YouTube now has automatic Spanish captions

Sunday, June 17, 2012

As of a day or so ago, YouTube now has the ability to generate automatic Spanish captions. It works in exactly the same way as the English ones: just hit the transcribe audio button and if the audio is Spanish it will appear in Spanish. As with English, it is fairly hit and miss but accurate enough to be extremely helpful. Try it out with Charlie Brown to see how it handles pretty scratchy audio, and for clear audio let's go with this documentary I found:



Since the function works better the clearer the audio is, this could be most helpful for videos such as these - documentaries on YouTube in Spanish that don't have English subtitles, or those that do but for which you prefer to also read the original Spanish.

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