Zoom for lecture recording

The following instructions will guide you on how to make a recording of your PowerPoint or other content on your computer using Zoom. There are two options for recording with Zoom, local recordings to your computer and cloud recordings. We typically recommend using the cloud recording option as it gets captioned automatically. This option produces a link that can be shared via WebCampus (you can also download a copy of the cloud recording as an MP4 file). The local recording option produces an MP4 that can then be shared via WebCampus/My Media.

Step 1: Launch the Zoom application on your computer.

NOTE: If you do not yet have the Zoom application please visit the University's Zoom portal. Please note this is a University-specific website and NOT the main Zoom website.


Step 2: Click on the “Sign in with SSO” login option.

This will open the University's SSO login webpage in your web browser. Once you have logged in, you should be prompted to return to the Zoom application.


Step 3: From the Zoom application, click on New Meeting.


Step 4: When the meeting interface loads, select “Join with Computer Audio” when prompted. This will use the default mic and speakers on your computer.


Step 5: Verify your mic is working – the mic icon on the mic button should flash green in response to your voice if working. Alternatively, you can use the audio options (chevron to the right of the Mic button) to test your mic. This step will help to ensure you have a viable recording.


Step 6: If desired, make sure the proper webcam is selected and working. You can toggle the webcam on/off by clicking on the webcam button. You can change your webcam and related settings by clicking on the chevron to the right of the webcam button

  • Continue to: Recording to the cloud...

    The following instructions will guide you on how to make a recording to Zoom’s cloud storage. If you would like to learn how to record to your local computer using Zoom, please see “Zoom for local recording.”

    Screen clipping of the Zoom meeting interface showing the Record button pop-up menu with the Record to the Cloud option selected.
    [Figure 1] Screen clipping of the Zoom meeting interface showing the Record button pop-up menu with the Record to the Cloud option selected.

    Step 7: In the main Zoom meeting window, click on the Record button on the bottom of the screen. Choose the “Record to the Cloud” option.


    Step 8: Share your screen or application (i.e. PowerPoint) and conduct your class/meeting.


    Step 9: When you conclude the meeting, the recording will automatically end (or you can manually stop it). After the recording has encoded you will receive an email with a link to the recording that you can share.

    NOTE: If you are using the Zoom integration with WebCampus, the cloud recording links will automatically be available to your students once they have finished encoding. You can change their availability through the main UNR Zoom portal, if desired.

  • Continue to: Recording locally...

    The following instructions will guide you on how to make a recording to your local computer using Zoom. If you would like to learn how to record to the cloud using Zoom, please see “Zoom for cloud recording.”

    Screen clipping of the Zoom meeting interface showing the Record button pop-up menu with the Record to thi Computer option selected.
    [Figure 1] Screen clipping of the Zoom meeting interface showing the Record button pop-up menu with the Record to thi Computer option selected.

    Step 7: In the main Zoom meeting window, click on the Record button on the bottom of the screen. Choose the “Record on this Computer” option.


    Step 8: Share your screen or application (i.e. PowerPoint) and conduct your class/meeting.


    Step 9: Click on the stop button to stop the recording (this replaces the Record button during recording). After the meeting has ended, your recording will encode on your computer.

    NOTE: Do not shut down your computer until the Zoom recording has finished encoding. The duration of the encoding process will vary depending on the length of the recording.