Zoom Immersive View is a new, more engaging, and collaborative way to meet during video calls.
After announcing it at Zoomtopia 2020, Zoom is now launching Immersive View, a new feature that lets you arrange your video call participants into one virtual meeting space – as if they’re in a single room.
Immersive View lets you “create the feeling of being in a classroom, a boardroom, a conference auditorium, or your favorite place to catch up with friends” by assembling up to 25 participants in one “consistent meeting environment.”
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You can turn on Immersive View just like you would the Speaker or Gallery View. When enabling Immersive View, you’ll have the ability to automatically or manually arrange participants into the virtual scene they choose, move them around, and even resize their image to make things look more natural.
You can also change the scene or go back to Speaker or Gallery View at any time. Zoom has a few scenes you can use, but you can, of course, upload your own image or video as a virtual background.
Immersive View is now available for Windows and macOS desktop clients and is enabled by default for all Free and single Pro accounts using Zoom 5.6.3 or higher. You can also enable it on the web for all other account types.
If any participant is not using an updated version of the desktop or mobile app, they will see meeting participants in either Gallery View or Speaker View with a simple black background. Others will still see these participants in the Immersive View scene with their original backgrounds.
Immersive View supports up to 25 participants, so any additional people will show up within a thumbnail strip at the top of the scene. It does not support recordings, so cloud and local recordings will appear as Gallery or Speaker View, depending on their settings.
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