Google adds automatic captioning to YouTube

youtube-captionsThe whiz-bang kids in Mountain View are at it again. With a wave of their billion dollar wand they are now making the world a better place for the hearing impaired.

While YouTube allows for manual captioning, thanks to Google’s voice recognition technology a new feature just released enables videos to have automatic captions added.

While it may not yet be perfect it’s a boon to the industry as captioning normally requires costly transcription and manual work.

The feature is only available to select channels including Google content and educational videos. But, according to the announcement, more will becoming soon.

To enable automatic captioning on an eligible video, simply select the “cc” button in the lower right corner, and then choose the transcribe captions option. You can even elect to have the captions in another language. Great stuff my friends.

 

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