Popular video-sharing company YouTube is updating its captions and audio features. The company said that the two features will make live streaming easier and increase the reach. The features will be made available to users worldwide soon. The features are currently under testing. The company in a statement said that creators will be able to enable live auto-captions. This can be done for any live stream. The captions will be in English. This will let creators make their live streams more accessible and inclusive. The caption feature was previously available to YouTube channels that have over 1,000 subscribers. The company has now lifted this requirement.
YouTube said that it is also planning to expand auto-captions features for live streams to all languages. The platform already supports automatic captioning languages. The feature is available in 13 languages. However, this is limited to YouTube’s desktop site. The company said that it will add the support for auto-translation on iOS and Android platforms by end of this year. YouTube said that it is also experimenting with an option at the top of the transcript. This will allow users to type in the search bar to look for specific videos. Users can search video content with the help of specific keywords.
YouTube said that improving accessibility is the company’s utmost priority. It said that the new features, updates, and tools are aimed at helping creators in reaching out to a wider audience. The company said that it is also looking to add multiple audio tracks. The feature is currently being tested with creators. It will offer multi-language audio. This will help international audiences in understanding the content. Also, people who are blind will be benefited from the descriptive audio. YouTube had earlier said that it is adding new ways to assist users to search content more easily on the platform. The company said that it will make the search page more visual to the users. They can get a glimpse of information in a video.