Zoom is finally getting this great upgrade – but only if you pay
Fighting a foreign-language Zoom call may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new update.
The video conferencing platform has revealed that translated subtitles will soon be available to users, with 12 languages initially supported.
However, not everyone will get the new addition, as you will need to have a paid Zoom account and then pay for an additional add-on in order to take advantage of the functionality.
Zoom on translated captions
Zoom says translated captions reduce the need for interpreters and third-party integrations so you can foster a more inclusive environment in every meeting and webinar.
“Whether you’re a large corporation operating in multiple languages or a global university with multinational enrollments, translated captions help bridge language gaps,” the company said.
In addition to translated captions displayed in real time, translated captions will appear in the full recording transcript if a meeting or webinar is recorded – but not on the recording itself.
Initially supported languages are Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian, with Mandarin, Japanese and Korean also available in beta version.
The add-on is available with any paid Zoom license for $5/month per user, but any type of license in a paid account (including Basic) can take advantage of this feature upon purchase.
Once enabled through the Zoom web portal, translated captions follow a host’s configured settings, which means that once enabled by the host, all attendees and guests can use them in their meeting or webinar . Full transcripts can be activated during a meeting, with the text displayed in a window on the right side of the interface.
The launch comes days after arch-rival Zoom Microsoft Teams also announced live translated captions would be coming to its platform.
When starting and setting up a call, Microsoft Teams users will be able to select live captions in their preferred language, which will help them better understand other participants.