YouTube recently announced it has expanded its language accessibility to add automatic captions in Spanish.
According to the YouTube blog:
When a video has recognizable speech, you’ll see a “CC” button appear in the bottom of the player, which will instantly add captions of the video in Spanish. Just look for this icon and click “Transcribe Audio.”
The hundreds of millions of Spanish speakers in the world are the latest to see the auto-caption feature, adding to other available languages of English, Japanese and Korean. You’ll find auto-captions available on more than 157 million videos, with videos being added every day. We’ll continue to refine our speech recognition technology, and you can learn more about how it works here.
Pulling in about a trillion views a year from all around the world, YouTube has been working towards making as many video as possible available in as many languages as possible. Spanish is one of the latest to be available, with English, Japanese, and Korean. On top of that, once captions are displayed, users can select “Translate Captions” and select from about 50 additional languages.
Technology like this may not phase those who have gotten used to seeing technology evolve at such a rapid pace, but if you consider that YouTube was only founded in 2005, it is truly impressive.