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

After much fiddling around, I found a band-aid solution that works for me. I run OBS-studio and make it display my zoom gallery view. Then I share that OBS window. There is a slight lag for me, as you might imagine, but it seems to suffice for my purposes.

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I’m a corporate trainer and found this thread because I was trying to see if this was possible. I was hoping to use a consistent gallery view to facilitate an ice-breaker between the participants.

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@michael.harrington So far we’ve got 35 people interested in this feature. It’d be great to have an update, especially as we haven’t heard from you since April and it doesn’t seem to be on the Zoom Developer Roadmap.

We’d love to know if this or something like it might be coming to a version of Zoom someday. I personally would also be curious to know what it is that makes this complex—it seems like sending video streams is much more complex than sending a little metadata about the streams’ order.

Thanks!

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I found the way to do it with external video program (ecamm OBS or similar). I can also have me on speaker view together (in split screen) with any participant I choose, so everyone can see both of us debating or interacting in front of the rest of the meeting.

I would also love this! As a teacher it would be so helpful!

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I’m a teacher and would love this feature as a distance learning “seating chart.” It’s frustrating when a kid is in the 3rd row 2 over and then gets kicked off the internet and everyone gets moved around.

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It would be a total game-changer! Now the windows are a mess - everyone sees it differently and when anyone leaves, everything changes. Come on, Zoom magicians! We believe in you!

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yes please do this we have had multiple needs to be able to do this

One of my drama students had a brilliant idea today and it worked pretty well for a game to learn stage directions. I shared my screen so the whole class saw my gallery view. As long as they ignored their own (minimize, moved aside, etc), it worked pretty well for our Simon Says- style activity. (High 5 the person to your left; wave to the person above you; point to the person downstage right; look at the person center stage, etc.) While an imbedded program option would be better, it worked in a pinch. We always seem to figure it out. Must be our knack for improvisation. “All the world’s a stage!” Tomorrow they are to appear as famous portraits for a “gallery exhibit” and next week they are to create their space (via virtual backgrounds or actual set decorating) to appear as if they are in a high rise apartment building. I have no idea how either will work :woman_shrugging::crossed_fingers:

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I think that the possibilities for using this feature are immense. I work for a university that is doing virtual investiture and it would be great to be able to organize or group the graduates of the same faculty together, since each faculty identifies with color, the views would be phenomenal. It could be grouping and adding an option similar to Breakout Rooms to visually organize. That all can be grouped, but in the same meeting, they can even be added with .csv in the groups previously as it is done with the Breakout Rooms.

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Another word of encouragement for the advancement of a feature in which the grid view can be managed in some sort of order. As a teacher, this would be very valuable. For example, Google Meets has all people attending a video call in alphabetical order.

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This would be amazing. I would be thrilled to have participants in Alphabetical order. This would be so helpful for a teacher learning 30 plus names of students they’ve never met. Students will be speaking to me and showing me something, but I have to scan the whole room looking for them instead of being able to know where there “seat” is in the grid.

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Any way to control the grid view in a Webinar would be welcome. When you have many panelists, it’s very hard to manage. Having some sort options such as A-Z, Z-A, 1-N, order of entering webinar, most recent entry first/last, etc would help many people. Being able to preset these as well as change and/or control them during the webinar would be tremendous.

I’m most concerned about being able to control this as a host or co-host on my own screen than forcing that control on all the participants. But both would be good.

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I have noticed the order of the participants do not appear to match the list in the Support Knowledge base.
I would like to add my vote for some controls on the order of the participants in the Zoom Meeting gallory view pages. I have frequently wanted to tell the meeting that “John” is in the lower left corner image. But it seem everyone does not have the same order or it changes frequently. If a participant is trying to find someone, they may scan multiple pages to find the person. It’s not in any real order - alphabetic, join time, or attribute. If we are having a discussion and not using Speaker View, the image is highlighted, but could be on a different gallory view page. You can’t find them quickly. Besides alphabetic order, if you floated to the top the "Host"s, “You” and images of the participants doing most of the talking (“talker”), than the first gallory page would usually contain the most active participants and people would not to keep trying to find them.
Jim

Please please please update this feature. I am a teacher, and I desperately need this for helping to organize my virtual classroom!!! Thank you :pray:t3:

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Co-sign this thread! Giving the user a way to organize the video feeds and “fix” would be tremendously helpful for any online teaching situation. Given how much business your company has received as a result of schools, tutors, music instructors, etc, you would be doing your clients a great service by prioritizing this concern.

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Even if it just makes taking roll easier, definitely! Thanks!

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Thank -you. This feature would be very useful for us too

I second and third this request. I’m also a teacher and would very much like to see my students in a predictable order on the screen.

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If I’m not mistaken, it looks like this functionality is on the horizon. See excerpt below from this recent blog post, “Teachers: Top Features for Securing Your Virtual Classrooms & Enhancing Students’ Learning Experiences”…

New teaching & learning enhancements

Some features we have planned over the next two months will help educators use Zoom for remote and online learning.

Enhance class management

Create a virtual classroom seating arrangement, spotlight a group of presenting students, and enjoy other custom meeting views.

Customizable Gallery View

Drag and drop participants in Gallery View into whatever order you choose. This locks the gallery into a fixed configuration that won’t shift when a new person speaks or enters the room. Teachers can have students follow their view for a custom seating arrangement, which is handy for activities that involve “going around the room” in a certain order. In a future update, teachers will be able to save their custom gallery layout as a virtual seating chart.

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