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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Jim Kirk commented
From an accessibility perspective, this feature is critical. ASL interpretation is one of the few use cases where we are forced to continue allowing Zoom to be used. Would love this feature.
Doug Langille commented
This is about more advanced video pinning options. The current option is to pin a video to take an entire frame.
Ideally, we just want to have one user's frame be always visible, while the other frames can change per speaker.
The primary use case for this is ASL interpretation of a meeting.
Mike Leiter commented
Often, we need to share a physical whiteboard or written material via video, but Teams has no way to maximize a particular user's video stream so the details can be seen.
A presenter should be able to pick his own video, or maybe any person's video, and make it the main presentation for all users.
When this is done, it should act just like screen sharing - i.e. any recording of the meeting should have that video at the main screen.
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?
Create the ability for the host to pin a video for all participants. At the moment this is a personal option for each user but it would be great to have this control as the host.
The use case would be something like a cooking demo or training where you want everyone to focus on one video screen.
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?
Really needed this feature for a 200+ user meeting where we were trying to have specific users on video all the time. Even with muting all attendees and trying to directly manage attendees with pre meeting communications, etc, it still didn't work as planned. Cannot wait for this to be released. Please hurry!
This feature is needed if you need a solution for meetings that are close to a webinar, with the ability to include the participants if needed. In browser the pinning function is not available.
Can't be serious. Tons of rather useless options, but no important features like this.
Great to see that there is not even an update on the topic on this website.
Agree with previous comments: The pinning feature that is mentioned doesn't solve the issue.
We should be able to:
1. Pin a or Lock the video of 1 participant to all participants
(It should be possible to select any user in the call (guest or normal user) to be the "locked" video for all participants)
2. Choose to follow the speaker (forced on all participants)
I hope this will be added really soon as this is such a dealbreaker as it comes on top of the fact that you only get 4 videos in screen simultaneously at the moment.
The issue I am seeing here is that there are three different things which I am seeing with regards to the "how do I control the main video"
1. Why can't MS Teams allow for the locking of the main video (I agree pinning a video is not what "we" have in mind.
2. Follow the speaker: This is the feature which I am personally the most interested in. In small to mid-sided meetings (2-20) I'd like to have the ability to set the video to be able to follow the primary speaker in a "talking heads" style meeting.
3. selecting and forcing a specific video to stay on the screen- I'd say that pinning is an adequate solution to this.
Curious if others have found solutions to the 1st two and or if MS has publicly committed to adding the other two features.