Google Introduces Automatic Captions for YouTube

first_imgGoogle Video and YouTube were first equipped with captions and subtitles back in September of 2006.  Although this was a big leap toward accessibility, there were still many flaws to be sorted out.  On November 19, Google’s official blog revealed that they now offer automatic captions, or auto-caps.  Google implements a technology called automatic speech recognition that machine-generates captions for videos.  For those who still wish to add captions manually, there is a feature called automatic caption timing that uses that same recognition technology to attach captions at the right time.Google admits that auto-caps still aren’t perfect.  They provide an example of a mistake in this video:The blog also highlights the improvements that have been made since the release of auto-caps.  For example, when captions first became available for Google Video and YouTube, they could only run with a Flash player.  Only a handful of videos contained captions, and a lot of bugs still existed, reducing the overall quality of the video.  Now, auto-caps provide real-time captions, automatic translation to other languages, and automatic timing for ease of editing videos.Check out The New York Times‘ for an in depth article featuring deaf engineer Ken Harrenstien, who helped develop the auto-caps.  Head over to Last Click News to see what this may mean for search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAdding Captions on YouTube VideosFebruary 2, 2010In “Products and Devices”ATFAQ101 – Q1- Taking classroom attendance with a visual impairment , Q2 – Live captions, Q3 – Visual voicemails, Q4 – Remote signaling devices Q5 – Wildcard question: digital versus analog notetaking and planningJune 10, 2019In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ053 – Q1 Writing Accessible Complex Math Equations Q2 Accessible Online Meeting Tools Q3 Word Prediction & Abbreviation Expansion Q4 Learning About IEPs Q5 Accommodations for College Students Q6 Amazon Echo LookMay 8, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”last_img read more

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