YouTube rolls out automatic captioning feature for all creators

YouTube is rolling out its automatic live captioning feature for all video creators on the platform. Until now, the feature has only been limited to channels with more than 1,000 subscribers.

The company announced the same, along with other future enhancements to come to the platform, in its blog. The addition of these changes should make it easier for hearing-impaired users to access the platform.

The company has confirmed that live automatic captions will now be available in 12 additional languages ​​instead of just English. Other upcoming improvements to the video platform will include the ability to add multiple audio tracks to a video to support multiple languages.

In addition, YouTube on smartphones will now also support the automatic subtitle translation feature. YouTube has confirmed that extended language support for live and machine-translated captions will roll out in the coming months. On the flip side, YouTube says the multiple audio track feature will be more widely available “in the coming quarters.”

The company also announced that it plans to “experiment” by allowing users to search for video transcripts on mobile devices.

YouTube is also working on the caption editor permission feature, which will allow creators to designate other users to add captions to their videos. The feature is expected to replace the community caption feature that was removed by YouTube. The company says it will provide updates on its progress “in the coming months.”

Additionally, YouTube has also decided to end its tradition of creating year-end “Rewind” videos. The company cited that the platform’s expansion has made it “impossible to sum up its vastness and diversity in a compilation of just a few minutes.”

As a reminder, in 2018, YouTube Rewind set the record for most dislikes of any video on the platform, as the creators complained about ignoring the video platform’s community by featuring mainstream celebrities instead of local YouTubers.