Google Adding Automatic Captions To YouTube Videos

Google Adding Automatic Captions To YouTube Videos

Google is bringing its Google Voice speech recognition tech to YouTube, creating automatic captions for deaf and hearing-impaired users. Get ready for hilariously incorrect captions!

Because the speech-recognition technology is still a work in progress, Google is launching the automatic captioning service on the YouTube channels of just a handful of partners, including PBS, National Geographic and a few big universities. But the company promises that the technology will improve over time — and it hopes for a much broader rollout.

In the meantime, Google is adding a new “auto-timing” feature to its existing manual captioning service to make it easier to use. Video creators will now simply have to create a text file with all the words spoken in a video and Google’s speech recognition technology will take it from there — matching the text to the words as they are spoken. Google hopes this will encourage more users to add captions to their videos.

[AP]