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
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?
Phil W commented
Corona forces us to have sales presentations online - this feature is a MUST-HAVE right NOW! If you're interested in gaining market share then please implement this feature ASAP!
Have a look at the desperate comments below...
Chris Damsgard commented
We need this badly right now - worked great in Skype for Business. We are using Teams mobile app as a window into our manufacturing environment so that many remote participants can see what is going on and provide guidance. It makes no sense to force every user to pin it for themselves. And then make your recording respect that video spotlight when locked...only record the locked video spotlight.
To have one person full-screen for everyone, as I wrote below, you can can pin any other participant who is the presenter and then screen share your Teams window. That forces the presenter to be full-screen for everyone, as well as the recording.
The catch-22 is that you can't pin *yourself* if you are the presenter. So if *you* are the presenter, the only work-around that I know if is to disable your camera in Teams, and open the Camera app, and screen-share that window. Then everyone is forced to see you full screen, and that does the same for the recording. Alternately, have one of your colleagues in the meeting pin you and screen-share their Teams Window, but that's not always practical.
This is ridiculous we are all home trying to have meetings, webinars etc. if I can't have the presenter be the main screen for all participants without each person having to pin the presenter, its useless. I would be better using our Adobe Connect!
As I wrote below, ... in plain English, pin the participant you want to be full-screen for everyone as well as the recording, [go full screen and minimize the little pop up control window] and then screen share your Teams window and start recording (you can use the same device). This forces everyone to have that participant full-screen and forces the recording to record the same full screen of the person you pinned. It's a sledgehammer approach, but it works.
Brian Moreland commented
Hi Alex, while you can pin a participant, the recording of the video displays 4 people. Is there a way to have the pin you setup carry through to the recording?
David Oswald commented
I am using RealWear HMT-1 glasses with MS Teams and recording the sessions. It would be great to be able to lock in the recording on just the feed from the glasses and not show the other participants profile or video screens.
as Praveen Kumar commented · February 03, 2020 07:49 · [in a different thread]
This can be achieve by temporarily solution. But yes this feature should be there.
After joining Conferencing, you can share your desktop screen. In that desktop screen keep your video on place of any presentation which will be share remotely. further from another laptop, you can join the same invite and can start recording.
... in plain English, pin the participant you want to be full-screen for everyone as well as the recording, and then screen share your Teams Window and start recording (you can use the same device). This forces everyone to have that participant full-screen and forces the recording to record the same. It's a sledgehammer approach, but it works.
I am trying to pin specific participants to enable a better recording, so we focus on the speaker in the recording, and change pins when we want to record another speaker (Multiple interviewees) Is this possible at all or do we just get the 4 video screen recording output?
Kazuya Darklight commented
We would like for this to be reflected in the recording. Its frustrating to have a presenter fullscreen for the meeting and then be stuck squinting at 1/4th of the screen when watching the recording.
Is there a timeline when the presenter lock screen will be available?