Zoom, a video conferencing platform, has flourished since the start of the pandemic. Auto-generated captions, also known as live transcription, will finally be available to all users on the platform, irrespective of whether the account/meeting is paid or free.
Auto-generated captions, previously, were only available to paid users. On the contrary, the likes of Google Meet provide this feature for free. It was a matter of time; Zoom adhered to the competition and gave in.
Zoom also provides keyboard accessibility, pinning or spotlighting interpreter video, screen reader support, and voicemail transcription. Auto-generated captions are a massive help for specially-abled people, which is one reason why Zoom made them accessible. To put it in their words,
“It’s important to us that everyone can successfully connect, communicate, and participate using Zoom. Without the proper accessibility tools, people with disabilities face tremendous barriers when using video communication solutions.”
Here’s how you can enable auto-generated captions in Zoom
Please note that auto-generated captions are only available in English, and Zoom plans on adding on more languages in the future.
For a Personal account, follow these steps to turn on auto-generated captions,
- Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
- In the navigation menu, click Settings.
- Click the Meeting tab.
- Under In Meeting (Advanced), click the Closed captioning toggle to enable or disable it.
- If a verification dialogue displays, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
You can also request the meeting host to turn on auto-generated captions from the meeting toolbar. If you are an Administrator and want further details on how to go around enabling this feature, read Zoom’s Support Article.
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