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Camera window behaviours during shared content

When sharing fullscreen video the small floating window with the option of showing active speaker or grid can often end up on a participant that we don't want focused (if they were the last person to speak). allow hosts to pin a participant in the focus here - as it used to be prior to the "stage" functionality being introduced.

Also, while sharing screen there is no longer any way to update the stage - I have been running a second laptop connected to the session to update the stage.

Ideal solution is to make the floating window over the shared content act the same as the stage - or take a page out of your competitor's book and give us a true multiple monitor mode.

  • Brendan Thompson
  • Jul 3 2021
  • Need more info
  • Brendan Thompson commented
    20 Oct, 2021 11:25pm

    I'm not sure what "more info" you need here, but when a presenter is sharing a screen/app, and when the viewer puts the shared content fullscreen, the viewers will see the content take up the screen with a floating window that shows active speaker and a few more thumbnails.

    The floating window can be expanded to become a grid view, but there is no way to lock the view in this floating window to show a specific speaker anymore (once upon a time, this used to follow whichever camera was locked).

    While sharing the screen, there is no way to update the stage, as when you're sharing the screen, the stage goes away from your screen (replaced by the aforementioned floating window with the active speaker and a few thumbnails instead).

    In Zoom, you can turn on "dual monitor mode" and have your grid/spotlight view still open and have shared content in a second window that can be full-screened, so you can share content while still viewing your entire interface in the other window.

    If the floating window reflected the stage settings and could also be used to update the stage, that would solve all the problems I'm mentioning.