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How to Add Live Closed Captions to Zoom

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Video calls and meetings are great, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to accessibility. Fortunately, Zoom has the ability to create live closed captions in real-time during meetings. We’ll show you how it works.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/720282/how-to-add-live-closed-captions-to-zoom/
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Live video platform Bright lets you Zoom with your favorite creators

What if you could Zoom with your favorite creator and ask them questions? That’s the promise of Bright, the new live video platform launching today from co-founders Guy Oseary and early YouTube product manager Michael Powers. The service, built on top of Zoom, allows fans to engage in live, face-to-face video sessions with creators, ask questions and even join creators on a virtual stage for a more personal and direct learning experience.

Though the startup has some similarities to voice chat apps like Clubhouse, as it also democratizes access to big-name talent at times, the co-founders explain that Bright’s focus will be very different. Besides being a video-on experience, Bright is solely focused on educational content — that is, learning from people who are sharing their expertise with the community. In addition, the sessions hosted on Bright are ticketed events, where the creator decides how many tickets they want to sell and how much they’re charging.

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“Twenty percent of the content on YouTube was learning. It was the second-biggest area next to music. And that was true the first year of YouTube and it’s true now at scale,” explains Bright CEO Michael Powers, as to why Bright has chosen to focus on learning. Powers knows the creator industry firsthand, having launched the YouTube Channels feature while at YouTube, and later managed YouTube’s first revenue-generating opportunities for creators. More recently, he served as SVP and GM at CBS Interactive.

Powers says he saw how powerful educational and learning content could be, but also how difficult it was for creators earning a rev share off an ad network, like YouTube’s, to become self-sustainable.

“I watched that over the past five years, especially, as the different platforms have scaled up,” Powers says, and became inspired to launch a better way for creators to monetize their expertise. “We’ve got to empower [creators] so they can go beyond just being a personal brand or social brand, and be an actual business,” he adds.

Oseary, meanwhile, was tooling around with a similar concept, having also had direct experience with creators in the music industry and through his investments. The founder of Maverick music management company, Oseary continues to manage Madonna and U2, but these days has his hands in numerous startups as the co-founder of Sound Ventures and A-Grade Investments with actor Ashton Kutcher.

Though Oseary and Powers have yet to meet in person, they connected over the web — much like Bright’s creators will now do — to get the new startup off the ground during a pandemic.

With today’s launch, Bright is promising a lineup of more than 200 prominent creators, many from the arts, including Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, Naomi Campbell, Shawn Mendes, Amy Schumer, D-Nice, the D’Amelio Sisters, Laura Dern, Judd Apatow, Deepak Chopra, Diplo, Kenny Smith, Kane Brown, Drew and Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers), Lindsey Vonn, Rachel Zoe, Diego Boneta, Tal Fishman, Ryan Prunty, Demi Skipper, Charlotte McKinney, Jason Bolden, Yris Palmer, Cat & Nat, Ronnie2K, Chef Ludo Lefebvre and Jonathan Mannion, among others.

And it has another 1,500 creators on a waitlist, ready to begin hosting their own sessions when Bright opens up further.

Image Credits: Bright session example

Although Bright’s lineup implies it’s aiming at a high-profile creator crowd, Oseary insists Bright will be for anyone with an audience of their own — not just famous names.

“This is not elitist…If you’ve got an audience and you have something to offer your audience, we would like you on the platform,” he says.

Today, creators can go to other social networks, like Facebook Live or Instagram Live, if they want to just chat with fans more casually. But people will come to Bright to be educated, Oseary notes. And short of getting a creator to FaceTime you directly, he believes this will be the next best way to reach them — and one people are familiar with using, thanks to the Zoom adoption that grew out of the pandemic’s impact to business culture and remote work.

“The best way to connect is to use a platform that we’ve all learned how to use this last year,” Oseary says, referring to Bright’s Zoom connection. “We all already have the app. We already know how to navigate through it. We’ve added a bunch of features to make it more interesting,” he adds.

Image Credits: Bright

At launch, fans will be able to visit Bright’s website, view the array of upcoming events and purchase tickets. Some of the first sessions include Laura Dern leading a “Tell Your Story” session about personal growth; Kenny Smith will interview favorite athletes and discuss their mindsets at turning points in their careers; Property Brothers Jonathan & Drew Scott will host “Room by Room,” focused on home improvement; recording artist Kane Brown will host “Record This: Nashville Edition” about the country music industry; and Ronnie2K will host a series about building a career in gaming.

Bright’s model will see it taking a 20% commission on creator revenue, which is lower than the traditional marketplace split of 30/70 (platform/creator), but higher than the commission-free payments on Clubhouse (at least for the time being!). Further down the road, Bright envisions building out more tools to help creators with other aspects of their business — like the sale of physical or digital goods, for example.

Though there are numerous creator platforms to choose from these days, Bright aims to give creators direct access to their own analytics about their biggest fans, their content and fans’ contact information, like names and emails. This allows them to continue their relationship with their community beyond Bright into other areas of their business — whether that’s email newsletters or Shopify stores.

To make all this work, LA-based Bright has recruited a team with deep expertise in both the creator economy and tech.

