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Zoom Live Transcription feature now available for all free users; New accessibility features introduced

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Zoom has now extended its live translation feature to all users – free and paid. The feature to auto-generate closed captions during video calls was earlier available only to paid Zoom meeting users. The option to enable subtitles will be available for Zoom video calls as well as webinars. The San Jose, California-based video conferencing solutions provider has also introduced a slew of new accessibility features to its platform, including keyboard shortcuts, pinning interpreter video, screen reader support, and voicemail transcription.

Via a blog post, Zoom on Monday announced that it is rolling out the live transcription feature to all free users. This feature will show auto-generated captions during video calls and webinars. Users will have to enable this feature through Zoom for Web. closed captioning can be found under options meeting tab in accounting management Adjustment. Zoom has detailed the steps to enable the Live Transcription feature.

The Closed Caption feature is currently only available in English, but Zoom says it plans to expand the feature to other languages ​​as well. It also supports manual captioning as well as integration from third-party captioning services. The Live Transcription feature can be activated by the account administrator and video call participants can individually request the host to activate closed captions from the meeting toolbar.

Zoom has also introduced several accessibility features that make the video conferencing platform easy to use. These include multi-spotlight, multi-pinning, and the ability to rearrange the gallery view. In addition, users will also have the option to adjust the size and closed captions of the chat. Easy navigation with keyboard shortcuts and screen reader support is also offered. In addition, there are more accessibility features categorized under voicemail transcription, text formatting, dark mode, focus mode and the ability for participants to mute or unmute with their consent.


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Satwik Khare is a Deputy Editor at Gadgets 360. His proficiency lies in teaching how technology makes life easier for all. Gadgets have always been a passion for him and he is often found finding his way around new technologies. In his spare time he enjoys tinkering with his car, participating in motorsports, and if the weather is bad, he can be found doing laps on Forza Horizon on his Xbox or reading a good piece of fiction. He can be contacted via his Twitter …more

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