How to record Zoom meetings as a participant on PC and Mac

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

Callnote allows you to record Zoom meetings you’re attending even without the host’s permission. The app records audio in various formats including audio in mp3 format, video in mp4 format, as well as instant messages, retaining a record for future purposes. Here is a simple guide on how to record Zoom meetings as a participant. 

Quick Guide: How to Record on Zoom Without Permission

Step 1. Before the meeting:

  • Prepare your computer before recording to avoid re-recording and save editing time. The truth is, the video call recording for Zoom isn’t always high quality. A lot of different factors affect the quality, including how smooth and fast your system is running, your internet connection, and your microphone and camera quality.

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

  • First, understand it takes a lot of computer processing power to record a Zoom meeting with Callnote and run Zoom at the same time. To get the best results, turn off any unneeded applications. It will help with the overall performance of your machine.
  • Built-in mics work well for having a conversation, but they produce poor-quality audio when trying to record meetings in Zoom. Consider using an external USB headset or microphone. If you have an external webcam, it may have a microphone built-in, that will provide good enough audio. For the best audio quality, we 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 is able to be recorded as well 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 Zoom automatic recording make sure you have selected the #Always start recording option.
  • Make sure your audio devices get recorded. Do this by going to the Callnote settings tab and checking the device you are using to connect to the audio of the conversation.
  • Callnote Pro users have the option to record video in full HD (1920×1080 pixels). This option is selected in the settings tab.

Step 3. On the Zoom meeting:

You’re good to go, no other setup is needed. Launch the Zoom desktop app, sign in and join a conference, and interact as you normally do. The 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 the Callnote widget and start recording. Pause and stop buttons will appear when the 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.

If you can’t make the Zoom meeting Callnote got you covered. Take back control of your time and set up a scheduled Zoom meeting recording. 

Step 4. Meeting recap:

To keep track of any targets or objectives agreed upon in the meeting, or just to 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 participant names and tags, and write your notes. You can also edit and refine both audio and video tracks, just select either the audio or video editing option. If you’d like to know more this blog post guides you through Library options.

You also have the option to export or save the recording on cloud storage if you want. Go to the Sharing Options Tab to set up the forwarding to Evernote, Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, or YouTube. We have integrated Callnote with Gmail, so you can send the recording with one click.

If you need a text transcription and closed captioning of the recorded Zoom meeting, go to the Library Tab and select “Transcribe”. Get fast and accurate Zoom transcriptions of your calls in major world languages!

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