You can now share higher-quality video with audio content in a Meet video call. You can do this through a new present a Chrome tab feature. Now, when you use this feature with video content playing, everyone in the meeting will see and hear the video and audio being shared. This means you can confidently use videos, gifs, animations, and other media in your meetings.
Why it matters
Videos can be a critical part of meetings and presentations. As more meetings are taking place online, it’s important that presenters can share smooth videos with audio to all attendees, wherever they are. Situations where you may benefit from high-quality video and audio in presentations include:
- A business meeting to review promotional videos.
- An engineering meeting to share pre-recorded product or feature demonstrations.
- Teachers sharing videos as part of a lesson plan to students.
- Presenting slides with embedded videos or GIFs, or with animated transitions between slides.
Additionally, by adding the ability to present a tab rather than a window or your full screen, we’re providing more control to presenters to make sure they can minimize distractions while they’re presenting.
Present a tab and easily switch between tabs
With this launch you can now present an individual Chrome tab. When you present a tab, it will be highlighted so you can clearly see which one you’re presenting. If you change your view to a new tab, a pop-up will ask if you want to switch to presenting the new tab or keep presenting the previous tab, making it easy to move between tabs and control what information you share with the meeting.
Use “present a tab” to share high-quality video and audio
The high-quality video and audio playback only works when you present an individual tab feature in Chrome (see above) on desktop devices. It does not work if you’re presenting a full window or your whole screen.
Upgrading previous Meet video presentation experience
Until now, users have been able to play video while presenting in Meet, but may have noticed choppy playback and no audio. Some users chose to use the Cast feature to present audio and video, but that had several limitations as well. This launch will mean users can avoid workarounds and limitations and easily include high-quality video in their meetings.
Users can already present high-quality audio and video to meetings using an HDMI cable with some Meet hardware kits. This will continue to work.
You can now see up to 16 people at the same time in the tile layout option in Google Meet.
Why you’d use it
Seeing more people at the same time can help improve the dynamics of larger group meetings and classes. Whether it’s seeing everyone’s reactions to what’s being discussed, or more easily tracking multiple speakers, it can help remote meetings feel more like in-person meetings and encourage participation.
We hope that this helps individuals and teams feel more connected while apart.
The layout will adjust to show active speakers. If you’re in a meeting with more than 16 other people, there’s an option to open the list of participants and see who else is in the meeting. As a reminder, all G Suite customers can host meetings with up to 250 participants through September 30, 2020.
This feature is currently only available in Meet on the web. More updates are coming for larger meetings, better presentation layouts, and support across more devices.