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YouTube Closed Caption Fun




With all of the focus on IBM’s Watson computer kicking butt and taking names on Jeopardy (even if it thinks that Toronto is a US city but let’s not nit pick) we were introduced to this video about the totally automated close captioning capabilities of YouTube (hat tip to @BreRoz). Let’s just say it needs a little work but, hey, nothing’s perfect right? Enjoy.


  • Dean

    Freaking brilliant! I am dying here.

  • http://www.ccacaptioning.org CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning)

    Looks good! yet not sure how to follow this (being deafened) —
    a. turn on the cc on youtube to try and see cc?
    b. wait for part two?
    c. can you add accurate captions to the video from the start?

    http://www.ccacaptioning.org – all volunteers, you all may want to join us

    • http://www.frankthinking.com Frank Reed

      Thank you for stopping by and asking. Did you try using the closed caption option for the video from the beginning?

      What is being pointed out is just how a machine cannot provide accurate closed captioning like a human being would. Google is providing this service but because of the automation of it (and virtually everything Google does) it cannot do it very well, at least not now.

      Thank you for all the great work you do in this area. I have hearing impaired members of my wife’s family and understand just how critical this service is! Volunteering…..that is a very interesting idea. Thanks again!

      • http://www.ccacaptioning.org CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning)

        Hi Frank,
        yes, we all know how inaccurate most of the many automatic systems are still, at many times;
        we favor quality full verbatim text, which even now, can only be provided by fully qualified professionals (humans), though of course we hope machine speech to text improves a lot one day soon also;

        the video was not easy to follow, yet i probably should have emailed to the original source; thanks again,
        ls for the CCAC (we welcome you and anyone who supports the CCAC in membership; we hope to build strength via numbers, all invited to join)

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