Service providers are jockeying for position in the virtual meeting market. To improve their standing, some providers are incorporating live transcription functionality into their virtual meeting platforms. Find out what this functionality does and how it works.
Trying to take detailed notes during a meeting when you want to actively participate in it is an exercise in futility. You either miss parts of the conversation or you end up with cryptic notes that do not make sense when you review them later.
Fortunately, you no longer have to choose between good notes and good conversation when you attend virtual meetings. Some virtual meeting service providers are now incorporating transcription functionality into their platforms. This functionality is usually referred to as live transcriptions or real-time transcriptions.
How It Works
Live transcription’s roots lie in the closed captioning technology that has been around for decades. Although this technology has advanced over the years, closed captioning for a live event such as a TV news broadcast still involves a human component. Typically, a stenographer listens to the event in real-time and types what is being said into the software that adds the captions.
To provide the live transcription functionality, virtual meeting service providers have replaced the human component with automatic speech recognition (ASR) and other artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The result is an automated closed captioning system that is cost effective. The captions it produces are not only displayed on screen but also saved in a transcript file.
If you are intrigued by the notion of letting live transcription document what is said in your virtual meetings, it is a good idea to do some further research. Live transcription is in its infancy, so it is likely to undergo many changes as virtual meeting service providers incorporate new technologies and features.
If you decide that you want to take advantage of live transcription, you will need to use a virtual meeting service provider that offers this functionality. Here are some key questions and considerations to keep in mind when selecting one: