According to the latest news, TikTok is attempting to make itself more accessible. Tiktok content creators will soon be able to add automatically generated captions to their videos. The option for auto-captions will be found on the editing page after a video has been uploaded or recorded. This feature will be available in American English and Japanese at first. Soon, “in the coming months”, TikTok is planning to add support for more languages.
TikTok is bringing this feature in order to make it easier for deaf and hard of hearing viewers.
A TikTok dialogue box conveys that this feature will be useful for anyone who is watching videos “when it’s difficult or inconvenient for them to listen to audio.”
The best part is, in order to fix mistakes, TikTok content creators will be able to edit the captions after they are automatically generated to fix any mistakes. On the other hand, viewers will be able to turn the captions off by going to the captions button on the share panel.
Over the years, automatic transcription has gotten better and better so these kinds of services are increasingly added to apps to make content more accessible for everyone. Only last month, Google built a feature in Google Chrome that allows users to generate captions for audio played through the browser. Even, the company’s Live Caption system is available as a system-wide feature for select Android devices. Note that noteworthy video chat services such as Zoom and Google Meet can also auto-generate captions during a call. Some recent reports convey Instagram is testing a similar feature.
Auto captions are TikTok’s latest feature addition. TikTok has warned content creators about videos that might trigger photosensitive epilepsy and provides filters for viewers to avoid these videos. Last year, TikTok added a text-to-speech feature.