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Using Zoom to Record a Presentation

Why use this?

Zoom is a virtual conferencing tool. In addition to hosting and recording meetings, Zoom can be used for office hours, live lectures, and recording microlectures. Students can use it to communite with classmates, study groups, work on group projects, and record presentations. Staff can use it to record information for the campus community. Watch this example of a video presentation created using Zoom

There may be times you want to live stream your class, hold office hours for students who can't come to meet you in person, or bring a guest speaker to your class without them being in the room. Staff may want to use it to collaborate with colleagues or with someone off campus. Our Live Stream Using Zoom guide will step you through that process.

Preparing Your Zoom Account

  1. Login to with your CSUSM campus credentials.
  2. If Zoom isn't installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it and install it.
  3. When you login, look to the left side of the screen for the Personal header and select the Profile option.
  4. Look in the right column for the Personal Meeting ID and Personal Link sections. The Personal Link will display

How to record

1. Go to and login with your campus credentials to get started or download the program.

2. Open Zoom

3. In the Zoom window, click on the New Meeting button

new meeting button in Zoom

4. It will open Zoom with your video camera turned on or off (depending on your preferences)

open zoom

5. On the bottom left, click on the Audio button to test your mic and speaker. Click on the Start video button (if desired) to show yourself and not just an image.

audio settings for Zoom session

6. Open the PowerPoint Presentation or website you want to display.

7. Click to Share Screen Share Screen button

share screen button

8. Select the PowerPoint presentation window or desktop and click on the Share button

share button on Zoom

9. You will see your screen display with green around the edges.

10. Roll your mouse over the top of the screen where you see the green bar. A navigation block will display. Roll over to the three dots above More to see recording and other options.

Zoom navigation choose More to get to recording tools

12. Choose the "Record to Cloud" option so you get a link to add to Cougar Courses. Choose "Record on this Computer" if you want to edit and upload to YouTube unlisted. Recording starts right away.
Zoom recording options

13. If you are muted, you will see a message to unmute yourself.
Unmute mic during Zoom recording

14. You will see a red light flashing on the green ID section of the navigation bar during the recording.
Recording icon in Zoom

15. Use the down arrow to advance your slides as you present your presentation. Open and close other programs as needed if sharing the desktop.

16. When you are finished, roll your mouse over the top of your screen on the green bar to display the navigation bar. Click on the More icon and choose "Stop Recording" from the list.

Select the stop recording button in Zoom

17. Confirm you want to stop the cloud recording.
Confirm stop recording Zoom presentation

18. Cancel the screen share by clicking on the "Stop Share" button on the navigation bar.

Stop screenshare in Zoom presentation

19. You will be taken back to the Zoom meeting window

17. On the bottom right, click on the End of Meeting button

18. Click on the End Meeting for All button

End meeting for all

19. You will receive an email within a couple minutes confirming the meeting is being processed and available. Instructors will post the "Share recording with viewers" link in Cougar Courses for your students using the URL tool. Students will submit to a forum or assignment in Cougar Courses. Staff will send the link to colleagues via email.