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How to Edit a Zoom Recording for Free (Online, Mac, Windows)

Last Updated: 2022. 11. 14

The Zoom recordings of your company’s webinar, teacher’s presentation, or lively podcast interview are precious video assets for sharing valuable information on social media.

After the recording is done, you do need to polish Zoom recordings before sharing them online. For example, cut off unwanted parts of a Zooming recording or break up hours of a webinar into smaller chapters and add text animations, motion graphics, and music to make it more engaging.

So, in this tutorial, we will walk you through where to find Zoom recordings and how to edit a Zoom recording for free online and on Mac and on Windows to spice it up for YouTube or other repurposings.

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Where to Find Zoom Recordings

Well, before you can edit a Zoom recording, the first and foremost is to access your Zoom recordings. Here are 3 main ways to find your Zoom recordings:

Where to Find Zoom Recording on Mac:

Open your Zoom app on your Mac > click Zoom > Preferences > Recording > Local Recording > click the Open button to find Zoom recordings stored on your Mac.

Access the Zoom recordings on Mac

Access the Zoom recordings on Mac.

A typical Zoom recording file contains an MP4 file (video and audio) and an M4A file (audio only) and an M3U file (audio only).

Where to Find Zoom Recordings on Windows:

Open your Zoom app on Windows > Settings > Recording > Local Recording > click the Open button to access Zoom recordings.

Find the Zoom recordings on Windows

Find the Zoom recordings on Windows.

Alternatively, if you don’t like Zoom’s default location to save your Zoom recordings, you can click the “Change” button to designate the saving place for your Zoom recordings.

Where to Find Zoom Recordings on Cloud:

If you are a subscribed Zoom user, you may also find your Zoom recordings on Cloud on Zoom’s website as well.

Where to access Zoom recordings on Cloud for paid users

Where to access Zoom recordings on Cloud for paid users.

Log into your Zoom web portal > navigate to the Recordings tab > click Cloud Recordings to view your Zoom recordings on Cloud > click any Zoom recording to download it locally or copy the shareable link for sharing.

How to Edit a Zoom Recording Online

You might think you need a robust video editor to edit a Zoom recording. However, the best video editing software for Zoom recordings is the one that is easy to use with rich video assets and can work across platforms.

So, if you are always on the go for business or webinars, the top option we recommend is using FlexClip, a free and feature-packed online video editor to edit Zoom recordings with ease.

Edit Zoom recordings with FlexClip online video editor

How Can FlexClip Make Your Zoom Recording Edits Easier:

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  • Easily trim, split, cut, crop, or merge Zoom recordings on the intuitive and magnetic timeline.
  • Overlay other Zoom recordings or clips and photos to create a picture-in-picture effect.
  • Remove the image background with the click of a button.
  • Select from thousands of fully-customizable video templates for the webinar, YouTube, podcasts, promo, etc, drag and drop to customize them into yours in clicks away.
  • Access 4M+ stock assets, including high-res images, videos, music, and sound effects, which makes your Zoom recording edits 10x faster without copyright issues.
  • Enjoy 200+ trending transitions and 1,000+ text animations and effect overlays, GIPHY stickers, aesthetic illustrations, etc. to take your Zoom recordings up a notch.
  • Ease of sharing: local hard drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, clickable link, embed code.
  • how to Edit a Zoom Recording Online with FlexClip:

    Step 1
    Upload Zoom recording videos to FlexClip.

    You can upload Zoom video recordings, images, audio, and GIF files to FlexClip from the PC or directly from your mobile phone by scanning a QR code. And later add them to the timeline.

    Upload Zoom video recordings and other image and audio files to FlexClip

    Upload Zoom video recordings and other image and audio files to FlexClip.

    Step 2
    Split and trim a Zoom recording.

    Click the Split tool to cut the middle of a Zoom recording into two and drag the slider inward to trim a Zoom recording. So, you can easily delete unwanted recordings like “let’s wait for another guest to join our meeting”, or any pause and stutter in the Zoom recordings to enhance the quality of your video. You can drag and hold to adjust the order of trimmed Zoom recordings on the intuitive timeline.

    Drag slider to trim long Zoom video recordings or split footage

    Drag slider to trim long Zoom video recordings or split footage.

    Step 3
    Add video transitions to Zoom recordings.

    Click the in-between area of the two Zoom recordings and add a trending overlay transition effect like liquid or circle to smooth out different clips and make a sequence more exciting. You can customize the duration, direction, and color of the overlay transition effects.

    Add an overlay video transition to smooth out Zoom recordings on the sequence

    Add an overlay video transition to smooth out Zoom recordings on the sequence.

    Step 4
    Add captions or titles to identify the speaker in the Zoom Meeting.

    Click the “Text” icon on the left sidebar and scroll down the slider, you can select from hundreds of text styles like the lower thirds, social media, quotes, speech bubbles, callout titles, etc., and replace them with your texts. All the fonts, colors and styles, and motions are fully customizable.

    Use the lower thrids to add captions or titles to speakers in a Zoom meeting

    Use the lower thrids to add captions or titles to speakers in a Zoom meeting.

    Step 5
    Use image background remover to add the image of keynote speaker.

