Create and store recordings of Zoom meetings
Create a recording
From a desktop computer
To create a recording of a Zoom meeting:
- Enter the Zoom meeting room.
Controls to pause or stop the recording will appear in the menu bar at the bottom of the meeting room:Important:Cloud recording requires a Kaltura account. If you don't have an account, to create one before making your first cloud recording, go to kaltura.iu.edu and log in. Your account will be created during the login process.
and select either or .
- When you are finished recording, click . If you forget to do this, the recording will end when you exit the meeting room.
- Once your meeting has ended, it will need to be processed in Zoom before it can be transferred to Kaltura. Depending on the length of the meeting, this may take some time. To check the status of your recording, log into zoom.iu.edu and click in the navigation menu.
- Zoom does not store your recordings long term, but only long enough to process and transfer them to Kaltura. All cloud recordings are eventually automatically deleted from Zoom.
- Depending on your personal settings, cloud recordings use either "Gallery" or "Active Speaker" views. To review or change these settings, log into zoom.iu.edu and go to .
- Because files are stored on your local hard drive, you must have enough space available to store the recording.
- Recording file sizes may be in Gigabytes.
From a mobile device
You cannot use a mobile device to initiate a local recording of a Zoom meeting. However, you can initiate a cloud (Kaltura) recording from a mobile device; for instructions, see Recording on iOS/Android.
Access your recordings
When you record Zoom meetings locally, each meeting recording is saved on your desktop device to its own folder labeled with the date, time, and meeting name. By default, these folders are inside the
Zoom folder, located inside the
Documents folder on Windows, macOS, and Linux. For more about accessing your local recordings and changing the recording location, see Local Recording.
Recording file types
Meeting recordings consist of raw Zoom files, converted video files, and plain text chat logs; the chat recording and main meeting recording are separate. The easiest way to ensure that all parts of the meeting are backed up is to back up the recording folder itself.
Meeting recordings are converted from raw Zoom files to MP4 video files automatically. To manually convert a recording, double-click the file named
double_click_to_convert_01.zoom, and the Zoom client will convert the file to MP4 video.
Back up local recordings
UITS recommends backing up recordings stored on your local computer to one of IU's file storage systems. You can also upload the converted MP4 video file to Kaltura. This is very convenient for sharing, but will not preserve the chat transcript.
To access cloud recordings, see Access and share Zoom recordings in Kaltura.