The automatic subtitles in real time of Google Chrome are now available: this is how they work and are activated
It was May 2019 when Google announced Live Captions at Google I / O 2019. Simply put, Live Captions are automatically generated subtitles on any video and audio platform, be it YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Netflix o Google Podcasts. First they came to the Google Pixel, then to other mobiles such as the Galaxy S20 and, finally, they came to Google Chrome for desktop.
The function is available from now on Google Chrome 89, the latest version of Google’s browser, and for now, only works in english. In any case, it is a really useful function for watching English videos that have not been subtitled, and even for listening to podcasts or interviews in English. Next we will see how they work and how they are activated.
The function is available from now on Google Chrome 89, as they have discovered in XDA and we have been able to check from Engadget. To activate it, you just have to follow the following steps:
- We open the Google Chrome options menu (the three dots on the top right).
- We select “Configuration”.
- Let’s go to “Advanced Settings”.
- We select “Accessibility”.
- We activate automatic subtitles.
Google Chrome will download some text transcription files to your computer and the subtitles will start working automatically. You really don’t have to do anything to get them activated, just open content, be it video or audio, in English and wait a second. When it starts to play and there is voice, the subtitles will appear.
These are displayed in a black window overlaid at the bottom of the screen. If we click on the little arrow, we can expand it to fit more text. The system works even with the audio turned off (interesting if we want to know what a video says but we don’t want to have the audio activated), but does not allow copying of the transcribed text, something that might be interesting to extract verbatim quotes from an interview for a job, for example.
Finally, it should be noted that the system integrates into the Google Chrome player (top right, the musical icon with the score), so that not only can we control the playback, but we can quickly activate and deactivate the automatic subtitles. After having tested them, we can say that they work very well and that, although it is true that they do not respect the score, the transcription is correct.
Via | XDA