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Ever wonder what You Tube’s auto-captioning would make of Taylor Swift’s song lyrics? Wonder no more thanks to this funny video from Rhett and Link.
Captioned Music – automated vs human skill | i heart subtitles, itsmesammies, Claire Brown, and 2 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
This is why it’s impossible to rely on the captioning on youtube. You have to read their lips too (if you know how) and decipher it while reading. Basically you have to read the words, look at the person singing, and then figure out what the person really means. Youtube really does need better captioning. And it isn’t an option on all videos. If T.V is required to have captioning, then Youtube should as well. The only time you know you really have it right on youtube is if someone put the video on with the subtitles on it already.
Youtube really needs to step it up on this. It’s almost inaccessible to me as a result.
The main issue here is that automatic captioning isn’t suitable for complex audio (that includes songs), so it would be better if YouTube just disabled auto captioning for that kind of content. As I see it, it is better not do something than doing it so poorly.
If YouTube would selectively turn it on only in the most simple videos, we would know that the subtitles would reach a certain quality threshold. I do not think that their technology is bad but that they should not use it for inappropriate content.
This sort of example makes professional subtitlers feel just that little bit more safe. And glad that their hard work properly helps.
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We are never, ever, ever hitting ant kidders.
I’m glad Youtube was there to mess it so this awesome video could be produced! I hate this song more than I hate jelly on my floor at three am and I happen to be the one that steps in it… Now I’ll have something to think of every time my eight year old turns it up! New fave video!
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