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YouTube Makes Strides On Subtitles And Auto Captioning Features

YouTube has been one of the most prominent video content creation platforms ever since the advent of the internet itself. With a user base of over 2 billion users and an estimated 37 million channels in the running, it leaves all other websites in the shadow biting on its dust. Even with TikTok recently gaining significant popularity across the board, YouTube and its legacy are well secured and ever increasing. To add on to its user base and provide them with increased accessibility, YouTube has finally decided to extend and roll out the auto captioning feature from beta testing to every user and channel across the board.

The feature that was in beta development testing with channels just over 1000 subscribers having access to it, but seeing the success of their feature, YouTube, rightfully so, found it in the best interest of the community to roll it out to all millions of channels on the database. Not only that, but the new update also accompanies subtitles and auto captioning in a total of 13 languages including English and the likes of Japanese and Spanish amongst the list as well. Furthermore, YouTube also called for updates on the differently abled front as well with significant improvements in terms of that by allowing audio descriptions for those with problems in the eye. This was secondary to the update that allowed the user to add several audio tracks to a video in an effort to increase approachability and reduce the ever present language gap that has halted the spread of information.

That was not all that YouTube intended to grace us with, the last of these updates across the board includes some news from the blog that indicates that YouTube would now be allowing language support features when content creators are going live with live translation and subtitles in multiple languages at the very moment. However, this is currently under development and beta testing and is expected to be released anytime in the next quarter to everyone across the globe.

Another thing to note for YouTube’s mobile application users was the fact that there would be some testing going on their app which will allow the users to access the entire transcript of the video by clicking on the feature to view it, one that was previously only limited to Windows and macOS. Not only would the transcript be completely in the language we want it to be, it is also expected to be searchable saving loads of time for users looking for certain portions in the videos that span to over hours at times as well.


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