If you are one of the 466 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing, then having captions for online content is absolutely crucial. Google agrees with this sentiment, that’s why the tech giant has decided to update Chrome so that it can now automatically generate captions for whatever content you are watching directly from within the browser.
The new feature called Live Caption, automatically generates real-time captions for media with audio on your browser. It works across social and video sites, podcasts and radio content, personal video libraries, embedded video players, and most web-based video or audio chat services.
These captions in Chrome are created on-device, which allows the captions to appear as the content plays without ever having to leave your computer. Live Caption also works offline, so you can even caption audio and video files saved on your hard drive when you play them in Chrome.
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According to Laura D’Aquila, a software engineer on Google Workspace who is hard of hearing, “With Live Caption, I no longer have to miss out on watching videos because of lack of captions, and I can engage in real-life conversations with family, friends or colleagues about this content. Just recently, my coworker sent a video to our team’s chat, but it was not captioned. With Live Caption, I was able to follow along and share my reactions to the video with my team.”
To enable the Live Caption feature, simply go to Chrome Settings> click on the Advanced section> go to the Accessibility section> Click the toggle next to the Live Caption option.
The service will need to download certain files before it is enabled, which might take a few minutes depending on your internet connection. Once the files have been downloaded, captions will automatically be generated when you start watching any form of content.