Zoom - easily play a video file - Zoom 5.5.0 new feature!

Posted on:  02/04/2021
Zoom - easily play a video file - Zoom 5.5.0 new feature!

Zoom has made it easy to share and play video files in a meeting. Part of the 5.5.0 update on 2/1/2021 allows you to select a video file and Zoom immediately opens the file,  shares audio, and plays the video as shared content. The host has typical video player controls (pause/ play, volume control, full screen, video length/elapsed time), which are not seen by other participants during share. MP4 and MOV files are supported, and the max video resolution is 1080p. This is going to be a great new feature for educators, teachers, and corporate staff.

YouTube Video

Supported video file types

  • MOV
  • MP4

Try it!

  1. Click Share
  2. Click Advanced
  3. Click Video
  4. Click Share
  5. Find the video you want to share
  6. Click Open and Zoom shares the video

Notice that both Share sound and Optimize for video clip are automatically selected

The two file formats are MOV and MP4.

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Chris Menard's tip

If the video fle is stored in the cloud - OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox as examples, I recommend you copy and paste it locally in a folder that is easy to find.

Zoom Resource Center


The Zoom Resource Center contains:

  • Image backgrounds - free to download
  • Virtual video backgrounds - free to download
  • Zoom keyboard shortcuts for the Mac and PC
Chris Menard

Chris Menard is a Senior Training Specialist at SurePoint Technologies. Chris is certified in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Menard has a YouTube channel with other 600 technology videos covering Excel, Word, Zoom, Teams, Outlook, Gmail, Google Calendar, and other resources that over 7 million viewers have very appreciated. Because of Chris's certification and expertise with Microsoft, Chris is a proud member of Microsoft's Creator Team. Being a member of Microsoft's Creator Teams means many of his videos are available on Microsoft 365 YouTube channel and Microsoft support websites.