Even if you’ve perfectly filmed everything, your Zoom video may still need some sprucing up. But how do you edit a Zoom recording? Unfortunately, Zoom doesn’t offer many high-quality editing capabilities.
They really just let you clip your content and add simple captions. But here’s how to edit a Zoom recording using the software you most likely already have on your computer!
Why Should You Edit a Zoom Recording?
There are a few reasons to edit your Zooms. For one, doing so can help you remove unnecessary chatter, coughs, or other disruptions that happened during the recording. Second, you can add captions (if you want) for those who have a hard time hearing.
You can also add other features, like an intro and outro if posting your video online. Of course, you don’t have to do any of these things. But if you want your video to look more professional, these edits can come in handy!
Best Software to Edit Zoom Recordings
There are many different ways to edit videos, but here are some of our favorite options:
- Adobe Premier Pro (PC or Mac options available, but costly)
- iMovie (available for free on Mac)
- Windows Movie Maker (available for free for Windows 10 and Windows 11)
- Camtasia (available for free on PC)
How to Edit A Zoom Recording
Of course, how you edit your Zoom video will depend on which software you choose to use. We’re using the free iMovie option that’s available on Mac. But many of these software programs have their own tutorials or similar buttons and functions that you can utilize to edit your video. Now, let’s get started!
Step 1: Upload the Video
First things first, you’ll need to add the video to your third-party editing software to start editing it. In iMovie, you can do this by simply dragging and dropping the video into the main media dashboard. You can also import any media you want, including your Zoom recording.
Step 2: Make Simple Edits (Trim the Video)
Next up, you can make simple edits to your video, like trimming the beginning and end (to clean it up or get rid of extra greetings). To do so, simply click the video in the edit bar and drag it to where you want the video to start or end.
You can also trim the middle of a video. For example, if someone was coughing during the recording and you don’t want to include that, you can split the video up and drag the beginning and end of the two separate videos to get rid of the coughing noise.
To do this, click on the video and right-click. From there, you will see the option to ‘Split Clip.’ Choose that and the video will automatically split in two right in the place where you put your marker.
Step 3: Update Audio and Visual Quality
Next, you may want to update the audio and visual quality of your recording. In order to do this, you’ll use the features in the upper right-hand corner of the iMovie editor.
First, you can stabilize a shaky video by clicking the video camera with lines. This will automatically stabilize your video, although you may not need to use this option with a Zoom recording.
Second, you can turn up or down the volume of the video using the sound bar with lines. The highest you can go is 400%, which is fairly loud if using headphones! This is a great option if you have employees or listeners who are hard of hearing.
Last, you can reduce background noise in the video, as well as equalize the sound or voice enhancement, using the multiple bar option.
These features are simple to click on and update, usually requiring using a drag bar or clicking a specific choice.
Step 4: Add an Intro and Outro (Optional)
If you want to title your video for your watchers, you can do this in the editing software as well. To do so, you’ll want to navigate to the ‘Title’ screen, which you can find in the upper left-hand corner of your media dashboard.
From there, choose a screen you’d like to use, update the words and change the font (if needed), and add it before or after your video.
Step 5: Download the New Video
Now that you’ve made your edits, you can re-download the recording with all its new features. To do this, click ‘File’ and then ‘Share’.
To download the video, click the ‘File’ option, name the video, and click the blue ‘Share’ button. This will export the video onto your computer. And that’s it!
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Editing A Zoom Recording Wrap Up
While there are many other features you can use to edit and transform a Zoom recording, these simple editing tips can make it easy to make it more professional!
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