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 is a Microsoft Office Master. He trains corporate clients in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. Menard is a speaker for the Georgia Society of CPAs and a senior lecturer at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Menard's YouTube channel has over 600 technology videos. Chris works full-time as a Training Specialist for a global law firm. His office is in midtown, Atlanta.