How to share a recorded video with sound during your meeting in Zoom

This post was most recently updated on July 28th, 2022

The new built in video player for sharing content made it faster than ever to add video clips to your meetings or webinars. It is possible to open and share video files through Zoom’s integrated video player without other participants being able to see the controls of the video player. Choosing to share your videos using the built-in player, rather than sharing the video as part of a shared computer screen, will significantly improve the quality of shared videos, providing a more smooth and stable viewing experience.

Prerequisites for sharing a recorded video with sound during a meeting

  • Zoom desktop client
    • For Windows: 5.4.3 or higher
    • For macOS: 5.4.3 or higher
  • Processor
    • For 4-cores or higher
  • Network Bandwidth
    • At least 1.5Mbps uplink and downlink for full screen HD
  • Supported files
    • For MOV or MP4 video file
      Note: Only the H.264 AVC codec for both mov and mp4 videos is supported.
  • Signed-in to your Zoom account

Sharing your recorded video in a meeting

  1. Join the Zoom desktop client by signing in using your Zoom username and password.
  2. You can now start a Zoom meeting or join an existing one.
  3. In the meeting controls, click the Share Screen button.
  4. In the Advanced tab, choose Video > Video Stream from the drop-down menu
  5. Click the “Open” button after selecting the video you wish to share, then navigate to and select it.
    Zoom will now open the selected video and all attendees will be able to see it.

Notes:

  • By default, Optimize for video clip is on when you use this feature, so that it is ideally suited to sharing videos. Although it creates a better framerate, it restricts and lowers the resolution to 1080/720 for better performance. It is possible to disable this manually in order to increase the resolution, but it is highly recommended to use this only when framerate is not as important.
  • The reason for this is that you will need to be a desktop client user.

Using the playback controls

You will be able to control the playback of the video, which is not visible to other meeting participants, while you are sharing the video. There will be a number of controls available to the sharer:

  • Play/Pause:
  •  The video will start or pause when you press the Play/Pause button.
  • Elapsed time/total video length:
  • An elapsed time bar and a total length bar for the video file is displayed to indicate the current length of the playback.
  • Playback slider:
  •  Provides the ability to move along a video playback range from one point to another.
  • Volume:
  •  Provides adjustments for how loud the video plays and the volume of the audio that plays.
  • Fullscreen:
  •  The full screen option allows you to show the video to your viewers in an uninterrupted manner.

How video sharing compares to other sharing options

There are several factors that affect the video resolution when you share your desktop or an application, such as your CPU usage, screen resolution, graphics card, and the graphics capabilities of your OS. Besides that, Zoom automatically downgrades the resolution when a video is larger than 1080p (or 720p), so that content is optimized while bandwidth requirements are minimized, when a video is larger than 1080p. The method by which the video is shared, such as giving the user access to a particular application or simply sharing part of their screen, may require additional CPU resources, which can cause further difficulties in terms of the overall quality of both the video share in addition to the presence of the user participating in the meeting.

With the video share option, Zoom effectively bypasses some of the limiting factors associated with content sharing by digitizing the video from the file directly and sharing it, rather than using the standard option. In addition to this, Zoom’s client handles the encoding and sharing, which allows the participant who is sharing to have a smoother viewing experience thanks to a decrease in CPU usage while participating in the streaming session.