Recording Zoom Videos


I would like some advice on recording Zoom videos.  Is it better to save to your computer or to the cloud, and why?
I've only done this twice.  The first time I saved to my computer.  The captions from our CART provider did not show up.
I posted it on YouTube and after a few hours, the YouTube captions showed up and were very good.

The next time I saved it to the cloud.  At first, the captions for our CART provider showed up and were very good, but later they became significantly delayed.  No idea why!  Then I posted it on YouTube and as before, after a few hours the YouTube captions showed up and were very good.
I saw that you can edit (cut parts out, I think) on the cloud, but I don't thing I could do that when I saved it to my computer.
Any advice would be appreciated!

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On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 11:28 AM Marilyn Weinhouse, CO via <> wrote:
I would like some advice on recording Zoom videos.  Is it better to save to your computer or to the cloud, and why?

I found more "on the fly" visual presentation flexibilities in recording to the computer vs. in recording to the cloud. e.g. "What you see, is what you get." 

With recording to the computer, I can interactively switch back and forth during recording between speaker and galley view. 

When screen sharing while recording to the computer, I can also record 
  1. In side by side view (shared screen on the left half, speaker or galley view on the right half, with ability change the 2 halves'  proportion, by dragging the dividing double line to the right or to the left), 
  2. Or in standard view (with a small speaker thumbnail overlying the upper right corner of the shared screen).
With recording to the cloud, the recording is in either speaker view or gallery view, set per the host account's cloud recording settings on the admin website pages at after signon, You cannot switch between  speaker and galley views in a single recording .MP4 file.  It is doable to have 2 separate .MP3 files, one in speaker view, and another file in gallery view. The PRO level account cavert is its 1 GB of cloud space allocation.  Recording a 1-2 hour meeting easily uses up over 1 GB, unless you pay a monthly fee for extra cloud space. Recording of 2 .MP4 files, one in each view, will at least double the space consumed. To date, I had occasionally exceeded the 1 GB allocation, with no obvious hard penalties, except bolded red advisories on the web based Recording Management screens.  

When screen sharing while recording to the cloud, you either get only the shared screen, or only the shared screen with a speaker thumbnail overlaying the upper left corner of the screen share, according to the Host account's cloud recording settings.

On captioning. .... There is a separate ".VTT" transcript file. Viewing the .VTT file in NotePad, the transcript is easier to read for Zoom's new automated Live Transcript than for using the Zoom's API token with either a human CART provider, or with third party ASR services (AVA or WebCaptioner). .... I have not yet researched how to view the .MP4 video incorporating the .VTT transcript into the playback. ... Hopefully, it is doable with some free or low cost video player application.  

For publishing to YouTube, I am not yet familiar with those in's and out's.

Hope this helps. This was my experience. There may be other variations I have not yet explored.

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter

Hi Marilyn

Did you edit the YouTube generated captions?

George has spent a lot of time experimenting with Zoom. I have limited experience with Zoom recordings and captioning. I have captioned videos in the past, including some FEMA videos. This was several years ago. At that time, the software I was using (now available Mac only, I have a PC) allowed me to make perfect captions - open or closed - placed anywhere on the screen, but it took me about an hour to caption ten minutes.

I tried captioning one of our chapter meetings (approximately 90 minutes) and tried several methods before giving it a rest. Using the VTT file from a CART captioner usually is the best way to start. In our last meeting's recording, I found that CADET could shift the timing in the VTT file - needed because I trimmed the video.  I still had issues with the timing. What I ended up doing was allow YouTube to create the captions and then edit the captions and adding speakers. While doing so, I managed to mess up the display lengths of many of the lines. You have to be careful when using deletes and backspaces. So while the captioning is accurate, the visual appeal leaves something to be desired. You can sample the captions here.

YouTube changed the method captions are created. You used to have an option to have Google generate a caption file. Now, that option is gone and it seems that the file is automatically generated after the video is uploaded. The only thing is that there isn't a way to know how long before the file is available. When I uploaded our video to YouTube Studio, it took a week for the captions to appear. Again, it was a 90-minute video and ended up with 4800 lines. How long was your video?

Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Wonderful to have all this information..thanks so much. I have a LOT to learn.  I edit the video in YouTube Studio as you can cut out parts (not add parts) to it. I use the MAC iMovie application to add any parts. For many videos, I add punctuation to the YouTube captions. I like saving the recording to my computer, loading them to YouTube (Unlisted, using a link) and then deleting them from my computer. But I need to digest all your suggestions above. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Thank you, George and Alan!  Very helpful.  Looks like recording to the computer is the way to go.  Alan, my video was 90 minutes and it only took a few hours for the YouTube captions to show up (not a week!).  The YouTube captions are excellent, so I have never tried to edit captions.  Many thanks for your info.
Marilyn Morse Weinhouse, Secretary
Hearing Loss Association of America - Denver Chapter
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