Automatically Transcribe Cloud Recordings Follow

Overview

Use the Audio transcript option (under Cloud Recording) to automatically transcribe the audio of a meeting or webinar that you record to the cloud. After this transcript is processed, it appears as a separate .vtt text file in the list of recorded meetings. In addition, you have the option to display the transcript text within the video itself, similar to a closed caption display

The transcript is divided into sections, each with a timestamp that shows how far into the recording that portion of the text was recorded. You can edit the text to more accurately capture the words, or to add capitalization and punctuation, which are not captured by the transcript.

You can search for text within the transcription and you can search for transcribed recordings that include the text you are searching for.

Audio Transcripts are saved in .vtt format. If you download the .vtt file, you can open it with a text editor such as Microsoft Word, Text Edit, or other common word processing applications. 

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Prerequisites

  • Business, Education, or Enterprise license with Cloud Recording enabled
  • Account owner or admin permissions to enable for your account or group

Instructions

Enabling Transcription

To enable the Audio Transcript feature for all members of your organization:

  1. Sign into the Zoom web portal and navigate to Account Settings.
  2. Navigate to the Cloud recording option on the Recording tab and verify that the setting is enabled.
    Note: If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.
  3. In the Advanced cloud recording settings, click the Audio Transcript checkbox to enable it, then click Save to confirm the change.
    AutoTrans_ss1.png Note: If you want to make this setting mandatory for all users in your account, click the lock icon, and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

To enable the Audio Transcript feature for all members of a specific group:

  1. Sign into the Zoom web portal and navigate to Group Management from the User Management menu.
  2. Click the desired Group Name from the list, then click the Settings tab.
  3. Navigate to the Cloud recording option on the Recording tab and verify that it is enabled.  
    Notes:
    • If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.
    • If the option is grayed out,  it has been locked at the Account level, and needs to be changed at that level.
  4. In the Advanced cloud recording settings, click the Audio Transcript checkbox to enable it, then click Save to confirm the change.
    AutoTrans_ss2.png Note: If you want to make this setting mandatory for all users in this group, click the lock icon, and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

To enable the Audio Transcript feature for your own use:

  1. Sign into the Zoom web portal and navigate to My Meeting Settings.
  2. Navigate to the Cloud recording option on the Recording tab and verify that the setting is enabled.
    Notes:
    • If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.
    • If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the Group or Account level, and you will need to contact your Zoom administrator.
  3. In the Advanced cloud recording settings, click the Audio Transcript checkbox to enable it, then click Save to confirm the change.
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Generating a Transcript

  1. Start a meeting or webinar.
  2. Click the Record button and choose Record to the Cloud.
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  3. After the meeting ends, you will receive an email that lets you know that your cloud recording is available. A short time later, you also receive a separate email letting you know that the audio transcript for the recording is available. These emails include links to view your recordings and transcript.

Viewing and Editing the Transcript

  1. Click the link in the email OR navigate to the My Recordings page on the Zoom web portal and click the name of the recorded meeting.
    Notes:
    • This opens the Recording Details page, which includes at least two files:
      • Audio Only (m4a)
      • Transcript Recording (vtt)
    • If you selected other files for the cloud recording, these will also be included:
      • Recording (mp4)
      • Gallery view (mp4)
      • Chat text (txt)
  2. Click the Audio Only m4a file, or the Recording or Gallery View mp4 file, if available. The text of the transcript displays on the right-hand side of the file. 
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  3. Navigate to the Audio Transcript panel on the right and click the pencil icon next to the phrase you want to edit.
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  4. Make any changes to the text, then click Save
    The updated version of the text is displayed when you play the audio or video file.
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Embedding the Transcript

The transcript is automatically embedded within the audio and video file, but is hidden by default. To see the transcript embedded in the audio or video file:

  1. Open the audio or video file from My Recordings.
  2. Click the Play button.
  3. Click the CC icon at the bottom right of the screen.     

Note: The text displays on top of the video, similar to closed captioning.
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Searching within the Transcript

  1. Go to My Recordings.
  2. In the Search by list, choose Keyword
  3. Type a word or phrase in the text entry box, then click Search.
    Note: This shows the list of meetings that includes the keyword in the transcript.
  4. Click the applicable meeting to view the transcript.
  5. Click the Audio Only m4a file, or the Recording or Gallery View mp4 file, if available. The text of the transcript displays on the right-hand side of the file. 
  6. Navigate to the Audio Transcript panel on the right and type the keyword into the search box at the top. All instances of the keyword are highlighted.
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