YouTube Update: Automatic Live Captions Available for All Channels Now

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YouTube is bringing Automatic Live Captions to all channels in an attempt to make content more accessible. Now, the Automatic Livestream Captions of YouTube will be available for all videos creators on the platform. 

YouTube is rolling out a series of updates with a view to making content more accessible for viewers. Automatic live captions are one of the most recent updates.

Earlier, this feature was not available for all videos creators and was accessible only in beta for select channels with over 1,000 subscribers.

The benefit of live automatic captions is that it allows live streams to display a dialogue on the screen as it is being spoken. 

According to YouTube, the automatic captions will also be available in the event that a recording of the stream is made available as a ‘Video on Demand (VOD). This feature will make it an alternative to manually transcribing streams.

In addition to all these, YouTube has rolled out an update to make content more accessible on mobile and introduce a way to make video transcripts searchable. 

Since live automatic captions are available for all –

  • Every creator can now access this feature regardless of the subscriber account
  • While streaming, creators can visit their live control room and enable or disable live automatic captions on a per-stream basis 
  • With this, creators can make their content accessible to more viewers
  • This feature will potentially expand the live audience of creators
  • Currently, the feature is available in the English language only. However, YouTube is planning to add more languages in the future.

Auto-Translated Subtitles Coming to Mobile

In the statement, YouTube has stated that it is planning to expand the auto-translated subtitles option to mobile. With this, users can easily access a variety of content in their easy-to-understand language. Again, this will allow more channels viewers and subscribers.

Searchable Transcripts

Apart from the above update, YouTube is making video transcripts searchable on desktop just like the text on any website is searchable by hitting Ctrl+F on your keyboard. The motive might be to expand accessibility to the viewers who are less tech-savvy.

YouTube has now announced to build a search function right into the transcript box to enhance user experience. In searchable transcripts, users can view and search transcripts for the most important and relevant information. Thus, finding interesting information without watching the entire video will be easier for viewers. 

YouTube has also a plan for bringing searchable transcripts to mobile. This will expand the video discovery exponentially. 

New Channel Permissions For Subtitles

When it comes to channel permission subtitle role, YouTube is adding a new subtitle role to it. With this subtitle role, creators can delegate the ability for creating captions or subtitles for the videos to someone that they trust.

With this update, hiring someone to transcribe videos has become easier for creators.

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