This includes Bright’s VP of Talent & Partnership, Kaitlyn Powell, former head of Talent at Caffeine; Bright’s lead Creator & Product Strategy, Sadia Harper, formerly a UX Strategist at Instagram; Bright’s director of Creative Programming, Jeben Berg, previously of YouTube & Maker Studios; Design lead Heather Grates, previously of Pinterest; and Bright’s finance lead Jarad Backlund, previously in roles at Apple and Facebook.

The startup has raised an undisclosed amount funding from Oseary’s own Sound Ventures, as well as RIT Capital, Norwest, Globo and other investors.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/04/live-video-platform-bright-lets-you-zoom-with-your-favorite-creators/
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Zoom’s New Immersive Mode Puts Everyone Together in the Same “Room”

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With more people working from home, video conference calls have become a new normal. But video calls still aren’t the same as an in-person meeting, and Zoom hopes to bridge some of that gap with a new Immersive Mode. It changes the call to make everyone appear to be in the same room.

Immersive Mode works somewhat like Microsoft Team’s “Together Mode” by cutting out people at the head and shoulder level and grouping them in a shared virtual background. Unlike standard virtual backgrounds where everyone picks their own backdrop, Immersive Mode tries to make it seem like you’re all in the same conference room or classroom.


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Zoom took things a step further than Microsoft and made a few options for the shared virtual background. While the class and conference room settings are the predictable option, there’s an art gallery view if you want a “classy” look. That mode retains some of the participant’s actual background to achieve the “painting” look. And you can create your own Immersive Mode backgrounds, though Zoom says you’ll want to use the same file type, aspect ratio, and resolution recommendations it has for virtual backgrounds.

A Zoom call with every participant in a "painting" in an "art galley."Zoom

Zoom says both free and pro users can take advantage of Immersive Mode, you’ll just need to update to the latest version of Zoom on desktop and mobile. Anyone without the update will see generic backgrounds instead. If the call has more than 25 people, the extras will go into a thumbnail strip view at the top of the screen.

Immersive Mode is rolling out right now, and hosts can turn it on and adjust and resize participants today.

Source: Zoom

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/79729/zooms-new-immersive-mode-puts-everyone-together-in-the-same-room/
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Zoom Makes Significant Changes a Year into Pandemic

Zoom-Makes-Changes-Featured.jpg The necessity to social distance during the pandemic made Zoom a must-have service for many. It’s been used in this past year to keep up with friends and family, to check in with work, and to attend remote classes. Being used differently than it had in the past has necessitated changes. This week Zoom made significant changes to the service. Zoom Makes Changes Across All Platforms The changes Zoom made on Monday were across all platforms, other than Chrome OS. A few issues will be resolved later in the week for Chrome. Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android users… Read more14422952.gif

Source: https://tracking.feedpress.com/link/12555/14422952/zoom-makes-significant-changes-one-year-into-pandemic
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How to Hide Notifications While Sharing Your Screen in a Video Call

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If you’re sharing your screen during a video conference, it’s important to make sure no notifications appear. This can prevent the accidental leaking of confidential information to others—or just save you from a world of embarrassment in your next Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype video call.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/714118/how-to-hide-notifications-while-sharing-your-screen-in-a-video-call/
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How to Use Zoom’s Studio Effects Feature

zoom-studio-effects-featured.jpg The company behind the Zoom video calling app may be the one company to benefit the most from the pandemic. Apparently, Zoom has become the “default” video calling app for users across the globe, either working from home, studying from home, or for casual video chatting as well. Recently, Zoom introduced a new feature called “Studio Effects,” which allows users to change their facial elements, such as eyebrows, beard, and lips. Notably, these Zoom “Studio Effects” features are similar to what other social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat offer. If you are also a Zoom user and want to know… Read more14311690.gif

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How to Screen Share a PowerPoint Presentation in Zoom

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No matter where you work, meetings all have one thing in common: PowerPoint presentations. If you use Zoom, you can easily present your slideshow to the participants by sharing your screen. Here’s how it’s done.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/708822/how-to-screen-share-a-powerpoint-presentation-in-zoom/
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How Zoom is changing American Sign Language

As the pandemic has driven adoption and (over)use of videoconferencing software like Zoom, it’s required changes in American Sign Language. From Scientific American:

One adaptation arises as a result of a video meeting’s limited frame size. “The signing space is expansive,” says Michael Skyer, a senior lecturer of deaf education at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/03/01/how-zoom-is-changing-american-sign-language.html
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200,000 Buddhists Gathered on a Giant Screen Via Zoom to Celebrate One of Their Holiest Holidays

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There’s no doubt that pandemic fatigue is high. I get it. Heck, my area has restrictions right now. But it’s important to remember that there are ways that we can get together as a community while being safe and considerate of others. If you need an example, check out the more than 200,000 Buddhists that got together…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/200-000-buddhists-gathered-on-a-giant-screen-via-zoom-t-1846373665
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‘I’m not a cat’: Video shows lawyer can’t turn off kitten filter during Zoom court appearance

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“If a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off,” a Texas judge said of the incident.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/i-m-not-cat-video-shows-lawyer-can-t-turn-n1257168
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