How to Bring Presenters On and Off Stage

During a webinar or virtual event session, bring your presenters on or offstage in the webinar room.

During a BigMarker webinar or virtual event session, hosts can bring presenters on- or offstage in the webinar room, giving presenters different sharing privileges within the webinar room.

  • On-stage presenters "have the floor" and can share their microphone, webcam, screen, files and multimedia with the audience.
  • Offstage presenters are essentially muted and cannot access the presenter features (such as enabling their screen for screen-sharing, switching the slides, sharing their camera, etc) and maintain an audience view until they are manually brought onstage by a host. 

It's important to note that when presenters are offstage, their cameras turn off completely. When being brought onstage, they will need to turn on their cameras again. If you would like a presenters camera to stay on while they are offstage, you can remove them from scene. Click here to learn how to remove them from the scene. 


How to Bring Presenters On- and Offstage

At any time during the session, hosts can see which presenters are on- and offstage by checking the Host Control Panel, the black box located just right of the video playback. Within Individual Permissions, onstage and offstage presenters are listed under their respective labels. 


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To bring a presenter on- or offstage, hosts can click the three horizontal buttons next to that presenter's webcam and microphone icons. In the menu that appears, choose Bring on stage or Bring off stage. 

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When presenters are brought on stage, admins can turn on the presenter mic and camera with one click, using microphone and camera icons on the multimedia panel on the top right corner of their screen. 

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Adjusting Default On/Offstage Settings

By default, all presenters are onstage at the beginning of their session on BigMarker. To change these settings before your session begins, log into your webinar and select the Edit tab. 

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Select Advanced Settings in the left-hand menu, then scroll to Default presenters on/off stages. By default, this is turned on. To bring presenters offstage at the beginning of the session, select Off Stage and click Save Changes to complete. 

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