After recording a Zoom video podcast episode it might be tempting to add a intro during your open source jingle that is being played at the beginning and the end of the piece.
Adding a jingle is a great way to make a successful podcast by creating an audio identity but a question stays, what to do on the video recording of the podcast while the jingle is being played?
An easy solution is to replace the video with a picture transition from and to the YouTube thumbnail while you play music during recording with the Zoom video chat inbetween, thus allowing you to add clickable elements to subscribe to your YouTube channel, or to your guest's channel, or to view your other videos, without impinging on your talking time.
But how to do it? See below an easy solution to make a great YouTube Channel by editing your Zoom video recordings for your online videocast!
First question is How To Edit Zoom video recording for free without much hassle? It is actually pretty easy on any platform, by downloading the amazing award-winning software OpenShot that allows to visually modify any video recording and is extremely simple to use, only with drag and drop along with a few clicks.
For example, my first time ever using the program, I managed to add an intro and outro to my Zoom video recording using my YouTube video thumbnail in less than 30 minutes. The longer was to find out how to export the project on my computer with the right video and audio settings, that I simplified for you below.
But first of all, let's start by downloading and installing the amazing OpenShot Video Editor program for free directly from their own website, without any registration required.
OpenShot Video Editor Download page
Getting in the OpenShot interface, all you have to do to simply add an intro and outro from your video thumbnail to your video recording, is to import both your Zoom video recording and your YouTube thumbnail picture in the current project.
Then, on the first track, drag and drop the picture to the beginning of the track, so the picture will be show first, and a fading effect can be added.
On the next track, drap and drop your Zoom video recording and make it start at the same time as the picture, so it will be shown after the intro picture disappears.
Back on the first track, drap and drop the video thumbnail picture to the end of the video, so it will be shown after the talk, and once again on the track below the video, so the video ending transition will disappear for the picture to be shown.
Now, add an OpenShot transition from picture by right clicking on the first picture on the first track, and select the fade out effect.
At any given time, you can play the video and see how the fade out OpenShot transition from picture goes in real time. Eventually, you can add an external transition effect on the picture that will be more stylish than the simple fade out - you might have to right click on the effect and invert it to fade out, as transitions are by default fading in.
Finally, add a fade in effect on the ending picture from the first track, and eventually an OpenShot transition to picture on the Zoom video recording ending, that will transition to the third track picture, and the first track picture will be displayed after that transition.
And that's all - you now have a professional looking edited Zoom video recording and it is time to export the file on your computer before you can upload it on YouTube. But before that, you might want to export in the same quality as the video was recorded on Zoom.
If you want to export your edited Zoom recording from OpenShot Video Editor to a local file that you can then upload to YouTube, you will need to find an export profile that is similar to the Zoom recording settings, otherwise you will end up with a distorted video or with a very large file, about 1GB per 10 minutes of Zoom video recording using standard settings.
Zoom Recording formats
Zoom Video Compression: MP4 h.264
By getting an export profile that mimics the Zoom video recording settings, the file size will be easier to handle, getting down to about 75MB per 10 minutes recording.
The standard Zoom video recording are the following, if you haven't activated HD video recording and haven't requested the support to extend your video recording quality:
Zoom SD Video Quality
Zoom HD Video Quality
- Frame Width: 640px
- Frame Height: 360px
Zoom Audio Quality
- Frame Width: 1280px
- Frame Height: 720px
- Data Rate: 632kbps
- Total Bitrate: 685kbps
- Frame Rate: 25 frames per second
- Bit Rate: 53kbps
- Channels: 1(mono)
- Audio Sample Rate: 32000kHz
However, this exact profile doesn't exist in OpenShot. The best way to get it is to download below file, that is already prepared, and to save it in your local folder as written below. You can also create the file yourself and add it in your local OpenShot export formats folder.
Download the OpenShot video profile for Zoom SD
Download the OpenShot video profile for Zoom HD
OpenShot how to create your own profile
Zoom custom profiles folder: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\.openshot_qt\profiles
However, even having after selected your Zoom SD recording profile, you might still want to change the recording settings to match the Zoom video and audio quality.
And that's it! You can now save your Zoom audio recording on your computer and upload it to your video cast channel or share it online - after some processing time, depending on your computer, but expect about 10 seconds processing per minute of video recording for an SD Zoom video exported with the same Zoom video compression and audio settings.
And if you upload your edited video to YouTube and setup the right language, after a while you will be able to export YouTube subtitles in order to get the text transcription that can even be uploaded to your blog as an article!
If you happen to have recorded in your Zoom call some parts that you do not want to include in the final video, such as a video issue or other sound problem, then it might be best to cut part of the track in OpenShot Video Editor where the issue occurs.
Position the curser at the moment when you want the cut to start, Right click on the track to cut, then select slice and keep both sides.
This is the cut start. Now, repeat the operation where you want the cut to finish, and the video to continue.
You will then have one track in the middle that you can delete, and will be left with two tracks - before and after the cut.
It could be better to add a transition between the two, such as a fade out before the cut and a fade in after the cut, and eventually another visual transition if you feel like it.