Video layout in a live meeting can be customize your preferences during your Zoom meetings with 4 available video layout options: Speaker View, Gallery View, Floating Thumbnail View, and Immersive View. When screen sharing, you can do so in 'side-by-side' mode or view the screen share in 'standard' mode.
Presenter Layout combines video and shared screen to present everything in one frame, with options for having content appear over the shoulder of your video, appearing in front of the content, or side-by-side with the content.
Recording views display the video layouts based on the type of recording: Local or Cloud. Virtual backgrounds, avatars, screen sharing, and participant videos are included in both local and cloud recordings.
Recorded Meeting Views
Local Recording Video View
The recording is captured to your computer, and the video appearance is based on the view of the participant who starts the recording, i.e., if started in Speaker mode, then the recording shows Speaker mode.
Cloud Recording Video View
The content is captured as it passes through the Zoom server are based on the original host's cloud recording settings set before the meeting starts. These layouts are captured regardless of what views are used by the host, in contrast to local recordings. This also means cloud recordings can capture multiple views simultaneously, such as Speaker and Gallery views generated as separate files.
Live Meeting Views
Switch the large video window between who is speaking when there are three or more participants in the meeting. If it is just the host and one participant, the video will be smaller at the top and the participant video will appear below.
Pinning a participant will keep them as the largest video for your view, while Spotlight will do the same, but for everyone in the meeting.
Displays a thumbnail video of participants in a grid pattern. The desktop client can display up to 25 or 49 participants depending on your processor. Additional pages are created when the number exceeds the max number on each page, scroll through the pages to view up to 1,000 thumbnails.
Rearrange the Gallery by setting a custom view order with the ability to save this view for use in later sessions.
When a participant is speaking, that active speaker is relocated to the current page you are viewing and is highlighted for easy recognition. If using a custom gallery, the order will not change.
Switch Between Gallery View and Speaker View
Click View in the top-right corner, and then select Speaker or Gallery.
Layout Options when Screen Sharing
When viewing shared content, there are three view options:
- Standard: Similar to Speaker view, where the shared content is below and other video tiles are along the top. When in fullscreen, the shared content will fill the screen and video tiles become smaller, movable thumbnails.
- Side-by-side: Speaker: When in side-by-side mode while screen sharing, the meeting window is split between the shared content and video thumbnails, with the ability to adjust the proportions of the split between the two. Side-by-side: Speaker will only show the active speaker in the portion containing video thumbnails.
- Side-by-side: Gallery: When in side-by-side, the meeting window is split between the shared content and video thumbnails, with the ability to adjust the proportions of the split between the two. Side-by-side: Gallery will display a maximum of 6 (when the shared content is given the most space) or 49 video thumbnails (when the shared content is given the least space) in the portion containing video thumbnails.
- Presenter Layout: When opening the screen sharing selection, Layout controls are displayed on the right-side Layouts panel. The presenter can customize how the shared content and their video displays to attendees; choose 'None', 'In front', 'Over the shoulder', or 'Side by side'. Note: Participants on unsupported Zoom versions will view the shared content as normal. Presenter layouts do not support local or cloud recordings; the recording view will be standard.
Hide Participants With Video Off
- Click on the 3 dots at the top-right corner of any video thumbnail.
- Click Hide Non-video Participants.
- To show non-video participants again, click the View button at the top-right corner of your screen and select Show Non-Video Participants.
Follow Host's Video Order
Meeting hosts have the option to push their view of meeting participants to others in the meeting.
Participant will not be able to change the order when this is enabled.
Floating Thumbnail Window
Minimize the main Zoom window with Floating Thumbnail while keeping the video on top of other open applications. Move the window around your screen as needed, or hide the video entirely.
- Click on the minimize icon, located at the top-right corner for Windows, or the top-left corner for macOS.
- Once in mini-window view, you can collapse the video by clicking on the down arrow on the left side. Click the down arrow again to expand the video thumbnail.
- While in this mode, you can also easily mute/unmute yourself or turn on/off your video by clicking the microphone and camera buttons respectively.
- To close the floating thumbnail window and return to the full Zoom window click the arrow on the right side.
Recreate the feel of your class or conference room by placing up to 25 video participants onto a single virtual background. Participants are automatically placed onto provided scenes and the host can adjust the arrangements as needed. The host can also use their custom background for a unique scene. While this does not require the use of the Virtual Background feature, it does work best when everyone has this functionality.
When screen sharing, the Immersive View ends and is replaced by the shared screen. When sharing stops, the Immersive View begins again with the same positions as before.
Currently, only local recording of Immersive Views is supported. When in Immersive View, only the immersive scene will be captured, while other video thumbnails will not be recorded. Cloud Recordings just appear as Gallery or Speaker layout, depending on cloud recording settings.
Confirm that you have Immersive View enabled in your meeting settings:
Sign in to your Zoom account, click on Settings in the left navigation menu. Find the Immersive View option and verify that the setting is enabled.
Starting Immersive View
- Start a meeting or webinar.
- In the top-right corner, click View.
- Click Immersive.
- Select one of the following options. Automatically will include as many participants as possible in the scene you select. Participants can be swapped out and arranged during the immersive scene. Selecting Manually, you can add or remove participants as you wish. If more than is allowed for a particular scene is selected, extras will be removed.
- Select the scene. Each scene designates the max number of predefined places for attendees.
- Click Start to begin the Immersive View.
Changing Immersive View
- In the top-right corner, click View.
- Click Change Immersive View.
- Select the new scene and check participant assignments.
- Click Start to launch the new scene.
Find out more about adjusting the view layout in a live meeting using the following link: https://support.zoom.com/hc/en/article?id=zm_kb&sysparm_article=KB0063672
Find out more about using immersive view in your Zoom meetings using the following link: