Video Stream Layouts for Webex Video Conferencing Devices

You can choose how video streams appear during a meeting by selecting one of the following layout options depending on your device and configuration.


Check out the SIP and H.323 section to see what meeting layouts are available for video conferencing devices registered on-premises.

  • Overlay/Active Speaker view— This layout shows the speaker in the primary video and provides thumbnail videos of the other participants.

  • Equal view— This grid layout shows an equal view of all the participants. It can be either a 2x2, 3x3, or a 4x4 grid view of meeting participant's video and shared content streams.

  • Single view— This layout shows a full-screen video of the speaker.

  • Prominent view— This layout for single screen Webex video conferencing devices displays thumbnails of meeting participants above the active speaker.


    Prominent view layouts on dual screen Webex video conferencing devices displays the main speaker on the left screen, while meeting participants appear in a 3x3, or a 4x4 grid view on the right screen, depending on how it's registered.

  • Activity view— This default layout for Webex Board devices enabled with digital whiteboarding allows you to draw, share and modify visual content with others in real time.

  • Minimize content view— This layout shows the main speaker with any shared content displayed in a nearby thumbnail.


    The Minimize content view layout for dual and triple screen Webex video conferencing devices shows the main speaker and shared content minimized across all screens.

Cisco Webex Room Kits are all-in-one devices for rooms and includes camera, codec, speakers, and microphones integrated in a single box.

Webex Room Kits with a Single Screen

Active Speaker View

The Active Speaker view shows a full-screen video of the most active speaker with up to 9 participants in thumbnails overlaid on the active speaker window.

Equal View

This layout shows an equal view of all the participants. It can either be a 2x2, or a 3x3, or a 4x4 grid view.


You can see up to nine participants at the same time in the 3x3 Equal view when connected to a cloud-registered Webex Room Kit, and you can see up to 16 participants in the 4x4 grid view when registered to an on-premises Webex Room Kit.

If you’re using a SX10, Equal view displays a max of 4 participant video streams in a 2x2 grid layout.

Check out the SIP and H.323 section to see what meeting layouts are available for on-premises registered video conferencing room devices.

Cloud-Registered

On-Premises

The 3x3 grid view for a cloud-registered Webex Room Kit.

The 4x4 grid view for an on-premises Webex Room Kit. Visit the SIP and H.323 section to learn more.

Single View

Single view shows a full-screen video of whoever is speaking. When there is a meeting between two people, the single view is the video-only layout that is used.

Prominent View

In the Prominent view layout, up to 6 thumbnails of the meeting participants appear above the active speaker.

Webex Room Kits with Two Screens


When someone shares content during a meeting, dual screen systems will display content on the right screen and main video will appear on the left screen. The left screen displays the various video stream layouts as mentioned below.

Active Speaker View

Active Speaker View on a dual screen shows a full-screen video of whoever is speaking with the thumbnails of the participants overlaid on the active speaker window. The speaker view changes dynamically, with the most active speaker shown on the screens.

Equal View

This layout shows an equal view of all the participants across both screens during a meeting. Each screen displays participants in a 3x3 grid view.

Single View

In the Single view layout, full-screen videos with the most active speakers are shown on both screens.

Prominent View

The active speaker appears in the left screen, with the participants appearing in a 3x3, or a 4x4 grid view on the right screen for Webex Room kits with dual screens. The speaker view changes dynamically based on the most active speaker.


Webex Room kits with dual screens can display up to nine participants on the right in a 3x3 grid view when cloud-registered. The right screen displays up to 16 participants in a 4x4 grid view when registered to an on-premises Webex Room Kit.

Check out the SIP and H.323 section to see what meeting layouts are available for on-premises registered video conferencing devices.

Cloud-Registered

On-Premises

The Prominent View for a cloud-registered dual screen Webex Room Kit.

The Prominent view of an on-premises dual screen Webex Room Kit. Visit the SIP and H.323 section to learn more.

The Cisco Webex Board is a fully self-contained system on which you can wirelessly present, whiteboard, video or audio conference, and even annotate shared content.

Activity View

The Activity view is the only layout available for cloud-registered Webex Boards. Use it to draw, share, and modify content in real time. Up to 6 participant video thumbnails appear on top and whiteboard controls appear below, leaving the rest of your screen's visual real-estate available for whiteboarding.


Check out the SIP and H.323 section to see what meeting layouts are available for Webex Boards that are registered on-premises.

Webex Desk devices, such as the Webex Desk Pro and the DX80, are large, easy-to-use touchscreen monitors that eliminates the need for external monitors and IP phones at the desktop.

