Google's Chrome browser has gained the ability to generate real-time captions, allowing users to view captions on pretty much any video or audio content, whether it's on the web or stored on a local hard drive.
Live Captions is technically an accessibility feature and should come in handy for anyone with hearing difficulties. But a lot of people also just like reading what's being said on a video.
Google says real-time captions can be generated for social and video sites, podcasts, and radio content. But just as importantly, the feature also works for local audio and video files saved on a hard drive – that is, the Live Caption feature works offline. You just need to play the files in Chrome.
To turn on Live Caption, you need to go to Settings and click on Advanced in the left menu. The feature can be enabled from the Accessibility panel.
Chrome downloads a small speech recognition file. The next time any audio or video containing spoken text is played, a box appears at the bottom of the screen displaying text as if someone is typing at the speed of speech.