During the COVID-19 outbreak, millions more people are working from home every single day. While this has made a lot of workflows far more difficult, there are great tools out there to help teams work as effectively and comfortably as possible.
One of the main tools to receive a boost while millions are working from home is the video conferencing software Zoom. You've probably heard of it – it's a powerful and versatile tool that gives people unprecedented control over their virtual meetings, chats, and events. Plus, Zoom lets you record meetings as they happen, so clips can be saved, shared on social media, or kept as official records.
But Zoom meetings can be really long, so the videos from recorded meetings end up as massive files that take up tons of space on your computer and aren't edited for sharing anywhere. Here's how you can trim your Zoom recording down to the most important parts, add captions, titles, watermarks, or make any other edits:
- Make your Zoom recording video
- Upload the video to the Kapwing Studio
- Trim & make your edits
- Process & download
OR: Start with this video tutorial instead
Step 1: Make your Zoom recording video
As long as you're the host of a Zoom meeting, the app makes it super easy to record your conference. Just hit the "Record" button in the bottom toolbar to start the recording. You can press "Stop" at any point during the meeting to finish your recording, or you can keep it running until you end the meeting.
When your recording is finished, it should automatically save to your computer's Documents folder. Make sure you know where to find it, and you're ready to edit!
Step 2: Upload the video to the Kapwing Studio
To start editing your Zoom recording, you'll need to upload it to the Kapwing Studio. Head over to Kapwing.com and click "Start Editing." Here, you'll be prompted to upload your file – click "Click here to upload" and find the Zoom recording file that was saved to the "Zoom" folder in your documents. If it's an especially long video, it may take a couple minutes to upload fully to the Studio.
Step 3: Trim & make your edits
Once your video is fully uploaded, it's time to make your edits. You'll probably want to start by trimming your video down. Select your video and choose "Trim" from the right-hand menu. Using the start and end buttons, you can cut your video down to the segment you want to use. The "Add Cut" button allows you to cut out a segment from the middle of your video – this is especially useful if your group took a break in the middle of your meeting.
Especially if you want to keep the file on your computer or share it anywhere, you should try to trim your video down to under 10 minutes in length. Otherwise, you'll need to upgrade to Kapwing Pro to publish your longer video file – this way, you can use Kapwing's free, unlimited cloud storage, as well.
Almost every other edit your video might need can be accomplished in the Kapwing Studio, too. For example, you might want to add your company's watermark to a corner of the video to share it on social media. Just choose "Upload" to add your watermark image from your computer or anywhere on the internet, and reduce its opacity to fit into your recording seamlessly. While you're in the Studio, you can accomplish several other edits, as well:
Step 4: Process & download
When you're done making all the edits you want to make, click "Publish" in the upper right corner and Kapwing will process your video. For longer videos, this can take several minutes, so you ,ay need to be patient.
Once your video is fully published, click the "Download" button on the right side of the screen, and your file will be saved to your browser downloads! From there, you can save it in online storage, share it on social media, or keep it saved on your computer.
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