How to record a Zoom Meeting

What is a Zoom meeting?

Zoom is a video conferencing web-based tool. It is available for both mobile and desktop users and allows users to communicate online with or without a video camera. Zoom users can share their screen while using Zoom's quality audio, video, and wireless screen sharing features. Recently, Zoom has been used not only for meetings and online classes but also for podcast interviews. Podcasters use Zoom because of its ease of use and the ability to invite and interview podcast guests from any location.

How to record a Zoom meeting as a participant

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While using Zoom for various purposes such as online meetings, classes, presentations, podcast interviews, video chatting, etc., you may want to record a Zoom and watch it later on your PC or smartphone. Zoom users can record and replay a session only if the host permits. Therefore, you have to use Zoom recording software, such as Bandicam, to record Zoom without restrictions.

Luckily, Bandicam’s Screen Recorder can record Zoom meetings and presentations for free, without the host’s permission. Bandicam is the best Windows screen recorder that allows you to efficiently capture Zoom videos. The table below compares the features of Bandicam and Zoom:

Recording privileges Both host and participants Only host
Real-time Drawing O O
Hardware Acceleration O X
Conversion process after recording X O
Upload to YouTube/Google Drive feature O X
  • Bandicam allows you to record your screen during a Zoom meeting with or without the host's permission.
  • You can use Bandicam's real-time drawing function or mouse cursor effect.
  • Bandicam optimizes recording performance by using a hardware-accelerated H.264 encoder (NVIDIA, Intel, AMD). Zoom’s own recording function doesn’t support hardware acceleration.
  • Bandicam allows you to check the recorded files without the conversion process. On the other hand, when recording with Zoom, you have to go through the conversion process, which may cause quality loss and consume additional time.
  • With Bandicam’s “Upload” function, you can share your videos on social media platforms, such as YouTube, Google Drive, and Vimeo. So, if you want to record a Zoom podcast interview and upload it directly to YouTube, recording Zoom with Bandicam is the best choice.

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How To Record a Zoom Meeting without Host Permission

You may have noticed that if you are a participant and want to record a Zoom meeting, you need the host's permission. Do you want to record Zoom meetings without permission? Or do you want to record a Zoom meeting without the host or anyone knowing? With Bandicam, a Zoom video recorder, you can record Zoom videos (with audio) without anyone knowing or without any permission. Follow the simple steps below to record and save Zoom videos:

  1. Download the Zoom app and Zoom recorder, Bandicam.

  2. Start Bandicam and set the audio configuration.

    • Bandicam settings for Zoom recording

      record Zoom video with audio

      • To record both your computer sound and voice, select "(Default Output Device)" for the Speakers and "Your microphone device" for the Microphone.
      • If you want to record computer sound without your voice, please choose "(Default Output Device)" for the Speakers and "Disable" for the Microphone.
    • Windows settings for Zoom recording

      Please check "Do nothing" under the [Communications] tab in Windows.

      Computer sounds, Communication, Do nothing

  3. Start Zoom and choose the recording mode in Bandicam

    Select "Rectangle on a screen mode" or "Fullscreen mode" in Bandicam, and then click the ' REC' button or press the hotkey (F12) to start/stop the recording.

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  4. Once you’ve finished a meeting, stop the recording by clicking the stop button or F12 shortcut key.

    Click on the video icon to access your recorded video. Now, you can play, edit, or upload the Zoom videos to YouTube, Google Drive, and Vimeo.

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Recording a Zoom Audio Meeting

You might want to record Zoom audio without capturing video. The good news is that Bandicam Audio Recorder allows you to record Zoom Audio without permission on a PC. If you use the "Audio only" Recording Mode in Bandicam, you can only record Zoom audio and save it as an MP3 or WAV file.

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How to Share Zoom Recordings

Are you looking for the easiest way to share the Zoom recording videos? The answer is to share the video with a link! Using Bandicam, you can directly upload the video to Google Drive and share a Zoom recording from a link.

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Edit a Zoom recording

If you want to share only key points of Zoom recording videos, it's essential to know how to edit Zoom recordings. Bandicut Video cutter is the best suitable program for cutting Zoom recordings quickly. You can trim, cut, or extract audio from a Zoom video using Bandicut.

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Use your phone as a webcam in Zoom

What if you don't have a webcam device but want to join a Zoom meeting? You can use your smartphone or iPhone camera as an external webcam device using the IRIUN or DroidCam application.

Use your phone as a webcam

Related FAQs about recording Zoom meetings

1. Why is there no audio on my Zoom screen recording?

If you select the same 'Speaker Device' and your microphone device in Bandicam and Zoom settings, you can record Zoom audio.

Bandicam sound settings

Bandicam and Windows sound settings

Zoom audio settings

Zoom audio settings

2. How do I record a Zoom meeting on a Windows laptop/desktop?

Bandicam, Windows screen recorder, lets you record your screen on a laptop/desktop. Record Zoom meetings with Bandicam and save them to your computer.

Additional Tips for Recording Zoom Meetings

1. How to Record a Video with a Smaller File Size

You can reduce the recorded file size by changing the video resolution, FPS, video codec, and video quality value in the Bandicam format settings.

2. How to Record a Video with Better Quality

Bandicam is the best and most reliable screen recording program on the market, and it allows you to record high-resolution videos without creating huge video files.

3. How to Draw on Your PC Screen

You can simultaneously draw lines, boxes, or highlights while recording in 'Screen Recording' mode.

4. How to Add Mouse Cursor effects

You can add a mouse cursor, click effects, highlight effects, and click sounds to the video that will be recorded.

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