Zoom, the video conferencing software company that went viral during the pandemic is on the verge to roll out “closed captions” by fall this 2021.
While it might cost you an amount of USD 150 a year per license, this AI-powered feature (locked behind a paywall) can only be accessed by paid account holders. The company is still working toward making these features available to all its users. Until then everybody might just have to provide their captions by either typing them or using services from a third-party.
The availability of the feature is taken up in an attempt to make the live transcriptions free to its users worldwide. Especially those with hearing loss. However, Zoom is still accepting requests for automatic closed captioning until it gets rolled out this fall.
For users who’re interested, you might just have to fill up a form with a note that reads:
“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.”
According to Zoom’s closed captioning FAQs, this feature can only be activated by the host while participants can have the privilege to views the transcriptions.
At the moment, this feature is available only in English as it is with many other transcription tools. To get the complete benefit from the “closed caption” feature, every user using the app may need to speak clearly else the feature is likely to cause an error or make a mistake.