Google's YouTube team have announced automatic speech recognition technology will be applied to YouTube videos allowing for closed caption for people with accessibility requirements this is a major leap forward and for charities could be a key element in convincing your boss to make YouTube part of your communication channels.

Google tells us a little more and theirs a video embedded below:

“We’ve combined Google’s automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology with the YouTube caption system to offer automatic captions, or auto-caps for short. Auto-caps use the same voice recognition algorithms in Google Voice.

Google Voice to automatically generate captions for video. We’re also launching automatic caption timing, or auto-timing, to make it significantly easier to create captions manually.

With auto-timing, you no longer need to have special expertise to create your own captions in YouTube. All you need to do is create a simple text file with all the words in the video and we’ll use Google’s ASR technology to figure out when the words are spoken and create captions for your video.”