Lock the Video Spotlight
In Skype for Business hosted meetings, there is a feature called "Lock the Video Spotlight" that allows you to choose a video feed that's displayed to all participants. This feature does not appear to be in the Teams client today, and it doesn't appear on the Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Capabilities Roadmap.
In some Teams meetings I want all my participants to just view one presenters video stream and not have the 4 participant split view. We need a way for the Teams meeting host to force their video to be prominent from the participants view.
Enabling a presenter to lock the video stream for all users who join a meeting, is planned.
Pinning participants is already available – this was tracked in https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/19512820
This is a basic feature. I don't understand why users have to ask for it.
Aren't you guys at Microsoft using Teams for your own communication?
It never happen to you that you need every participant to watch a specific person demonstrating something on screen? It is crazy that there is still no way to do this... Good that it's planned.
Let's see how many years it will take you to release one of the most basic features for a video conferencing software...
M Azharuddin commented
Good to read it is planned. Organiser must able to lock or pin own video - this feature is require for Educators as they schedule channel meetings and they are the only one in those meetings who are presenting. They must be able to lock their own video irrespective of whether they are sharing screen, powerpoint, whiteboard or just interacting with students using own video. It will also help that recording of such lecture goes in single screen of organiser not split in 4 or more screen.
Waiting for this feature
Pranav Pore commented
Has the feature rolled yet?
Viplav Baxi commented
Alex, please do let us know when this is coming in. This is a key feature.
Alexander Deichman commented
Is it still planned or just forgotten? It is not announced for the summer or early fall... Maybe you should update the status here?
Andy Russell commented
This is a much needed feature as we want to use Teams live meetings during lessons so that students who are unable to physically attend our education setting can join the meeting. We want to be able to force the teacher video as the main focus (e.g. the teacher at the front of the room writing on the board) but also ensure this is what shows on the meeting recording as well (so students who couldn't attend can view again later). We need the recorded meeting to only show the 'video spotlight' that's selected by the teacher.
Same here - two of us would like to be on screen chatting but not have other participants appearing also as they're external guests simply viewing the content.
This would really bring Teams closed to perfect for us!
Update as soon as possible
As the host, I would like to the ability to pin a participant for all viewers (i.e. lock video stream) temporarily during a meeting. This would be especially useful in the education field.
Jon Turley commented
Microsoft - WAY BEHIND when it comes to delivering a truly comprehensive webinar experience. WAY BEHIND. Taking far too long to listen to what the business community needs and then act. VERY POOR. Especially when you're meant to be a global leader in IT.
I have been searching for this topic around few sites and I then also noticed it has being requested since 2018, but as of today, it is still not present as my fellow commenters here below are saying.
How can "you" advertise a superior collaboration tool that is missing what are now recognized as standard/basic features? It should already have everything the older tool has, plus much more.
It would be like a brand new car model comes up without seats...please hurry up with this and possibly, make a easier way to manage Polls/Whiteboards/Q&A, just like it was in Skype for Business.
Could we have rough eta? I've been planning to lose some weight for the last 3 years but that's still not happened.
Avi Newman commented
I hope the spot light also ends up in recordings. Today I pinned a video of a presenter, but the recording still only showed her on 1/4 of the screen. I know there is a work around where the you record your screenshare, but that will unfortunatley capture all the IMs I get during the recording.
In addition, please allow a dual screen lock! This way the presenter can have side-by-side live video feed and screen share.
Øyvind Breivik commented
This feature is essential in so many meetings. When will it be ready for implementation?
Jaya Jose commented
A general question I have on pinning users in Teams conversations based on my experience (regardless of whether the 9-screen view rolls out sooner or not):
My current understanding is that you're able to pin as many people as you want (i.e. I can pin up to 4 people). But if I pin 1 person on screen, only that one person shows up on screen (and I don't see 3 other faces). Same thing if I pin 2 people on screen, only those two people show up on screen.
Is there any way to pin less than the maximum # of user screens (for example, pin 2 out of the maximum 4), and have the remaining 2 out of 4 screens "come in and out" based on who's speaking? This would really benefit meetings where you'd like to have the chair / key presenters fixed, but allow other speakers to come in and out.
Please, please, please implement this!
Shawn Roberson commented
I am requesting a feature to Spotlight a participant video which puts a user as the primary active speaker for all participants in the meeting and cloud recordings.
Brian Macedo commented
How come on the 365 Teams road-map i don't see a line item for this locking the video for all participants?