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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Please add a spot light feature, like it is in zoom, where we can put spotlight on person if someone is speaking, to make it more engaging.
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.
It would be great if you could still see the participants' videos at the bottom of the screen while presenting.
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.
Ability for Presenter to see everyones videos but Audiences can only see Presenter video and not all other participants video. This way the presenter engages in a live instruction, and is able to see all students/listeners/members. This use case works well for E-learning purposes.
Could we have rough eta? I've been planning to lose some weight for the last 3 years but that's still not happened.
John Pirone commented
As a Deaf person myself, I echo Geoff's suggestions. If there is a video-in-video feature, then please make sure that both videos are clearly visible and that means frame size. If MS Teams allows two windows whose frame size is 4 x 4 or larger, that would be visible.
I would recommend that, given that MS Teams allows up to 4 video feeds simultaneously, MS Teams should make it possible for users to pin both an interpreter and a content and both will show up on their screen - the same functionality as pinning two participants' videos.
Geoff Duke commented
Perhaps this should be added to the *accessibility* category?
Amber Fulcher commented
I agree that having the ability to keep a designated participant's window visible is critical for ASL interpretation.
Jen G-O commented
I endorse Geoff Duke's further ideas about video-in-video and user-control of the ASL Interpreter's video.
Geoff Duke commented
We also have requests from our deaf community that they need to be able to pin an ASL interpreter's video window in addition to shared screen content. Currently, pinning the interpreter replaces the shared content (PPT or whatever). Is something like being able to pin a video-in-video an option that is being considered? I can see presenters being interested in having their camera shown in small (but not tiny) window superimposed over the PPT, and if clients had the option to show or hide this video and select what camera to pin, that would be even better. Or a participant who is tagged as ‘ASL interpreter’ somehow and can be pinned?
This feature is really needed for other applications as well. I'm a chief of staff and want to be able to see my leaders video feed constantly and have the other feeds change based on who is talking. This feature is available in Skype and is sorely needed here.
maybe you want to vote for this idea as is seems to fullfill your request: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053-schools-and-universities/suggestions/40199830-allow-for-presenter-video-to-adjust-in-size-in-mee
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.