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We are looking at having a company townhall meeting and setting it up with Zoom Sessions. What are the viewing options for everyone in the session? Can we have gallery view, or is Zoom Sessions similar to Webinars where we are limited to seeing the presenters only?
Hi @kchenb when you create your Zoom Session you will select to add either a Webinar or Meeting to it when you are setting it up. So you can still have the gallery view.
Also gallery view is supported in both Webinar and Meeting, however normally in a Webinar there is a small number of presenters with video and in a Meeting it is fully interactive.
Let me ask... if you mean Zoom Session, you're talking about a single session under a Zoom Event license? As @mgstark suggests, you can configure your Zoom Events Session to be a Meeting or a Webinar. I asume you would like it to be a Webinar, based on your question, and for control over what the Attendees see, I highly recommend the Webinar. Once you are in the session, it's "just a webinar". The Zoom Events product does give you a few additional options. But the ability to show participants in this case is the same as a regular Webinar.
Here's my tips for displaying people in the Webinar (note that these also apply to non-Events Webinars!):
A final few notes:
This may all sound complicated at first... but the primary rule I work with is "Set Attendee View to Speaker and Spotlight any camera I want the Attendees to see." If you do that, you'll be fine.
If possible, have a separate computer, iPad, or even iPhone/Android device logged into the Webinar as an Attendee, and you'll have visual confirmation that your settings are giving you the appearance you want for your Attendees.
One more note I didn't really cover in my answer: if you're really looking for that "Community Gallery Wall" view... yes, you can select Meeting in the Session creation process. This works for small companies, but I discourage it for large groups (over 100 attendees).
This is especially important if you have many attendees on site at one location, as the video bandwidth will be quite larger with a Meeting as opposed to a Webinar. And lots of people attending connected to WiFi in one location is a real bandwidth killer.