How to initiate and manage video feed in Adobe Connect virtual meetings using the Video pod and webcam.

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.

Note:

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.

Supported video layouts and aspect ratios

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.
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.
Filmstrip mode allows participants to focus on one active speaker.
Filmstrip mode allows participants to focus on one active speaker.

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
Filmstrip
User-defined Widescreen (4:3)

Note:

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.

Share webcam video

  1. Click the Start My Webcam button in the main menu bar or Video pod.

    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 .

    Note:

    To cancel video sharing, click outside the preview image in the Video pod.

  2. Click Start Sharing to broadcast your video to all participants.
  3. To pause or stop video, hover the mouse over Video pod, and click the Pause or Stop icons.

    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.

    Note:

    Hosts can pause or stop video from any attendee.

    Webcam video in Video pod and the available controls.
    Webcam video in Video pod and the available controls.

    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.

    Notification to use add-in for video sharing.
    Notification to use add-in for video sharing.

Enable participants to share webcam video

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.

Settings to share webcam video

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.

Connect to video telephony streams

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.

Note:

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.

  1. Choose Pods > Video Telephony. Choose Open Stream.

  2. From the pop-up menu, choose the appropriate device.Your Adobe Connect administrator establishes the list of available devices. See Configure video telephony devices for more information.

  3. Click Connect.

    The Video Telephony pod appears for all attendees. When attendees hover the mouse over the pod, a volume control appears for stream audio.

    Volume control slider for in-meeting video
    To display volume control, hover the mouse over Video Telephony pod.

  4. In the upper right of the pod, hosts can click Pause Stream or pod menu to access Close Stream, Change Stream, or Mute Audio options.

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