Guidelines for Recording your Presentation using Zoom

Please make sure you have already prepared: 

  • Your computer with either Windows or MacOs.
  • Your presentation: Please use 16:9 aspect ratio for your slides.
  • An internet connection.
  • Headphones and a high-quality microphone.
  • A webcam.

To record your presentation, using the Zoom platform.

  1. Download and install the “Zoom Client for Meetings” Software from if you haven’t already.
  2. Double click on “Start Zoom” to launch the application.
  3. Sign In. If you don’t have an account, click “Sign Up Free”.
  4. After signing in, you will see the Home tab.
  5. Click on the gear icon ⚙ in the top-right corner to open the settings.
  6. In the Video tab, Select the camera you want Zoom to use “16:9 (Widescreen)”. Select “Enable HD”.
  7. In the audio tab, set your microphone and speaker, test them, and adjust their volume.
  8. In the recording tab, Verify the location for your local recordings and change it if necessary. Select “Optimize for 3rd party video editor”. Select “Record video during screen sharing”. Select “Place video next to the shared screen in the recording”.
  9. Close the settings and prepare to start recording. Close all applications except Zoom and your presentation. In the Zoom Client, start a new meeting from the “Home Tab”. Click “Share Screen” in the meeting controls.
  10. Select your presentation window, select the “Share Computer Sound” checkbox and click the “Share” button on the right. A green border indicates which window you are currently sharing.
  11. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to maximize the small floating window showing the webcam video to make it as large as possible. Do so by dragging the bottom-left corner of the window as wide as it can go.
    NOTE: This setting has a direct impact on the recorded video layout and will have a negative impact on the recording if not set properly.
  12. While sharing, switch the presentation software into slide show/presentation mode.
  13. In order to ensure that the webcam video does not overlap with your view of the slides, click in the center of the black bar at the top of the video screen and drag it to the bottom-right corner of your screen. Do not simply minimise this screen as this will affect the recording of you in the final video. Having the webcam video partially off screen will not impact on the recording of you in the final video. The final video will display your slides to one side of the screen and the recording of your webcam to the other.
  14. Start the recording in the Meeting Control -> More -> Record.
  15. Give your lecture and please make sure you do not go over your allotted time.
  16. Once you finish your lecture, end the meeting by clicking on the right-bottom corner red button “END”> “End Meeting for all”. The recording will stop automatically.
  17. After the meeting has ended, Zoom will convert the recording so you can access the files. If you have trouble finding your recorded video file, return to the Zoom Home tab, select “Meetings” and your recorded files on the left.
  18. Locate the .mp4 file of the recording and open it.
    NOTE: We will edit the beginning and end of the video for you so that it will play only from the start and end of your lecture.
    1. Review your lecture.
      • Are both the video on the right and the presentation on the left visible?
      • Is the audio clear?
      • Are you happy with the overall lecture?
    1. If you are happy with your video, please upload the file to the link provided to you in the email regarding these guidelines.
    2. If you are not happy with your video, please go back to the beginning of this section and record it again.


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