You can use the live capture functionality to connect to an in-progress Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams call, and see a transcript while the call is ongoing. You can highlight, tag, or comment during the call, and the video is imported automatically as soon as the call is completed (or the transcriber bot is removed from the call).

Note: Live Capture is currently only supported in English.

Getting connected

To connect to a Zoom (or Google Meet) call while it is ongoing, select the fourth option on a new recording, copy the meeting URL from your calendar or from the meeting itself, and paste it into the field. This will send a Reduct transcriber bot to your meeting.

Depending on how your Zoom meeting is set up, you might have to admit the bot from the waiting room into the meeting; shortly after the bot is in the meeting, you will begin to see transcription appear in Reduct.

You can click the "Highlight now" button or press the h key to create a 20 second highlight, or select transcript text to highlight, tag, or comment.

Ending a live capture

To end a live capture - in other words, to stop recording and transcribing, and to import the video - simply remove the bot from the call. You may need to be the meeting host to remove a participant from your call.

Alternatively, you can stop capturing from within Reduct, by hovering over the LIVE indicator at the top of the transcript, and click on the X.

Optimal setup

When working from a laptop, we have found it helpful to split or tile the screen; desk setups with large monitors or second displays have a bit more flexibility.

For users with one screen - such as those working from their laptop without an external monitor -, we recommend a split-screen setup: Reduct on one side of the screen, and Zoom or Meet next to it. This allows you to have the bulk of your attention on the call, but to refer to the transcript when needed. But while your focus is on the meeting, the computer’s technical focus should be on Reduct, so that you need only to click or press the h key on your keyboard, to create a highlight you can return to later, without the fuss of needing to explicitly switch to a different application.

On a Mac, this can be achieved by hovering over the green button in the titlebar of your browser window, holding down the option key, and selecting “move window to left side of screen”. In addition, you can adjust the Reduct interface to fit more comfortably into the resulting narrow window by collapsing the left sidebar, and reducing the size of the video player to a minimum, to give the transcript primacy.

On Windows machines, you can use the "Aero Snap" feature. Click on the window you want to move, hold down the Windows key, and press the left or right arrow keys: your window will tile to that side of the screen. You can also drag the window’s title bar right up against the left or right edge of the screen, and it will snap into place, with the same result.

Some people like to have a discussion guide printed out in front of them, to jot down notes during an interview, but if you have it as a digital document, you can either further tile your screen vertically, or switch back and forth when you need to refer to it.

For further optimization of your display, you can hide the left sidebar (click on the icon to the right of your project name), and reduce the size of the video player to a minimum (hover over the edge or corner of the player, and click and drag when you see the handles).

If you have a second display, you have a lot more flexibility here, and might choose to have Reduct on that second monitor, with the video call and your discussion guide being aligned with your camera, so that you can approximate “making eye contact”.

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