Playing media in Zoom
Before following the steps below, you must download and install the Zoom desktop client. See Installing Zoom on your computer and signing in.
This article provides a remote teaching alternative for instructors who show a film in class as a required component of a lesson. The instructions provided are for a Fair Use exception to showing a copyrighted film.
Schedule the Zoom Meeting
Decide on one or more dates and times that you will show the movie in Zoom. Schedule a Zoom meeting for the showing and share it with your students in your Canvas site or another secure channel. You must set up this meeting and distribute it as a private showing.
Show the Film in Zoom
- Launch the Zoom desktop client and find the Zoom meeting.
- Click the Start button for the meeting (See Fig. 1).
- Click off of the Zoom window and cue the movie that you want to watch.
If you are watching a movie on a streaming service, open your web browser and navigate to the movie. If you have it downloaded on your computer or on a DVD, launch your media player and open the movie in it.
- Switch back to Zoom and click on the Screen Share button at the bottom of your Zoom meeting screen (See Fig. 2).
- A pop-up window will show the active applications on your computer. Click on the window that is playing the movie.
- Check the box to Share computer sound.
- Optionally, if you are concerned about a slow internet connection for you or your students, check the box to Optimize Screen Share for Video Clip (See Fig. 3).
- Click the Share button in the bottom-right corner of the window.
- Toggle back to the media player and start the film. Maximize the player window.
- You and your students can view the film in Zoom.
- We do not recommend that you record the meeting. Instead, show the film again only to your students.
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Modified on: Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 1:27 PM