Record a Zoom Meeting

Sign in to the Zoom web portal using the WSU Zoom Login page.

Select Meeting Settings and click the Recording tab.

recording tab of meeting settings in Zoom profile settings

Verify that Local Recording is enabled.

If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.

Important note: You must be using an actual PC or Mac computer to record a meeting. While you can use a tablet or smartphone to host a meeting, those devices cannot be used to make a recording file -- the Record option will not exist for a meeting host using a tablet or smartphone.

Launch your Zoom meeting (on a PC or a Mac), click Record when you're ready to start recording.Zoom meeting controls with box surrounding the record button

During a recorded meeting, the recording can be paused or stopped via the buttons at the bottom or the top left corner of the meeting screen.

(If a user stops the recording and starts it again, a new video file will be created for the next recording segment. If a user pauses the recording and starts it again, Zoom will record to the same video file for the recording segment.)

After the meeting has ended, a dialog box will notify the host that the recording is being converted to usable file formats. Once the conversion process is complete, the folder containing the recording files will automatically open. By default, the recordings are placed in a folder in the following paths, depending upon device and platform:

  • PC: C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Zoom
  • Mac: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom

Each recording's folder will most likely contain multiple files, depending on the length of the recording.

The important files for sharing video are the MP4 files -- if there are two or more constituting a session, they will be numbered chronologically so they can be posted/played in order.

The recording can now be added to Panopto to share with your class.