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Screen share to webinar with backstage


We are looking to use the screen share feature (button on the Zoom app home screen) in a webinar with a the backstage enabled and apparently this does not work.


We tested using the screen share feature to join a webinar with just sharing a screen (this is a hybrid event where the presenter on the stage does not need to be fully in the meeting but we would like their screen to be shared into the webinar). We did this my using the Share Screen button on the home screen of the Zoom application, this worked perfectly in a standard webinar but when we joined a meeting with a backstage it worked while we were in backstage but once we move into the webinar we lost the share and cannot restart it. 


Any suggestions?


Community Champion | Zoom Employee
Community Champion | Zoom Employee

Hi @ianlester thanks for the question. The way it works today is to share your screen in the main Webinar the person sharing has to also move into the Webinar. If they share within the backstage that is sharing privately to the presenters within the backstage only.

The issue isn't that we want to be able to share from the backstage. We want to be able to join the meeting using the Share Screen feature (identified below). When you join a standard webinar that works fine, when you join with the backstage turned on it doesn't work as you join sharing your screen in the backstage and the sharing stops when you move front stage and you cannot reshare because of the way the Share Screen feature works.



Community Champion | Customer
Community Champion | Customer

Hi, @ianlester.


The answer from @mgstark is spot on.  Currently the design is that only someone "On Stage" (the term Zoom uses is "in the Webinar", but to me... we're all in the Webinar) can Screen Share to the attendees.


I think several of us have made Feature requests to allow someone Backstage to Screen Share to the attendees; feel free to pile on another request... the more they hear from, the more likely it will be considered and implemented.


As a former developer, I'm not sure how Zoom would implement such a capability, but a similar capability now exists for the Host to Share Screen to Breakout Rooms... seems like it should be doable for Webinar Backstage.


As I'm sure you know, the downside of this situation is that if your Panelist isn't Screen-Share savvy and adept, then someone has to be On Stage to present, which in my mind requires a Co-Host to be Backstage to wrangle the talent and assistants back there.  The Host always needs to be ready to jump On Stage to help the panelists if they have technical difficulty of some sort, but if that means doing the Share Screen for them, the Host is then trapped On Stage until done, and the Backstage folks are on their own - especially if there's no Co-Host present.  The beauty of having Backstage is to be able to verbally discuss things without being heard by Attendees; Chat can be used, but usually the Host is very busy with Screen Sharing if they're On Stage, and Chats can often go unseen.


In a one-week 30-webinar session I assisted with about a year ago, we played a short (static) video with music as pre-roll and post-roll before/after each presentation. This mandated having two people - a Host and a Co-Host - present in the Webinar... one to go forward into On Stage to play the videos, and one in Backstage to wrangle the talent.


Being able to toss a Screen Share from Backstage to On Stage would be a great feature, and would also be a great mechanism alleviate the "Please wait for your host to show up" message if you didn't have anyone On Stage after allowing Attendees in.

Ray - / aka "Old Desert Lizard"
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