Microsoft has introduced a new feature in PowerPoint Live called Closed Captions to facilitate Microsoft Teams meetings participants. This feature aims to aid those who are deaf, hard of hearing, have difficulty processing auditory information or possess a language barrier. Attendees can now enable closed captions for videos inclusive of a closed caption file.
This features empowers PowerPoint users to create more accessible presentations by easily inserting closed captions to embedded videos directly within PowerPoint for Windows and macOS. Users can insert captions by selecting the video, choosing Insert Captions from the Playback Ribbon, and then selecting the WebVTT files to be included.
The closed captions option will be available for viewers to turn on when the PowerPoint presentation is shared using PowerPoint Live in a Microsoft Teams meeting. Viewers can simply click on the closed caption button on the video player and select the preferred language from the menu.
Once activated, the video closed captions will appear at the bottom of the slide for only the respective attendee, allowing every participant to personalize the closed caption settings without disturbing others who would prefer it turned off.
Closed captions enhance the accessibility of PowerPoint presentations for all, especially those watching videos in a non-native language, individuals learning to read, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
However, in case no closed captions are available for a video, the closed captions button will be unavailable for selection by participants.
Microsoft assures that this feature is merely the beginning of a journey aiming to craft a Teams meeting experience that is not only accessible, but delightful for Deaf and hard of hearing participants. Microsoft urges users provide feedback on the feature through various platforms.
This revolutionary tool will aid in making shared content more comprehensive during virtual meetings using PowerPoint Live. Closed captions are designed to be operational on both Windows and macOS. The feature is user-friendly, and participants can decide whether they want to activate the captions or not during the meeting. This function marks a milestone on Microsoft's path towards inclusivity and realization of a Teams meeting experience that is universally accessible.
Microsoft's PowerPoint Live has launched a new feature - Closed Captions. This feature aims to assist those who are deaf or hard of hearing, those who find it challenging to process auditory information, people who face language barriers, or attendees in loud environments. Closed Captions allows meeting attendees to better comprehend the auditory content shared during Microsoft Teams meetings.
Users can easily add closed captions to any embedded PowerPoint video directly from within PowerPoint, in both Windows and macOS versions. To add these captions, users must select the video and choose 'Insert Captions' from the 'Playback Ribbon'. Then, in the 'Insert Captions' dialog box, they must select the WebVTT file or files they wish to include and then click 'Insert'.
During a Microsoft Teams meeting, if a PowerPoint presentation is shared using PowerPoint Live, the option for closed captions will be available for viewers to activate. This feature will only appear at the bottom of the slide for the individual attendee, enabling them to choose the closed captions setting that is most suitable for them without distracting other attendees who may prefer to have closed captions switched off.
Closed captions improve the accessibility of PowerPoint presentations and benefit all viewers, especially those viewing videos in a language that is not their first, people learning to read, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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