Google is committed to enhancing Meet’s features as it gradually integrates the platform with its one-on-one video calling app, Google Duo. After all, it is one of the most commonly used videoconferencing apps for both work and school. Meet, for example, has given various co-hosts new features to help with calls. It now wants to keep you in the spotlight at all times with a new auto-framing feature for calls that makes you more visible to other attendants.
Google announced during its Cloud Next ’22 event and further explained in a blog post, that it will be rolling out a new auto-framing feature for business users in the coming days. When you’re in a video conference and your camera is off-center, Google Meet will immediately reframe your video feed so that you’re centered.
The automatic framing will only occur once during the call, so the camera will not be following you around or re-framing on its own, as Apple’s Center Stage feature does — Google claims this is to prevent other distractions from taking the camera’s focus away from you. You can, however, reframe your video manually at any time during the call by going to your settings.
The feature has begun to be rolled out and will continue to be rolled out over the next month, depending on whether you are on a Rapid Release or Scheduled Release domain. The feature is available to most Google Workspace Business, Education, and Enterprise plans, with the exception of Workplace Essentials, Business Starter, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as legacy G Suite customers and, of course, regular users. The strange exception to the expected exception is that Google One subscribers with 2TB or more storage will be able to use auto-framing — strange.
Once it’s available, the feature will be disabled by default; you’ll have to enable it manually whenever it becomes available to you.
If you have an eligible account, keep an eye out for it.