YouTube Adds Video Transcripts and Auto-translated Captions on Mobile

Posted on May 12, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Google, Music + Videos, YouTube with 1 Comment

Google announced new YouTube features to help people easily access video content on mobile devices. After starting to roll out auto-generated chapters on YouTube videos last year, the company announced yesterday that video transcripts are now available to all Android and iOS users.

“Often the fastest way to get a sense of a video’s content is to read its transcript, so we’re also using speech recognition models to transcribe videos,” the company explained. Google also announced that auto-translated captions are now available in 16 languages on the YouTube mobile app.

Auto-translated captions are a great way to make videos in different languages understandable for more people, and they’ll help creators on the platform to grow their audience. “We’ll also be expanding auto-translated captions to Ukrainian YouTube content next month, part of our larger effort to increase access to accurate information about the war,” the company said.

Google announced many other updates at its I/O conference yesterday, including new AI-powered features for Google Workspace, as well as new capabilities for Google Maps and Google Translate, with the latter adding support for 24 languages for a total of 133.

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One response to “YouTube Adds Video Transcripts and Auto-translated Captions on Mobile”

  1. fishnet37222

    Auto-generated captions are utterly worthless. Being a fan of K-pop, I watch a lot of Korean language videos on YouTube and whenever I turn on automatic captions, the captions never make any sense.