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YouTube is rolling out auto livestream caption feature for all creators

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Highlights:

  • YouTube rolls out automatic livestream Caption for all users.
  • The feature will help creators reach a global audience.
  • Previously, the YouTube livestream automatic audio caption feature was available for channels with more than 1,000 subscribers.

YouTube has announced new updates to captions and audio features on the platform. The platform is testing the ability to add multiple audio tracks on videos with a small group of creators. This is meant to provide multi-language audio for international audiences as well as descriptive audio for people who are blind or low-vision. The feature only works for English streams, but the company says it’ll expand to more languages in the coming months.

In addition, YouTube says it’ll be rolling out auto-translation for captions in supported languages on Android and iOS later this year. Right now, that feature is only available on the desktop. The company also plans to start testing the ability to search caption transcripts on mobile to help users find specific keywords. That’ll also happen later this year.

More tech companies have been adding captions to their platforms as they expand their accessibility efforts. Instagram added automatic captions for IGTV late last year and then extended that feature to Stories in May. TikTok rolled out automatic captions in April, and Twitter turned on automated captions for voice tweets on iOS following criticism that the feature, which debuted last year, wasn’t accessible to people with disabilities.

Previously, the YouTube Livestream audio captions feature was available for channels with more than 1,000 subscribers. YouTube also highlights that the automatic captions are generated by machine learning algorithms and hence the quality of captions might depend on accents, dialects, or background noises.

Translate titles and descriptions

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Subtitles.
  3. Select a video.
  4. If you haven’t select the language for a video, you’ll ask to choose the language and Confirm.
  5. Select Add language and select the language you’d like to translate to.
  6. Under “Title & Description”, select Add.
  7. Enter the translated title and description, and select Publish.

The captions will also be available if a recording of the stream is made available as a VOD (video on demand), making it a quick and easy alternative to manually transcribing streams.

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