Zoom: Viewing Transcript Files as Text

Whenever automatic captions are generated in Zoom, they are captured as a .VTT file. Your VTT file can be readily downloaded and viewed as text by following the directions below.

Opening Your Zoom Transcript (.VTT) File as Text

  1. Login to lsu.zoom.us 
  2. Click on the Recordings tab found on the left side of the page.

Zoom recordings tab


  1. This will display a list of all your Zoom recordings. Click on a recording to view its associated files (the black boxes are omitting the user's name and room ID in this screenshot).

listing of zoom recordings


  1. Hover your mouse near the area labeled "Audio transcript" and a series of buttons will appear. Click the download arrow to download your transcript file (in .VTT format).

audio transcript area and download button


  1. Now locate the file you've downloaded; locating the downloaded file will vary by operating system and/or web browser but most users will only need to navigate to their commonly used Downloads folder. 
  2. Once you've located the file, click and drag it into an open web browser window to display the text and timestamp information.

Clicking and dragging file to browser


  1. If done correctly, your transcript will display as text in your browser and look similar to the screenshot below.

VTT as text in browser


  1. If you'd like to "print" your transcript as a PDF or Word document. Most browsers allow for a Ctrl + P hotkey command to open your Print menu.
  2. Select your destination as Print to PDF or whichever option you would prefer. There may be additional configuration required if you want an option not listed in the drop down menu.

Print destination in browser


  1. Now click Print or Save and follow any additional on screen instructions to finish "printing" your transcript file.


Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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