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
We also can't record for live teaching that way if just the pin option is available. Where is this update already???
When is this feature coming? Pinning only helps for the one that pins it. I want to be able to have it that way on everyone's screen so all students see the teacher at all times.
Roadmap now says rolling out, anyone received it yet?
Roadmap says September 2020: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=67090
HOWEVER, Zoom just recently released *multiple spotlight* which is an important feature if you have two simultaneous presenters, or even in cases where an interpreter is needed, etc. etc.
Please don't just play catch-up MS, Innovate!
Would love to hear more about the timeline. Something we need right away.
Kirsty Patterson commented
I realise this says "Planned" but is there a timeframe for this plan? It hasn't been updated since January.
Is the new meeting experience a prerequisite for Video Spotlight?
I will be using Zoom as this does not appear to be resolved, and when I am recording my live classes, my video is one of many in a grid without the option to pin it. This does not work as I am lecturing and using the whiteboard and smartboard.
I need this now as we are teaching in a live hybrid classroom. My remote students see the full screen but my in class students see the participants on the screen. My teaching window is minimized to the participants bar. Resolution ASAP please.
Erika Dorje commented
Please do this asap to help all of the teachers who are using teams.
Tim Selles commented
As others are saying, this should be a serious priority for Microsoft with schools re-opening.
Emily Greif commented
I will not be able to teach live with 22 or more students next week without being able to enlarge the view of my screen to all the students. Please please add this immediately!
Fabian Lorenz commented
We need this feature for Marketing porposes.
For our next events we had to buy a Zoom Account, only to use the Spotlight Video Feature... anoying
Make it happen before next week please
I'm teaching my physics classes using Teams this fall. Being able to see everyone is great when we're having a group discussion, but when I want to work an example on the board it can be hard to read my writing if my video is just one of several little boxes on the screen. (I try to write big enough, but equations have superscripts and subscripts sometimes.) Individual students can pin my video to make it big, but when I'm presenting I think *everyone* should be looking at that full screen (and any recordings should be, too). Ideally I'd like to be able to turn this on and off as needed.
The meeting host should be able to select a participant or a group of participants to spotlight. This is a very basic function. Please work on making this a reality soon! Thanks.
Daniel Ortiz commented
Currently, we need this for School Teachers who are teaching a class online and not being able to see the teacher's video as primary distracts the children. If I could lock down the video and mute attendees' video and audio, it would be a huge improvement. Need a solution ASAP
Preston Lathrop commented
"Pinning participants" is typical of so many Teams features in that it relies on the participant to figure out how to do it. While Live Events gives producers control, it also limits fidelity on several levels. Giving Teams meeting organizers some control over the participant experience will make the tool more suitable for trainers and educators.
It’s a shame 2 years later, we’re no closer to having this feature and its needed more now than ever with the increased usage of Teams.
Dave Gorman commented
Good to see this getting traction. If I could lockdown the video and mute attendees video and audio, it would be useful as a live event alternative.