Google Chrome has a new feature that can display live subtitles for media that would not normally support subtitles. Live caption use “machine learning” to spontaneously create subtitles for videos or audio where none previously existed, making the web that much more accessible to anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing.
Live captions works on social and video sites, podcasts and radio content, personal video libraries (such as Google Photos), built-in video players in websites, and most web-based video or audio chat services such as Youtube and Twitch, among others.
One drawback for people whose native language is not English is that the subtitles generated only work on English media and also only show English live subtitles.
How to enable live caption in Google Chrome
To enable the live captions feature in Chrome, an internet connection is required. This is because a voice file needs to be downloaded first. After downloading this file, you can enable live captions.
Open the Google Chrome browser. Click on the Chrome menu button in the top right corner. In the Chrome menu click on Settings.
On the left side of the menu, click on Advanced. Click on it to open the advanced Chrome settings.
In the Accessibility section, check the option: Live caption. Wait for the voice file to download.
Live caption will automatically create subtitles for audio and video in English. The audio and subtitles are never transmitted from your device.
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