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Local recording on Zoom: How to record a Zoom meeting on MacBook

Taking Zoom meeting recording is simple; this basic MacBook guide explains the steps for host and participants of how to record meetings in Zoom along with video and audio.

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Lucas Seltzer Updated on Jan 10, 2023 4:07 PM

Here's everything you need to know for Zoom recording with MacBook:

  • Host and participants can easily record Zoom meeting video and audio with LOCAL RECORDINGS from any MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
  • Zoom allows host to start a local recording of the meeting, and to give participants ability to record meeting. The recorded video will be saved to MacBook's drive at .mp4 format.
  • With "Enable a separate audio file for each participant" activated, host can audio record what everyone said in the Zoom meeting and save to multiple audio files.
  • If you're a participant and want more controls on recording on Zoom, try Screen Recorder. You're able to record the Zoom meetings on MacBook without participant's privileges.

Even a participant has video recording ability when join in a Zoom meeting to make a video.

Remote meetings are becoming an even more essential part of work, and Zoom is a popular audio and video conferencing tool that facilitates a good communication and problem-solving. Despite this, it's can be challenged to conduct a Zoom meeting, because participants can experience connectivity problems. It's important to make sure no one is missing the meeting, and Zoom recording is a beneficial option.

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This article will guide you through the process of how to record Zoom meeting using a MacBook, whether you're the host or a participant. You'll also learn Zoom's local recordings, and separated audio-only recordings of each participant.

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What is local recording with Zoom?

Zoom has two video meeting solutions to record: Local and to the Cloud. Local recordings are Zoom recordings with meeting video and audio saved locally or directly to participants' MacBooks, which is available for both free participants and paid subscribers. The local recordings of Zoom will get what participants could see in the meeting to capture, accompanying with the attendee names and audio tracks coming from every participant.

When you complete recording Zoom meeting locally on macOS, you can then share the Zoom recorded sessions via Google Drive or other video streaming services with participants for review meeting content and other purposes. The resulting local recording file can be accessed in the Zoom folder inside the Documents folder in your computer's hard disk.

Tip: Local recording cannot be used on iPhone, iPad and Android device. You will need to upgrade to a paid account in an effort to avail Cloud Recordings, which helps participants record to Zoom Cloud storage where they can be viewed, shared and downloaded.

How to record Zoom meeting on MacBook

Local recordings make it easy to record a Zoom meeting using the desktop app. Once the local recording is enabled, you - the host, are able to create and store recordings of Zoom straight to the MacBook.

But here's the problem: Only the meeting host and with participants with host permission get the Record button on the video layout to record an ongoing Zoom meeting. If you don't want to ask host to give you Zoom recording ability in a meeting, skip to this part for make a recording as a participant locally on your MacBook.

By default, only the meeting host can record a Zoom meeting. However, the host can allow specific users to record the meeting through the Manage Participants panel.

Enable local recording

To start, record the meeting on the desktop Zoom app involves local recording activation. It's easily to get it active:

  • Go to Zoom website and sign in as an administrator with the ability to edit account settings.
  • In the navigation menu, click Account Management then choose Account Settings.
  • Click the Recording tab.
  • Under Recording section, switch the Local recording toggle to ON position.

You'll need to enable local recordings before you can record locally on Zoom with a free account.

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No matter you're the host or the participants who have been granted recording privileges, the process to start meeting recording while in Zoom video session is actually the same.

1. Start a Zoom meeting as a host.

2. Click Record button at the bottom of your Zoom meeting window. When the recording is active, you should see the red recording indicator at the top left of the Zoom meeting.

  • Participant won't see this button if there's no permission to record.
  • If you're a paid user, you will get options to start a local recording or cloud recording here.
  • The Participants button at the bottom shows which approved participants are recording in the Zoom meeting.

When local recordings initiate, video and audio come out from all persons participated the Zoom session should be recorded.

3. When you're ready to end the recording, click the Stop Recording button at the bottom.

Either a host or a participant can pause or stop the recording at any time.

It's that simple!

When you're done, Zoom will convert the meeting recording file from raw Zoom file to MP4 video file automatically so you can access the video file on your MacBook. When done, you'll be guided to the folder where you can open and play your recorded Zoom meeting file at any time.

Once the conversion begins, Zoom meeting recordings are saved to MP4 format.

How can host record audio on Zoom for each participant

One nice feature with local recording in Zoom is that host can pick up audio cues in the Zoom calls. That means Zoom meeting host can record and separate all participants' audio tracks and save the files in MP4 audio format. Related: How to Record Computer Audio on Mac

  • Open Zoom desktop app on your MacBook (Pro, Air).
  • Click Settings.
  • When Settings window opens, choose Recording tab.
  • Check the box next to 'Record a separate audio file of each participant'.
  • Begin to record and save the Zoom meeting in macOS system.
  • Once the recording is ended and has been converted, open the save folder that contains your recorded meeting.
  • Locate Audio Record.
  • Open Audio Record, and you'll find each participant's audio stream listed in a single file, with the file name beginning with the participant's name.

The audio conference tool Zoom records audio of each participant discussed during the session.

How to record a Zoom meeting on a MacBook (without host permission)

If you are not the host of the meeting, or you gain no permission from the host to record Zoom on MacBook, save yourself the trouble by using Screen Recorder for macOS, a screen and audio recording tool to capture meeting video screen and sounds with a few simple clicks.

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The software is available to anyone to record without using the in-built Zoom recording button, so all attendees with or without host permission can record with Zoom, in addition to the host. It comes with Video Recorder tool and that is dedicated to record Zoom face-to-face meeting with audio in high video and audio quality. If you only want to capture the sound, the Audio Recorder should streamline your recording process.

There is a full editor in the program so you can trim, cut, and edit your recordings when completed.

To help recording Zoom on a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air when you conduct or attend the meeting, here are steps that can be implemented immediately with dedicated Screen Recorder. You will need to run the software and make some changes before the Zoom meeting begins so you won't miss something important.

Step 1: Once you launch the utility, choose Video Recorder.

Step 2: Select the meeting screen to record.

Step 3: Switch on System sound option as well as the Microphone option.

You can make some configurations on the recording. Click the tiny gear icon right above the Microphone option, and then change the recording location, video format & quality, etc.

Step 4: As soon as the Zoom meeting begins, click REC button to begin screen recording Zoom with no host recording privileges needed.

Step 5: When your Zoom meeting comes to an end, click Stop Recording button.

You can then edit the recording and save the video file onto your MacBook. Play the meeting you recorded and listen to the participants audio contents.

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If you want to record the meeting audio of the host or participants, choose Audio Recorder instead on the main screen, then enable System sound and Microphone for Zoom recording and kick off the process.

Happy Zoom recording in your MacBook with desktop app!

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