Zoom puts spotlight on iPad Pro’s Center Stage camera effect

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Zoom puts spotlight on iPad Pro’s Center Stage camera effect
With Center Stage support in the new Zoom version, the front-facing camera in the 2021 iPad Pro will follow you during your video calls. Within limits, of course.
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Zoom users with a 2021 iPad Pro will be able to use the tablet’s Center Stage effect that keeps them cantered in the front-facing camera during video calls.

And Zoom 5.6.6 will also lets Apple tablet users see far more people in the gallery view.

Zoom supports Center Stage

The front-facing camera in the just-released iPad Pro can act like its moving, even when it’s not. The effect, called Center Stage, uses a 12MP wide-angle camera to keep the user centered during video calls as they move from side to side.

At launch, only Apple’s FaceTime video conferencing application supported Center Stage. But Apple made the trick available to any third-party app that wanted to use it , and Zoom quickly jumped on the opportunity.

“With support for Center Stage, you can participate more naturally in our Zoom video calls,” the developer said on Wednesday. “Never again worry about whether you’re out of frame during a workout, teaching a class, or celebrating with friends and family over Zoom.”

iPad can show up to 48 videos in Gallery View

Previously, Zoom wasn’t taking full advantage of the iPad’s large screen. There was a limit of 25 meeting participants on the screen at any one time. But the app can now show up to 48 participants on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

To display more people in a meeting on any iPad, use the two-finger pinch-to-zoom gesture.

And the enhancement is available for smaller tablets, too. “Many iPad models are also getting expanded Gallery View, and those users will see a few additional participants on a single screen, depending on the device,” says Zoom.

Both this and Center Stage support on the new iPad models are in Zoom 5.6.6, coming soon to the App Store.