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Immersive View Follow

Overview

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 own custom background for a unique scene. While this does not require use of the Virtual Background feature, it does work best when everyone has this functionality. 

When used in a webinar, the host and panelists will be placed together onto the virtual background, while attendees view the scene.

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Prerequisites

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows version 5.6.3 or higher
    • macOS version 5.6.3 or higher
  • For macOS: OS version 13.3 (High Sierra) and above

Enabling Immersive View

Note: By default, this setting is enabled for Free and single Pro accounts, and disabled for all other account types.

Account

To enable the Immersive View feature for all users in the account:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with permission to edit account settings.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Account Management then Account Settings.
  3. In the Meeting tab under the In Meeting (Advanced) section, find the Immersive View option and verify that the setting is enabled.

    Note: If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog appears, choose Turn On to verify the change.

  4. (Optional) If you want to make this setting mandatory for all users in your account, click the lock icon , and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

Group

To enable the Immersive View feature for all members of a specific group:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with permission to edit user groups.
  2. In the navigation menu, click User Management then Group Management.
  3. Click the name of the group, then click the Meeting tab to access Settings.
  4. In the Meeting tab under the In Meeting (Advanced) section, find the Immersive View option and verify that the setting is enabled.

    Notes:

    • If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog appears, choose Turn On to verify the change.
    • If the setting is grayed out, it has been locked at the account level, and needs to be changed at that level.
  5. (Optional) If you want to make this setting mandatory for all users in this group, click the lock icon , and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

User

To enable the Immersive View feature for your own use:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Settings.
  3. In the Meeting tab under the In Meeting (Advanced) section, find the Immersive View option and verify that the setting is enabled.

    Notes:

    • If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog appears, choose Turn On to verify the change.
    • If the setting is grayed out, it has been locked at the account level, and needs to be changed at that level.

Starting Immersive Views

  1. Start a meeting or webinar as the host.
  2. In the top-right corner, click View .
  3. Click Immersive View.
  4. Select one of the following options for placing participants into the scene:
    • Automatically: This will include as many participants as possible in the scene you select. Participants can be swapped out and arranged during the immersive scene.
    • Manually: You will add or remove participants as you wish. If more than are allowed for a particular scene are selected, extras will be removed.
  5. Select the scene you would like to use. Each scene designates the max number of predefined places for attendees.
  6. Click Start to begin the Immersive View.

Notes:

  • Attendees using versions of the Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and Zoom Rooms that do not support Immersive View will view other participants in either Gallery View or Speaker View (whichever was used before Immersive View started), and participants will be displayed with a black background. Those who are able to view the Immersive View will see these attendees in the scene with their original background, virtual or not.
  • Recording of Immersive Views is not yet supported. Recordings will just appear as Gallery or Speaker layout, depending on cloud recording settings or which was used before Immersive View is started for local recordings.
  • Attendees placed onto the scene without meeting Virtual Background system requirements will be displayed with a circular frame around them.
  • Attendees placed onto the scene with their video turned off will appear as their profile picture. 
  • When screen sharing, the Immersive View will end and be replaced by the shared screen. When sharing stops, the Immersive View will begin again with the same positions as before.

Changing Immersive View

  1. In the top-right corner, click View .
  2. Click Change Immersive View.
  3. Select the new scene and check participant assignments.
  4. Click Start to launch the new scene.

Using a custom Immersive View

If the standard set of scenes doesn’t suit your needs, you can also upload a custom scene. There are no predefined spaces when using a custom scene, so participants must be placed manually by the host. Custom backgrounds should match the resolution and file types required for virtual backgrounds for best results.

  1. In the top-right corner, click View .
  2. Click Change Immersive View.
  3. Click  to add a custom background.
  4. In the file selection dialog, find and select the image to be used.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Click Start to launch the new scene.
  7. Click and drag participant videos down onto the scene, adjusting their size as needed.

Moving and adjusting participants

When the immersive view begins, as many participants’/panelists’ videos as that scene allows by default (or fewer) will be placed in the predefined locations.

When predefined locations are filled, not every participant is selected for the scene, or attendees arrive late, extra participants are placed above the immersive scene. The host can leave these videos above the scene, can click-and-drag the video down to an empty location, or click-and-drag the video to replace someone else. Videos dropped near a predefined location will snap to that location and that scene’s size for each video.

To resize a video:

  1. Click on the video participant to see a thin, blue box outlining their video panel.
  2. Click and drag the participant to a location in the scene.
  3. Click and drag one of the corners of the box to resize their video.

Ending Immersive View

  1. In the top-right corner, click View .
  2. Click another available video layout, such as Gallery or Speaker.
  3. Acknowledge ending Immersive View by clicking Stop.
  4. (Optional) Select Don’t ask me again to prevent the confirmation window in the future.