Live transcribe Zoom with Otter.ai

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Automatic Live Transcription for Zoom Meetings & Webinars

At a time when most meetings, events, and classes have gone virtual, remote workers and students struggle to listen and pay attention while taking notes. Businesses and schools need help capturing information accurately and making accessible instantly.

Otter Live Notes is an add-on for Zoom meeting hosts to enable live transcription for all participants and live note-taking for collaborators. It opens as a web page you can put next to Zoom or send the link to open on other devices.

Demo of Otter Live Notes for Zoom

Otter Live Notes is a paid feature included in the Otter Business plan with no additional per-minute fees!

Requirements:
• Meeting hosts need Otter Business and Zoom Pro/Business/Enterprise/Education
• Participants can view live transcription for free
• Participants can highlight & comment with Otter Basic or higher
• Webinars are now supported! Click here to learn more
• Breakout Rooms, Zoom Rooms, and end-to-end encryption are not supported.
• Limit 1 connection to one Zoom host account per Otter account

Other options for Otter Basic and Pro users
Zoom Sync cloud recordings post-meeting (Zoom Pro or higher)
Record with Otter and transcribe live side-by-side

How to set up Otter Live Notes for Zoom

WHO SETUP TASKS
Zoom administrator Pre-approve Otter in Zoom Marketplace
Allow live streaming in Zoom
Zoom host user Allow live streaming in Zoom
Connect Otter to Zoom

Note:
• Zoom administrator needs to perform Tasks Ⓐ and Ⓑ once.
• Each Zoom host user needs to perform Tasks Ⓒ and Ⓓ only.

Set up for Zoom administrator

Ⓐ: Pre-approve Otter in Zoom Marketplace

1. Sign in to the Zoom Marketplace.
2. Go to Otter.ai Live Notes for Zoom.
3. Click the Who can install link in the left navigation.
4. Switch on Pre-approve and then select Allow all users on your account to install this app.

Ⓑ: Allow live streaming in Zoom web portal

1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
2. Under Admin, expand Account Management, and then click Account Settings.
3. In the Meeting tab, configure the following settings:
   •  Allow livestreaming of meetings: Enabled
   •  Custom Live Streaming Service: Enabled

Note for free Zoom Basic users:
If you do not see Allow live streaming meetings in your Zoom settings, then you are probably logged into a free Zoom Basic account. Please upgrade or log into a paid Zoom Pro (or higher) account and try again.

4. Under Personal, click Settings.
5. In the Meeting tab, configure the following settings:
   •  Allow livestreaming of meetings: Enabled
   •  Custom Live Streaming Service: Enabled

Set up for (non-admin) Zoom host user

Ⓒ: Allow live streaming in Zoom (meeting host)

1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as a meeting host.
2. Click Settings.
3. In the Meeting tab, configure the following settings:
   •  Allow livestreaming of meetings: Enabled
   •  Custom Live Streaming Service: Enabled

Note for free Zoom Basic users:
If you do not see Allow live streaming meetings in your Zoom settings, then you are probably logged into a free Zoom Basic account. Please upgrade or log into a paid Zoom Pro (or higher) account and try again.

Ⓓ: Connect Otter to Zoom

1. Log in to Otter.ai, then click Apps in the left panel.
2. Look for Otter Live Notes and click Add.

Note for existing users:
If you previously set up Otter to sync cloud recordings from Zoom, you need to click Disconnect first, then click Add next to Otter Live Notes.

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

If you are unable to connect Otter to Zoom, please ask your Zoom admin to check the following ...

If you are unable to perform Steps 3-4, please ask your Zoom admin to perform Task Ⓐ Pre-approve Otter in Zoom Marketplace above.

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

6. Click Test Configuration to verify that all required Zoom settings are set.


How to use Otter Live Notes for Zoom

WHO CAPABILITY
Meeting host Start live transcription automatically
Participants Access the live transcript
Collaborators Take notes collaboratively
Extended demo of Otter Live Notes for Zoom

Start live transcription automatically

1. Start a meeting with the Zoom account that is connected to Otter Business.
2. A red LIVE indicator will appear at the top left of the Zoom window, indicating that Otter has started live transcribing the meeting automatically.

So there are no extra steps for the host to copy an API token manually every time!

Access the live transcript

Note for existing users:
If you are using the latest version of Zoom (or any version after 5.6.3), you’ll see new privacy notifications when a meeting is being recorded or livestreamed. More on this here.

Meeting participants can open a live interactive transcript directly from Zoom to follow along and scroll back to read at their own pace.

1. Join a Zoom meeting.
2. Click the red LIVE indicator and click View Stream on Otter.ai Live Transcript in the dropdown.

3. The live transcript will open in a browser window.

4. Follow along and scroll back to read at your own pace.

Take notes collaboratively

Collaborators (e.g. teacher's assistants, meeting scribes) who are logged into Otter can even highlight, comment, and add photos collaboratively to create meeting notes that everyone can review and share.

1. On the live transcript page, click Log in or Sign up for an Otter account.
2. Highlight, comment, and add photos collaboratively to create meeting notes that everyone can review and share.

Stop live transcription manually

To switch off transcribing for certain meetings, you can click the red LIVE indicator and click Stop Live Stream in the dropdown.

Restart live transcription manually

To restart the live transcription, click More and then click Live on Custom Live Streaming Service.

Known Limitations

1. For participants using Zoom on Chromebook, there is no red LIVE icon.
Workaround:
The host can click LIVE on Custom Live Streaming Service > Copy Streaming Link to copy the link to Otter Live Notes, then paste it into Zoom's chat window, so all participants can access it there.

2. For participants using Zoom on mobile devices, there is no View Stream on Custom Live Streaming Service in the LIVE pull-down menu.
Workaround:
The participant can click LIVE on Custom Live Streaming Service > Copy Streaming Link to copy the link to Otter Live Notes, then paste it into a web browser to see the live transcription.

3. Otter Live Notes does not work in breakout rooms
Workaround:
One person in each breakout room can do a side-by-side recording and share the Otter link in the Zoom chat window.


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