The described techniques provide smart assistance to video conference meeting attendees. With user permission, such assistance includes replaying, transcribing, translating and/or summarizing all or part of a meeting, interpreting specified voice commands, and identifying topics or items of interest from the meeting recording or transcript. For example, meeting participants can provide keywords corresponding to topics of interest and seek notifications when such topics are discussed in the meeting. Also, users can query meeting recordings or transcripts for topics of interest or meeting action items. Present techniques can be utilized for video conferences, audio conferences, recorded talks, and face-to-face meetings.