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What are the screen layouts for SIP endpoints?

Layouts on SIP endpoints

The screen layouts below are selected either via the API or using DTMF tones if configured through the API.

A selected layout can be applied to the defaultLayout, chosenLayout, activeLayout and layout parameters of the following API objects: /coSpaces, /calls, /callLegs, /callLegProfiles. See the API Reference Guide for more details.

 automatic layout is based on recent active speakers

  • participants will be shown in "big panes" when they become the active speaker.
  • recent active speakers will be shown in big panes, with other participants shown in a "dock" of smaller Picture in Picture (PiP) at the base of the screen.
  • people will move out of the "active speaker list" (and thus be "demoted" to the PiP bar) after a period of inactivity (not speaking).
  • if there is only one other video stream to be shown then it will be shown full screen, "point to point" mode.
  • the maximum number of participants that will be visible are the 4 loudest speakers + maximum 8 participants in the dock (total 12 participants).

allEqual layout

  • the layout expands from a 4 person (2 x 2) view up to a 25 person (5 x 5) view, with all participants shown at equal size.
  • called "all equal" on the Web Admin interface (Configuration > Space configuration > Default layout) and "All Equal" on the Cisco Meeting App
  • if there is only one other video stream to be shown then it will be shown full screen, "point to point" mode.

allEqual family

  • allEqualQuarters
  • allEqualNinths
  • all EqualSixteenths
  • allEqualTwentyFifths
  • called "all equal quarters" etc. on the Web Admin interface (Configuration > Space configuration > Default layout) and "All Equal" on the Cisco Meeting App

stacked layout

  • this layout shows a maximum of 6 PiPs below the main speaker, even if there are more than 7 other callers in the meeting. The PiPs are separate to the main speaker pane.
  • if there is only one other video stream to be shown then it will be shown full screen, "point to point" mode.
  • called "stack" on the Web Admin interface (Configuration > Space configuration > Default layout), not available on the Cisco Meeting App

telepresence layout

  • this layout shows a maximum of 6 PiPs below the main speaker, even if there are more than 7 other callers in the meeting. The PiPs are overlaid at the bottom of the main speaker pane.
  • if there is only one other video stream to be shown then it will be shown full screen, "point to point" mode.
  • called "overlay" on the Web Admin interface (Configuration > Space configuration > Default layout) and "Speaker Large" on the Cisco Meeting App

speakerOnly layout

  • the maximum number of participants that will be visible is the single loudest speaker
  • called "full screen" on the Web Admin interface (Configuration > Space configuration > Default layout) and "Speaker Only" on the Cisco Meeting App

 onePlusN layout 

  • automatically changes the screen layout on SIP endpoints as participants join or leave a meeting. For example from onePlus5 to onePlus7 to onePlus9.
  • if there is only one other video stream to be shown then it will be shown full screen, "point to point" mode.

onePlusN layout family

  • onePlusFive
  • onePlusSeven
  • onePlusNine
  • called "one plus five" etc. on the Web Admin interface (Configuration > Space configuration > Default layout), not available on the Cisco Meeting App

 

Selecting a layout

A layout on the SIP endpoint can be selected by DTMF tones if configured through the API. The layouts scroll through in order: allEqual > stacked >  telepresence > speaker only > onePlusN >  defaultLayout.

  • If defaultLayout=allEqualNinths then the order is allEqual >  stacked >  telepresence >  speaker only >  onePlusN >  allEqualNinths.
  • If the defaultLayout is set to one of the other layouts then only 5 layouts will be in the cycle. For example: if defaultLayout=allEqual then the order is allEqual > stacked  > telepresence > speakerOnly > onePlusN'.

For details on configuring DTMF, see this FAQ.

 

Points to note:

  • The Active speaker is indicated by a blue line below the speaker’s pane
  • For clustered deployments a maximum of 4 remote video streams per remote Call Bridge will be shown, even if there are more than four remote participant dial-ins to the call on that Call Bridge.
  • Participant labels are removed once the participant’s thumbnail gets too small and the label becomes unreadable. This is particularly noticeable when the AllEqual layout is used and there are a high number of participants.
    For 99XX series phone, once the layout goes beyond 4x4, the labels disappear.
    The number of participants needed before the labels disappear depends upon the resolution of the endpoint.