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Designing the Display Layout


The Display Layout tab enables you to design the layout of the displays. You should carefully read this section before you begin designing your layout.

To design the display layout:

  1. Click the Display Layout tab.

  2. Click Identify at the bottom of the Display Layout page.

    The Identify button indicates the display IDs and also shows the IP address of the VidyoRoom or VidyoPanorama 600.

    It’s important to view the display IDs before and during the display layout design for these reasons:

    • The display IDs can change if you plug the displays in and out of the back of the Vidyo server. Therefore, before and during the display layout configuration, you should click Identify to make sure your configuration is mapping to the displays as you intend.

    • You should remove any Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters from ports where there is no display connected. If you leave these adapters connected (even with no displays connected to the adapters themselves), the displays will display as if they are connected since these are active adapters.

    • Irrespective of which ports you connect the displays and adapters to, the display IDs are sequential. There is no correlation between the physical ports on the back and the virtual display IDs that you see on the screens. Therefore, if you connect a display to port 5 and 6, the display IDs will be 1 and 2. Vidyo recommends that when connecting displays, do not leave gaps between the ports and always start with port 1. For example, if you have three displays, connect the displays and adapters to ports 1, 2, and 3, and leave ports 4, 5, and 6 empty.

    • If you have a VidyoPanorama 600 and you do not want the display IDs to change if you plug the displays in and out of the back of the VidyoPanorama 600 server, you should click the Lock EDIDs button at the bottom of the screen. You can unlock the displays at any time by clicking the Unlock EDIDs For more information about the Lock/Unlock EDIDs button, see step 14.

  3. Select the numbers that reflect the physical layout of your displays from the Height and Width drop-downs.

    When you enter the height and width, the corresponding number of rows and columns of displays appears on the Display Layout page.





  4. Select whether you want the participants’ names to appear small, medium, or large on the displays during the conferences in the Participant Label Size field.

  5. Select the percentage at which you want to zoom low resolution content from the Max Tile Zoom (%) drop-down.

    For example, if a participant using a mobile device sends content at a low resolution to an Ultra HD 4K VidyoRoom or VidyoPanorama 600 screen, that participant’s video will zoom in 16 times (1600%). If this is not desirable for you, you can use this drop-down to cap the zoom at a 200, 300, or 400%.

  6. Select the Enable Dedicated Active Speaker Display checkbox if you want the active speaker to be displayed in the single stream Remote Video display that has the highest priority.

    In other words, selecting this checkbox enables you to dedicate a display for showing the active speaker. For more information, see step 10 on page 46.

  7. Enter the number of seconds to wait before displaying a different participant in the Lecture Mode Presenter Auto Scan Timer field.

    For example, if you enter 15 in this field, a different participant would be displayed on-screen every 15 seconds. Therefore, if you configured your layout to display a maximum of 12 participants, but there are 20 participants in the conference, one of the 12 currently displayed participants would be replaced by one of the remaining 8 participants every 15 seconds. This feature enables the presenter to view all the participants who are listening to the presentation over time.

    For more information about configuring Presenter Mode, refer to the VidyoConferencing Administrator Guide.

  8. Select the number of the display in the Display-# drop-down for each display.

    None appears automatically if your system supports additional displays but you do not have any physically connected. You can also select None if you have an additional physical display connected but you do not want anything to be displayed on it.



  9. Select the checkbox near the stream type for each display on the page that you want to assign to that display: Primary, Content, Self-View, or Remote Video.

    • Primary: A Primary stream shows on-screen indicators, such as the speaker and microphone mute icons.
      You can designate only one screen as the Primary screen.

    • Content: A Content stream shows any content shared from the local or remote sites.

      • For VidyoRoom systems: The second display for the VidyoRoom HD-40 Revision A and Revision B and for the HD-100 Revision D is set to display content only and cannot be changed.
      • For VidyoPanorama 600 systems: The VidyoPanorama 600 Multi-Participant Content Sharing feature shows shared content from up to six participants at the same time. Vidyo recommends placing content in the center display(s) since it is usually important for all the meeting participants to view it clearly.

    • Self-View: A Self-View stream shows the video from the camera at your local site (that is, a view of yourself or your site).
      For VidyoPanorama 600 systems, Vidyo recommends placing the Self-View where your eyes are least interested in looking, such as the far left or right.

    • Remote Video: A Remote Video stream shows video from a remote site.

      • For VidyoRoom systems: The second display for the VidyoRoom HD-40 Revision A and Revision B and for the HD-100 Revision D is set to display content only and cannot be changed; therefore, you can select Remote Video for only one display. However, if you have a VidyoRoom model that supports video on more than one display (such as the HD-230), you can select the Remote Video checkbox for both displays so that you can view video from the remote sites on both displays when no content is being shared.
      • For VidyoPanorama 600 systems: Typically, you should select the Remote Video checkbox for all or most of your displays so that you can view video from the remote sites rather than having blank screens.

    You can select more than one checkbox per display, but as you do so, keep in mind that VidyoRoom or VidyoPanorama 600 determines what gets shown on the displays based on this sorting order:

    1. Local content
    2. Remote content
    3. Local video
    4. Remote video

    In other words, as long as one display has the Content checkbox selected, content will be shown whenever content is being shared. If you want a display to show content when a site is sharing content, but to show video when no content is being shared, then you should select both the Content and Remote Video checkboxes for that display.




  10. Select the order in which the displays will be populated as video and content streams are received from the Priority drop-down.

    When selecting the Priority, remember that content is always displayed before video. If you selected the Enable Dedicated Active Speaker Display checkbox and no content is being shared, the single stream Remote Video display with the highest priority display will show the active speaker. If content is being shared, the single stream Remote Video display with the next highest priority display will show the active speaker.



    The stream from each site is shown in a tile.

  11. Select the maximum number of tiles that you want to show on the display from the Tiles drop-down for each display.

    For example, if you select 4, you can show video from four different sites on that one display.

    • For VidyoRoom systems: The number of tiles you can select depends on which VidyoRoom model you have. For more information, refer to the datasheet for your model or to the VidyoRoom and VidyoPanorama 600 Release Notes.

    • For VidyoPanorama 600 systems: You can select up to 16 tiles per display.
      When selecting the number of tiles, remember the sorting order described in the previous step (that is, local content gets displayed first, then remote content, then local video, and finally remote video). Also keep in mind that participants like to see content clearly, so avoid selecting a high number of tiles on the Content display.



    • Select the resolution and frame rate from the drop-down for each display.
      The drop-down lists every available resolution and frame rate that the TV display supports.

    • Click Apply.
      At this point, you may want to make a call to see if you like the display layout that you just set up. If you do not like it, you can make changes on the Display Layout tab, and then make another call. Continue making changes and checking them in a call until the layout is the way you like it.

    • Click Lock EDIDs.
      Vidyo highly recommends that you click this button after configuring your display layout—especially when using 4K monitors. Not doing so may cause issues such as the displays not getting detected when they come back from sleep mode, the display order changing, etc.
      If you need to unplug a display from the VidyoRoom or VidyoPanorama setup, Vidyo recommends following these steps:

      • Click Unlock EDIDs.
      • Add, remove, or change the order of the displays.
      • Reboot the VidyoRoom system.
      • Configure the displays with the desired settings.
      • Click Lock EDIDs.
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