UPDATE: My setup for Zoom has evolved and somewhat less dependent on StreamDeck now. You may want to check out my new Blog Post with our updated Zoom setup for TV interviews.

This week I purchased a Stream Deck XL ($235) to help streamline our video productions with Zoom remote guests.

Since the COVID-19 crisis hit mid-March our community television station scrambled to adapt and help disseminate important information. Zoom quickly became the go-to platform for setting up meetings and remote show guests.

In the past few weeks, we’ve produced more than a dozen programs using Zoom. Initially, we had an in-studio host and multiple remote guests displayed on an in-studio monitor. Now, most of our interview shows a produced entirely on Zoom.

Despite the limitations, we are making every effort to maintain high production values, focusing on:

  • Good Clean Audio
  • Well Composed Shots (eyes on the upper third!)
  • Shot sequencing, Close Ups / Multi-Box Switching
  • Graphics, Lower Thirds, Etc.
  • Open/Close Music
  • Still Store for Inserts

Our existing television studio was not set up well for the shift in production style. This prompted us to build a temporary video production console on several folding tables right inside our studio.

Adding Steam Deck XL into the Workflow

Using the Zoom keyboard shortcuts certainly helps the production value. I find myself using Shift-Command-W (Mac) constantly to switch between Speaker view and Gallery View in Zoom. To me that’s the key to using zoom for video production. You can force a better cadence of switching that matches the conversation.

I do wish there was a way within Zoom that I could force a certain camera view to appear full screen, similar to the normal workflow of a video production switcher. Zoom does offer a “spotlight video” option which does this, but it’s not mapped to a keyboard shortcut and requires too many mouse clicks to make it useful.

Another shortcut I use often hides the control panel buttons on the lower part of the screen.

The Stream Deck XL simply automates the keyboard shortcut process and reduces keystrokes to a single button. Allowing new users in the video production environment to get up to speed faster and with better results.


Enabling global shortcuts really helps the Stream Deck configuration. This setting allows the shortcuts to work even when Zoom is not in focus.

We’re also using VLC shortcuts to play intro/outro music.

Bottom row of buttons on our Stream Deck are all shortcuts for Zoom.

Then I added several shortcuts to websites we use for our live broadcasts.

A work in progress, but thought I’d share what we have setup so far. If you’re using Stream Deck for video production I’d be curious to hear your use case.


5 responses to “Stream Deck for Zoom Meetings”

  1. Stephen Avatar

    Is there a way to setup individual speakers to a shortcut so when you click on the stream deck it brings them full screen?

    It would be amazing to be able to quickly cut between speakers with one button click

  2. No, I was desperately seeking the same feature. I did take it one step further and connected four computers running Zoom into one video switcher. This allowed me to pin Zoom participants full screen on each computer and then switch between them using the production switcher.

  3. Michael,

    I ended up getting a stream deck for the same reason. I was using key commands but they where not fast enough for me. So far after only a few days the Stream Deck has helped. I even tried out the Stream Deck app and added some commands that way also so I could give another person in the room an android tablet so they had control of a few specific tasks. I’m still struggling with Zoom though in switching between speakers and highlighting those speakers quickly and seamless for all the viewers.

  4. Interesting post. I’m thinking of getting a stream deck for automation in zoom calls, and for PTZ control.

    Also looking at getting a video mixer for more advanced production of zoom calls.

    Re. switching between callers. It seems quite insane that the only way of doing this at present is with multiple machines feeding out fullscreen images. I am currently trying to figure out if there is a way to force Zoom to open multiple instances in Windows 10. If this can be done, then you could have an instance of Zoom on each desktop, with each caller full-screened on each desktop. You could then switch across desktops using shortcuts.

  5. Thank you for sharing your experience. How did you automate the Facebook or Youtube streaming?

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