I had a pleasant surprise today as I was researching how social media technology supported d/D participation. As of November 2009, Google offers automatic captioning (uses the same voice recognition algorithms in Google Voice to automatically generate captions for video) and automatic timing service (attach a script without time codes and Google will do the rest for you!) in YouTube. So, if I watch a Spanish video on YouTube, I can simply click on the cc button and have Google transcribe it into English or any of the 51 language options that are offered on the menu. Here’s the Google Announcement in 2009:
For Google’s blogpost and announcement on this: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/automatic-captions-in-youtube.html
Google Software engineer Ken Harrenstien also talks about it here.
Note: Automatic captioning is NOT available for all uploaded videos yet because they are still perfecting the technology. As posted on their blog:
“It is available for now to educational partners for the initial launch: UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Yale, UCLA, Duke, UCTV, Columbia, PBS, National Geographic, Demand Media, UNSW and most Google & YouTube channels.”
Definitely check it out!