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Live Transcription for Zoom Arrives February 12; Requires Host Activation

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 14:23


Zoom Videoconferencing will enable automatic Live Transcription on Friday, Feb. 12. The new captioning feature uses artificial intelligence to display what the speaker is saying as text at the bottom of the meeting video. This feature is designed to improve digital accessibility of Zoom meetings and webinars.

AI-powered live transcription can be enabled by the host and any participants can view the captioning as needed. The host of a meeting activates this feature by clicking Live Transcript in meeting controls, then clicking Enable Auto-Transcription. Once opened, participants have the option to use the Live Transcript setting to hide or view a full Live Transcript session in the sidebar, as well as hide or view the subtitles displayed over the video.

Live transcription only supports English and it is recommended that you speak clearly for best results. The accuracy of Zoom’s live transcription feature depends on many variables, such as background noise, volume and clarity of the speaker’s voice, the speaker's proficiency with the English language, etc.

More details are available on the Zoom Videoconferencing page. Note that breakout rooms and the Zoom HIPAA environment do not currently support the use of Live Transcripts.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.