How to Avoid Low Resolution Meeting Recordings

You've probably noticed by now that Zoom can be a little stingy when it comes to processing Zoom recordings. A short recording MAY result in a video file with a resolution of 720p, but a long recording will often be lower in quality.

Currently the best way to avoid low resolution Zoom recordings involves a little bit of trickery. By asking Zoom to treat your webcam like a document camera, Zoom will improve the quality of your recordings in two ways.


  • Zoom will record at a higher resolution.
  • The recording will be sharper. This might be especially helpful where detail (such as notes on a whiteboard) are important.


  • Since Zoom sees your webcam as a screen-share (not as a webcam), you won’t be able to simultaneously share another screen.
  • There will be a drop in the amount of image frames shown per second (not great for quick movements).

The Process

  • At the bottom of your screen, click the ‘Share Screen’ button.

  • Click Advanced, ‘Content from 2nd Camera’, ’Share’.

  • If you have more than one camera, you may need to click the ‘Switch Camera’ button to get to the right camera input.

  • For Windows users, the camera stream will instantly fill your screen. Double click anywhere on your screen and you will get a scalable window. You should now be able to record using the Zoom controls at the top of your screen (for best results, record to computer).

  • After your meeting has ended and your recording has processed your should have a file with a resolution of at least 1080p.

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Tue 9/6/22 3:37 PM
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