Date : 30-03-2021

If you need to record a Zoom meeting or call in as high quality as possible to edit it later as part of a longer video, you need to know a couple of things to get the best results.

There are three Ways to Record a Zoom Meeting. Recording the Zoom Meeting in high quality with individual video/audio sources is the best way to do it. Then there is recording the Zoom Meeting with screen capture software and recording the Zoom Meeting inside Zoom itself.

There are a couple of much better ways to get a high-quality recording of your call than to use Zoom’s own ‘Record Meeting’ function. The best way to record a Zoom meeting for later editing is to by-pass Zoom all together by recording the audio and video feed from each camera locally and just using Zoom to talk to each other as actual media. Another is to use a screen recording program like ScreenFlow to record the meeting; this will allow you to capture your screen at its native resolution instead of being limited by Zoom’s recording functionality. 

If your only option is to record your Zoom Meeting with Zoom’s internal Recording Meeting functionality, be sure to check out the best settings and preferences to get the best possible results with this method.

The Best Way to Record a Zoom Interview in High Quality

Getting interview participants to use QuickTime media player to record their FaceTime camera-input locally and save the file out as a ProRes.mov to preserve as much quality as possible is the best way to record a Zoom meeting for later editing. That way, you will have a clean recording of either end of the call in the best possible quality, rather than a single lower quality file with both sides baked in.

To do this, you simply open QuickTime Player, choose File > New Movie Recording. Click on the drop-down arrow to the Record button’s right, select the camera and microphone you want to use, and change the Quality setting to Maximum.

At the end, make sure you save the file!

Record a Zoom Meeting with Screen Capture Software

ScreenFlow is an award-winning and easy to use video editing, screen recording and sharing tool. With ScreenFlow, you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, iOS device, microphone and computer audio. One benefit of recording in Screenflow is that you can have two separate audio recordings for yourself (into your computer’s microphone) and the other person on the call (computer audio), which makes editing the clean audio of either side much more manageable. 

The Best Settings for Recording a Zoom Meeting

If you choose to use Zoom’s in-built and pretty effective, recording feature here’s what you’ll need to do to get the best looking and sounding results. You’ll need to toggle on a few different settings in the Zoom desktop app preferences to get set up correctly.

Preferences > Video

  • Enable HD
  • Choose camera (for external camera feed)
  • 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio

Preferences > Recording

  • Optimise for a third party video editor
  • Record separate audio file for each participant
  • Record video during screen sharing

Within Zoom, to record a meeting, you simply press Record > Record on this Computer in the on-screen controls. Be sure you have permission from everyone on the call to do so.

You can also record in several different ‘modes’, including active speaker mode where only the speaker is shown, gallery mode (which might work well for two-person interviews) or bigger meetings and various shared screen modes. 

To get the best sounding audio, you should record a separate audio file per participant, which you can toggle on in the Zoom preferences. This creates two different audio tracks in the Local recordings folder, which you can then sync up later in your video editing software. Automatically adjust microphone volume will attempt to normalise your sound level, lift up quiet speech, and reduce the loud. 

The recording resolution Zoom can deliver is dictated in part by the camera’s resolution doing the recording. You will need to enable HD for your calls in the preferences to make sure you aren’t recording at the default. You should also toggle on ‘Optimise for third party editor’ in the Recording preferences. Zoom says this will generate a .mp4 file that’s better suited to being edited.

How to Look Better on a Zoom Interview

To start, find better lighting. You want to avoid overhead lights because they cast weird shadows and highlights on your face. They also tend to throw off the overall balance. 

To look your best, you want your webcam to be at (or just above) eye-level. That’s how people usually see you in person, and it’s what they subconsciously expect. 

Don't be too far away that the microphone won't hear you. Remember to get rid of all sound distractions during your meeting, if you can. For improved audio, use an accessory mic, which will make you sound way better.