Zoom Classes: Deaf Tips: Before & During: Sharing & Playing a Video

Last Updated: May 9, 2024 3:41 PM

Before and During: Sharing and Playing a Video

Please use captioned videos. You can check YouTube videos ahead of time and see if they are captioned correctly. We have captioned streaming videos available via Films on Demand, Kanopy, Swank, and LinkedIn Learning. If you have an uncaptioned video, the Provost has a budget to cover captioning expenses. You can fill out this media form from Teaching and Learning Services.

Sharing your Video

  1. Sign in to Zoom

  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. 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. 


  • When using this feature, Optimize for video clip is automatically enabled, which is generally recommended for sharing videos but also restricts and downscales the resolution to 1080/720 to provide an improved frame rate. This can be manually disabled, which will allow for higher resolution, but this should only be used in situations where framerate is less important.
  • You must be signed in to the desktop client to have this option. 

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: 

  • Play/Pause: Start or pause the playback of the video. 
  • Elapsed time/total video length: Shows the current elapsed time of video playback, and the total length of the video file. 
  • Playback slider: Allows you to skip to other points of the video playback range
  • Volume: Allows you to adjust the volume of the video being shared. 
  • Fullscreen: Allows you to make the video full-screen for you and viewers. 

Advantages of Video Share

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.

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