I am trying to develop a chrome extension which can capture user’s transcripts in real time, I could use the data from DOM but there is not speaker separation there, so I wanted to know if there is any way that I can capture the transcripts of a zoom meeting and show it in my UI in chrome extension.
I don’t want to use the cloud recording’s API because those are not real time and not available for free users.
@ayush.91011, unfortunately, there are no direct API endpoints to access the real-time transcript. If your users are joining Zoom from the browser the Chrome extension could work. However, I’ve noticed most people join Zoom from the desktop app.
Aside from the Chrome extension, there are 4 other ways you could explore to create a real-time transcript from a Zoom meeting.
1. Use the Zoom RTMP live-streaming API
- Doesn’t require any 3rd party services
- Lighter weight than building and running a Zoom bot
- Needs to initiated on a per-meeting basis
- You need to set up an RTMP server to receive the data, which requires engineering effort to deploy, scale, and monitor
- Participants can get spooked by the “live” badge that appears in the meeting (even if it’s a privte meeting)
- No speaker separation
2. Build a desktop app to capture users’ computer audio
- One of the most cost effective solutions
- You need to build a separate app for Windows, Mac and Linux
- App runs on users’ computer so it can slow their computer down/make computer fans go off
- No speaker separation
3. Build a Zoom bot
- Can get the separate audio streams per participant for perfect diarization / speaker labels
- It is very heavy-weight as you would need to spin up multiple servers to run the Zoom client for the bot
- Running infrastructure for Zoom bot costs more than live streaming.
- You need to encode the raw video and audio yourself
4. Use Recall.ai
It’s a unified API that lets you send meeting bots to video conferencing platforms to capture the audio,
video and transcription in real-time.
- Handles spinning up the servers, and providing the real-time raw audio/transcript so all you interact with is a simple API.
- Works on any Zoom plan (including Free)
- Gets speaker diarization / speaker labels
- Works agnostic of meeting platform
- It’s another 3rd party service in your stack
Let me know if you have any questions!