Automatic recording in Zoom ends in January

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting showing the "Record to the Cloud" option at the bottom of the screen.

Harry Kalantzis, Digital Services Team Leader at Oxford Brookes, explains some upcoming changes to Zoom.

What is happening?

From 22 January 2024, we will be turning off the automatic recording in Zoom. This means that when you start a Zoom meeting on or after 22 January 2024, the recording won’t start automatically. 

What do I need to do?

The change will happen automatically in all Zoom accounts at Brookes on 22 January 2024.

If you want to record a Zoom meeting, you will need to start a recording manually by selecting Record > Record to the Cloud from the bottom toolbar of the Zoom meeting.

Why is this change happening?

Panopto now charges based on how many recordings we create/import, store and archive in Panopto. To avoid paying for a large number of unintended recordings, we are turning off the automatic recording. This will ensure we are only paying for the sessions we need. We will share more information about how we will manage stored and archived hours in Panopto in early 2024.

Does this change mean that I won’t be able to record my meetings?

No, you can still record if you need to. You will be able to record these sessions by starting a recording manually: from the bottom toolbar in Zoom click Record > Record to the Cloud. After ending the meeting in Zoom, the recording will appear in your Panopto account automatically within 24 hours. Please remember that you should only use Zoom to record University work and not personal meetings - all recordings of teaching sessions will need to comply with our Policy on Students Recording Academic Contact Sessions.

When will the change happen?

The change will happen on 22 January 2024: from that date recording won’t start automatically when you start a Zoom meeting.

Who can I contact for support?

If you need support or have questions about this change, please contact the IT Service Desk.