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Zoom launches immersive view that places participants in one virtual background, here is how to enable it

The tool, known as immersive view, aims to make zoom meetings more engaging and collaborative. Meeting and webinar hosts can select Zoom's immersive view the same way they would select the speaker or gallery view.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | April 27, 2021 | Updated 11:08 IST
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Highlights

  • Zoom has introduced immersive view that will allow meeting hosts to arrange up to 25 participants into a single virtual background.
  • When hosts enable immersive view, they will have the option to automatically or manually place participants into a virtual scene of their choosing.
  • To view participants in the immersive view settings, users should have zoom which is higher than version 5.6.3.

Video conferencing platforms have thrived in the past year, owing to the pandemic and the need for social distancing that gave rise to virtual classes, meetings and conferences. Video calling apps keep rolling out new features for an enhanced user experience. Zoom, the video calling platform has enabled a tool that will allow meeting hosts to arrange up to 25 participants into a single virtual background. The tool, known as immersive view, aims to make Zoom meetings more engaging and collaborative. Meeting and webinar hosts can select Zoom's immersive view the same way they would select the speaker or gallery view.

Zoom notes that when hosts enable immersive view, they will have the option to automatically or manually place participants into a virtual scene of their choosing. Hosts can also easily move participants around that scene and even resize a participant's image for a more natural experience. In case there are over 25 participants, they will be displayed in a thumbnail strip on the top of the scene. Zoom notes that users will still have their available meeting capacity and can host participants without restriction. Users can also choose gallery view if they have a large number of participants.

To view participants in the immersive view settings, users should have zoom which is higher than version 5.6.3. ­ 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.

Hosts can also change the scene or revert back to speaker or gallery view at any time. Zoom has provided a few scenes to get users started, and also gives the option to users to upload their own. Hosts can even use their own video as an immersive view scene, bringing participants into their personal virtual background.

To enable the immersive view on Zoom:
-- Sign in to the Zoom web portal
--Go to the navigation menu.
-- Click Account Management then Account Settings.
-- In the Meeting tab under the In Meeting (Advanced) section, find the Immersive View option and verify that the setting is enabled.

Hosts should enable the settings if it is disabled, and choose to turn the toggle on in case it is off and verify the change. They can also make this setting mandatory for all users by clicking on the lock icon. The steps remain the same for a group as well, except that hosts will have to go to the navigation menu > click on user management > group management > name of the group. Hosts can then verify the group by enabling the settings.


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