Video Layout & Control of Participants’ Video Layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom

The Video Layout feature in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom gives the users a more organized look of their
Whiteboard and makes working in big groups easier, especially when younger children are involved.

With this setting, you can define whether you would like to be able to drag and move around the individual video, video mosaic, screen share, and media player boxes or you want them to be static on your screen.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Video layout control button
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Video layout control button

First, select the “Static host and participants video layout” setting. When this setting is turned on, the video boxes are static (can not be moved across the screen) for both host’s and participants’.

When this setting is off, the individual video, video mosaic, screen share, and media player boxes can be dragged and moved across the screen by everyone in the virtual classroom from their own point of view (it’s not mirrored on the screens of the others).

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Static video layout mode switched on
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Static video layout mode switched on

The host still has the ability to open/close and enter/exit full screen of the windows included in the static layout. The host can manage the state of the video boxes (open, closed, or full screen) from the respective video boxes controls;

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Hosts can manage the following buttons
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Hosts can manage the following buttons

These actions are mirrored on the participants’ screens when the option: ”Participants’ layout auto replicates the host’s” under the “Control of participants’ video layout” section is turned on by default.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Auto replicate layout functionality
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Auto replicate layout functionality

When this option is selected, the participants see what the host is seeing – for example if a particular box is open on the host’s screen the same box will be open on all of the participants’ screens in the same way- fullscreen or not. Every action that the host takes will be mirrored on the participants’ screens and they will not be able to change it by themselves (applicable only when the Static host and participants’ video layout mode is turned on).

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Example when the participant's layout replicates the host's some of the buttons are disabled for the participant's
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Example when the participant’s layout replicates the host’s some of the buttons are disabled for the participant’s

Note: With this setting turned on, the participants will see the controls for the fullscreen mode as well as the close button in the top right corner of their video boxes, but the buttons will be displayed in grey indicating that they are not active.

The host can allow the participants to control their own video boxes by turning on the: “Participants control their layout” setting.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Independent participant's control option
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Independent participant’s control option

When this option is selected, the participants will be able to use the controls in the top right corner of their video boxes to manage the layout by themselves.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: The fullscreen/hide options can be controlled by the participants
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: The fullscreen/hide options can be controlled by the participants

The last option “Host manually controls participants‘ layout” allows the host to control the state of participants’ video boxes and independently of their own. This way the host can manage what the participants are seeing but the host’s own view will be independent. The participants are not allowed to change the state of their video boxes by themselves.

Note: With this setting turned on, the participants will see the controls for the full-screen mode as well as the close button in the top right corner of their video boxes, but they will be displayed in grey indicating that the buttons are not active.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Full manual control by the host
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Full manual control by the host

For example: if the session requires a video to be played in full-screen mode for all the participants, the host can turn the Media Player setting on for the students but not for themselves. This way the host is able, for example to manage the Whiteboard content while the video is playing to the participants in full-screen mode.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Example of the media player being manually controlled by the host
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Example of the media player being manually controlled by the host

Turning on/off the Static video layout on an academy or room level

If you want to turn the static mode on/off for the whole academy (LMS) or the account (Virtual classroom plan), you will have to navigate to the Account and Settings tab, select the General Information section and locate the Static host and participants video layout button.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Turning on the static video layout on academy level
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Turning on the static video layout on academy level

Note: This setting is turned off by default.

There is a secondary option for turning on/off the Static video layout. This can be done via the Virtual classrooms menu, then the button “Start a live session” has to be pressed. Next, locate the “Advanced Settings” menu – at the bottom of the screen. When you select this button a new menu will be shown and the “Static host and participants video layout” option can be toggled.

Video layout & Control of participants' video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Static video layout option visible for the host before starting the session
Video layout & Control of participants’ video layout in VEDAMO Virtual Classroom: Static video layout option visible for the host before starting the session

Note: Hosts can override the academy default static video layout setting from “Advanced Settings” whenever they choose; also if the Reopen feature is used it will reuse all the advanced settings that were set in the prior session every time the session is reopened.

Note: When using mobile devices (tablets and mobile phones) the setting “Static host and participants’ video layout” will work differently as compared to PCs and laptops. On mobile phones, this setting is not applicable. On tablets, it will work only in landscape mode in portrait mode the layout will be the same as on a regular smartphone. 

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