[Athen] Zoom Auto speech recognition

Matson, Eric (ecmatson at uidaho.edu) ecmatson at uidaho.edu
Fri Jul 10 15:30:01 PDT 2020

I’ve been encouraging instructors that use PowerPoint to turn on the “always subtitle” option, and Google Slides has a similar feature.

There’s also the Microsoft Translator add-in for Powerpoint that I’m testing. It generates a QR code you scan with the Translator mobile app, and then get subtitles on your phone. (just set translation as English to English).

Still doesn’t help if it’s not a powerpoint / google slides presentation, and only the presenter is getting subtitled so it’s one way, but it’s better than nothing.

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Hi all -

We have Otter integrated with Zoom here at the University of Minnesota - it's a beta that we got in on before COVID hit. It's been terrific, although it's not available in breakout rooms.

Word is (I think), Zoom put the brakes on making Otter widely available when COVID hit and they shifted resources to address the security SNAFUs. Not sure what Zoom's new timeline for Otter integration is but it's coming. (I have no idea what cost structure might look like...)


On Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 3:14 PM Sorensen, Neal B <neal.sorensen at mnsu.edu<mailto:neal.sorensen at mnsu.edu>> wrote:
Hi All,
Otter is quite good for auto-transcriptions. Even if it doesn’t get it right immediately, it goes back and corrects the recognition after a few minutes. I played with Otter Teams a little bit, as a possible solution for a diversity event held on Zoom. We ended up going with a live captionist instead.
I get the gripes on Microsoft Teams <wink>, but one nice thing is Teams has a beta feature for automatic captions system on the desktop app (Windows version) the video meetings. Microsoft has been making major strides in their voice recognition systems and translation. The video isn’t quite as polished as Zoom, but it’s a decent solution.
Just my two cents!
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I haven’t found that functionality in Zoom itself but I use Otter.ai which integrates into Zoom. There is a free Otter.ai account that gives you 600 minutes a month. I just signed up for the paid Otter for Teams as it gives participants a button in Zoom where they can view a transcript and highlight parts of it then isolate the parts they highlighted…so they can in effect use it for some sort of note taking.
I think with the Otter for Teams you can still use the basic Otter.ai functionality and get a transcript but I haven’t tried that yet…still experimenting.
They recently changed the Otter for Teams licensing so I can now get a one user Otter for Teams and since I am the only one in my company, this is more cost effective. Participants can still access the Otter.ai Live Notes which is as I described above…but I don’t have to have more than me in the account. 😊
Cheers, Karen

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Subject: [Athen] Zoom Aauto speech recognition

Hey all,

I’ve heard that there is an auto speech recognition feature in Zoom. I cannot find it. Can somebody tell me where it is? I’d like to use it to get a draft transcript for captions.

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