How to Keep the Video Fixed on the Speaker

Our online meetings platform is RingCentral Meetings, which is based on the Zoom video platform (thank you to RingCentral for sponsoring our account). By default, the software decides which video to feature on screen based on where it detects sound. This works well during a conversation or an interview, but when someone is giving a speech we do not want the view to be shifting away from the speaker to an audience member who may have coughed or made some other noise.

On a desktop computer, you can “pin” the video feed you want to be featured.  Each viewer needs to take that action (it’s not controlled by the meeting leader).

Here is the explanation from the Zoom documentation:

Pin screen allows you disable active speaker view and view a specific speaker only.  It will also only record the pinned screen/speaker. Pinning another user’s video will only affect your local view, not the view of other participants.

  • Right-Click on PC or Left-Click on Mac the users video to bring up options
  • Select pin video

Author: David F. Carr

Founder of Online Presenters and of the WordPress for Toastmasters project. Past President and member of Club Awesome in Coral Springs, Florida. Also former Area Governor, District Social Media Director. Outside of Toastmasters: writer, editor, and digital marketing consultant. He currently works as a Senior Insights Manager for Similarweb, the digital intelligence platform. Formerly an editor at publications including InformationWeek, Baseline Magazine, Internet World, and WebWeek, and a contributor to VentureBeat and The Enterprisers Project.

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