YouTube Now Allowing For Captions

Several uses, important potential

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Here are a few quick observations: not everyone speaks the same language.  Not everyone has perfect hearing.  And some people like to goof off at work without alerting the rest of the office.  To address all these issues, YouTube has introduced a new captioning feature.

Like so many of Google’s products, the feature works pretty intuitively.  Users can click on a button at the bottom right of a video to pull up the letters "CC."  Clicking on them lets folks turn captions on and off, and an arrow to the left leads to the different language options available.

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Assuming the video’s creator has followed a straightforward step, anyway.  The YouTube Blog explains, "You can add captions to one of your videos by uploading a closed caption file using the ‘Captions and Subtitles’ menu on the editing page.  To add several captions to a video, simply upload multiple files."

The brief walkthrough then continues, "If you want to include foreign subtitles in multiple languages, upload a separate file for each language.  There are over 120 languages to choose from and you can add any title you want for each caption."

Partners such as BBC Worldwide, CNET, UC Berkeley, and MIT are already participating.  We expect that the captions will be used to make YouTube’s search results more accurate, and they may also play a part in ad targeting or the development of speech-to-text software.

YouTube Now Allowing For Captions
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  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Gareth – Design

    About time this feature was introduced! I dont have sound on my work computer so this is a big help for me!!!

  • http://www.yain.com Edward Han

    Indeed a nice time to add this feature as most of my videos do not come with voice or sound. So this will enable me to add text and allow others to know what the video is all about. Great time to have this feature!


  • http://www.skylanterns2u.com Joe

    Yes about time and great for making it easier for people who don’t want to narrate their vids.

    • Matt Headley

      How do the captions stay in sync with the video?

  • http://www.OpenAFranchise.com John

    Are they allowing captions or is it audio to text and uses your text?

  • http://www.synchrimedia.com Bill Blass

    Mac users can use MovCaptioner to create .SUB and .SRT files easily for use with YouTube. Cost for s/w is only $25. Go to  http://www.synchrimedia.com to download the demo version.

  • http://www.skylanterns Sky Lanterns

    Yes, about time.

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