Popular video calling platform Zoom is rolling out a new feature. The feature is called Immersive View. It will allow users to give a like an office meeting. The feature will allow hosts to arrange attendees, participants, and panelists of a video call into a single background. Zoom said that Immersive View will make virtual meetings, video conferencing fun and enhance user experience. Zoom had announced the feature last year at the Zoomtopia conference. The company has extended the feature to Free and Pro accounts. Up to 25 participants can join the meeting. The feature lets the host place members in a realistic-looking location. The background change will make meetings more engaging.
Zoom in a blogpost said that hosts can select Immersive View just like the way they select the Speaker or Gallery View. When the feature is enabled, hosts will get the ability to place participants into a virtual scene they chose. This can be done automatically or manually. Hosts will have the control to move attendees around and can resize an image. This will offer a more natural experience and make such meetings appear realistic. The feature has been made available for Windows and macOS desktop clients. The blogpost added that Immersive View has been enabled by the product team default for all free and single Pro accounts. Those using Zoom 5.6.3 or higher versions can use the feature.
When enabled, accounts without Immersive View support will be able to see other attendees in either Gallery View or Speaker View. They will get to see the participants with a black background. Others will be able to see unsupported attendees with their original backgrounds in the Immersive View. Zoom is also providing an option to let users upload their own scenes. Users can use any image as an Immersive View background. Zoom in recent times has rolled out several updates to enhance the virtual meeting experience. It recently launched a vanishing pen, new emojis, and more to make the platform more engaging. Zoom said that the new features will allow users to manage their communications and collaborate with colleagues more effectively. The platform got immensely popular during the Covid-19 lockdowns.