YouTube starts video translation service for over 300 languages

By on September 25, 2012
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Also allows for user translations.

Yesterday YouTube announced a new service, whereby users will be allowed to translate their videos in up to 300 languages. This service is an expansion of their existing Captions service, but with almost complete control given to the users and the community.

Growing a global audience on YouTube means having your videos reach many people, speaking many languages,” YouTube product managers Jeff Chin and Brad Ellis wrote in the blog post.

Basically after uploading their video, users can start the translation process themselves (getting the basics translated by Google translator directly), or even request translations from other users to help in the translations as they watch the video.

By providing translated captions, you’ll not only make your video globally accessible but also  improve discoverability in other languages. Now you can increase your audience by reaching more people around the world,” wrote Chin and Ellis.


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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