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How to Record A Zoom Meeting With or Without Host Permission

Jean posted on Mar 26, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Threatened by the global coronavirus pandemic, except hospitals, these days schools, colleges, companies, organizations and industries from all walks of life have to shut down for a while or perhaps a very long time to hide from the virus. To ensure the smooth education and working, remote web teaching and conferencing services are badly demanded, and Zoom is always people's second-to-none choice at this particular time.

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While hosting or attending a webinar, especially the one that lasts so long, you need to record a Zoom meeting to refer back to some specific segments. What's more, due to personal reasons, you cannot join in the live conference so you'll need a full-length recorded meeting video or audio from others.

Can You Record A Zoom Meeting with/Without The Host Permission?

You can use the inbuilt features of cloud recordings and local recordings to record a Zoom meeting if you are a host or gain the host permission in the desktop app. For participants and attendees who are not host members, how to record a Zoom meeting? Never mind. Some third-party screen and audio recorders can record a Zoom meeting for everyone.

Here you can learn how to record a Zoom meeting in the desktop app as well as third-party screen recorder on Windows PC, Mac and mobile phones for iOS and Android.

How to Record A Zoom Meeting Within The Desktop App

Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. You can easily record a Zoom meeting if your account has permission. In the desktop app, Zoom supports two recording services: local recordings & cloud recordings. Local recording is available to free and paid subscribers while the cloud recording is automatically enabled for all paid subscribers.

For your notice, Android and iOS version for Zoom only supports one-way cloud recording. Be a paid user and learn how to record a Zoom meeting on Android and iOS.

Now comes to point. As long as you're a host, or the host has granted you the permission to record the ongoing meeting, there is a "Record" button at the bottom of the screen. There, let's start to record a Zoom meeting.

Step 1. Join a meeting call, at the bottom-right of the screen click the Record button. Continue selecting to record on this computer or record to the cloud.

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Step 2. Choose Record on this computer. The recording process will just begin with a small Recording… label in the upper-left corner.

Step 3. Record the meeting as long as you need. Or, you can use the pause and stop buttons that appeared while recording. If you choose Pause, the present recording will be tagged as Recording Paused and you can resume it at any time. If you choose Stop, the recording will immediately stop, showing a pop up telling you that "the recording file will be converted to mp4 when the meeting ends."

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Step 4. By default, all recordings will be placed in a Zoom folder found in the following file path on these devices:

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

Except for the default location, you can also find the recorded videos by navigating to the Meetings section of the app, and then the Recorded tab; or click the gear icon on the homescreen, open Settings, and then the Recording tab on the left panel, where you can find the Zoom recording videos location. You can also change the default location to anywhere you like in the very place.

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Step 5. you can share your local recording with others by uploading it to third-party cloud storage, content/learning management, or video streaming service such as Google Drive, YouTube, or Vimeo.

How to Record A Zoom Meeting by Screen Recorder Software

  • How to record a Zoom meeting if you are not the host?
  • How to record a Zoom meeting as a participant
  • How to record a Zoom meeting as attendee?
  • How to share a recorded zoom meeting?

Do you have the same questions like above? Indeed, not every Zoom user can enjoy the benefit of recording a webinar or meeting for future reference. If you're a participant or an attendee without a host permission, the Record function is of no avail for you.

As a complementary solution, Apowersoft Online Screen Recorder provides every Zoom user, both free or paid, host or none host, with one-click Zoom video and audio recording without time limits.

It's web-based online free screen capture and editing software that works on PC, Mac, Android and iOS platforms. This application does not require Java Applet, but you need to install a launcher if it's the first time using it. You can then record the screen of a Zoom meeting online, with both videos and sound in it.

Step 1. Open the website upon receiving a Zoom meeting on your PC or Mac.

Step 2. Once you begin the meeting, click "Start Recording" to activate this online recorder.

Step 3. Customize the recording mode and region and start recording. You can also choose to pause or stop the recording during the course of the Zoom meeting.

Step 4. After saving the Zoom recorded video, you can directly save the video to a local disk or upload it to cloud storage, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter Vimeo and many social platforms.

With Apowersoft Online Recorder, you can enjoy an additional video editing feature which you cannot find in the Zoom app itself. The editing features are designed to help users to edit a recorded video, for example, cut/crop/trim some unwanted elements, extract audio from video, add filters/elements/texts to the video, etc.

Conclusion

Regarding the topic "how to record a Zoom meeting", we introduced two ways that applies to different group of Zoom members.

  • For a host or host permitted participant, the Zoom inbuilt recording feature is doing well.
  • For those who are not a host or without a host permission, third-party screen recorder can help record a Zoom meeting without limits.

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