Even though the Zoom video calling service was initially released in 2011, the online video chat receive immense popularity last year. It was, of course, due to the ongoing pandemic situation that forced companies and works to go remote. Considering the popularity of such services, Zoom decided to bring more features to the service. Naturally, the company went ahead with the freemium model allowing users to shell out some bucks to experience the full potential.
According to a new announcement, Zoom is now making one of its popular and useful paid features that will soon go free. In a recent blog post, Zoom announced that it will make the zoom live transcriptions feature free for all users from “Fall 2021”.
Zoom Live Transcriptions to soon go free for all users!
Live Transcription allows users to see real-time captions during video calls. This feature comes in very handy especially when you’re dealing with non-native English speakers. Furthermore, Live Transcription reduced the chance of miscommunication during meetings. At the time of writing this, Zoom Live Transcription is currently a paid functionality. It is also worth noting that this feature is not available to all Zoom users. With that said, the company is offering the feature to meeting hosts upon request if it is required.
Zoom will make automatic closed captioning or ‘Live Transcription’ to all users in Fall 2021. If you can’t wait for the feature to go official for everyone, you can place a request. To do that, you need to head over to the request page and fill in the required details to request the feature. Soon after, you should receive the feature on your Zoom account. Whenever that’ll happen, the company will notify you at your email address.
The Live Transcription feature currently supports the English language only. For the best result, you need to speak clearly for better results. We still have to see how well the service works and how accurate it is in transcription. There are few factors that can affect the performance of the feature. We’re talking about factors such as background noise, volume, and clarity, speakers’ proficiency with English, and more.
What other accessibilities features we have?
Apart from Zoom Live Transcription, there are a bunch of other accessibilities features present in the software. We’re looking at features such as keyboard accessibility, pinning or spotlighting interpreter video, screen reader support, and many more.