YouTube has just announced that automated Livestream captions will now be available to all content creators, rather than just those with more than 1,000 followers. The latter was the case when the function first launched. This move, combined with other upcoming enhancements detailed in the company’s blog, should make the platform more accessible to people who are deaf or to people who have hearing difficulties.
Livestream captions will now be available in 12 additional languages (including Japanese, Turkish, and Spanish). The new additions also include the ability to add multiple audio tracks to a video to support multiple languages. Plus, the auto-translate captions feature will now also support mobile devices. Within the next few months, YouTube will add more language support for live and auto-translate subtitles. Moreover, multiple audio tracks will be more widely available “in the next quarters,” according to YouTube.
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Other additions besides livestream captions
YouTube will also “experiment” with allowing users to search video transcripts on mobile devices. This is a very handy tool on the desktop version; pressing the three-dot symbol to the right of the like/dislike bar, then hitting “Open transcript” to receive a complete searchable text of the video works wonders. So it’s wonderful to see it coming to mobile as well.
Moreover, YouTube claims it’s still working on the Subtitle Editor permission. It will update users “in the coming months” on its progress. The tool, which allows producers to authorize others to add subtitles to their films, was supposed to replace the community captions function. Creators who wanted to make their videos more accessible had to hustle to construct their own systems because they couldn’t rely on volunteers for captions and translations.
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