Zoom acquires key assets from event production startup Liminal

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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US-based video-conferencing platform Zoom has acquired key assets from a startup called Liminal that builds add-ons for the platform.

Liminal’s add-ons, known as ZoomOSC and ZoomISO, are used to create professional virtual events. Zoom said that, “it plans to natively integrate those capabilities into its own software.”

According to the statement, two of Liminal’s co-founders, Mr. Andy Carluccio and Mr. Jonathan Kokotajlo, will also join Zoom.

The ZoomOSC add-on allows users to enhance professional meetings and events by integrating Zoom with third-party software, media servers, and hardware controllers via the Open Sound Control protocol.

Further, ZoomISO enables to export each participant’s video feed as a separate output to professional production hardware, with up to five feeds being output in high definition.

Zoom noted that “the Liminal’s solutions will help bridge Zoom with traditional and emerging event control applications and hardware to help theaters, broadcast studios, and other creative organizations address complex technical production needs, and collaborate and create online effectively.”

Liminal’s add-ons will be available through the Liminal website for the time being, but they will be obsolete whenever Zoom develops similar features within the Zoom platform, the video-conferencing platform added.

In October, Zoom extended its live translation feature to all free Zoom meetings accounts to make its service more accessible. The feature, also known as the live transcription feature, provides automatic captioning during a Zoom video call. It was earlier only available for the paid Zoom Meetings users.

Earlier this year, Zoom acquired German AI translation startup Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions (Kites) and US-based cloud software provider Five9.

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