    You may also add an intro of VIP speakers in your Zoom conference. Click Add AS Layer to add your image to the video background > click Remove Background. Then, the FlexClip will automatically remove the background from the image. You can use Erase or Restore brush tools to refine the edges.

    Overlay the photo on the video background

    Overlay the photo on the video background.

    Automatically remove the background from the image

    Automatically remove the background from the image.

    Then, you can put the speaker layer behind the text layer, adjust its size, duration, and position and animate it with the Motion tool.

    Properly position the image of keynote speaker and animate it

    Properly position the image of the keynote speaker and animate it.

    Step 6
    Add royalty-free music or sound effects to Zoom recordings.

    Click the Audio tab and search and add multiple royalty-free music or sound effects to add styles and rhythm to your Zoom recordings. When sound effects like Pop up SFX are paired with dynamic elements or animated arrows as an annotation, they can help you draw viewers’ attention to the key points in the speech.

    Add royalty-free music and sound effects to create the vibes and rhythm for Zoom recordings

    Add royalty-free music and sound effects to create the vibes and rhythm for Zoom recordings.

    Step 7
    Add a mosaic to protect speakers’ privacy in a Zoom recording(Optional).

    To protect speakers’ privacy or hide confidential information in a Zoom video recording, you can add a mosaic to it. Go to Video > type Mosaic in the search bar > click picture-in-picture to add a mosaic > click Elements tab > drag a Mask to the mosaic > adjust mosaic’s size, opacity, and position to block sensitive information.

    Add a mosaic over a Zoom video recording

    Add a mosaic over a Zoom video recording.

    Adjust the mosaic’s size and position to hide the speaker’s identity

    Adjust the mosaic’s size and position to hide the speaker’s identity.

    Step 8
    Spice up Zoom recordings with more video effects.

    Add a logo or watermark for copyright protection or apply filters, change video speed and add webinar’s intro or outro video templates, GIPHY stickers, and aesthetic illustrations to add styles and vibes to your Zoom recordings.

    Personalize Zoom recording edits with video templates and motion graphics

    Personalize Zoom recording edits with video templates and motion graphics.

    Step 9
    Preview and share.

    Done with the editing. Click the “Export” button to directly download it as a 1080P MP4 to your hard drive or directly share it to YouTube or Google Drive or Dropbox. A clickable link and an embed code are also available for a private share or other repurposing.

    Share your videos in multiple ways

    Share your videos in multiple ways

    How to Edit a Zoom Recording on Mac

    Another workaround to edit a Zoom recording on Mac for free is using the built-in video editor—iMovie. It supports up to 4K video edits and can handle all the basic video editing needs to trim, split, crop, and merge Zoom recordings, add titles and audio, simple transitions, etc. you can export the edited Zoom recordings without watermarks.

    Use iMovie to edit Zoom recording on Mac

    Use iMovie to edit Zoom recording on Mac

    How to Edit a Zoom Recording on Mac Using iMovie:

    Step 1
    Launch the app, import your Zoom video recordings, and add them to the timeline.
    Step 2
    Move the playhead and use CMD+B or right-click to cut Zoom Recordings into two, and delete unwanted parts of Zoom recordings or drag two ends of the Zoom Recording to trim it.
    Split a Zoom recording into two and trim it in iMovie on Mac

    Split a Zoom recording into two and trim it in iMovie on Mac.

    Step 3
    Go to the Title and drag and drop a premade title to your Zoom recordings. Then you can customize the texts, text fonts, size and styles.
    Add titles to Zoom recording videos in iMovie

    Add titles to Zoom recording videos in iMovie.

    Step 4
    You can drag the audio lever of your Zoom recording to increase or decrease its volume.
    Drag the audio level to increase or decrease the audio in Zoom recording in iMovie

    Drag the audio level to increase or decrease the audio in Zoom recording in iMovie.

    Step 5
    Click the Export button at the top right corner of the Browser to export your video.

    The only drawback with iMovie is that it can’t export a vertical video. Also, read why does iMovie crop my videos and solutions.

    How to Edit a Zoom Recording on Windows

    VSDC Free Video Editor is your best bet if you want to edit your Zoom recordings on Windows. It is a lightweight video editing software that works well even on computers with little memory. It comes with rich video editing features, meeting all your basic video editing needs. Its interface may look a bit complicated, but once you try it, you'll find it's an excellent video editing tool.

    How to Use VSDC Free Video Editor

    how to Edit a Zoom Recording on Windows with VSDC for Free:

    Step 1
    Open VSDC Free Video Editor, click the Import Content button to upload your recordings to the tool.
    Step 2
    Select a video clip and cut, split, crop, or rotate it according to your needs.
    Use VSDC to cut, split, crop, or rotate a Zoom recording

    Use VSDC to cut, split, crop, or rotate a Zoom recording

    Step 3
    Add text, subtitles, lines, shapes, and more.
    Add text, subtitles and shapes to Zoom recording by VSDC

    Add text, subtitles and shapes to Zoom recording by VSDC

    Step 4
    Click the Export Project to export your video to PC, Web, iPhone, and more.
    Export the edited Zoom recording by VSDC

    Export the edited Zoom recording by VSDC

    Now, It's Your Move

    That’s all for how to edit a Zoom recording for free online, on Mac and Windows. Start to make your Zoom recordings more engaged now. Find this post helpful? We'd appreciate it if you could share it with your friends.

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