How to share your Zoom recordings with a group, privately

The world, particularly the educational world, is Zooming. Many Zoom users – teachers, professors, coaches, managers – are recording their Zoom meetings locally on their computer.

Great, but what do you do with those recordings? How can you share them? How do you get users to engage with the recordings? 

We give you some options in this post.

Sharing Zoom meetings to YouTube works. But it isn’t safe, private, easy to manage, and it doesn’t allow discussion. We talked about that in another blog post on why sharing video with YouTube is really a terrible option for groups.

Really. Don't use YouTube to share Zoom recordings.

Sharing Zoom Recordings on YouTube

But if you want to do it on YouTube, here’s how:

  1. Record your meeting in Zoom. Here’s the Zoom support article on how to do it.
  2. That’ll eventually convert to an .mp4 file
  3. Log into YouTube and use the little Camera and Plus sign icon near the top right. Here are the YouTube instructions.
  4. Set your video to “Unlisted” in YouTube.
  5. Share the link to the video (just copy it from the browser address bar when the video is visible) with the people you’re sharing with.

Sharing Zoom meeting recordings on Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, and Dropbox 

Sharing files over email, or into shared drives like Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, and Dropbox works, but you lose control of the video and you can’t have private discussions in the group about it. This is what Zoom itself recommended in 2015. (Bet you didn’t think Zoom was around in 2015!). Here’s how you’d do it.

  1. In whichever service you choose, create a folder for the Zoom recordings you want to share. Give it the name of your group.
  2. Invite people to join the folder using the link from the service you’re using.
  3. When you make a Zoom recording you can just move it into the desktop folder and it should sync to the Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, or iCloud folder so others can see it.
  4. You should try to set your folder so that your group members can’t delete videos from it.

Dropbox is probably best here because they have an integration with Zoom. But your Dropbox free account can only store so many videos.

Using WeVu to Share Zoom Recordings (a better option!)

If you want a walled-off, private site for your group, one that keeps your videos safe and allows your group to discuss the videos, it’s easiest and best to do this, whether in education or otherwise, on WeVu. (You can do it for Audio, Image, or PDF files too!)

If you have WeVu sites for your groups of learners or employees, you:

  1. Record the Zoom session. According to the Zoom support article here. Use the local computer option to make it easier to find and upload to WeVu.
  2. Once the meeting is done, it’ll compress to .mp4 in a folder on your local computer.
  3. In your WeVu site, where your group members are site users and you are the site owner, you upload the meeting file. You can put it in a particular Playlist to organize it if you want.
  4. If you’ve set it for email notifications to users, they’ll get an email with a link that takes them right to the video. Of course, when they log in as normal too, they’ll be able to see it anytime.
  5. Now your users can discuss the video or audio file using time-stamped comments and replies, or location-specific comments and replies on image or pdf files.

There are some other services for sharing videos, as we discussed here, but WeVu is the easiest and gives your users the opportunity for maximum engagement and dialogue around your Zoom events, anytime afterwards.

Here’s a picture of a Zoom meeting in WeVu. In fact, it’s a Zoom meeting uploaded to YouTube and imported to WeVu, but it’ll work just the same if you upload to WeVu and avoid YouTube altogether! See the time-specific comments and replies (on the right) about a particular statement a participant made late in the meeting?

Of course, we think WeVu is your best bet for sharing any video privately, organizing the videos, and having discussions around them. WeVu is really free if you use YouTube or Dropbox for storage, and it's really affordable if you want the security and functionality of uploading to WeVu storage. 

Please share with colleagues who could use WeVu!