Recording a Zoom Call for Meetings and Interviews


Zoom can be used as a recording platform. Examples include:

  • Record yourself by starting a call with no other participants
  • Share your screen to record a screen capture
  • Record an interview or group meeting
  • For maximum flexibility, use your individual Zoom account and not your Zoom course call (Penn Carey Law faculty and instructors only)
  • For Penn Carey Law faculty and instructors: your Zoom Course call automatically records when you click the “Instructor Zoom Course link.” Note: your Zoom course call only records in Speaker View and Screen Capture mode. It will not record the Gallery View. If you want to record the Gallery View, use your individual Zoom account and not your course call.

All Penn Carey Law faculty, staff and students have an individual Zoom account. See here for more details:


Available formats for your video

How to start a recording

How to Download your cloud recording

Uploading a video to Canvas


Available Formats for your video

1. Record two or more people in “Speaker View”. Video switches to each person when they speak

This is the default format for Zoom Cloud Recordings. If you are sharing your screen, the active speaker will appear in the top-right corner. If you are not sharing your screen, the active speaker will appear full-screen and will switch to a new person when they speak.

example with powerpoint: 

shared screen with active speaker view

example without powerpoint: om active speaker  

2. Record two of more people in “Gallery View.” Video shows all participants in grid on screen.


example: zoom gallery view


This format requires changing the Recording Settings in Zoom.

To adjust cloud recording settings, log into your account on

  1. Click on “Settings”
    1. zoom settings
  2. Click on “Recording.” Check the first two check-boxes under “Cloud Recording” if you wish to capture recordings in Gallery View
    1. zoom recordings settings


3. Record 2 or more people on-screen with a Powerpoint

example: zoom side by side


Note: this MUST be done with Zoom Local recording, and not cloud recording. The person recording must be in “Side-by-side” mode under View Options.


How to Start a Recording

To start a new meeting in Zoom, open the Zoom app and click “SSO” to log in with your Pennkey.

Click “Start Meeting” to start a meeting instantly. Or click “Schedule” to set up a future meeting to share with others.

Zoom Start Meeting screen









Only Hosts and Co-Hosts can start a recording.  

  • To start a recording, click on the “Record” icon on the toolbar at the bottom the Zoom interface.
  • Record to the Cloud will save your recording to the Zoom website. To download this recording, log into the Zoom website and navigate to “Recordings”
  • Record to this Computer will save a copy of the recording on your computer. To find the recording, navigate to your “Documents” folder, then “Zoom.” Each recording will be in a folder named with the date and time of the recording.

Zoom Recording Settings


  • When recording you should see the record button be replaced by a pause and a stop icon as pictured below.

Pause/Stop Recording in Zoom


Accessing Cloud Recordings for Download

***Recordings for classes are automatically imported into Panopto and this step can be skipped if you are trying to access class recordings as an instructor. ***


Cloud recordings can only be accessed by logging into Zoom via the website portal (not the application on your computer) at and clicking Recordings, as seen below.  The recordings tab will also show you where local recordings were stored if you are having issues locating a local recording.

Accessing Zoom Recordings

To download your Zoom recording(s) hover click the “More” button to the right of the recording you want to download and click download. 

download zoom recordings

Zoom is setup to download both an audio only version (as an .M4A file) and a video with audio version (as a .MP4 file).  These are both standard filetypes that most media players can playback with ease.  The image below is also indicative of the naming convention (timezone:year:month:day meeting name)

example zoom file names

***files can be found in whatever your default web browser download folder is, typically “downloads” or “desktop” are the default folders.***


Uploading Recordings to Canvas

Once you have the recording saved to your computer, navigate to your Canvas page and click on “Panopto Recordings.”

Panopto Recordings tab in Canvas











Then click the “Create” button, then “Upload Media”

Upload media screen in Panopto


Drag and drop the file from your computer onto this page or click the find the file on your computer. 

Add files in Panopto

To edit the recording, please follow our in depth guide here or our quick tips guide here

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