How to Setup Zoom for Bidirectional Translation

Spf.io now supports bidirectional translation in Zoom! This means you can support two languages speaking in your meeting, and you can show the translation of the spoken language in the bottom third of the screen. Here’s how to set it up. Note that this currently only works when there are two languages selected, it cannot support three or more at this time.

 

Set this up with audio loopback of the Zoom meeting, so that everyone that speaks on the call is captioned and translated. And note–you can only have two languages enabled for this to work.

 

1. Get the Zoom caption API token from Zoom and paste it into the channel of the language you want to translate into. 

For example, let’s say we have an English and Indonesian Zoom call, where the first language spoken is English. This means we initially want to display Indonesian in the Zoom captions. Therefore, we will put the API token into the Indonesian channel and save.

2. Enter the Operator view in the channel of the language spoken first.

Set it up for auto caption and translate with autopilot enabled. In our example, I will open the Operator view and select “English” as the spoken language.

3. Click on the gear icon and then enable “Toggle swap channel mode” so it will automatically switch to display the opposite channel when switching languages.

4. Test by speaking in the first language and see the resulting translation appear in Zoom.

In our example, here I’m speaking English and the Indonesian translation is appearing in Zoom.

5. Click on the language switcher to switch to the other language.

In this example, I switched from EN to ID.

6. Now speak in the other language and see the translation in Zoom.

In this example, I switched and am now speaking in Indonesian, and the English translation now appears in Zoom.

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