Zoom brings the Live Transcription feature to free users. Paid users have had access to service for a while, but free users will soon too has the ability to add automated, AI-powered closedsubtitles for their meetings.
Direct transcription rolls out to all accounts this fall, but you can apply for early access through this request form. Multilingual Zoom hosts, note: At launch, the only knows English.
- log on Zoom website.
- Go to Settings> Meeting.
- Turn on “Subtitles for the hearing impaired.” Note: If you see the feature but can’t turn it on, you may need to ask permission from the Zoom group or your account administrator. You can find more information on the Zoom support page.
- Turn on “Enable live transcription service to display transcription on the sidebar of the meeting.”
To turn on Live Transcript during a meeting you are hosting
- Make sure Live Transcription is enabled by following the steps above
- Open Zoom and start a new meeting or join one.
- Click “Subtitles for the hearing impaired” or “Direct transcript” from the call controls.
- Select “Enable automatic transcription”
When Live Transcript is turned on, continue your conversation as normal. The app will handle all subtitling for you.
The app will automatically recognize speech and print it on the screen, but there is a chance that there will be some errors. According to Zoom support page, one lIve transcriptaccuracy can be affected by:
- Background noise
- Volume and clarity of the speaker’s voice
- Speaker’s English skills
- Encyclopaedias and dialects specific to a geography or community
If Live Transcription does not work, Zoom recommends typing manual captions for your Zoom meeting or breakout room in real time.
Google Meet also acts as a contingency plan if Zoom’s auto-generate caption is not available to you. Meet’s automatic captions are easy to turn on and recognize English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. If all else fails, you can use third party tools such as Description or even one paid transcription service to add captions to a previously recorded meeting.