YouTube has this week announced automatic captions will now be available in another six languages across the video sharing network. YouTube has added its auto-captioning tool for videos in German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian and Dutch. The feature is already available in English, Japanese, Spanish and Korean.
While this is good news, YouTube’s automatic captions are notoriously inaccurate. They rely on Google’s voice recognition technology which is unreliable, particularly when there is background noise, music or unusual accents.
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