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How to Record a Podcast on Zoom.us

Zoom.us provides one of the quickest & easiest ways to talk to someone online. Here’s how to use it to podcast!

Zoom.us is a great tool for recording a call with anyone on the web, so I thought it was worth putting together a video to show you how it works.

In summary, Zoom's advantage is that it's super simple. Your guest doesn't need an account, or any software. All they need is a link, which you're given when you sign up to the service. On clicking that link, they're popped into a chat room with you, all inside their browser.

If you want the full details, read on beyond the video. But first, let's try Zoom!

How Much does Zoom Cost?

Cost is a big factor here, because in most cases it's entirely free!

Zoom has a ‘Basic' tier which allows you to use it free of charge. The main caveat here is that with a Basic account, you'll be limited to call lengths of 40mins. But that's still pretty nice!

You'll pay for extra features, such as unlimited length calls, cloud storage or pre-scheduling zoom calls. And I do, because it's a great service. But, at least to start with, the majority of podcasts will do just fine with the free version.

How to Record a Call with Zoom

I love Zoom because it's so easy, but here's how it works anyway:

  • Click the record button on the toolbar at the bottom of the Zoom window.
  • Then click ‘Record on this Computer'. That starts recording.
  • Once you're finished, click the stop button in the same location.
  • At this point you can still speak to your guest, but recording has finished
  • To get your files, click ‘End Meeting'
  • Zoom will start to save the recording to your computer

What Does it Give You?

With Zoom, you get the following:

Let Alitu Take Care of Producing Your Podcast

Alitu is a tool that takes your recording, polishes it up, adds your music, and publishes the episode, all automatically.

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  • .m4a audio file. You can load that directly into Alitu, Audacity, Audition or any other audio editor.
  • .mp4 video file. Useful if you want to cut out some highlights and use it to promote your show on YouTube.

What are the Downsides?

So, audio quality isn't always A+. But, I've rarely seen it below an A-, if that makes any sense.. Essentially, it's plenty good enough for nearly any podcast type, and better than most.

For me, it's as good, on average, as Skype, and in fact it seems more reliable to me. But, since it's recording your call via the interwebs, there's always going to be a bit of compression, and a slight loss in quality. It's not as good for quality as a double ender tool like Ringr, for example, but it's plenty good enough for all for all but the top audio snobs.

What are the Alternative ways to Record?

There are a range of different ways to record a podcast online, from free to paid, and if you want a complete guide on how to record a podcast, from planning to software check out that definitive guide.

Skype is still considered the “default” way of podcasting remotely by many though. And now that they've (finally) added in call recording by default, that will likely continue for the foreseeable future.

But Skype's default call recorder function doesn't rival Zoom's, because it only gives you a mono file. Zoom on the other hand, will split both sides of the conversation for you, giving you two separate files to work with in post-production.

This is a handy feature for those podcasters who like to spend a bit more time on their editing, and can give you a lot more flexibility in how you put your episodes together. Currently, if you wanted a similar feature on Skype then you'd need to use third party software like eCamm or TalkHelper.

Conclusion

Perhaps it's enough to say that I have pretty much every possible recording method at my disposal. We can use Skype in the studio, recording to our Zoom H5 or capturing through eCamm. We can use Ringr, via mobile or desktop. We have Talkhelper, and all the rest.

But… despite the fact that we have all those methods, many with more flexibility and more options, for an average interview I most often come back to Zoom.

It's simply…. simple.

Send the link. Press record. Talk. Publish. Done.

Even better, it provides a perfect file for uploading to Alitu: The Podcast Maker, so it can handle the cleanup, editing and publishing. Couldn't be simpler!

Give Zoom.us a shot. It's free, and super-easy. The ideal combo!

Discussion:

3 Comments

  1. PAA on 17th January 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for this Colin, I guess the added benefit of recording through Zoom is that if you decide to market the audio Zoom recording link you can capture the contact details of your audience. Are there any other platforms you know of that can capture the contact details of your audience?

    Thanks

  2. Tony Ingrassia on 20th June 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks for the article. You mention that you can SPLIT the audio in ZOOM… but you don’t explain how to do it. Can you please help me understand how to SPLIT the audio track in ZOOM… for editing purposes. Thank you so much for your help.

  3. Lindsay Harris Friel on 21st June 2019 at 3:18 am

    Zoom splits the recording, meaning that each side of the conversation is recorded on its own track.

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Written by:

Colin Gray

Colin has been teaching people how to podcast since 2007. He's worked with Universities, businesses and hobbyists alike. He started The Podcast Host to share his experience and to help as many people as possible get into Podcasting. He runs Podcraft, to spread the art of podcasting, and does the Mountain Bikes Apart podcast whenever he can. Who doesn't like to talk bikes, after all!

December 21st 2018