Recording Video & Presentations with Zoom

Recently, I’ve been advising several clients to utilize the power of publishing online videos and presentations. Many of them are thought leaders, coaches, trainers and healers and/or they are growing small businesses that would benefit from this medium as an evergreen, automated marketing tool.

That said, while they’re brilliant at what they do, it doesn’t always mean they’re tech savvy… especially in the realm of online video. Nor do I want them getting side-tracked or overwhelmed by feeling like they have to buy new hardware, learn complex software programs, etc.

Now, I am a total nerd, so I know about 10 different ways to record and edit videos. However I wanted to find a solution that ALL of my clients could easily use. And I found it… Zoom!

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a video conferencing & webinar tool, similar to Skype, that I now use for my online workshopssmall group coaching sessions, and for (most) all of my VIP/one-on-one coaching sessions. It’s super easy to use, incredibly stable (unlike Skype or Google Hangout, which I’ve found echo or have poor connectivity at times), and they have a fantastic FREE plan!

 

How to Record Videos and Online Presentations With Zoom

Here are three videos that help walk you through how to easily use Zoom to record your videos and online presentations – no video editing or complicated hardware/software required!

Recording Video & Presentations with Zoom

1: Introduction

After you watch this one, click below to expand & view the second video, showing an example of what the end result looks like recording video & presentations with Zoom.

2: Example of End Result

3: Tutorial Walkthrough (My Screen)

If you were to learn one new editing program, I’d recommend Screenflow, which is what I used to record this last video (3 of 3). It’s affordable, and relatively easy to learn. However, again, I highly recommend you make it easy on yourself to start, and most importantly stay focused! Content creation is time consuming, so don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be.

 

Benefits of Zoom

As you can see, Zoom is super easy to use, it gives you great options, and the results are fantastic!

1. Free Zoom accounts off you up to 40 minutes of recording/meeting time… which is plenty for this purpose, and even if you did want to go longer, their pro account starts at a very affordable $14.99/month.

2. The best part is you have several options during the presentation:

  • Record yourself full screen
  • Record your screen or presentation
    • full screen with no video, or
    • picture-in-picture (small or large)

3. Zoom automagically converts your recording into an MP4 video file for you, ready to upload to YouTube!

 

Related Tips

As for editing, the easiest solution is to upload your video to YouTube, and use YouTube’s built-in Editor.

Don’t have Keynote or Powerpoint? No problem! Use Google Presentations.

 

After reading the post and watching the videos what are your thoughts on Zoom?

Are you keen to try Zoom out? How could you use it in your business?

I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

 

Disclaimer: The Screenflow link & the Zoom link is an affiliate link, but I swear that wasn’t the purpose of this post. I only promote products that I truly love (and literally fell more in love with Zoom writing this! haha), and personally enjoy giving people a kick back when I’ve found a great service or app through them. 

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Janette - April 28, 2016 Reply

I plan to use Zoom for office hours when I finally get my course launched, but it hadn’t occurred to me to also use it to record screen casts.

A friend of mine mentioned the he finds it easier to pay attention if he sees the person making the recording in the inset. (I guess you’re less likely to zone out if you feel like someone’s looking at you!)

It’s great to know that Zoom can do this; thanks for the suggestion!

    Willo O'Brien - May 6, 2016 Reply

    You’re welcome, Janette. And great tip on why the inset video is so helpful. I like it, too, as you feel like the person is still ‘with you.’

    All the best as you launch your new course!

      Janette - May 24, 2016 Reply

      Thank you! I really looking forward to joining your mastermind when I start selling my course.

      I met you randomly 10 years ago at Thor’s Get Satisfaction launch party, and I thought, hmmm, I bet I’ll come across Willo again. (I was in London at the time, so we were in different orbits.) And now I stumble across you again, and you’re offering something I’d love to be a part of. Love how the universe works!

        Willo O'Brien - June 1, 2016 Reply

        Wow, Janette… how fun is that!?

        And how cool that for the past few years I’ve been closely collaborating with Amy (Thor’s wife), as we’re both co-founders of Yes And Yes Yes (YxYY). So, I get to see Thor (and our whole old school internet crew) quite often!

        So happy our paths crossed again. Looking forward to hearing more about your course!

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