Sort gallery view video feeds in the same order for all users

Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe.

The order of the video feeds in Gallery view varies from user to user, which means that we can’t use their order to play an improv game—say, where we construct a story one word at a time. I imagine there are a great number of other use cases for having the order of the video feeds be the same for all users.

Describe the solution you’d like

It would be better for all users to see the same Gallery view—i.e., all video feeds in the same order. This could be a per-meeting setting, or simply just be the way it works for all meetings. (I’m not sure what is useful about the way it currently functions.)

Once all of the users are in the same order, it might also be good for the host to be able to sort the video feeds and/or drag the video feeds to change their order.

Describe alternatives you’ve considered

I have not considered any alternatives, although we have been able to work around this by putting an order of users in chat.

Additional context

Probably none is needed?

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Hi @shadowfax37 - agreed, this would be helpful in a lot of cases. We’ve added this to our Feature Requests and are working on getting it into our roadmap.

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If there could be some way to assign a number to each position in the grid so that participants could attach their feed to that position by putting the number before their name. Such that lowest number is top left and highest number is bottom right. This would be helpful for theater productions in which remote actors need specific places on a virtual stage.

I agree, @eringirl99! Probably the easiest way to implement this is to require the owner of the meeting to append numbers before each name (e.g., change “Erin” to “1Erin” and then implement a sort button that sorted each person into their proper quadrant. But an ability to drag the people around would be even better.

As a programmer developing games around Zoom, this is something I would love to see implemented as soon as possible.
Thank you Zoom Team!

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I’d like to bump this subject line. Zoom having the ability to sort participants in Grid View all relative to each other would be amazing!

It would also open up many pathways for Zoom to be something other than just a conferencing platform. For example. Plugins/Mini-games would be a great asset for Zoom calls.

Thank you for your considerations Zoom Team! @michael.harrington