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Virtual Auditorium

A Virtual Auditorium (VA) is a meeting space that is optimized for use by a small number of Hosts and a large number of Guests, for example:

  • a lecture, where the lecturer joins as the Host and all the students join as Guests
  • an internal team meeting, where the department heads join as Hosts and all the managers join as Guests.

Virtual Auditoriums differ from Virtual Meeting Rooms in that:

  • Administrators can configure a Virtual Auditorium so that Hosts and Guests see different layouts. In a Virtual Meeting Room, all participants see the same layout.
  • In a Virtual Auditorium, Guest participants cannot see other Guests - they will only see the Host(s). In a Virtual Meeting Room all participants can see both Hosts and Guests, in order of who spoke most recently.
  • In a Virtual Auditorium, Host participants will see all other Hosts first in the PIPs (in order of which Host spoke most recently), followed by Guests (again, in order of who spoke most recently). In a Virtual Meeting Room, all participants can see all other participants, in order of who spoke most recently and regardless of whether they are Hosts or Guests.
  • Administrators can configure a Virtual Auditorium so that when a presentation is being shown, the person showing the presentation is fixed in the main speaker position. In a Virtual Meeting Room, this option is not available; the main speaker position will always be voice-switched, showing the current speaker.

Virtual Auditoriums use PINs to protect access, and to differentiate between Host and Guest participants.

You can also place a limit on the number of participants that can access a Virtual Auditorium at any one time.

Each Virtual Auditorium has one or more aliases associated with it. Participants access the Virtual Auditorium by dialing any one of its aliases - this will route them all to the same conference.

Participants can access Virtual Auditoriums from any video endpoint, or by using one of Pexip's Infinity Connect clients.

There is no limit on the number of Virtual Auditoriums that can be configured on your Pexip Infinity platform. Virtual Auditoriums do not consume resources on your deployment unless they are actually being used to host a conference. Unless you manually restrict access, the number of participants who can access a particular Virtual Auditorium, and the number of Virtual Auditoriums that can be in use at the same time, are limited only by the size of your Pexip Infinity deployment.