How to Edit a Zoom Recording (Cloud & Local Recording)

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

In an era full of uncertainties caused by COVID-19, marketers, educators, administrators, and faculty worldwide have to adapt to new ways of attending meetings, classes, and parties remotely. During the pandemic, over 300 million people around the world hold and record meetings on Zoom. Now it becomes pretty normal to communicate, collaborate, and even spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with families over Zoom meetings.

Zoom allows holding a meeting for 40 minutes to 24 hours and it archives the video conference for all users when it is ended. Basically, you don't need to edit the recording. But if it is too long, you need to remove unneeded pauses and filler words like er and uh. Then you'll get a better video for sharing with the public.

zoom video meeting

Today, we'll walk you through the steps of how to edit a Zoom recording from both cloud recordings and local recordings. Let's begin now.

Part 1. How to Edit a Zoom Recording from Cloud Recordings

Zoom provides online services for paid subscribers. Once you choose "Record to Cloud", and the recorded video conferences, audio, and chat text are recorded in the Zoom cloud to free up the local storage on your computer.

While previewing the video online, you can edit it by specifying a playback range.

Step 1. Open your dashboard on Zoom and find the Zoom video recorded to the cloud.

Login to your zoom account to Navigate to My Account > Personal > Recordings > Cloud Recordings. Now you can see all videos that are recorded to the cloud, then select a recording that you want to edit.

find the video on Zoom Cloud Recordings

Step 2. Trim the Zoom video.

Click the play button on the video thumbnail. Click the scissor icon on the lower right corner of the preview window. And drag the playheads to specify the start and end time of the Zoom recording. Hit "Save" and the video will be saved to the Cloud Recordings tab.

adjust playback duration on Zoom

Step 3. Modify the audio transcript on Zoom.

If you've enabled Zoom "Audio transcript" in advance, you can find the transcript in the CC (Closed Caption) option. Click it and you can preview and modify the transcript of your recording.

modify Zoom recording transcript

However, it is not actually a feasible way to edit your Zoom recording. The changes will not be applied to the recording if you are watching it on Internet Explorer, Safari, or on mobile devices using low bandwidth mode.

And it has limited video editing features. If you want to trim the middle part of the Zoom video, and remove "umm", "er" sounds, and some freezing moments, and apply more edits for better viewing, check the second method below.

Part 2. How to Edit a Zoom Recording from Local Recordings

If you don't upgrade the plan on Zoom, your recordings will be saved to:

  • C:\Users\asus\Documents\Zoom - Windows
  • \Users\User Name\Documents\Zoom - macOS

Now you need a third-party video editor, VideoProc. It has been built with a full set of video editing tools including but not limited to cutting, merging, cropping, texting, removing background noise, etc. Furthermore, by the leading full GPU acceleration tech, VideoProc processes large and long Zoom recordings without any fuss.

Step 1. Cut out unwanted parts of the Zoom video.

Open VideoProc, and click "Video" > "+Video" to load a Zoom recording (or multiple recordings) to it.

import a Zoom video to VideoProc

Click "Cut" on the editing toolbar to open the editing window. Now you can drag the green knobs to set the cut time position and click the scissor icon to cut the recording into one clip. Then continue to cut other parts in the same way. Multiple short clips will be merged into one after exporting.

cut Zoom recording video in VideoProc

Note: VideoProc also has a video trimmer and a splitter in the Toolbox. But they are different from cutting videos. The trimmer is to delete the start and end of the video, and the splitter to divide a long Zoom recording into small parts evenly.

Step 2. Crop and reframe the video.

Zoom allows sharing the screen during the video conference, if you dragged some files into the recording area by mistake, this video cropping tool surely comes to your rescue before you share it with the public. What's more, you can remove blackbars and the "Powered by Zoom" watermark (if it is enabled) by cropping the video on your computer.

Go back to the main editing interface and choose "Crop" in the editing bar this time. Tick the box before "Enable Crop", and you can drag the box to reframe the video freely.

crop Zoom recording video in VideoProc

Step 3. Add subtitles (if necessary).

The next step is to add subtitles and texts to your Zoom recording for better viewing. Instead of typing subtitles line by line, you can use online subtitle generators, like Sonix, to transcribe the video to an SRT file.

Upload the local Zoom recording to When it finishes transcribing the video, download the video transcription in SRT format.

generate Zoom recording subtitles online

Now go to VideoProc, and click "Subtitle" to add the subtitle file you just downloaded from Sonix. You can adjust the subtitle position, font, and size in the Burn-In mode. Then click "Done" to save the changes.

add subtitles to Zoom video in VideoProc

Step 4. Speed up the recording properly.

A Zoom webinar takes 30 minutes to several hours. And it is really time-consuming to browse the whole recording even you've trimmed off some parts. And the best solution to speed up the video recorded by Zoom.

VideoProc supports playback speed of 0.1x to 16x. And the proper speed for a Zoom recording is 1.5x to 2x. Open its editing window, hit "Audio & Video", and drag the knob to change the video speed.

adjust Zoom video speed in VideoProc

Tips: Sometimes the Zoom video is out of sync with the voice due to unstable network connections. You can fix this issue by forcing A/V sync which is right below the playback speed option.

Step 5. Add your brand logo.

Click "Watermark" > "Enable Watermark" > "Image", and insert your company logo in .png or .jpg to your Zoom recording. Then drag the logo to put it on any place you like. You can also type the contact info or official website address on the screen. This is also a good opportunity to promote your brand while sharing your Zoom video.

add watermark to Zoom recording

Step 6. Choose a proper video format for your Zoom recording.

Preview and check the edited Zoom recording. Now click "Target Format" and select an output file format, for example, MP4 H.264, the most popular video format.

Besides, VideoProc has preset the output profile by devices (iPhone, Android, TV, DVD, etc.) and video platforms (Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, etc.). You can select the best format for your Zoom recording in terms of different use.

select an output video format

Step 7. Export the edited Zoom video.

Select a folder to save the video, and hit the "RUN" button to export the Zoom recording.

export edited zoom recording


1. How to edit a Zoom audio recording?

When the webinar on Zoon is over, it will be saved in 2 files, an MP4 video and an M4A audio file. First, you need to find the audio recording on your PC/Mac. Next, import it to the audio editing software, like say, WavePad and AVS Audio Editor. Then you can trim, cut, merge, and adjust the audio speed freely.

2. How to share a Zoom recording?

You can hit the share option on Zoom cloud recordings, customize the download and viewing rights, and set a password. Then copy and send the share link of the recording to your partners.

As for local recordings, we'd suggest reducing the file size with VideoProc first. It achieves 90% video size reduction without visible quality loss. Then you can transfer a long Zoom recording over the internet in just a few seconds.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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