OIT Tech Guide:
Recording Classes with Zoom (An Overview)

How Should I Record My Live Class Sessions?

If you would like to record a live class session with Zoom at SMU, you have two choices:

  1. Use the "Local Recording" – this captures the recording directly to the host's computer, which creates a movie file that can then be uploaded to Panopto or Box. (SMU Faculty and Staff can upload recordings to either Box or directly to a Canvas course using Panopto.)
  2. Use the "Cloud Recording" – this captures the recording directly to Zoom's cloud server. You then have 30 days before that recording expires – 30 days to download the video file and upload to a streaming server.
Most class recordings can safely be recorded to a host's computer, and this is often the easiest method. In the case of recording to a classroom computer, though, we recommend that you utilize Zoom's Cloud Recording, so that the post-meeting conversion process doesn't tie up a classroom workstation.

Below are some short descriptions of recording workflows. To learn more about Zoom recording features, please visit Zoom's Help Center's Recording site.

Local Recording with Zoom

While a meeting is in progress, a host instructor can start Local Recording at any time.

  1. Click Record in the menu bar and select Record on this Computer.

    zoom record locally
  2. All participants will see a recording indicator in the upper-left of their screen.

    zoom recording light
  3. Host can stop or pause recording any time by using recording controls.

    zoom recording stop
  4. When meeting ends, recording will convert to MP4 movie file. Click on the Meetings tab in the Zoom application and then click on the Recorded tab to see your recording.
  5. Click Open button corresponding to any recording to view and access the saved file in its local directory.

More info on Zoom's Local Recording on Zoom's Help Center's Local Recording page.

Upload Recording to Canvas

SMU Faculty can upload and share recordings in courses by logging into smu.edu/canvas

  1. Go to smu.edu/canvas and sign in with your SMU ID.
  2. From the desired target Canvas course, click Panopto from the left navigation list.
  3. Click the blue Create button, and select Upload Media.
  4. Drag your Zoom recording file onto the upload box or click to the box to Find a File to Upload button and select your Zoom recording.
  5. File will begin uploading – you must remain on this page until file is completely uploaded (progress bar will turn green).
  6. Edit details (title, description, tags, etc).
  7. The video file will now be available in your course, and it will also be available across other modes of sharing as well.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Click Panopto to access your video.
  10. Once your video appears in the Panopto setting of your course, it can be shared with students!

To share your video with others, go to video's page and click on the Share button under the video. You can share the URL with anyone (Link to Media Page) or post it to Canvas or share in email as a Web Link. You can also use the HTML Embed Code (Embed) to place the video on a website.

Cloud Recording with Zoom

When you record a class and choose Record to the Cloud, the video, audio, and chat text are recorded in the Zoom Cloud.

Important: SMU's Zoom settings allow for storage of Cloud recordings for only 30 days. SMU's use of Zoom's Cloud Recording is not intended for hosted playback, but rather to accommodate the recording and transcoding of content directly to Zoom's server – so that centrally-managed classroom machines will not have to be committed to those tasks. Recordings can be downloaded and shared using either Panopto or Canvas, for course content, or Box@SMU, for departmental content.

There are three steps to using Zoom's Cloud Recording at SMU:

  1. Enable Cloud Recording in your Zoom account's meeting settings
  2. Record your session to the Zoom Cloud.
  3. Download your recording and share on a streaming server.

Enable Cloud Recording in your Zoom account's meeting settings.

  1. Log in to smu.edu/zoom with your SMU ID.
  2. Click on My Meeting Settings.
  3. Click the Edit button next to Recording.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Cloud Recording, select your preferences, then click Save Changes.

    Zoom cloud recording settings

Record your session to the Zoom Cloud

While a meeting is in progress, a host can start Cloud Recording at any time.

  1. Click Record in the menu bar and select Record to the Cloud.
  2. All participants will see a recording indicator in the upper-left of their screen.
  3. Host can stop or pause recording any time by using recording controls.
  4. When meeting ends, you will receive an email notification – with a link to the recording. You can also log in to smu.edu/zoom and click on My Recordings to access.

Download your recording and share on a streaming server

You can share your downloaded Zoom Cloud Recordings on SMU-supported systems, like Canvas and Panopto, on Box@SMU, and even embed on web pages or in commercial systems, such as YouTube or Vimeo.

For instructions on adding video files to Canvas, visit smu.edu/Canvas and click the Panopto menu option.