YouTube comic geniuses Rhett and Link have taken a quick break from their new TV series Commercial Kings to release a funny new video that illustrates the not-so-effective YouTube Auto-Captioning or “audio transcription” tool. Basically, they video taped a sketch, uploaded it to YouTube and auto-captioned it. They then turned those captions into a new script, which they recorded and repeated the process and acted all three scripts out, “back to back to back.” The result is absolutely hilarious.
Rhett and Link explain the process that they go through for their ‘YouTube Caption FAIL’ videos at the beginning of the clip. “This is when we use YouTube’s audio transcription tool, which doesn’t always do the best job translating.”
It’s true, the tool is often off the mark when it comes to auto-captioning videos, but Rhett and Link wrote a script that was quite a doozy so the results are even more ridiculous than usual. “Hey man, how’s your Jamaican vacation going?” becomes, “Imitated Jamaican vacation dot?”, which becomes, “Imitated you may give a case about?” And that’s only just the beginning! It’s like the YouTube version of the telephone game!
Check out all three versions back to back to back below and let us know what you think. Is this stuff funny, or what?!
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.