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.
We are excited to announce the spotlight feature has been enabled for General Availability. To learn more, please visit https://support.microsoft.com/office/spotlight-someone-s-video-in-a-teams-meeting-58be74a4-efac-4e89-a212-8d198182081e.
Note: If you record a meeting in which someone’s video is spotlighted, the video won’t be spotlighted in the recording. This is just a temporary limitation, stay tuned for updates.
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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.
Neil Stewart commented
I agree. I work in the healthcare setting and we have been doing training over teams. Whilst a presenter can share their screen and a presentation sometimes they might want to show you a clinical test or there is no need to look at the presentation while they talk.
It would be a great feature to be able to click on their face and have them fill the whole screen, or be able to select which people you have on the screen at any one time.
Angela Fann commented
Can someone please provide an update on this? This feature is critical to how I use Teams on a daily basis to deliver product training.
When is this feature expected to be rolled out? In need of it ASAP!
Matt Trautschold commented
Not only pin a single video, but make it bigger so it's the only video shown
I just need this particular feature. Then my weekly meeting can replace SFB by TEAMS completely.
Ben Wolz commented
We had an expert panel the other day with 300 participants in a meeting. We wanted to be able to just pin the experts for everybody to see, but that's not possible. We asked people to not turn on their video so only our experts would appear, but with 300 participants that was very difficult to get everybody to play along. As a meeting host or leader, we should be able to pin a video screen for everybody to see.
Hi, please enable the option "Lock the Video Spotlight" for organizer to manage.
Chris Ruffin commented
Heather McMahon commented
When will this feature roll out? We urgently need to be able to lock the video spotlight on the presenter, before we can stop using SfB
While I do applaud the various accessibility improvements that Microsoft is implementing in Teams, I find myself wanting better support for Sign Language Interpreters too.
As the sole Deaf person in the company, I want to be able to focus mainly on the SL Interpreter, easily see what the SL Interpreter is signing while still being able to get an idea of what other people in the call are doing, especially when working with features like screen sharing. Since the screen sharing contains important information, it should still be a readable size too.
With a multiple monitors setup, it would be nice if the above desires could be realized by making Teams able to utilize the multiple monitors efficiently, for example by allowing users to use multiple windows for the same chat (manually picking which streams would be shown in the other window(s)). This would obviously be easier to implement in the standalone application compared to the webbased one.
There are also some instances where there are multiple SL Interpreters working together, taking turns. The above suggestion of being able to break them out together in a window would make it much easier on me too.
Peter Thomas commented
This would be very useful!