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
Please implement this.
In our recent meeting, since there was no way for my video to be the sole one displayed for all participants, all the other participants had to be dropped from the meeting so that the host could see the data plan on the wall through my video. As someone else mentioned, this 'undermines the use of the tool for large conference calls'.
I got a response on this topic some time ago when asking during a Microsoft Teams AMA event claiming the Teams developers are working on this but I have no idea when to expect it https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-AMA/How-can-you-lock-video-spotlight-in-Teams-just-as-in-Skype/m-p/299861
Stall can't find any info in the roadmap
This would also be great when you have dial-in participants, because the phone number is currently displayed as one of the participants and takes up space on the screen, often showing up larger than actual video.
Indeed, I would like to see the TEAMS videoconferencing capability built-out so that we could hold real meetings with similar camera and view control available with H.323 systems like Cisco SX or Polycom. Full screen presentation should be a given. The "hollywood squares" are fine...but what if you want more than 4 people displayed... (maybe I want 12, for example).
Frankly, given the so-called strategic direction of TEAMS as part of Microsoft's offerings, I'm not sure why TEAMS isn't getting more development resources. As it is, it is a lame conglomeration of bits and bobs built on top of SharePoint, and OneDrive....with those things bleeding through at inconvenient times, and with only a subset of the communications capability of Skhpe 4 Business.
Martin Björklund commented
Do we really need an awful lot of votes to get this obvious feature addressed?
It's quite disconcerting in a big meeting when you can't work out who's talking. Not really much point in having the video capability at all in such cases...
Ryan Whitaker commented
I completely agree. This feature should be considered baseline functionality for Video conferencing.
Dylan Rhea commented
Critically missing feature and undermines the use of the tool for large conference calls.
Well there goes tomorrow's meeting...
Can't believe they missed this one
Erik Olsson commented
Would be great for training/education, in classroom settings etc. Feature request has come up from a few customers. Any word on this feature coming to Teams?
In addition to the above idea,
Of the participant views divided into four, one is a fixed view and the other three participants wish to be displayed in floating.