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How to Download Your Zoom Meeting Videos: A Step-by-Step Guide

As remote work and virtual meetings become the norm, services like Zoom have exploded in popularity. While Zoom makes it easy to conduct online meetings, many users still struggle when it comes to downloading the actual video recordings of those meetings.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk through the various methods for downloading your Zoom meeting videos. Whether you want to save the files directly to your computer or leverage third-party tools, this step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how to preserve your Zoom recordings. By the end, you'll know all the ways to download Zoom videos. Let's get started!

Saving Zoom Videos to Your Computer

The most straightforward way to download a Zoom meeting recording is simply to save it directly from the Zoom website. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Log in to the Zoom web portal and navigate to the "Meetings" tab. This shows you a list of all your recorded Zoom meetings.

Step 2: Locate the video you want to download and click on the three dots to the right of the file name.

Step 3: Select "Download" from the dropdown menu. This will start downloading an .mp4 video file to your computer.

Step 4: When the download is complete, the video will be saved in your computer's default download folder. You can then move it wherever you want.

This method gives you the actual video file to keep on your computer forever. The quality is normally very good too. Just keep in mind that the file sizes can be large, often over 100 MB per hour of meeting time.

Now let's look at what to do if you only have access to the Zoom cloud recordings.

Downloading Cloud Recordings

If a meeting host has disabled local recordings, you'll only see cloud recordings available on the Zoom web portal. These can't be directly downloaded as video files. However, Zoom provides a workaround.

Follow these steps to download cloud recordings:

Step 1: From the Zoom web portal, click on the cloud recording you want to download.

Step 2: Instead of a Download button, you'll see an option to "Save as Text." Click this.

Step 3: Zoom will process the video and save a text transcript. This may take a few minutes.

Step 4: Once ready, open the .vtt file in a text or code editor.

Step 5: You now have the entire meeting transcription available as text. Copy and paste it into a document as needed.

While not as flexible as having the video file itself, this gives you easy access to the meeting transcript. You also get timecodes so you can correlate the text to points in the video playback.

Finally, let's talk about one more way to effortlessly document your Zoom meetings using Supernormal.

Zoom + Supernormal

Supernormal is a revolutionary AI assistant that automatically records your Zoom meetings and takes detailed notes.

With Supernormal, you don't have to worry about recording your meetings or notetaking ever again. The benefits are:

  • Supernormal securely records your Zoom calls directly in the cloud. You'll never lose important discussions.
  • Detailed transcripts and notes are generated using advanced AI. You'll capture insights no human could.
  • Everything is uploaded and indexed in Supernormal's system. You can search across meetings for key interactions.
  • Ask questions to your meeting notes and Supernormal will find relevant clips and summaries. The insights live on.

Supernormal offers effortless meeting documentation while freeing you to focus on the conversation. Its automated approach means no manual downloading, converting, or note-taking required. Bring Supernormal to your next Zoom call to transform how you record and learn from virtual meetings!

Downloading Zoom meeting videos gives you offline access and total control. With this guide's methods, you can now easily save and manage your meeting recordings. Whether you want local files or automated AI notes, you have options to fit any workflow. Now that you know how to download those videos, it's time to put them to good use. Replay important trainings, extract key clips, or transcribe valuable discussions. The videos contain a wealth of insights - if you can access them.

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