Zoom Live Transcription For Free Users Now Available; New Accessibility Features Unveiled
Zoom Live Transcription feature is now available for Zoom free users, before now this was accessible to paid users. The live transcription auto-generates closed captions during video calls, will be very helpful when faced with poor audio quality.
Zoom also added new accessibility features such as keyboard shortcuts, pinning interpreter video, screen reader support, and voicemail transcription.
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The live transcription feature update during video calls and webinars for all free users was announced through a blog post by Zoom on Monday. Users will have to enable the feature via Zoom for Web, they can find the Closed captioning option under the Meetings tab in the Accounts Management settings.
The below tweet was posted on Zoom's official Twitter handler.
We are pleased to announce that auto-generated captions, also known as live transcription, are now available on all free and paid Zoom accounts. https://t.co/RzB7HDhUYS pic.twitter.com/9VNhSdiKRV— Zoom (@Zoom) October 25, 2021
English is currently the only available supported language for the Zoom closed captions feature, the company said there are plans to extend the feature to other languages as well.
Furthermore, users can manually add captions on the video streaming service, or integrate from third-party captioning services. The live transcription feature can be activated by account admins, on the other hand, participants can privately request the host to activate closed captions from the meeting toolbar.
Other Zooms accessibility features included on their latest update include multi-spotlight, multi-pinning, and the ability to rearrange the gallery view. In addition, users can now adjust the size of the chat and the closed captions. There are now screen reader support features, voicemail transcription, text formatting, dark mode, focus mode, and the ability to mute or unmute participants with their consent.