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Transcribe Zoom recordings automatically

Otter can automatically sync cloud recordings from your Zoom account and transcribe them in your Otter account.

Zoom Sync is a feature included in Otter Basic & Pro plans.

• You need Zoom Pro plan or higher

Need real-time transcription for Zoom?
Please check out Otter Live Notes for Zoom, an exclusive feature in the Otter Business plan.

How to set up Zoom Sync

The setup is easy and one-time only.

Zoom administrator Step 1. Pre-approve Otter in Zoom Marketplace
Step 2. Enable downloading of Recording (Admin)
Zoom meeting hosts Step 3. Enable downloading of Recording (Personal)
Step 4. Connect Otter to Zoom

• Your Zoom administrator needs to perform Steps 1 and 2 only once for the entire organization.
• Each meeting host needs to perform Steps 3 and 4 once.

Step 1: Pre-approve Otter in the Zoom Marketplace

1. Sign in to Zoom Marketplace as the administrator.
2. Go to Live Notes for Zoom.
3. Turn on the Pre-approve toggle.

Step 2: Enable downloading of Zoom recordings (Admin)

1. Sign in to Zoom as the administrator.
2. Under Admin, click Account Management, and then click Account Settings.
3. Click the Recording tab and confirm or restore these settings:

  • Cloud recording: Enabled
  • Record an audio only file: Enabled
  • Prevent hosts from accessing their cloud recordings: Disabled
  • Cloud recording downloads: Enabled
  • Only the host can download cloud recordings: Disabled
  • IP Address Access Control: Disabled
  • Only authenticated users can view cloud recordings: Disabled
  • Require password to access shared cloud recordings: Disabled

Step 3: Enable downloading of Zoom recordings (Personal)

1. Sign in to your Zoom account.
2. Click Settings on the left, and then click the Recording tab.
3. Confirm or restore these settings:

  • Cloud recording: Toggled On
  • Record an audio only file: Checked
  • Allow cloud recording sharing: Toggled On
  • (Recommended) Automatic recording: Toggled On
  • (Recommended) Record in the cloud: Selected
  • IP Address Access Control: Toggled Off
  • Require users to authenticate before viewing cloud recordings: Toggled Off
  • Set recording as on-demand by default: Toggled Off
  • Require password to access shared cloud recordings: Toggled Off

Step 4: Connect Otter to Zoom

1. Log in to, then click Apps in the left panel.
2. Look for Sync cloud recordings and click Add.

3. If you are not already signed into Zoom, you would be prompted to sign in.
4. Click Authorize to connect to Zoom.

5. Click Configuration Guide to open this article. Complete all configuration steps above if you haven't already.

6. Click Create Zoom Recording to test your integration. Record yourself speaking into the Zoom meeting for about 10 second, and end the meeting.

Otter should be able to sync and transcribe new Zoom cloud recordings from this point on. Here is a sample of Otter's interactive audio transcript:

How to download Zoom cloud recordings and import into Otter

You can manually download Zoom cloud recordings and import them into Otter for transcription as follows:
1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
2. In the left menu, click Recordings.
3. In the Topic column, click to open the recording you wish to download.
4. Next to Audio only, click the download icon to download the audio file (.m4a).

5. Sign in to your account.
6. Click the Import audio/video button in the top right.
7. Drag the .m4a audio file or click Browse files, navigate to the file and open it.
8. Otter will notify you when the transcription is completed.​

How to import Zoom local recordings into Otter

For Zoom local recordings saved on your computer, you can manually import them into Otter for transcription as follows:
1. Log in to, click Import audio/video, and then click Browse files.
2. Go to the folder where Zoom saves local recordings. By default:
PC: C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Zoom
Mac: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom
3. Select one or more file(s) to import:
audio_only.m4a is an audio file, which is smaller and faster to upload
zoom_0.mp4 is a video file, which is larger and slower to upload

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