YouTube announced some new developments in video captioning tools, making it easier for multiple channels to add text to videos, noting that it now provides automatic captions. in English for all content creators.
Until now, automatic subtitles were only available for channels with more than 1,000 subscribers, and access was limited until then. This change, along with some future improvements, details the company in its own post on the blog, they should help make the platform more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Some of these updates also include the availability of automatic subtitles in real time for 12 other languages instead of just 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 low vision.
Additionally, the platform now opens the option to all broadcasters, giving content creators more ways to increase the accessibility of their content.
Automatic subtitles in real time can be enabled within YouTube Studio via broadcast settings. As a result, this adds another element to the streams and provides more ways to connect with different audiences and viewers.
The platform also indicates that it plans to add more automatic subtitle languages in future.
YouTube is also expanding its subtitle options to mobile devices. The option is currently available via the desktop, where users can translate the available subtitle tracks in another language.
And this same functionality will soon be added to the app as well mobile. 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 video in based on the caption text.
“Users in searchable texts can view and search the 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 monitoring specific elements of clips. Additionally, YouTube is also planning to bring the same functionality to the app mobile in future.
These are useful add-ons, with features that can facilitate different use cases and help improve wider accessibility.
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