A new feature called ‘Immersive View’ has been launched by Zoom, to mimic in-person meetings to feel more like an office meeting or classroom. It is essentially a new video background feature which is now available to all users, including free and Pro. It works with meetings and webinars with up to 25 participants.
The new feature was announced in October last year at Zoomtopia conference, showcasing the use case for a classroom or courtroom like the layout in the demo. It’s interface is identical to the Together Mode in Microsoft Teams.
The aim of the Immersive View is to give a life-like background, which can be enabled by the meeting hosts through the menu, while noting that Zoom already provides Speaker View and Gallery View modes. Once, the Immersive View is turned on, the attendees are automatically placed in different virtual scenes such as an auditorium or board room. Not only that but, meeting hosts can also manually place the participants as well.
According to The Verge, there are a few limitation in the new layout, such as, calls that have more than 25 participants, remaining attendees will appear in a strip of video thumbnails at the top. But there is also a difference in what you will see and others with not running the latest iteration of the video conferencing platform. The background switches to an older setting before the Immersive View is turned on, the report states. It also says that the recordings of Immersive View meetings will appear in Zoom’s default Speaker or Gallery View.
“When Immersive View is enabled, those on Zoom desktop and mobile apps that do not support Immersive View will continue to see other meeting participants in either Gallery View or Speaker View, just with a simple black background. Others in the meeting will still view these unsupported participants in the Immersive View scene with their original backgrounds,” says Zoom.
The Immersive View is not available in Breakout Rooms.