As host, you can begin recording a meeting with the Record button on the bottom menu bar.

When you click to start, Zoom prompts for where to save it: to your local computer or the cloud. Local recordings are saved to your hard drive. Cloud recordings are saved to Zoom’s cloud storage and can be accessed via the Zoom web portal on any computer. We highly recommend local recordings, as Macalester’s Zoom cloud storage space is limited.

Once you select your storage option, Zoom begins to capture all participant audio and video from the meeting, including anything introduced using the screen sharing feature. Zoom will indicate that recording is in progress to both host and participants with a small icon on the top left of the Zoom window:

Recording… controls also appear here, and where the record button usually is. Clicking pause temporarily halts recording, so that you can resume later and continue writing to the same file. Clicking stop halts recording permanently. Using the stop button, multiple shorter recordings can be made in one meeting. Leaving the meeting also ends the recording, and will begin the processing of any recorded video. 

For long recordings, video processing can take time; if you’re recording locally, you will have to wait to close your Zoom application until it’s complete. Zoom will notify you once your video is finished, either by opening the directory your video files are stored in, if you’re recording locally, or via email, if the video was recorded to the cloud.

Where local recordings are saved can be changed in the meeting settings in the Zoom Client:

Clicking the Open button to the right of the directory will take you to where your local recordings have been stored.

Zoom recordings always generate a video recording (mp4), an audio-only recording (mp3) and the transcript from the public chats.

Cloud recordings can be accessed via the Zoom Web Interface:

From the Recordings area of the web interface, you can download or share a link to the meeting recording.

By default, only the host is allowed to record a meeting. However, recording privileges can be given to participants. To do so, mouse over a participant’s name in the participants list and click “more”. Then, click “allow to record.” Note: be sure to ask all participants’ permission before allowing anyone to record.

Meeting Transcripts

There are two ways to create transcripts of recorded meetings.

You can save the auto-created close captions from your recorded Zoom meeting.

Or, you can use a service called to automatically create text transcriptions of recorded meetings. You simply record a meeting to the cloud, download the audio only version, and upload that audio to The help document has more detailed instructions.

Once you’ve finished a recording, if you want more information on actually showing it to students, we suggest visiting our how-to guide on your options for sharing media.