In Blue Jeans currently you can have up to a 100 people on the call which is amazing! However, only nine are on the screen at any given time on video. It works excellent that the 9 people talking the most are the ones on the screen. How they rotate into the video view is smooth.
So yes 100 people can be on the call on video at the same time! I am just thinking it would be nice to see more than just the 9.
The majority of our calls are less than 25 people. It would be great to be able to have small pictures of the live video of people up to say 27. Visually seeing more than the nine people would be very nice.
Could the "nine people on camera view" be expanded to say 27? Reason I say 27 is this is 3 of the 9 people in the box views. Would this take up too much bandwidth?
If more than just the nine were visible:
- This would give more flexibility to know who is actually paying attention on the call. Just like in a real in-person meeting.
- A little more of a community feeling than only seeing the nine who talk the most.
- Sometimes the nine on the screen are not the nine that you really want to show. For example often I would like to offer a panel of our Executives or other Managers on the call. However, if one person asks a question then this person is now on view and one of our managers who maybe has not been too vocal is bumped from the view.
- When we do calls with large meetings say 40+ people then the tool as it currently is works brilliantly. It is the 10-25 person calls that seems all should be in view. This would mimic/potentially replace live conference room meetings.
Summary again really not a big deal to me. However, the current view options seem a bit limiting: See one person, see five people or have the "Brady Bunch" view of nine.
If this is still not clear feel free to write back.
I figured that the big brother aspect with your first point was going to come up. I think Webex can tell you if it's the active application and how long for a meeting for a participant. This need has both good and bad merits. My argument here in many cases is that the meeting must not be all that interesting or relevant to the participant then if they aren't engaged or paying attention.
You also nailed the multiple person pinning as I started reading your third point. I'm guessing there are several people who may want something like that.
You're never going to replace in-person meetings, but I think you understand that and I appreciate your desire to make them feel as in-person as possible.
Is it possible to select and pin to the board some video pictures? The rest may be refreshed based on noise on the line.
May be this can be implemented by a scrollbar and a sticker on the top right of each little screen.
Some key reasons for having a video conference instead of a conventional phone call have already been stated - you want to give people a sense of participation and engagement, and you want to make sure everyone is actually participating and engaged (ie, paying attention"). Towards this end, it would be beneficial to have even more participants shown, with the current/main speaker being the largest image, a few of the other recent speakers a bit larger than the rest, and the remainder could be small and perhaps their video content sampled less frequently if needed in order to consolidate a large number of feeds into one video stream. This example shows a sample 48 person mock up.
Thank you for your inputs. Deep dive indeed.
We have submitted feature request for meeting UI "Increase the layout options to show more than 9 participants video" and added your enterprise names in requester list.
We already see request "Ability to Pin Multiple Presenters" logged..