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The Best Ways of Using an YouTube Captioning Tool

According to data from the Archives of Internal Medicine published in 2011, there are 48 million of American people aged 12 or older having hearing loss. If including 3 million of children, it would make a total of over 50 million of deaf and hard of hearing people in USA. It’s one in five Americans!

While hearing aids and cochlear implants improve hearing, they do not cure it and results vary for each person. Not all deaf and hard of hearing people can or want to use them for various reasons. Also, many people using hearing devices still rely on visual means such as lipreading, captioning, sign language, cued speech, and so on. Most of them rely on captioning as universal access that benefits not just those with hearing difficulties, but everyone. Despite this fact, most of aural information is not captioned and only a few online video players offer a captioning feature. Even if a player has the CC button, many videos are not captioned.

YouTube came up with an auto captioning feature years ago which is great. However, their purpose was to make it easier for video producers to create captions with a tool readily available which is faster and more efficient than using traditional tools. The auto captioning feature is not meant to do work on its own because machine-generated captions are often inaccurate and very frustrating to read. Quality captioning is as important as quality audio – according to a research, errors of over 3% makes it hard to understand information. Quality captioning are error-free and based on certain guidelines and machines cannot follow many of them such as adding proper punctuation, speaker identifications, sound descriptions, and so on. Therefore, captions need either to be done from scratch or to be cleaned up after being generated by machine.

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