What Gets Recorded in Zoom?


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“What gets recorded in Zoom?” is a question I hear asked a lot. With all the different view controls (speaker vs gallery view, screen sharing, side by side mode, etc.), what you see does not always match what your students see during the meeting, AND it might not match what appears in the recording. This can be important if you are recording online lectures – you want to make sure your students see what you wanted them to see! This video walks you through the different view options in Zoom and their effect on what gets recorded, showing a side-by-side view of the live Zoom meeting window (recorded with Camtasia, third-party screen recording software) and the Zoom recording. You can find my other Zoom tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKL6KBeCnI3UQTL_YQBJ6xwjSnLjKMq5K

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20 Comments
  • Eloise Jordan
    Posted at 15:23h, 23 October

    OUTSTANDING! Precisely what I needed. I can't tell you how long I searched and how many videos I watched trying to find this exact info about recording in Zoom! Wonderful idea to show zoom screen and recording side by side, which answers a lot of questions I would have had. Thank you immensely!

  • baby luno
    Posted at 07:25h, 25 October

    Can they see us if we closed our video??

  • Master Coach University
    Posted at 22:35h, 27 October

    important not that THIS DOES NOT WORK THE SAME WHEN YOU HAVE THE 'DOUBLE MONITOR' setting checked.

  • sebassebas2012
    Posted at 14:11h, 29 October

    thank you. that is helpful 🙂

  • Paul Quinn
    Posted at 15:44h, 01 November

    Hi Ben – thanks, very useful video. My question would be, what if you wanted to share your screen, for other participants to see live, but you wanted to keep on recording as many of the participants as possible, not have the recording dominated by your screen. Is that possible, do you know?

  • Sadiya Koreen
    Posted at 23:29h, 02 November

    Thank you .That was great Ben!
    But what if the hosts records the meeting and multiple people are also recording the meeting and everybody does different actions on their desktop, how then would the recording be saved ?
    Will it be the same for everyone(As how it is saved for the host) or not?
    Hope for an early reply.

  • Aerial Hiking
    Posted at 15:06h, 04 November

    Hi, I have a question I was wondering if you might know the answer to. It's in regards to SCREEN SHARING and recording. In the settings, under recording…there is a box to "record video during screen sharing" with a dropdown box saying "place video to next to the shared screen in the recording". I assist in recording Zoom Legal Depositions. I am successful with these options when an attorney wants to share his screen. My recording ends up being a small video of the person answering questions and the screen next to it of whoever is sharing. However, I have had an instance when I was asked NOT to record the shared screen..(even though they still were screen sharing). I assumed I would simply de-select "record video during screen sharing"…however that did not work. It still recorded the screen being shared. No matter how many combinations I did of checking and un-checking the boxes in this field, I always wind up with a recording that contains the screen share. I'm at this point convinced it's a glitch in Zoom that they haven't realized. But I'm curious if there's just something I'm not doing right.

  • Mark Allen
    Posted at 10:39h, 08 November

    Hi Ben,
    I do fitness classes and I like to record them. When I am live I need to have zoom on gallery view so i can see everyone in class. However, I want to record only me the active speaker. So when people watch the playback they only see me instructing the class. Not the other participants.

    Do you know how to do that please? 🙂

  • Liliana
    Posted at 17:26h, 14 November

    So… if I shared my screen and press record, it will always record my shared screen? Is there any way for it not to do that? I only want to record my face and audio.

  • Trevor Eaton
    Posted at 09:46h, 16 November

    Thanks really helpful. I have recently found that even though I have gallery view selected, the recording records whoever is making a noise rather than the gallery. Any idea why that would be and what I do about it? Thanks

  • Drago
    Posted at 14:59h, 19 November

    Wait when your camera is off does it still record your face

  • Mark Canlas
    Posted at 00:59h, 24 November

    What a life saver. Such a great, detailed video. Thank you!

  • JLvatron
    Posted at 22:42h, 29 November

    Thank you for this great tutorial! You clearly answered many details which I wondered about.

  • Sac Zak
    Posted at 10:58h, 01 December

    Thank you so much Ben, very clear and useful. I have a question on recording on how to record on speaker view only. I want to record in speaker view only but see the students in gallery mode during the recording, is this possible?

  • Podcast TalkHub cu Vlad Petre
    Posted at 10:35h, 02 December

    Thank you so much!

  • Louise Mercer
    Posted at 15:36h, 02 December

    Hi. I'm a Pilates teacher and want to record just me when I am teaching a class, however I need to see everyone so that I can correct them. Is there a way to do this? I want to record to the laptop, not to cloud. Thank you

  • Sally Rubinstein
    Posted at 20:34h, 03 December

    Your videos have helped me a great deal as I navigate Zoom as a library programmer. Just curious if the spotlight and pin features work the same in a webinar. I am running a webinar, which I am planning to film. Ideally, I would like the recording to show only the person speaking. Each panelist is going to speak for a few moments and then one of the panelists will speak for about an hour. In an ideal world, the chat would not show up in the final recording.
    The Zoom articles are pretty non-specific when it comes to what final recordings will look like.

  • Marcus V. B. Siqueira
    Posted at 22:08h, 03 December

    I don't appear to have any gallery view button on Windows 10 Application do you know why?

  • Jackie Foskett
    Posted at 22:56h, 03 December

    HI Thank you for that tutorial. I am still uncertain how to not have my PP slide show presenter view NOT recorded. Just did a webinar last week and for first time I used the both my laptop screen and my monitor hoping to have better access to see chats, etc by having 2 screens. The presenter's view showed up on my laptop screen and I could see the slideshow on my monitor directly in front of me, as well as the participants' "squares." When I view the recording I was surprised that the presenter view was what got recorded-not exactly what I wanted. How do I not have that recorded? I just watched another YouTube video on how to use presenter view on a single screen. Perhaps that handles not recording the presenter view??
    Thank you for any suggestions.

  • Mark Monlux
    Posted at 00:09h, 06 December

    Great Video! This spoke directly to the question I needed to be answered about which views get recorded. You even covered some other questions that arose once I got that answer. Thank you very much for going over what other people neglected.