Sharing a recorded video with sound during your meeting

Sharing a video clip in your meeting or webinar is easier than ever with the built-in video player for shared content. Video files can be opened within Zoom’s built-in video player and shared, without other participants viewing the playback controls. Sharing your video with the built-in player, instead of as part of a shared screen or application, improves the quality of shared videos, providing a smoother and more stable viewing experience for your viewers.

If you need to share a video from a video sharing website, share your screen and optimize it for video.

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Prerequisites for sharing a recorded video with sound during a meeting

How to share your recorded video in a meeting

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client. 
  2. Start or join a Zoom meeting.
  3. Click Share Screen  located in your meeting controls.
  4. Switch to the Advanced tab, and then select Video
  5. Click Share
    Your system file browser will open for you to select the video file to open. 
  6. Navigate to and select the video you wish to share, then click Open
    The video will now open within Zoom and be visible to attendees. 


How to use the playback controls

While sharing the video, you will have some common playback controls, which are not visible to other meeting participants. The sharer will have the following controls: 

How video sharing compares to other sharing options

When using the option to share your desktop or an application, the video resolution is dependent upon CPU usage, screen resolution, graphics card, and OS graphic system capabilities. Additionally, when a video is larger than 1080p, Zoom automatically downgrades the resolution to 1080p (or 720p), in order to optimize the content while minimizing the required bandwidth. Depending on how the video is shared, such as sharing a specific application or sharing only a portion of your screen, it may require additional CPU resources, which can further affect the overall quality of both the video share and the meeting for the user who is sharing.

However, when using the video share option, Zoom encodes the video from the file directly and shares it, effectively bypassing some of the limiting factors with standard content sharing. Allowing the Zoom client to handle the encoding and sharing minimizes CPU usage for the participant who is sharing, which allows for higher frame rates and smoother video playback.