Zoom Accessibility

There are several video accessibility tools that can be considered when using Zoom Meetings and Webinars. 

Synchronous Transcription 

Synchronous (Live) Transcription enables speech transcription to be added while the meeting is in progress. 

Automatic live transcription is a beta feature within Zoom that enables auto speech-to-text transcription in Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars. 

Live Transcription is enabled by the host of the Meeting or Webinar once it begins. Participants will not see the Live Transcript option unless the host enables it. See Zoom Live Transcription for step-by-step instructions on how to set up and use Live Transcription.

Note: This feature is not available in Breakout Rooms or Zoom for Health at U-M.

Communication Access Realtime Transcription (CART) involves a human transcription in real-time while someone is speaking or a video is playing. With this feature enabled, captions can be typed directly into Zoom or added to Zoom via an integration with a third-party software or service. See Videoconferencing Captioning Tools for Zoom for more information. Also, see Getting Started with Closed Captioning in the Zoom Help Center.

Asynchronous Transcription

Asynchronous Transcription enables captions to be added to the recording of the meeting after it has concluded. If you require the most accurate transcriptions for a meeting, we recommend using the existing “Automatically Transcribe Cloud Recording” feature within Zoom to review and edit recordings before making them available to your audience. 

See Videoconferencing Captioning Tools for Zoom for more information.

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