Cisco Webex Video Conferencing Devices are purpose built to help teams collaborate and create together in real time, no matter how far the distance. When enabled with video conferencing, they allow users to see every video stream from the meeting in a variety of layouts. We'll show you what to expect when attending meetings from Cisco Webex Room and Desk series devices, Cisco Webex Boards, and Immersive TelePresence video conferencing devices.
Video Stream Layouts for Webex Video Conferencing Devices
You can choose how video streams appear during a meeting by selecting one of the layout options. How the layout appears depends on your device and the number of screens in your setup. Layouts also change when someone shares content in a meeting.
This article describes how the layouts appear according to the number of screens in your setup, and whether there is content being shared or not.
When you call into a Webex meeting from a Cisco device, you'll see a Layout button on your touch controller or integrated touch screen. Tapping it opens a menu and you can select different layouts.
Below, you can find out how each layout will appear on single screen setups: with participants only, and with shared content. This applies to Cisco Webex Boards, and Room and Desk series devices.
The same layouts are also available during Cisco Webex Video Integration for Microsoft Teams calls, on a single screen.
Single Screen Layouts - Participants OnlyGrid
This layout shows a grid of up to 5x5 participants. Here's an example of the 4x4 Grid for a Webex Room Kit:
The sort order of the participant thumbnails is based on speaker history. The most recent active speakers are visible.
If you're using Grid layout and you toggle on closed captions, your layout will automatically show a maximum of 9 participants in a 3x3 grid.
In this layout, up to 6 thumbnails of the participants appear above the active speaker. Here's an example of Stack for a Webex Room Kit:
The active speaker changes dynamically.Overlay
Overlay shows a full-screen video of the active speaker with up to 6 participants in thumbnails overlaid across the bottom. The active speaker changes dynamically.
Here's an example of Overlay on a Desk Pro:
Focus shows a full-screen video of the active speaker, and is used in meetings between two people. Here's an example of Focus for a Webex Room Kit:
Prominent shows the active speaker in the upper left part of the screen, with other participants ranged across the bottom and beside on the right.
Here's an example of Prominent for a Webex Room Kit:
Single Screen Layouts - Shared Content
If someone starts to share content your device will automatically switch to Stack, which is the default layout for meetings with shared content. You can still switch to another layout, which will then show participants and content.
Once you've selected another content layout yourself, your device will automatically switch to that layout instead of Stack, the next time someone starts to share.
If you minimize content to a thumbnail, or content sharing stops, the participants go back to the last layout they were in.Stack
In Stack layout, content appears on the main screen with up to 6 participants in thumbnails across the top. Here's an example of Stack for a Webex Room Kit:
Side by Side layout is only available for selection in meetings where someone is sharing content. It shows content on the left side of your screen, and participants on the right. Depending on your device and the size of the meeting, the participants on the right may appear in the layout you were using before content sharing started.
Here's an example of Side by Side for a Webex Room Kit:
Focus shows content only and no participants will appear on the screen. Here's an example of Focus for a Desk Pro:
Depending on your device and the size of the meeting you're in, Prominent might also be available.Prominent shows the shared content in the upper left part of the screen, with participants ranged across the bottom and beside on the right.
Here's an example of Prominent for a Webex Room Kit:
Below, you can find out how each layout will appear on Cisco Webex Room series devices in a dual screen setup.
See the Third-party Devices tab for information about layouts on external dual screen devices.Prominent
In Prominent layout the active speaker appears on the left screen, and depending on your device, up to 25 other participants in a grid on the right screen. The active speaker changes dynamically. Prominent is the default layout for meetings on a dual screen Cisco device, where no one is sharing content.
Prominent is the only layout available for dual screen Cisco devices registered on-premises.
If you're using Grid layout and you toggle on closed captions, each screen will automatically show a maximum of 9 participants, in a 3x3 grid.
In the Focus layout on a dual screen Cisco device, full-screen video of the two most active speakers is shown - one active speaker on each screen. Active speakers change dynamically.
Dual Screen with Shared Content
When someone shares content in a meeting, dual screen Cisco devices display the content on the right screen:
Participants will continue to appear on the left screen in the selected layout, as in a single screen setup.
Cisco Webex devices that support three screens always have one screen reserved for content. The participant layouts available on the other two screens are the same as described for dual screen setups. Any content that is shared is shown on the third screen; if no content is shared, the third screen will be blank.
The Panoramic layout is only available for Cisco Webex Room Panorama and Room 70 Panorama devices.
In Panoramic mode two of the camera's telelenses are used simultaneously to create a wide camera view. This Panoramic layout is shown on the two main screens, and is the only layout available in meetings between two Room Panorama systems.
In any other meeting scenario, Panoramic layout is not supported and you can select a layout available for dual screen setups.
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The Overlay layout displays a full-screen video of the most active speaker along with thumbnails of participants that are overlaid on the bottom of the active speaker window.
Generic third-party SIP and H.323 video conferencing systems calling in to a Webex meeting can take advantage of the same video stream layouts shared by Cisco Webex Boards, Room and Desk series devices. You can toggle layouts with DTMF 2 and 8.
See the Single Screen tab for information about how each layout will appear on a third-party device.
When sharing content, third-party systems using two screens will display content on the second screen. Participant video will appear on the main screen, as in a single screen setup.
If no content is being shared, participant video will appear on the main screen and the second screen will be blank.