Zoom - Live Transcription (Automatic Closed Captioning)


  • How do I enable live closed captioning?
  • Can I turn on automatic closed captioning for my meeting?
  • Does Zoom have live transcription to display during a meeting?


  • Oregon State University
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  • Zoom User
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Zoom now has automatic Live Transcription (closed captioning) available in English. Once enabled, this automatically adds text to the bottom of the video with what the host and others are saying. You are required to enable the Closed Captions - Live Transcription on the meeting level in order for the closed captions to be available to your participants. This article will review how to enable the automatic live transcription (closed captioning) settings and how to leverage them within a meeting.

There are two parts to using Live Transcription/Closed Captioning:

  1. Host - Enable "Auto-Transcription" after you've started your meeting (must complete for each meeting you want to have live auto-transcription available).
  2. Participant - Click the "Live Transcript" button from the in-meeting Zoom toolbar and select one of the options from the pop-up menu (must complete for each meeting that has auto-transcription enabled).


Enable and Disable Auto-Transcription (In a Meeting)

Live-transcription (closed captioning) is not automatically enabled for all of your meetings by default, you must enable them in order for your participants to have the ability to enable/view them.

  1. To enable live-transcription, first start your meeting
  2. Click on the "CC Show Captions" icon in your Zoom meeting controls.
    Note: If you cannot see this button, click on the "More" icon.

  3. From the pop-up panel, select your caption language and then click "Save"


Note: Once enabled, you will see the live-transcript below your video, but they DO NOT automatically appear for your participants. Participants must click the CC button to view the live-transcription (closed captioning).

If you are hosting a meeting with live-transcription, we recommend making a comment at the beginning of your meeting informing participants that live-transcription is available and a note about how to enable them.


Enable/View Live Transcription (Closed Captions) as a Participant

Participants may see a "Live Transcript is available" message above the "CC Live Transcript" button when a Zoom host has enabled live transcriptions.

Once the host enables live transcription, participants have the option to choose how they want to view the transcription by clicking the "CC Live Transcript" button. As a participant, click on the "CC" (Closed captioning) button to view your options.

  1. Click the "CC Show Captions" button

  2. OPTIONAL: If you want to see the live transcript, you can click the carrot icon in to "Show Captions" button and select "View Full Transcript" - this will display a window with the live transcript. Click one of the following:
  • View Full Transcript - Opens a panel/pop-up and displays captions in real-time with both the speaker's name and time stamp. In that pop-up, participants will also see a button to save the transcript (this button might not be available if the host has disabled this functionality). If enabled, click Save Transcript. A copy of the transcript as a .txt file will be downloaded to your machine.
           Note: Transcripts save up to the moment when you click Save Transcript. If you click Save Transcript multiple times throughout the event, it will overwrite/update the existing file. We recommend clicking Save Transcript just before the meeting ends to ensure you have the transcript from the entire meeting. There is no option to auto-save these transcripts.


Important Additional Information

  • Hosts are required to enable the "Closed Captioning" and "Enable live transcription service to show transcript on the side panel in-meeting" settings within "Settings" on the Zoom website in order to have the ability to enable/disable live transcription during your meetings.
  • If a host enables live transcription (closed captioning) during a meeting, they do not automatically appear for the participants. Participants must click the "CC Show Captions" button and select one of the options to enable/view them.
  • Live transcription does not work in breakout rooms, only within the main session.
  • Transcriptions generated in Zoom will automatically transfer to your Kaltura account and will be found accompanying your recordings in My Media.

Best Practices for Using Auto Live Transcription

  • Consider using a headset that has a microphone built-in, it will clear up the quality of your audio for the live transcription.
  • Listen to the room you are in and consider during down/off anything that makes a considerable amount of background noise.
  • Speak slowly, it will help the system capture the words you are saying
  • If there are any loud disruptions (i.e. fire truck/train driving by) pause and hold your thoughts until the noise passes.


For assistance, contact the Service Desk.


Article ID: 121139
Wed 11/25/20 11:28 AM
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