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Record your Zoom Meetings to Create eLearning Videos

We all know that using video-based course content is a great way to train your learners. But how can you create it from scratch? Here at LearnUpon, we record lots of team meetings, product sessions, and presentations that we share with the wider company via our training portal. It’s a great way to reformat your video content and make it easier to share knowledge across teams without the need to attend the live sessions.

This approach has helped us build up informative training content for new team members. How do we do it? We use Zoom, a great web conferencing tool, to facilitate and record these meetings.

How to record a Zoom meeting

To start a recording in Zoom follow these simple steps:

  1. Start the meeting as the host
  2. Click the Record button

record zoom meeting Choose to 'Record on this Computer' or 'Record to the Cloud'. Recording to your computer saves the recorded videos to the hard drive of the device you are currently using. Recording to the Cloud allows you to host your training video in the ‘My Recordings’ section of your Zoom account. Saving to the cloud is the better option to choose if multiple people are involved in the process, as it gives everyone access to the recordings. zoom recording options When you start recording a ‘recording’ message is displayed on-screen to you and the other attendees. You can stop or pause the recording at any time. You should note, however, that stopping the recording will split the video, producing multiple files. So if you want to keep things simple and have a single recording of a meeting, just hit pause.

To end a recording, click on the stop button above the 'Pause/Stop Recording' text or simply click the red 'End Meeting' button at the bottom of the screen. After the meeting has ended the video will be converted and stored in the destination you chose. end a zoom meeting Alternatively, you can set your meeting to automatically record when you set up the session in your Zoom account.

What is recorded?

To choose which screens are being shared and more importantly, being recorded click on the ‘Share’ option. In the dialog box that appears you will see all of the applications and screens that you have open. You can choose from there which one you want to share on screen for recording.

These need to be set up by clicking the upwards arrow to the right-hand side of the start/stop video option. From there you can click on Recording and select the option "Record video during screen sharing" and/or "Place video next to the shared screen in the recording". Your sharing options include:

There are lots of other possibilities available to you, but these three are a great place to start.

Where is the recording?

As mentioned previously, cloud recordings are found in your Zoom account in the ‘My Recordings’ section. They take a little time to process so you may have to wait a few minutes for them to become available. If you chose the local, record to computer option your video will appear in the default location

During the actual download process, you can choose another location such as your desktop.

Where to use your videos

Now that you’ve captured a recording of your latest Zoom meeting how will you use it? We suggest you edit out any excess footage at the start and the end of the recording. The video should start straight into the presentation or meeting itself.  Here at LearnUpon, we record two different types of meetings, for two very different audiences - our colleagues and our customers. Recordings of internal presentations and meetings are uploaded to our LMS.

These become eLearning courses for new hire onboarding or for enabling team members to keep up to date on our latest features and releases.  For example, our product team created a recording explaining how a LearnUpon admin can integrate their LMS with Zoom. This session took place just before we released our Zoom webinar integration and got everyone up to speed on exactly how it works. And then there are videos recorded for the public. We run and record webinars on various topics and the recordings now live on our YouTube and Vimeo accounts. 


Recording live sessions is an easy way to create really engaging and informative training content. And tools like Zoom make it easy to record these sessions for resharing. Take time to identify the meeting and webinar sessions that are already happening in your organization that could be repurposed into training content by simply hitting record.  


  • Kelly Magnan

    Thank you so much for posting this information. I found it extremely helpful!

    1 reply 2019-10-15 09:31:18
    • Emma

      Happy to help, Kelly!

  • kasssie

    Thanks for your post! As for zoom meeting, I had recorded it with a third-party tool called DRmare Sound Recorder. But I will try the tip you show us also. Thanks a lot!

    1 reply 2019-11-05 16:46:37
    • Emma

      You're welcome Kassie. Good luck!

  • Doug

    It is not clear to me whether conversations of all call-in participants are being recorded, or only the presenter. And if participants ARE recorded, are their any restrictions on how they call into the the meeting? These features have long been a standard feature in GoToMeeting (which I want to get away from), but I have had difficulty finding alternative meeting software with flexible full recording of all participant calls even if they are calling in from landline to the meeting. Doug

    1 reply 2019-11-13 12:05:33
    • Emma

      Hi Doug, thanks for the question. I believe that if on a call with other participants, they are recorded too. However, if you're interested in Zoom, it's best to reach out to them as I'm sure they will be able to better answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

  • LaQuetta

    As a self-proclaimed "tech-dinosaur" I appreciate this simple-to-follow approach. I will give it the old school college try ;)

    1 reply 2020-01-07 09:03:50
    • Emma

      Happy to hear you found this post helpful, LaQuetta. Good luck with your recordings!

  • Dorothy

    Can I record the presentation then schedule it to be viewed at another time?

    1 reply 2020-04-01 11:56:41
    • Emma

      Hi Dorothy, yes, you can. If you'd like you can record your presentation, and then you can schedule a webinar and simply play that video during the webinar. Hope that helps.

  • Brett

    I lost you at this part, I am trying to figure out the different recording options: "To choose which screens are being shared and more importantly, being recorded click on the ‘Share’ option. In the dialog box that appears you will see all of the applications and screens that you have open. You can choose from there which one you want to share on screen for recording." I have no "Share" Option to click on. Just "Share Screen," which, obviously, allows me to share other programs/desktop. Where is that dialog box?

    1 reply 2020-04-01 14:10:28
    • Emma

      Hi Brett, apologies for the confusion! Yes, the button is called “Share Screen". Once clicked, the box will pop up asking you which one of your open applications and screens you'd like to share, aka the dialog box. Hope that clears it up!

  • Tina

    I would like to record a presentation using zoom to share at a later date with others. Is the zoom cloud feature the method needed in order to "share it?" I don't appear to have the cloud recording as an option. Can you help?

    1 reply 2020-04-10 13:31:14
    • Emma

      Hi Tina, I'd suggest reaching out to Zoom and seeing what your options are. They should be able to point you in the right direction. Thanks!





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