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Recording Zoom meetings

Article Last Updated October 2020

Zoom meetings can be recorded for students to review after the meeting if they could not attend in person. This functionality can also be used to pre-record lectures to flip lectures and deliver them asynchronously. Before recording synchronous classes, instructors should review the CISO documentation on online meeting recording security and privacy.

 

How to record a Zoom meeting

There are two ways of starting a recording of a Zoom meeting, by making the meeting record automatically when scheduling the meeting, or by starting the recording during the meeting.

  1. If you wish to record the meeting automatically, where it starts recording immediately when you start the meeting, then you can set that in the meeting settings. Schedule your meeting (instructions on how to do so can be found in this article), and then, under "Meeting Options", click on Record this meeting automatically, and select either to record it On the local computer, to record a local recording, or On the cloud, to record a cloud recording.

    Showing the meeting option to record the meeting automatically
  2. You can also start recording during the meeting, which is good for controlling when the recording begins, so you could avoid recording when, say, students enter the meeting. To start recording during the meeting, go to the bottom of the screen, click Record, and then choose either Record on this computer or Record to the cloud.

    Showing where to click Record, and then Record to this computer or Record to the cloud
  3. You can stop the recording by going to the top of the meeting window and clicking on the Stop button.

    Pressing the stop button to end the meeting

    If you are sharing your screen and need to stop the recording, go to the top of the screen, click on More, and then click on Stop Recording in the drop-down menu that pops up.

    Stopping the recording while screen sharing.

    The recording will also automatically end when you end the meeting.

 

Cloud Recordings

Cloud recordings are saved to the Zoom servers. After you finish recording, you will get an email when the recording is ready to be viewed. For meetings created through the eClass Zoom integration, cloud recordings can be published in the course so that students in your course can immediately view the recording.

Please note: we have a finite cloud recording space as a part of our Zoom license so these recordings will not persist indefinitely. Zoom cloud recordings can be downloaded if long term access is required.

A list of cloud recordings in a Zoom activity within an eClass course.

 

Accessing a Cloud Recording

After you end a cloud recording session in your meeting, it will have to convert to a video. This might take some time, especially if the video is long. However, you don't have to wait for it to convert on your computer. Once it is ready, Zoom will send you an email that the recording is ready.

An email showing that the recording is ready.

You will also be able to see the cloud recording in your eClass course. Go to your Zoom activity in eClass, and then click on the Cloud Recordings tab to see a list of your cloud recordings for that course.

The list of Cloud recordings in a course

Allowing students to see cloud recordings

While cloud recordings immediately go to your course's Zoom activity, they are not immediately made available to students. You will have to publish the cloud recordings.

To go this, go into your Zoom activity in eClass. Click on the Cloud Recordings tab. Click on the switch under the Publish column to make them available to students. When published, the switch will be blue and pointed to the right, not grey and pointed to the left.

Showing published and unpublished cloud recordings

Once published, students will be able to access the published cloud recordings. Students will click on the Zoom activity in eClass, click on the Cloud Recordings tab, and then they can click on the recording that they want to view.

Showing where students can click on a Zoom cloud recording

The students can then watch the video of the cloud recording on the Zoom activity in eClass.

A cloud recording for the students to watch.

Saving an offline copy of a cloud recording

While being able to record to the cloud and publish recordings is convenient, these videos are still only available online, and these videos will be not be available indefinitely. If you require permanent access, you can download your cloud recordings to your computer, so that you have an offline copy.

Go the Zoom activity in eClass, click on the Cloud recording tab, and then click on the recording that you want to save.

Find the cloud recording that you want to save offline.

Then, click on Download below the video, and then you will have a .mp4 file of the recording saved to your computer, which you can use offline.

A download link for the video below the recording.

 

Local Recordings

Local recordings are saved directly to your computer after the meeting is finished. While the recordings will take up space on your computer, and you will need to use a little bit of time after the meeting for the meeting to convert to a video, this is a reliable option for making sure that you have permanent access to the recording. Once the local recording is on your computer, you can use it however you like, including posting it on video sharing websites, or even your Google Drive and sharing it as required.

Note: Changes to "recording settings" in Zoom.us are ONLY applied to cloud recordings. Any recordings saved to your local computer will not include the chat in the video and will not reflect any changes you have made in zoom.us recording settings. 

Showing a local recording of a Zoom meeting on a Windows computer

 

If you are recording locally to your computer, you will need to convert and save the meeting to your computer.

  1. End the meeting. Once this is done, Zoom will start to convert your recording to a video. Wait for this to complete.

    Zoom converting the meeting to a video.
  2. After the recording is done converting, it will ask you to save the meeting to a location on your computer (by default, to a Zoom folder on your computer, though you can change this).

    Choosing where to save the recording on your computer.
  3. Once you save the recording to your computer, you will have the video on your computer (the .mp4 files designate videos).

    The downloaded files, pointing to the .mp4 video.

Once you have the local recording (or if you have downloaded a cloud recording), you can upload it to your course using Stream2, which would allow you to keep the video in future courses if you import content from the course you uploaded it on to a future course. You could also post it to video hosting services, such as Google Drive.

 

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