YouTube announced new developments in video captioning tools, making it easier for more channels to add caption text to videos, noting that it now provides automatic captioning in English. live for all content creators.
Until now, automatic captioning has only been available for channels with more than 1,000 subscribers, and so far their access has been limited. This change, along with some future improvements, the company details in its blog post, should help make the platform more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Some of these updates also include the provision of automatic live captions for 12 other languages instead of English (including Japanese, Turkish, and Spanish). And the ability to add multiple audio tracks to a video to support multiple languages and audio descriptions for people with limited vision.
In addition, the platform now opens the option to all broadcasters, giving content creators more ways to increase the accessibility of their content.
Live automatic captions can be enabled in YouTube Studio through streaming settings. As a result, it adds another element to the streams and offers more ways to connect with different audiences and viewers.
The platform also says it plans to add more automatic captioning languages in the future.
YouTube is also expanding its captioning options to mobile devices. The option is currently available through the desktop, where users can translate the available subtitle tracks into another language.
And this same functionality will soon be added to the mobile app. This adds more ability for viewers to consume content in their native language.
In addition, the platform also allows the ability to search in video texts. This allows viewers to find specific clips of videos based on the caption text.
“Users of searchable texts can view and search texts to get the most relevant information,” YouTube said. This allows them to find the most interesting information without watching the entire video.
This can provide more functionality in monitoring key signals and tracking specific elements of clips. Additionally, YouTube also plans to bring the same functionality to the mobile app in the future.
They are useful add-ons, with features that can facilitate different use cases and help improve wider accessibility.