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How To Record Zoom Meetings as a Participant on PC and Mac


Zoom Recorder

Zoom Call Recorder

Today Zoom is helping us stay employed and connected. Although the app offers the option to record all meetings, you can only access this feature if the host of the meeting grants you the permission to do so. So, how can participants record a Zoom meeting?

Callnote Zoom recorder allows you to capture Zoom meetings you’re attending even without the host’s permission or acknowledgment. App records audio in multiple streams  in mp3 format, video in mp4 format, as well as instant messages to retain a record for future purposes.

Quick Guide: How to Record Zoom Meeting Without Permission

Step 1. Before the meeting:

Prepare your computer before recording to avoid re-recording and save editing time. The truth is video calls aren’t always high quality. They get impacted by a lot of different factors including how smooth and fast your system is running, your internet connection, and your microphone and camera quality.

Before you hit record, there are a few things you should check:

  • First, be mindful that it takes a lot of computer processing power to record video calls with Callnote and run Zoom at the same time. To get the best results, turn off any unneeded application. It will help with the overall performance of your machine.
  • Secondly, make sure your system audio gets recorded. Windows OS PC users should check their audio settings: default input/output device should match the audio input/output device you’re going to use.
  • Built-in mics work well for having a conversation, but they’ll disappoint in a recording. Consider using an external USB headset or microphone. If you have an external webcam, it may have a microphone built into it that will provide good enough audio. For the best audio quality we would recommend using USB headsets or 3.5 mm jack enabled headsets, as sometimes Callnote cannot catch sound from the Bluetooth headsets.
  • Make sure your guest’s audio to be recorded as good as it can be. Consider recommending the other side of the conversation a mic or headset.

Step 2. Set up Callnote:

  • Launch Callnote, go to Recording Options Tab -> Zoom. Here you can select to #Record video along with audio. If you want to start recording Zoom meeting automatically make sure you have selected #Always start recording option.
  • Callnote Pro users have an option to record video in high definition (the option is selected in the Settings Tab).

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Step 3. On the Zoom meeting:

You’re good to go, no other setup needed. Launch Zoom for desktop app, sign in and join in a conference, and interact as you normally do. Callnote recording widget will appear once the app detects an active Zoom meeting. If you didn’t select #Record automatically while setting up Callnote, you need to click the red Capture button on Callnote widget and start recording. A pause and stop buttons will then be shown when recording starts.

    • Please keep in mind that the meeting screen should be active (above all other screens) during call recording. If you switch to another tab during the meeting Callnote will stop recording.
    • Once you stop the recording, the captured Zoom meeting will be saved in your Callnote Library Tab and locally on your computer.

Step 4. Meeting recap:

To keep track of any targets or objectives agreed in the meeting, or otherwise just make sure important information isn’t lost or forgotten Callnote offers some handy options.

    • Editing. If you need to edit the recording, go to the Library Tab and select the recording. Edit info will help you change the title, add participants names, tags and write your notes.You can also edit and refine both audio and video tracks, just select either audio or video editing option.If you’d like to know more this blog post guides you through Library options.
    • If you want to export or save the recording on cloud storage you also have the options to do it. Go to Sharing Options Tab to set up the forwarding to Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, YouTube. We have also  integrated Callnote with GMail, so you can send the recording with one click.
    • If you need a text transcription of the recorded Zoom meeting go to Library Tab and select “Transcribe”. Get fast and accurate automated transcripts of your calls in 18 languages!

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