Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Chrome can now subtitle all audio files played through the browser

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Google officially brings one of its most useful Android accessibility features to Chrome. The company announced today that its browser can now subtitle all the audio and video files you play in it. This feature, called Live legend, was already available on Android devices and offered on-screen transcriptions of everything playing through your phone’s audio system. This rolled out in Chrome version overnight and now we have more details from Google on how Live Caption will work on the browser.

By making this available for its desktop browser, Google has just brought an important support tool to even more people on different platforms. Not only will this benefit those who have traditionally been excluded from audio-only content, such as the deaf or hard of hearing, but it could also come in handy in situations where you need to understand what someone is saying but can’t turn your high on. -speaker.

Chrome’s subtitles won’t just work for websites or online video players – they’ll also be available for local files saved to your hard drive when you open them in the browser. According to Google, these automatically generated real-time captions will work “on social and video sites, podcasts and radio content, personal video libraries (such as Google Photos), built-in video players, and most video chat services. or audio on the web. “

Of course, the usefulness of Live Caption relies heavily on the accuracy of the transcription. So far the tool has worked well on Android, based on our experience, and since the Chrome version uses the same technology, it will probably be just as accurate. It looks visually as well, with a black box and white font providing the captions, and if it’s the same as on Android, you’ll be able to move the rectangle around so that it doesn’t cover what you see. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how the system will handle subtitles for multiple audio streams played on different tabs, for example.

The company claims that the captions are generated on the device and work offline, so you won’t need an internet connection for it to work. You can activate the tool by going to the Accessibility section under the Advanced section in your browser settings. It only supports English at the moment.

This decision is important, especially since there are still places on the internet that still haven’t turned on live captioning for audio content, let alone. occasional new features that roll out without thinking for the deaf or hard of hearing community. In addition, Chrome is one of the most popular browsers (although it is slow to turn off third-party tracking), which means that many people who use PCs or Macbooks can use the new feature. Live Caption will be available worldwide (in the latest version) on Windows, Mac, and Linux and will soon be available on ChromeOS.


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