Google has added a new feature to chrome that will create and display closed captions for any audio coming from the webpage you are viewing. The content does not have to already have closed captioning built in, and can come from ANY source. It uses Google’s speech-to-text to create the captions, which works like talking to Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa, meaning it will not be 100% perfect. In my testing, I found it to be extremely accurate.
With the latest Chrome update, anyone has the ability to turn this feature on within Chrome. The following video shows how to turn the feature on and use it. Or if you like pictures and text instructions, scroll below…
1. In Chrome, click the three dots in the upper right
2. Click Settings in the menu that drops down
3. Click ‘Advanced’ on the left hand side
4. Click ‘Accessibility’
5. This is the feature called ‘Live Caption‘
6. Click the button shown here to turn ‘Live Captions’ on/off
For more information, go to https://blog.google/products/chrome/live-caption-chrome/.