YouTube now lets all creators use auto captions for livestreams

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YouTube is expanding auto captions for livestreams.

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All YouTube creators can now Enable Auto Caption for Livestreams To make them more accessible, the Google-owned company said on Thursday. This facility was earlier available only for channels with at least 1,000 subscribers.

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Live Auto Captions are currently only available for livestreams in English, but the company says it plans to expand the feature to all 13 supported autocaps in the coming months. captioning languages.

In addition, YouTube says it will roll out auto translation for captions in supported languages ​​on Android and iOS later this year. Right now, that feature is only available on desktop. The company also plans to begin testing the ability to search caption transcripts on mobile to help users find specific keywords. That too at the end of this year.

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YouTube is also testing the ability to add multiple audio tracks to a video, which could help offer multi-language audio to international audiences. descriptive audio For people who are blind or have low vision. The company says it expects to “launch this feature more widely in the coming quarters.”

More tech companies are adding captions to their platforms as they expand their accessibility efforts. Instagram adds automatic captions for IGTV at the end of last year, and then Extended that feature to Stories in May. Tiktok introduced automatic caption in April, and Twitter turns on automatic captioning for voice tweets Following criticism on iOS that the feature, which debuted last year, was not accessible to people with disabilities.

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