Video Layouts

This article applies to WBS40.12 and later sites. If you have an earlier Webex version, you can learn about full-screen video layouts here.

When you're in a meeting or an event and no content is being shared, focus on the video to engage with fellow participants. If there are more than two participants in a meeting or event, you can switch between three different video views:

  • Grid view

  • Stage view

  • Focus view

There are advantages to using each of these video layouts. You can change views at any time depending on the number of active speakers and the total number of participants in your meeting or event.

For information about the maximum capacity for meetings and events, see What is the Maximum Number of Participants in a Webex Session or Call?

You can also use the Fullscreen view to increase the size of the video content when you have any of the available video layouts selected. Click Layout, and then select Fullscreen.


You can change your self-view video preference and focus on the people who are showing video by hiding all the participants who aren't on video.

Grid view allows you to see up to 25 participants at the same time. This video layout is useful when you want to divide your attention among multiple speakers or want to collaborate with a larger group of participants. This feature requires Cisco Webex video platform version 2.0. To find out which version you’re using, see Find Your Cisco Webex Meetings Version Number.

Up to 25 video streams can come from video systems. If there are more than 25 participants in the meeting, on the second and any later pages, the name of the video system shows in the thumbnail instead of a video stream.

The sort order of the thumbnail videos is based on who has the host and presenter roles, who has spoken most recently, who is showing their video, and alphabetical order. The participants who have spoken most recently appear first, followed by participants who are showing their video. You can lock focus on the first six thumbnail videos.

If there are more than 25 participants, you can adjust who you see by selecting the Next Videos and Previous Videos icons.

Stage view displays whoever is speaking in the primary video, while allowing you to see up to five thumbnail videos of other participants. This video layout is useful when you intend to focus on the active speaker but still want to view the videos of other participants.

The sort order of the thumbnail videos is based on who has the host and presenter roles, who has spoken most recently, who is showing their video, and alphabetical order. The participants who have spoken most recently appear first, followed by participants who are showing their video. You can lock focus on the first 6 thumbnail videos.

You can adjust which participants you see in the thumbnail videos by selecting the Next Videos and Previous Videos icons.

Focus view displays a full-screen video of whoever is speaking. This video layout is useful for one-on-one conversations or when you're meeting with only a few others.

Fullscreen view hides the menu bar at the top of the application window and increases the size of the video content so you can see it more clearly.

Content Sharing Views

This applies to WBS40.12 sites and later. If you have an earlier Webex version, click here to learn about full-screen content sharing views.

You can switch between different full-screen content sharing views:

  • Stack view

  • Side by side view

There are advantages to using each of these video layouts. You can decide which layout to use depending on the number of active speakers and the total number of participants you expect in your meeting or event.

You can also use Fullscreen view to increase the size of the window containing the shared content so you can see it more clearly. When you go into Fullscreen mode, a separate window opens with the participant video.


The maximum number of participants that can connect to a meeting with high definition video quality is 1,000 and with standard video quality it's 1,000.

In Stack view, the focus shifts to the shared content when someone starts sharing.

The Side by side view allows you to view the shared content next to the videos of participants.

The Fullscreen view increases the size of the shared content and allows you to resize or move panels around shared content, even to a second monitor.

Switch Between Video Layouts

The views that are available to switch to depends on how many people are in the meeting and whether or not anyone is sharing content.

1

To change the view, click Layout.


 

When no content is shared, the default layout is Grid view, but the icon changes to reflect the layout you're currently using.

2

The section menu expands and then you can select a different view.

For example. when there's no shared content, you can choose from the following options:

  • To use Grid view, select Grid

  • To use Stage view, select Stage

  • To use Focus view, select Focus

3

(Optional) With the Layout menu open, click Hide names in videos to remove the names of the participants from their video.


 

You can still see the name of a participant if you hover over their video.

4

(Optional) With the Layout menu open, click Hide non-video participants to focus only on participants who share their video.

For more information on hiding non-video participants, click here.