Want to feel like you’re inside a physical classroom? Missing your seatmates in the office? Zoom unlocks a new feature just for you!
If you have been missing the old setup of offices and schools with people near you, Zoom has a new feature that might interest you. In its latest press release, the California-based company introduced its new feature called ‘Immersive View.’ Here’s how to use it and how to join and invite people.
Introducing Zoom’s ‘Immersive View’
Zoom’s ‘Immersive View’ was originally announced at Zoomtopia 2020, in October. As explained in its first introduction, “Immersive View allows hosts to arrange video participants and webinar panelists into a single virtual background, bringing people together into one scene to connect and collaborate in a cohesive virtual meeting space.”
Let’s first explain how it works. Just like the normal Zoom call, user must make a call as an administrator. User then, can invite up to 25 people and even edit the user groups. Users can choose from various choices of backgrounds for each groups. For example, there are classroom, a boardroom, a conference auditorium, or your favorite place to catch up with friends (you can personalize your background, same with the standard Zoom call.)
The hosts can also choose which person would be sitting next to on each calls. Generally, just like a normal classroom does.
How to make a call
Thanks to Zoom’s press release, here is the step-by-step guide on how you can make a call using the ‘Immersive View.’
- Start a meeting or webinar as the host.
- In the top-right corner, click View.
- Click Immersive View.
- 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.
- Select the scene you would like to use. Each scene designates the max number of predefined places for attendees.
- Click Start to begin the Immersive View.
Things you can’t do in Immersive View
First off, this feature is still on the works, so there might be complications that could happen during calls. Second, since it’s a new feature, the ‘Immersive View’ is now only available for all Windows and MacOS desktop modes. All Zoom users that have the updated Zoom 5.6.3 or higher, can easily enable the new feature. If you’re not yet updated, make sure to fix it right away.
Unfortunately, if a participant from the group is using an older version of Zoom, the ‘Immersive View’ cannot be enabled. The participant will just either see the call in Gallery View or Speaker View, just like the standard Zoom call.
TechVisibility advises before you make a call is to ask all the participants first to update their Zoom software. In this way, all the participants will appreciate the said new feature.
And that’s just how it’s done!