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:
- Click the Display Layout
- Click Identify at the bottom of the Display Layout
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
- In the Height and Width drop-down, select the numbers that reflect the physical layout of your displays.
When you enter the height and width, the corresponding number of rows and columns of displays appears on the Display Layout page.
VidyoRoom Display Layout Design Example
Let’s say your VidyoRoom displays are physically laid out like this:
Since there are two displays in one row, the height would be 1 and the width would be 2.
Because you entered 1 for the height and 2 for the width, one row and two columns of displays would appear on the Display Layout page. If your room physically has fewer displays than what appears on the page, you can eliminate them in the next step.
VidyoPanorama 600 Display Layout Design Example
Let’s say your VidyoPanorama 600 displays are physically laid out like this:
Since there are two rows of displays (the top row that contains display #1 and the bottom row that contains displays #2, #3, and #4), your height would be 2. Your width would be 3 since the longest row (which is the bottom row) has three displays.
Because you entered 2 for the height and 3 for the width, two rows and three columns of displays would appear in the center of the Display Layout page. If your room physically has fewer displays than what appears on the page, you can eliminate them in the next step. In our case, six displays appeared on the page even though we physically have only four displays in our VidyoPanorama 600 room, but we will be able to eliminate those two unused displays in the next step.
- In the Participant Label Size field, select whether you want the participants’ names to appear small, medium, or large on the displays during the conferences.
- In the Max Tile Zoom (%) drop-down, select the percentage at which you want to zoom low resolution content.
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%.
- 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 40.
- In the Lecture Mode Presenter Auto Scan Timer field, enter the number of seconds to wait before displaying a different participant.
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.
- In the Display-# drop-down for each display, select the number of the 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.
In our example, our VidyoRoom can only support two displays, so this is what we see:
In our example, we only have four displays in our VidyoPanorama 600 room. Therefore, we select None for Display-1 and Display-3 since we do not have physical displays at those locations:
- For each display on the page, select the checkbox near the stream type 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:
- Local content
- Remote content
- Local video
- 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.
If you recall, in our example, our displays are physically laid out like this:
Showing any shared content is of utmost importance, so the first step we take is to select the Content checkbox for Display-1.
We want to see our own site on the right, so we select the Self-View checkbox for Display-2.
If no content is being shared, we don’t want either display to be blank, so we select Remote Video for Display-1 and Display-2 (note that the option to display remote video on both displays is not available for the HD-40 Revision A and Revision B and for the HD-100 Revision D since the second display is reserved for content).
We also select Display-2 as the Primary display so that the on-screen indications appear on that display.
This is what we now have selected for each display:
If you recall, in our example, our displays are physically laid out like this:
Since showing any shared content is of utmost importance, we are going to select the top center display as a Content display. To do so, we select the Content checkbox for Display-2. If two sites share content at the same time, we want to see both, so we also select Content for Display-5.
We decide that we want to see our own site on the right, so we select the Self-View checkbox for Display-6.
If no content is being shared, we don’t want Display-2 or Display-5 to be blank, so we select the Remote Video for Display-2 and Display-5. Because we want to view remote video on all displays if we have many participants, we select the Remote Video checkbox for all the other displays as well.
We also select Display-2 as the Primary display so that the on-screen indications appear on that display. This is what we now have selected for each display:
- From the Priority drop-down, select the order in which the displays will be populated as video and content streams are received.
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.
In our example, we had selected Display-1 and Display-2 as Remote Video displays. Since we want content to display on Display-1 when content is being shared, and we want the active speaker to appear on it if no content is being displayed, we select Display-1 as higher priority:
In our example, we had selected Display-2 and Display-5 as Content displays. If a site shares content, we prefer it to be displayed on Display-2, so we select a higher priority for Display-2 than for Display-5.
Therefore, this is the priority we decide upon:
Based on this priority (and because we selected Display 2 and Display 5 as Remote Video displays), if we also selected the Enable Dedicated Active Speaker Display checkbox, the active speaker would appear on Display 2 when no content was shared and on Display 5 when it was shared.
- The stream from each site is shown in a tile. In the Tiles drop-down for each display, select the maximum number of tiles that you want to show on the 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.
In our VidyoRoom example, we select 1 for Display-1 since that’s where our content is displayed first and we do not want it to appear too small. We select 8 for Display-2 since we want as many sites as possible to appear on that display.
In our VidyoPanorama 600 example, we could select the following in the Tiles drop-down for each display:
n Select 1 for the top center display since that’s where we want our content to be displayed and we want it to appear as large as possible. Additionally, if no content is displayed, we want our active speaker to appear there so we also selected the Enable Dedicated Active Speaker Display checkbox.
n Select 8 for the bottom left display since that display is used for video only and we want to view as many participants as possible.
n Select 1 for the bottom center display since that display may also be used for content, and if no content is being displayed, we want the active speaker to appear full screen.
n Select 4 for the bottom right display so we can see our Self-view in a fairly large tile, but still have tiles available for other participants.
- For each display, select the resolution and frame rate from the drop-down.
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.