Video Pod in Adobe Connect allows Hosts and Presenters to share a webcam video feed with the participants to make the virtual sessions more engaging and useful. Adobe Connect supports a myriad video sharing options.
Hosts, presenters, and participants with enhanced rights can simultaneously share video from webcams connected to their computers. You can select the webcam feed to broadcast if you have multiple webcamsworking. If a user changes the selection or a connected webcam is unplugged, the change happens in real time. Also, Adobe Connect remembers this setting, irrespective of the Adobe Flash Player settings on the local machine.
Adobe Connect 9.6 onwards, you can share and consume HD (720p) live video feed.
Adobe Connect administrators can change pod, audio, and video settings to adhere to standards for governance. For more information, see Working with compliance and control settings.
Video feeds in a meeting are displayed in the Video pod in either Filmstrip layout and Grid layout. Hosts, Presenters, and participants with enhanced video rights can set a video feed as the primary video from among all the video feeds.
In Full Screen mode, the Title bar is not visible and only the video feeds are displayed. Hover the pointer at the upper edge of the full screen video to access the menu options and the Exit Full Screen button.
|Scenario||Filmstrip layout||Grid layout|
|Display in the Video pod||Main video occupies most of the pod area with other videos being smaller in size.||All videos occupy equal area.|
|When Host switches layout to||Host's video is main video.||All videos are equal.|
|Primary feed||Hosts, Presenters, and participants with enhanced video rights can set a video feed as the primary video.||All videos are equal.|
|HD video behavior when switching to||HD enabled for everyone but broadcasted only for the main video.||HD slots allocated to publishers at random.|
|Aspect ratio on Windows||User defined.||User defined.|
|Aspect ratio on Mac||Widescreen displayed in 4:3 ratio.||Widescreen (16:9) with pillar boxing.|
|Network and CPU performance||Better than Grid mode.||May deteriorate depending on the load.|
When a meeting host switches to Filmstrip layout, the Host’s video is the main video. A host can mark any video as the main video. If any feed is hidden from the strip, a scroll icon is available at the end. Any user can scroll the strip on either sides to see other available feeds. Scrolling the feed does not affect the display of other users.
|Layout||Aspect ratio on Windows
||Aspect ratio on Mac|
|Gird||User-defined||Widescreen (16:9) with pillar boxing
When using Filmstrip mode, Adobe Connect typically consumes less bandwidth and processing power, as compared to the Grid Mode. This mode provides a better meeting experience for all the attendees.
In the Video pod, a preview image appears so you can adjust camera position. If you want to use a different connected camera, select it from the Video pod menu .
To cancel video sharing, click outside the preview image in the Video pod.
When video is paused, the last image broadcast from your camera remains static in the Video pod until you click Play to resume broadcasting. When video is stopped, the broadcast image disappears entirely.
Hosts can pause or stop video from any attendee.
A. Stop sharing the webcam B. Hosts can switch to the Grid layout when multiple webcams are being used C. Hosts can switch to the Filmstrip layout when multiple webcams are being used D. Make the Video pod full screen. E. Menu icon to access all options of the Video pod F. Close video (appears when a meeting host or a meeting presenter hovers pointer over the video) G. Pause video (appears when anyone hovers pointer over the video)
To optimize bandwidth consumption, share your video using the Adobe Connect add-in. A persistent notifier to use the add-in is displayed. For details about add-in, see Sharing a computer screen, document, or whiteboard.
By default, only Hosts and Presenters can broadcast video. However, Hosts can enable participants to broadcast by doing any of the following:
To enable video for all participants, click the menu button to the right of the webcam button, and choose Enable Webcam for Participants.
To enable video for specific participants, select one or more in the Attendees pod. Then choose any of the following from the pop-up menu: Enable Video, Make Host, or Make Presenter.
You can access the various settings of Video pod either directly from the Video pod menu or by accessing Video pod preferences.
In Filmstrip mode, to set a video as the main video, hover pointer over the video and click Set as Main Video.
You can maximize the Video pod within the meeting room. Click the icon , and click Maximize.
You can select a particular webcam to use in your meetings from the Video pod. Click the menu icon , and from the Select Camera option, choose one of the attached webcams.
Hosts can select either the Filmstrip or the Gird layout. Alternatively, click or icon in the Title bar of the Video pod.
You can make the Video pod Full Screen. In Full Screen mode, the Title bar is not visible. Hover the pointer at the upper edge of the full screen video to access the menu options and the Exit Full Screen button. Alternatively, hit escape key to turn off the full screen mode.
Note: Full Screen mode is different from the Maximize option. When the former option is used, a Video pod occupies the entire screen, whereas when the latter is used, the Video pod occupies the entire meeting room.
Hosts and Presenters can enforce their view settings for all the attendees, by clicking Force Presenter View.
Note: Force Presenter View option in the Video pod is not available in Break Out rooms.
In the Preferences, select Disable Webcam Preview to disable preview when you start your webcam and start sharing the video.
In the Preferences, select Highlight Active Speakers to visually highlight the video of the speaker who is speaking at the moment. Multiple videos are highlighted, if multiple participants are speaking simultaneously.
You can choose the aspect ratio from the two available options—Standard (4:3) and Wide Screen (16:9). These changes are applicable to all the participants sharing their webcam.
Adobe Connect 9.6 onwards, you can share and consume HD (720p) live video feed. Hosts can set the video quality to HD in the Meeting Preferences. The broadcasted HD feed is available in both, the Filmstrip mode and the Grid mode. Adobe recommends using the Filmstrip mode for better performance.
When HD video sharing is enabled, only one HD stream is allowed in a meeting currently.
To understand how the HD feed is allocated in a meeting if multiple subscribers start sharing HD camera feeds and change upon switching layout, see the following table.
|Sharing scenario||Filmstrip layout||Grid layout|
|When starting to share HD feeds
||HD alloted to the primary feed irrespective of who is sharing.||HD feed alloted to the first HD publisher.
|When switching from Filmstrip to Grid
||-||HD alloted to a single publisher randomly.|
|When switching from Grid to Filmstrip
||HD alloted to the primary feed.||-|
|When a HD video publisher stops sharing||Primary feed continues to be an HD stream.
||Freed HD slot is alloted to the next user who publishes HD camera stream. HD slot is not allotted to any existing HD camera stream publishers.
|When a user starts sharing after all available HD slots are taken||The user publishes a non-HD stream.||The user publishes a non-HD stream.|
|When HD slot needs to be transferred from the user publishing HD stream to another user||Hosts, Presenters, and participants with enhanced video rights can set the user's video feed as the primary video to make it HD.
||Both users need to stop publishing video streams. Then the user who wants to publish HD camera stream needs to re-start video stream first. Post that the other user can also re-start video stream.|
HD feed is published only if the available display area in the Video Pod is at least 480 pixels in height. If the Video Pod is smaller in size, then making it Full Screen does not start HD. Change the Video Pod's actual size to more than 480p to start publishing HD feeds.
Currently, there is no visible indicator or icon to identify the HD feed.
If a participant's hardware cannot publish HD video but the participant has an HD slot available in a meeting, the meeting treats the user's video feed as an HD stream.
The Video Telephony pod lets hosts share video streams with attendees, including any audio. When one-way communication is sufficient for a presentation, a telephony stream can be preferable to a two-way conference.
This feature is available for Adobe Connect on-premise customers only. Adobe Connect administrators can change pod, audio, and video settings to adhere to standards for governance. For more information, see Working with compliance and control settings.