Active Speaker View

The Active speaker view shows a full-screen video of the most active speaker with up to 6 participants in thumbnails overlaid on the active speaker window.

Equal View

This layout shows an equal view of all the participants. It can be either a 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4 grid view.


You can see up to nine participants at the same time in the 3x3 grid view when connected to a cloud-registered Webex Desk device, and up to 16 participants in the 4x4 grid view when registered on-premises.

If you’re using a DX80, Equal view displays a max of 4 participant video streams in a 2x2 grid layout.

Check out the SIP and H.323 section to see what meeting layouts are available for on-premises registered video conferencing desk devices.

Cloud-Registered

On-Premises

The 3x3 grid view for a cloud-registered Webex Desk Pro.

The 4x4 grid view for an on-premises Webex Desk Pro. Visit the SIP and H.323 section to learn more.

Single View

The Single view layout shows a full-screen video of whoever is speaking. Single view is the video-only layout that is used in meetings between two people.

Prominent View

In the Prominent view layout, up to 4 thumbnails of the meeting participants appear above the active speaker.

Content View

In the Content view for Webex Desk devices enabled with digital whiteboarding and video conferencing, you can draw, share, and modify content in real time. Up to 4 participant video thumbnails appear on top and whiteboard controls appear below, leaving the rest of your screen's visual real-estate available for whiteboarding.

Minimize Content View

This layout shows the main speaker with any shared content displayed in a nearby thumbnail.

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Prominent View

When sharing content during a meeting, the active speaker appears in the lower left screen, with the participants appearing in a 3x3 grid view on the right screen. The speaker view changes dynamically based on the most active speaker.


Room systems with three screens will display shared content on only one of the three screens. The remaining two screens display the video stream layouts mentioned below.

Direct Call View

The Direct Call view displays a full-screen video of a single caller across both lower screens of the device.

Webex Room Panorama Direct Call View

Active Speaker View

The Active speaker view displays a full-screen video of the two most active speaker along with thumbnails of participants that are overlaid on the bottom of the active speaker windows.

Webex Room Panorama Active Speaker View

Equal View

This layout shows an equal view of all the participants across both of the lower screens during a meeting. Each screen displays participants in a 3x3 grid view.

Single View

The Single view layout displays a full-screen video of the active participants speaking during the meeting. This view changes dynamically depending on the active speakers in the meeting.

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Active Speaker View

The Active speaker view 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, as well as on-premises registered video conferencing devices, are able to take advantage of the following video stream layouts shared by the Webex Room, Webex Board and Webex Desk devices.


SIP and H.323 video conferencing systems within the same company can connect to meetings without being prompted for a host PIN or key on WBS39.5 and later sites. Learn more about using the Join Webex button on a video conferencing system to join Webex Meetings.

Single View

Single view for third-party SIP and H.323 video conferencing systems 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. Single view is the video-only layout that is used in meetings between two people.

Single View

Grid View

Grid view allows you to see up to 25 participants at the same time from your third-party SIP and H.323 video conferencing systems. 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.

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.

Grid View

Active Speaker and Thumbnail View

Active speaker and thumbnail view displays whoever is speaking in the primary video, while allowing you to see up to five thumbnail videos of other participants from your third-party SIP and H.323 video conferencing system. This video layout is useful when you intend to focus on the active speaker but still want to view the videos of other participants. Active speaker and thumbnail view is the default video-only layout.

Active Speaker and Thumbnail View

Full-Screen Content Sharing Layouts

When you're in a meeting or an event and content is being shared, your SIP or H.323 video conferencing system receives a video stream and a content stream and will create a layout with those two streams locally. The layout will vary depending on the particular video conferencing system you're using. See your system administrator guide for more information.

Generic Third-party SIP and H.323 Video Conferencing Systems with Two Screens

When sharing content, dual screen systems will display content on the right screen and main video will appear on the left screen. The left screen displays the various video stream layouts mentioned above.

Dual screen

Active Speaker View

Active Speaker View on a dual screen shows a full-screen video of whoever is speaking with the thumbnails of the participants overlaid on the active speaker window. The speaker view changes dynamically, with the most active speaker shown on the screens.

Prominent View

In this layout, the active speaker appears in the left screen, with the participants appearing in a 4x4 grid view on the right screen for generic third-party SIP and H.323 video conferencing systems. The speaker view changes dynamically based on the most active speaker.

Single View

In the Single view layout, full-screen videos with the most active speakers are shown on both screens.