Zoom Is Adding Automatic Closed Captioning For All Free Accounts!


Zoom just announced that it's currently working on making automatic closed captioning available to all of its users by fall 2021. Currently, it can only be accessed by paid account holders and a Zoom subscription costs at least $150 a year per license. Everyone else has to provide their own captions by typing them or using a third-party service. As an effort to help free account holders in need of live transcriptions, such as those with hearing loss, Zoom is accepting automatic closed captioning requests until the feature is rolled out in the fall. If you're interested in automatic closed captioning right now, you'll have to complete a form. On the form, there's a note which says:

"This form is intended for users that require Live Transcription in order to better participate in Zoom meetings. If you are not in such need for the Live Transcription feature, we recommend that you please wait until Fall 2021, when the feature will become available for all free Zoom users."

On Zoom's closed captioning FAQs, the feature can be enabled by a host, and all participants can view the transcription. However, it only supports English at the moment and users will have to speak clearly or it's bound to make mistakes.

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