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Spotlighting participants' videos Follow

Overview

Spotlight video puts up to 9 participants as the primary active speakers for all participants, and participants will only see these speakers. Spotlighting can also be done during screen sharing. This feature is often used to spotlight a keynote speaker. 

This article covers spotlighting videos on the Zoom desktop client and Zoom mobile app, but you can also spotlight videos in Zoom Rooms. 

Alternatively, you can pin up to 9 participants' videos, which will make them the primary speaker on your device only. Other participants will still have Active Speaker

Prerequisites

In a Meeting

  • Host or co-host privileges for the meeting
  • Zoom desktop client or Zoom mobile app
  • Three (3) or more participants with video on
  • Note: Spotlighting multiple videos requires desktop client version 5.2.2 on Windows or macOS

In a Webinar

  • Host or co-host privileges for the webinar
  • Zoom desktop client or Zoom mobile app
  • Two (2) or more participants with video on
  • Note: Spotlighting multiple videos requires desktop client version 5.2.2 on Windows or macOS

How to spotlight participants

  1. At the top of your screen, hover over the video of the participant you want to spotlight and click ...
  2. Click Spotlight for Everyone.
  3. (Optional) To spotlight additional participants (up to 9 total), follow steps 1 and 2 again as needed, clicking on Add Spotlight instead. 
     

To cancel a Spotlight

  1. Click Remove Spotlight in the upper-left corner of the video area. 
  2. This will return the meeting to Speaker view. 

Spotlight when I speak

To ensure that you are automatically shown on on your own screen when you are in Speaker view and are talking, you will want to enable this automatic self-spotlight feature. This can be particularly useful if you are recording locally

To enabled this setting:

  1. Login to the desktop client
  2. Click your profile picture then click Settings.
  3. Click the Video tab.
  4. Check See myself as the active speaker while speaking
  1. Right click on the video of participant who you want to spotlight.
  2. Click Spotlight Video.

To cancel a Spotlight

  1. Click Cancel the Spotlight Video in the upper-left corner of the video area. 

    This will return the meeting to Speaker view. 
  1. Tap Participants. This will be at the top of your screen on an iPad and the bottom of your screen on an iPhone.
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  2. Tap the name of the participant you want to spotlight.
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  3. Tap Spotlight Video.
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To cancel a Spotlight

  1. Tap Participants. This will be at the top of your screen on an iPad and the bottom of your screen on an iPhone.
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  2. Tap the participants' name.
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  3. Tap Cancel Spotlight Video.
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  1. Tap Participants.
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  2. Tap the name of the participant you want to spotlight.
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  3. Tap Spotlight Video.
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To cancel a Spotlight

  1. Tap Participants.
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  2. Tap the participants' name.
    Android-participantname.png
  3. Tap Cancel Spotlight Video.
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