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YouTube Launches Auto-Captions

YouTube Launches Auto-Captions

by Brad MerrillMarch 4, 2010

YouTube held a press conference earlier where the long term goals of the site were discussed.  One of those goals is accessibility.  One feature YouTube has that improves accessibility is their caption feature.  Back in November, they launched auto-captions on a limited scale.  Auto-captions use speech-recognition technology to recognize what the speaker in the video is saying, and transcribe it to closed captioning.  Now, YouTube is enabling that feature for all English spoken videos on the site.  It’s still in beta, but it seems pretty accurate.  Of course, in one of my videos it altered my words to some pretty strange things, so I wouldn’t recommend depending on this feature.

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Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.