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How to focus on an individual in Teams Video meeting?

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Is it possible to focus on a single user in a Teams video meeting? Example scenario: We have a guy at an in-person presentation, let's say his name is Paul, and 2 remote users who want to watch the presentation. We can't seem to find a way to select "Paul" as the "primary screen" so that we don't wind up cutting the screen in half - see attached screenshot.

 

 

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Best Response confirmed by Chris Webb (MVP)
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Hi!

See string here -

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/How-to-set-pin-for-main-person-during-a-meeti...

Microsoft have confirmed they are working on it but no definitive timeframe as of yet and not reflected on the M365 roadmap.

Will be great when it’s there lots asking for this!

Hope that answers your question!

Best, Chris
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Pin option is finally there! At least on the Mac client! Doesn't do it for all parties, only yourself, but FINALLY!
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It is great that the user can pin the presenters or others but when you are trying to produce a panel like discussion it is not helpful only to end user. It would be nice if the organizer or presenter of a meeting can force pin the people attending as necessary. This would help so not to give out massive amount of individual direction to attendees.

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@Nathan Burgess use a Teams Live Event, then as producer you have complete control of who is on the screen at each point. I would add though it's actually pretty hard, especially if you have a fairly fluid panel, that's why TV shows have lots of staff producing, framing etc.

 

I think in a regular Teams meeting I would just other participants to turn off their video, so all your panel are on the screen.

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You can pin the speaker in someone else's Team and this fellow could share his screen to all attendees. That's the only way I figured out.
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Looks like this feature is rolling out - Roadmap item 67090

 

Microsoft Teams: spotlight an individual video participant for all attendees in a Teams meeting

We are delivering the ability for presenters to lock on an individual video feed for all attendees to see during a Teams meeting. Once selected, the individual identified as the spotlight will be the main video shown to all participants. This applies to PC, Mac, mobile, and Microsoft Teams room systems.

  • Feature ID: 67090
  • Added to Roadmap: 8/10/2020
  • Last Modified: 9/16/2020
  • Tags: Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), Microsoft Teams, General Availability