YouTube Expands Automatic Captions To Spanish Videos

By Megan O'Neill 

This morning YouTube announced that they are expanding their language accessibility to include automatic captions in Spanish.  Spanish language videos with recognizable speech should now have a “CC” button at the bottom of the player that you can click and choose “Transcribe Audio” to instantly caption the videos using YouTube’s auto-captioning technology.

Hoang Nguyen, YouTube software engineer, writes on the YouTube blog:

“The hundreds of millions of Spanish speakers in the world are the latest to see the auto-caption feature, adding to other available languages of English, Japanese and Korean.  You’ll find auto-captions available on more than 157 million videos, with videos being added every day.  We’ll continue to refine our speech recognition technology, and you can learn more about how it works here.”

What’s really cool about this is that non-Spanish speakers can use the auto-captioning feature and then translate captions into their native language using the auto-translate feature, which is available in more than 50 languages.  To auto-translate captions, go back into the “CC” menu and choose “Translate Captions” to choose your language.

Try it out with the video below and let us know what you think!

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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.