Thursday, March 18, 2021

Live Transcription in Zoom - Free for All Who Need It

About six weeks ago I published a video about how to enable automatic captions in Zoom. At the time, that feature was only available in the paid versions of Zoom. Since then Zoom has made two updates to their policy about access to live captioning. 

First, Zoom now refers to live captioning as live transcription. Second, Zoom has said that all accounts including free accounts will have access to live transcription by fall of 2021 (fall in the northern hemisphere). But in the meantime Zoom will provide live transcription for free to all meeting hosts who need it for accessibility reasons. Zoom requests that you fill out this form to request live transcription be turned on in your free Zoom account. 

Zoom's complete, updated statement about the availability of live transcription can be read here

How to Mute Everyone in a Zoom Meeting

Are you tired of starting every Zoom meeting with five minutes of "please remember to mute yourself" as people straggle into the meeting? Are you tired of muttering to yourself, "why doesn't the host use the mute everyone function?" If so, this video is for you! 

In this short video I demonstrate how to create a Zoom meeting in which all participants are automatically muted when they join the meeting. This applies whether they join the meeting on-time or are late to join the meeting. 

If you already know how to do this, pleasse share the video with a colleague who could benefit from it. Everyone will thank you for it.