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Customizing a participant's layout view

Every person viewing a conference (whether they are contributing video of their own or using streaming to watch other participants) sees a conference layout view. This view divides the video screen into a collection of panes with participants' video streams displayed in those panes. You can customize this view by choosing this option:

  1. Go to Conferences.
  2. Click a Conference name and then click on a participant's name.
  3. Click the Display tab.

 

Field Field description Usage tips
Preview
Video display

Displays static sample of video screen in the currently selected layout.

Click on the image to refresh the picture

Border

Adds a border thickness to display around the video image.

If the image is displaying off the edges of the participant's screen, add a border until the image displays properly.

Layout
Family 1

 

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Give prominence to one participant over the others.

The number of contributing conference participants determines the size of the large pane.

Family 2

 

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Displays a single participant.

 

Family 3

 

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Displays the four most active participants without seeing them scaled down to a small size if there are lots of other participants.

Used when there are five or more video participants.

Family 4

 

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Gives equal prominence to up to 20 conference contributors, and is useful for a "roll call" of active participants.

The MCU automatically changes the layout to the 3 x 3 arrangement, and will continue to use this layout for up to 9 participants. With 10 or more participants, the 4 x 4 view is used, and with 17 or more participants the 5 x 4 view will be used. The MCU will then continue to use this layout even if there are more than 20 participants.

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Gives prominence to two participants in the center of the view while showing smaller versions of other participants' video streams above and below.

This view is useful for observing a dialog between two participants or for viewing slides and a presenter.

Conference custom layout

Click Edit to choose or create a custom layout to be used by any participant.

See Customizing layout views.

Participant custom layout

Click Edit to choose a pre-configured custom layout for this participant.

See Selecting a custom participant layout.

Controls
disable layout controls

Prevents this participant from changing their own conference layout using the far-end camera controls on their video endpoint.

A participant can still change their layout view using the web interface.

enable layout controls

Allows this participant to control their own conference view.

A participant can still change their layout view using the web interface.

send normal format video

Send "normal" format video to this participant - this means that the video is intended to be displayed on a screen whose dimensions (width and height) are in the ratio 4:3.

The available options for the resolution of transmitted video are controlled by the Transmitted video resolutions setting which can be configured for the whole MCU on the Settings > Conferences page or per configured endpoint (refer to Configuring an H.323 endpoint and/or Configuring a SIP endpoint).

send widescreen video

Send "widescreen" format video to this participant - this means that the video is intended to be displayed on a screen whose dimensions (width and height) are in the ratio 16:9.

The available options for the resolution of transmitted video are controlled by the Transmitted video resolutions setting which can be configured for the whole MCU on the Settings > Conferences page or per configured endpoint (refer to Configuring an H.323 endpoint and/or Configuring a SIP endpoint).

do not allow content contribution

Do not allow this participant to start contributing content channel video.

For more information, see Content per-participant parameters.

allow content contribution

Allow this participant to start contributing content channel video.

For more information, see Content per-participant parameters.

Focused participant
 

Indicates which participant appears in the largest pane.

Depending on the types of participant in the conference (i.e. content channel, endpoint, audio-only participant), you can select from these options:

  • Voice-switched: the loudest participant will given the largest pane in the conference (the default setting)
  • Content channel: the content channel will be given the largest pane in the conference
  • <participant name>: the participant that you select will be given the largest pane in the conference

This setting will be overridden if a participant is identified as "important" on the Conference Participants List (see Viewing the conference participants list).

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