BigBlueButton vs Zoom, Which One is Better? [2023 Review]

If you plan to use an online meeting app but do not know which one to use, no worries. In this article, we compared two platforms, BigBlueButton and Zoom. You may choose one to use after reading this article.

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Aug 29, 2023

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Zoom is now the video communication platform of choice for many people. Even if you don't work from home, you've probably heard of Zoom. In light of the Covid, the video conferencing app has become the standard for connecting with others in both business and personal settings.

However, not only can Zoom offer online meeting services but many other platforms like BigBlueButton can also be used to hold online meetings and parties. Then, what is the difference between Zoom and BigBlueButton? This article will give you a clue.

BigBlueButton vs Zoom

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based online video conferencing tool that lets you host virtual one-on-one or team meetings easily. With powerful audio, video, and collaboration features, this remote communication tool connects remote team members with each other. You don't need an account to attend a Zoom meeting, and the platform is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, meaning nearly anyone can access it.

Zoom allows users to create and join virtual meeting rooms where they can communicate with each other using video and audio. Additional features can give participants the ability to share their screens, share files, and use text chat within the meeting group or privately with others in the meeting. If you want to record a Zoom meeting, it will save the video in HD quality.

What is BigBlueButton?

BigBlueButton is also a global online platform, mainly for teaching. It was developed in a school, which makes it the only virtual classroom built from the ground up, just for teachers. It's available in 55 languages, and teachers all over the world have contributed to its design.

BigBlueButton is an HTML5-based web application. Unlike many commercial web conferencing systems that require you to install software, BigBlueButton runs within a web browser. To join a BigBlueButton session, you click a link that opens a valid join URL in your browser.

Along with a global network of developers and companies providing commercial support, BigBlueButton is continuously evolving to meet the new real-world needs of teachers everywhere.


Reviews on Zoom and BigBlueButton

In this part, we will give you the reviews on Zoom and BigBlueButton. Just check on them and choose the one you like to download and use.

1. Review on Zoom 

Zoom is characterized by a range of cloud video conferencing capabilities, including HD voice and video functionality, dual streams for dual screens, the ability to join as a view-only attendee, as well as by Zoom Rooms.

Zoom also has some accessibility features. These features allow employees who have disabilities to schedule, attend, and participate in Zoom meetings and webinars. And the group collaboration features allow for simultaneous screen sharing, group messaging, whiteboarding, annotation, and co-annotation. iOS devices are also supported. For instance, mirroring on iPhone or iPad and the ability to share documents, photos, and videos are all supported in Zoom.

Zoom also includes an unlimited VOIP with toll-free options in more than 60 countries. You can also integrate any third-party teleconferencing service. Zoom lets you create a personal meeting ID and URL name to share with participants when you schedule your meetings. Besides, the security features enable you to give role-based control and include SSL encryption plus HTTPS access. You can also learn on how to record a Zoom meeting using the inbuilt function.

2. Review on BigBlueButton

Different from Zoom, BigBlueButton is an open-source conferencing system that's specially designed for online learning and teaching. It supports real-time sharing of video, slides, audio, screen, chat, etc. Teachers can get their remote students engaged with emojis, polling, breakout rooms, screen sharing, and even multi-user whiteboards. Presenters can easily record and playback their lectures and content to make them available later.

Except for teaching, public and private messages can be sent easily using the chat option, while the webcams feature allows users to hold virtual meetings and communicate using high-quality audio. Moreover, with the live whiteboard tool, annotations are displayed automatically to students in real-time.

This tool gives its users many choices. Teachers and presenters have the option to highlight, draw, write, and zoom on presentations, making important points clearer to students; For students, it gives them a feeling that they are sitting together in a classroom. With regards to webcams, there is no limit when it comes to the number of webcams that can be shared in a session.

Bonus tip. How to Record a Zoom Meeting

Here we will give you 3 tools that can record a Zoom meeting on your device. Check on them one by one.

1. With EaseUS RecExperts

When it comes to recording a Zoom meeting, we can't miss EaseUS RecExperts. As a capable screen, audio, and game recorder, this software can also show you how to record Google Meet. Zoom can be undoubtedly recorded with this tool. If you have the permission, you may just record the meeting as you wish. But if you don't have permission, how can you record a Zoom meeting?

EaseUS RecExperts is useful in this case. This screen recording software can record the Zoom meeting with both the screen and the audio. Let's have a look at how it can record a Zoom meeting for you.

Step 1. Go to the meetings that you want to record. Then, launch EaseUS RecExperts on your devices. Choose the "Full Screen"  recording mode or select the recording area in the "Region" mode.

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. Choose to record the system sound, microphone sound or none by clicking on the according buttons. When it's time to start recording, click on the red "REC" button to begin.

Record Webcam System Microphone

Step 3. If you need to pause the recording, click on the white double vertical bar. To end the recording, click on the red square sign. You can also use the hotkeys "F10" and "F9" to pause or stop recording.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, you can view the meeting videos in the pop-up recording list.

Recording List Window

2. With inbuilt function

As mentioned above, if you have permission, you can start recording a Zoom meeting now. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1. Start a Zoom meeting as the host.

Step 2. Click on "Record". If there is a menu, select "Record on this Computer". Hosts and participants will see the following recording indicator in the top-left corner while the recording is active.

Step 3. Click "Participants" to see which participants are currently recording.

Step 4. After the meeting has ended, Zoom will convert the recording automatically so you can access the files.

Step 5. Once the conversion process is complete, the folder containing the recording files will open. You can view the video if you want.

3. Record Multiple Audio Files

When recording locally, the host of a Zoom meeting can record all participants' audio streams as separate audio files, one file for each participant. To do this, you need to:

Step 1. Open the Zoom client and click "Settings".

Step 2. Click the "Recording" tab and enable "Record a separate audio file for each participant". 

Step 3. Record and save the meeting to your computer. Once the meeting is over, and the recording has been processed, open the recording folder. 

Step 4. Within the folder, open "Audio Record". Once in the "Audio Record" folder, each participant's audio track will be listed as its own file. Each file name begins with the participant's name.


In this article, we compared Zoom and BigBlueButton simply. And in the last part, we gave you information about how to record a Zoom meeting with both the inbuilt function and third-party software. You may try EaseUS RecExperts since it is comprehensive and user-friendly at the same time. If you find this article useful, please share it with others.

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