work, I may not want participants to view sensitive or non-value surroundings like barking dogs, informal 'work from home wear', or sensitive whiteboards or conversations in an office or passing coworkers in an open office environment. It would be a bad practice for any organization to require video to be on when the meeting starts; it should be at participants discretion based on their environment..
Below are the options available in Teams meetings policies settings for Audio & video. We need to include disable video by default and allow users to turn on if required
Allow transcription If you turn this on, transcription of the meeting will be available to users.
Allow cloud recording Turning this on will allow recordings to be saved to the cloud.
Allow IP video Turning this on will allow IP videos during meetings.
Media bit rate (KBs) You can set the bit rate for meetings. The default is 50 MB.
Being able to turn off incoming video will reduce bandwidth usage if you are connecting over a poor or metered internet connection. The end user should be able to decide whether to receive video or just audio.
Agreed. There needs to be a “video off by default” setting