Zoom earlier promised it will add auto-generated closed captions to all free Zoom meetings. These captions are only available in English, but Zoom will be adding support for other languages soon.
The company announced this new feature on Monday, October 20, 2021. “It’s important to us that everyone can successfully connect, communicate, and participate using Zoom,” said Theresa Larkin, product marketing manager of meetings & chat at Zoom.
It’s finally the last quarter of the year as Zoom will be rolling out its Live translation feature. This will make a realization of its promise to release the feature at the beginning of the year.
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The company says it “plans to provide real-time transcription for (up to 30 additional languages) by the end of next year.” For the more exclusive live translation, this feature will be reserved for its paid customers “to support real-time translation across as many as 12 languages by the end of next year.”
Live translation is made possible by the company’s acquisition of German translation firm Kites. Zoom is pushing for a more inclusive virtual meeting. Its latest push is to make its whiteboard feature a stand-alone app.
Zoom had previously had the automatic transcriptions feature. It previously had AI-powered live transcription for all its paid accounts. It also allowed meeting hosts to manually add their own captions, or use a third-party service.
Now, the feature will be freely available to the millions that rely on Zoom. On a support page, they say that the Live Transcription feature is currently only available in English. Rivals, Google Meet already have Automatic closed captions available to their users. Even though Zoom is leading the way in videoconferencing, it is a refreshing sign to see that they are still innovating and adding features.
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