YouTube Provides Users With More Ways To Watch Video Content Like Transcripts And Captions With Auto-Translation

YouTube is always on the hunt for innovation and lately, we’re seeing how much the app is keen on getting more users to watch its videos.

What better way of doing just that than by expanding on the app’s most useful and popular feature: Captions. The latter is a wonderful way to get a better understanding of what’s being said, especially in cases where the audio is of poor quality. Did we mention how peacefully you can watch content with the volume muted?

The recently held 2022 I/O Summit by Google saw the tech giant unveiling an entire range of exciting features that includes the announcement of taking captions one step further through the addition of transcripts and auto-translated captions for all video-based content.

As far as transcripts are concerned, this functionality will be produced automatically through the search engine’s speech recognition technology. It is going to be very similar to the automated captions that we see. The only change is how users will now be seeing this in a list fashion like those generated in Google Recorder.

We saw this being demonstrated through Google’s brief note recently. But we don’t have too many high hopes for it to work in a seamless manner. And although it’s doing a pretty decent job at the Recorder app, it might take a while to pick up the pace on YouTube.

In case you’re lucky, you’ll end up with transcripts that are impeccably translated while others would be a mixed bag, truly dependent on the video’s quality.

Next up, YouTube plans on rolling out auto-translated captions. And as far as it's working is concerned, well, it’s just like the way you may have imagined it.

For instance, users can click on settings and then press ‘auto-translate’, be sure to choose the language of your preference, and then before you know it, there will be subtitles customized to your language of choice. And while the functionality has long been present through the app’s web version, it’s high time it was featured on smartphones.

Many experts are holding on to the opinion of how helpful this can be for so many users. While you may come across a number of leading content creators putting up videos with different language subtitles, it’s not something everyone does frequently.

Moreover, the fact that users are relying on their mobile devices more than the desktop ones, it’s great to see the app acknowledge it and introduce the updates.

At first, the platform says they’re focusing on 16 languages and hope to expand soon.

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