Zoom cloud recording is similar to standard Zoom recording to your local computer, however, cloud recording offers a number of benefits to the user, and to those with whom the resulting recording files are shared. When you record a meeting and choose Record to the Cloud, the video, audio, and chat text is recorded in the Zoom cloud. The recording files can be shared, downloaded to a computer, or streamed from a browser. This article will provide an overview of our recommended settings to optimize your recording experience from the web client on Mac OS or Windows. Let's get started with your first cloud recording.
Zoom cloud recording offers a variety of options compared to local recording, so the first thing you want to do is configure your preferences for both. Fortunately, you only need to do this once. Zoom offers comprehensive documentation of all recording settings on their support site.
Where do I begin?
Navigate to the Zoom Web Portal ,click login, and sign-in with the single sign-on option.
- In the left-hand column, click Settings.
- From the selections across the top of the new window, click the Recording tab.
- First, verify that Cloud Recording is toggled on. With it switched on, you'll see a subset of preferences that apply only to cloud recording. Most of these can be left at the default setting, but you should make sure Audio transcript is enabled. This will automatically produce a text copy of each recording and maximize the accessibility of your material. Learn more about Audio transcripts.
- Next, make sure Only authenticated users can view cloud recordings is enabled. This will require your class participants to sign in before accessing class recordings.
Note: This setting does not restrict access to only students enrolled in your class. Anyone with a valid Davidson login and your Share URL will be able to view the recording.
- Require password to access your cloud recordings gives you the ability to further restrict access to your recordings. If you elect to enable this setting, Zoom will assign a random password to each recording. This can be edited (see Manage Your Zoom Cloud Recordings) or removed later, but a password cannot be added to a recording made without one.
- Now that you've configured your options, you can begin storing your recordings in the cloud.
How do I start a Zoom Cloud recording?
Only hosts and co-hosts can start a cloud recording. If you want a participant to start a recording, you will need to make them a co-host or use local recording. Recordings started by co-hosts will still appear in the host's recordings in the Zoom web portal.
- Start a meeting as the host and click the Record button.
- Select Record to the Cloud to begin recording.
- To stop recording, click Pause/Stop Recording or End Meeting.
- Once the recording has been stopped, the recording must be processed before viewing. Zoom will send an email to the host's email address when the process is completed.
Note: Processing time varies according to the current load on Zoom's servers, and can be substantial.
More about cloud recording
You can start cloud recordings on iOS and Android. Additionally, you can record the meeting in different recording layouts including active speaker, gallery view, and shared screen. Zoom support provides a general overview of recording, both local and cloud. Once your meeting is complete, you are ready to Manage your Zoom Cloud recordings.
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