So what's this tutoial about? Well it's about how to use Zoom to record a presentation. What will you learn in this Zoom tutorial?
That's right! Mistakes happen and so the best thing you can do is to iron them out in recording, recording and recording again. Then you can get as close to that pot at the end of the rainbow which is the perfect presentation.
We live in a busy world, a world where our time is divided. One of the advantages of recording your meeting presentation on Zoom is that you can give a presentation without actually having to be there. That way you can use your presentation over and over again without you having to physically be present.
More and more are using YouTube and other platforms to share their videos. Now you know how to record a half decent video on Zoom you might want to share it. We've found videos a fantastic medium to engage with our customers and also gain new customers from far flung fields.
If you've been following along with this series of Zoom tutorial videos you'll love the folloing free Zoom video tutorials:
Taking the trouble to look your professional on Zoom is a must. Please, if you haven't already done so, take the time to check out our How to look your best on Zoom video tutorial.
If time is something you have very little of then follow these simple steps:
It's amazing that the focus of most people is looking great and they won't bother with sound. So if you look the business but your sound is rubbish then all the hard work and effort you took in preparing your presentation will be marred.
Again we have a comprehensive tutorial on how you can sound your best on Zoom. This tutorial will show you how to use even the most basic of equipment to get you sounding clearer.
No time to look at another tutorial video? Then remember the following points:
Once you're all set up then it's time to practice. Practice again. Then practice again. As you're practicing write down your presentation so that it sounds natural to you and the way you say things.
There's so much to giving a presentation and feeling anxious even when recording a presentation is natural. In fact a little bit of anxiety isn't necessarily a bad thing. It can push you to do a better job.
As part of your preparation it's a good idea to use keyboard shortcuts. However, when you press a keyboard shortcut in Zoom you hear a "Blinng" or similar noise. I'm using Windows 10 and I get that noise everytime. Or I should say that I "Got" that noise everytime. Now it's sorted.
I first noticed the problem when I was trying to mute my microphone by using a keyboard shortcut. I pressed Alt & A and the computer made a load bling noise. Trouble was that my microphone was on and everyone could hear. It didn't sound too professional and it was rather embarrassing for my as an IT trainer.
You can overcome this problem by setting any shortcut you want to use regularly as a Global Keyboard shortcut. This way you won't hear that annoying "BLLIIINNGG" noise, or whatever noise your PC wants to play.
Goto Settings (Cog top right) then click on Keyboard shortcuts:
In the list of shortcuts, tick the shortcut you wish to enable as a global keyboard shortcut. (The one you don't want to hear the bling sound when you use it).
Close the box and you're ready to go.
You've got all set up, you've practiced, now it's time to actually record your presentation. It's a good idea to get familiar with some keyboard shortcuts. Especially if you are going to be recording a lot of presentations using Zoom.
Remember to set up the above keyboard shortcuts as global as instructed above.
I know this sounds stupid but sometimes, because of there being so much to remember, you might wonder if you are recording or not. Well don't worry. If you look at the top of the Zoom tool bar you will see the recording icon.
Now you know that you are recording.
If your presentation includes a link to a YouTube video or video from any other source you will have to do something a little different. That's why knowing how to pause your Zoom recording is a must. It allows you to switch between a PowerPoint presentation optimised for the screen to a presentation that's optimised for video.
When you're ready to share a video do this:
Pause the recording Alt & P
Stop Sharing the screen Alt & S
Get the video ready, in fact I like to get the video ready beforehand.
Share the screen Alt & S again.
Ensure the Share Computer Sound and the Optimize Screen Sharing for Video Clip boxes are ticked.
Resume recording Alt & P
Play the video.
Now your video should be nice and smooth.
Did you know that you can use PowerPoint as a virtual background in Zoom? When recording yourself it gives your presentation that edge that others won't. You can also adjust the size of your video in the Zoom window. If the following steps on how to share a PowerPoint presentation as a virtual background don't work, it might be an idea before you do this to check which version of Zoom you are using.
Now that you're sure of the version of Zoom you are using you can share your PowerPoint presentation as a virutal background.
Alt & S to Share Screen.
Click Advanced which is at the top of the share application window.
Now click on PowerPoint as Virtual background. Note this is presently a beta option.
Now find and open the PowerPoint file you want to use as a Virtual Background.
Should you find that you can't set virtual background, then it maybe that your computer isn't powerful enough. Find out if your computer meets the minimum requirements for a virtual background.
If it all works for you then fantastic. Also note that you can resize your video and move your video around the screen.
In Zoom click on the account button in the top right corner.
Click Help and About Zoom
As you can see the version I am currently using is 5.2.1
This is a problem that someone else drew to my attention. While sharing a video on Zoom, meeting participants were complaining that they couldn't see part of the video since there were black boxes obscuring part of the screen. I though that's weird as I don't see the black boxes myself, but the answer was obvious.
These boxes are the floating meeting controls in Zoom. When you share the screen optimised for video, these float meeting controls appear as black boxes on the participants screens. These black boxes don't appear if you're just sharing a normal screen, only if you are sharing a screen and you've checked the Optimize Screen for Sharing Video Clip check box.
The solution to this problem is simple. You need to ensure that you don't have any floating meeting controls:
anywhere on the screen on top of the video you're sharing.
So if you have the luxury of 2 screens the answer is simply to drag the meeting controls to the other screen.
If you are cursed with 1 screen then you have to hide the floating meeting controls:
Note the shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + Shift + H. Yes I know it's a long one but it's worth remembering if you are sharing video a lot during your presentations or meetings.
Sometimes when you shared your screen your video, webcam, appears to the right of the shared screen area like above.
If you want an in picture view for your video then you need to:
Open settings, click Recording on the left, and ensure that the Place video next to the shared screen in the recording is unticked.
Now when you record your presentation, your video will appear ontop of the screen rather than next to it.
So what's the verdict? Is it a good or bad idea to use Zoom to record a presentation. I would say it's a good idea. Especially if you are fearful of diving into the world of post-production video editing. With preparation and practice, along with good use of PowerPoint and the pause button you can make a pretty decent presentation video.
Just make sure that you have a half decent webcam and microphone, be aware of your surroundings and you'll be on you way to a presentation you can be proud of.