How to Edit a Zoom Recording for Free on Computer

Last Updated: May. 16, 2022
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Summary
Want to make some edits to your Zoom recordings? Look no further than this post, where you’ll learn how to edit a Zoom recording for free on computer.

Zoom is an office app designed for video conferences, web conferences, and webinars. Not only can you use it to hold or join a meeting, but you can also use it to record a meeting if you have permission.

After recording a conference on Zoom, you might want to cut out the unwanted parts, break up long content into sections, add content titles, or add subtitles to make it easier to understand.

Fortunately, Zoom records conferences in MP4 videos so that you can edit them in a range of video editors. In this blog, we'll walk you through how to edit a Zoom recording for free on your computer. Let's take a look.

Here is what you will learn

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Well, before you can edit a Zoom recording, you need to download it to your local computer first:

  • For most free Zoom users, you can find the downloaded Zoom video recording in C:\Users\[Username]\Documents\Zoom.
  • For paid subscribed Zoom users, your Zoom recordings are saved on Zoom’s Cloud. Just log into your Zoom account on the browser > head to “Recordings” > Cloud Recordings > find a specific Zoom recording and click download.
  • A typical Zoom recording file contains an MP4 file (video and audio) and an M4A file (audio only) and an M3U file (audio only).
  • 1. 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, free, and works across mainstream operating systems.

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

    Edit Zoom recordings with FlexClip online video editor

    Edit Zoom recordings with FlexClip online video editor

    How Does FlexClip Make Zoom Recording Editing Easier:

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  • With FexClip, you can edit a Zoom recording in your browser without any hassle.
  • 4M+ royalty-free stock assets, including videos, photos, and audio and thousands of fully-customizable video templates for webinar, promo, social media, holidays, etc.
  • It is easy-to-use and works flawlessly on Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux.
  • Easily trim, split or merge Zoom recordings and remove unwanted clips.
  • Add animated texts, subtitles, annotations, logo, video filters, transitions, picture-in-picture effects to polish a Zoom recording to be quality video content for team sharing or tutorial material.
  • FlexClip supports local video download or easy share to YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, and private video share with a clickable link or an embed code for blogging.
  • So, let’s take a look at how to edit a zoom recording 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 onto 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: Trim or Split a Zoom Recording

    Drag the slider inward to trim a Zoom recording or click the Split tool to cut a Zoom recording into two. So you can easily delete unwanted recordings like “let’s wait for another guest to join our meeting” or create a buffer for a video transition.

    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 an overlay transition effect 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, 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: Add Royalty-free Music or Sound Effects to Zoom Recordings

    Click the Music 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 or sound effects to add vibes to Zoom video recordings

    Add royalty-free music or sound effects to add vibes to Zoom video recordings.

    Step 6: Add a Mosaic to Protect Speaker’s Privacy in a Zoom Meeting (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 7: Make More Edits

    Add a logo or watermark for copyright protection or apply filters, change video speed and add webinar’s intro or outro video templates to make your Zoom recording high-quality video content for sharing.

    Personalize Zoom recording edits with video templates and elements

    Personalize Zoom recording edits with video templates and elements.

    Step 8: Export and Share

    Done with the editing. Preview it and click the “Export” button to directly download it as an MP4 to your hard drive or directly share it to YouTube or Google Drive or Dropbox. For a private share, you can use the clickable link to ask for feedback from friends or use the embed code for your blogs.

    Share your videos in multiple ways

    Share your videos in multiple ways

    2. How to Edit a Zoom Recording on Mac

    To edit Zoom recordings on a Mac, you can give iMovie a try. The app is built-in on Macs, which means you don't need to download it from the Apple Store. It supports up to 4K videos. It can handle all the basic video editing needs, ranging from video trimming and video splitting to adding special effects and changing background. The best of the video editing software is that you can export videos without watermarks.

    Use iMovie to edit Zoom recording on Mac

    Use iMovie to edit Zoom recording on Mac

    How to Edit a Zoom Recording in iMovie:

    Step 1
    Launch the app, import your Zoom video recordings, and add them to the timeline.
    Step 2
    Select the clip you want to trim and drag its beginning or end to trim it at will.
    Use iMovie to trim Zoom recording on Mac

    Use iMovie to trim Zoom recording on Mac

    Step 3
    Split the Zoom Recording: To split a video clip into two clips, move the playhead (the vertical white line) to the place where you want to break the clip, click Modify in the main menu bar, and choose Split Clip.
    Step 4
    Add more effects to your Zoom video recordings: You can add text, sound effects, filters, transitions, etc.
    Step 5
    Click the Export button at the top right corner of the Browser to export your video.

    3. How to Edit a Zoom Recording on PC

    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

    Here is how to edit a Zoom recording with VSDC free video editor:

    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 on your computer. Start to make your Zoom recordings more engaged now. Think this post helpful? We'd appreciate it if you could share it with your friends.

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