Whether you’re in the office or working remotely, the hybrid work environment has resulted in video conferencing as the standard platform for business communication. This means that video conferencing providers have many reasons to continue to innovate and enhance their product and today Zoom continues that trend with their announcement of their exciting new feature “Immersive View”.
Zoom announced Immersive View today at Zoomtopia 2020, “Immersive View allows hosts to arrange video participants and webinar panelists into a single virtual background, bringing people together into one scene to connect and collaborate in a cohesive virtual meeting space.”
This is an exciting enhancement for anyone who is growing a bit tired of the traditional grid-style layout or for the participants that seek a more immersive and traditional meeting experience.
Hosts for meetings and webinars will select Immersive View the same way that they would choose between Speaker or Gallery view. Enabling Immersive View will provide hosts with the option to either manually or automatically place the participants into a virtual scene that they choose. Hosts can then rearrange and even resize participants’ images to create a more immersive experience. Hosts can even utilize their own video as the scene for immersive view, thus allowing a company to use their boardroom or conference space as the virtual environment for their meeting.
With this new and exciting announcement, Zoom released an accompanying FAQ that addresses some questions you may be asking.
Do I have access to Immersive View on Zoom?
Available for Windows and MacOS desktop clients, Immersive View is enabled by default for all Free and single Pro accounts using Zoom 5.6.3 or higher, and can be enabled via the web portal for all other account types. To learn more about how to enable Immersive View for users or groups in your account, please visit our support article.
What if some participants are on older versions of Zoom?
When Immersive View is enabled, those on Zoom desktop and mobile apps that do not support Immersive View will continue to see other meeting participants in either Gallery View or Speaker View, just with a simple black background. Others in the meeting will still view these unsupported participants in the Immersive View scene with their original backgrounds.
How many participants can be in a scene?
Our current scenes can accommodate up to 25 participants in a scene, with various layouts for smaller groups. A number on each scene tile indicates how many people it can accommodate. We recommend deploying a scene that aligns with the meeting size.
What happens if there are more than 25 people in my meeting?
Additional participants are displayed in a thumbnail strip on the top of the scene. You still have your available meeting capacity and can host as many participants as you normally would. Another view like Gallery View is recommended for larger meetings.
Can I use the Immersive View in a Breakout Room?
It is not currently available in Breakout Rooms.
What happens when the host shares their screen?
The Immersive View will end and be replaced by the shared screen. When sharing stops, the Immersive View will begin again with the same positions as before.
How does it work in a webinar?
When using Immersive View in a webinar, the host and panelists will be placed together onto the virtual background, while webinar attendees view the scene.
Will the Immersive View show up in meeting recordings?
Recording of Immersive View is not yet supported. Cloud and local recordings will appear as Gallery or Speaker View, depending on cloud recording settings or which was used before Immersive View is started for local recordings.
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