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Google introduces automated closed captions to Slides

Google Slides can now automatically transcribe your speech into captions Google brings real-time closed captioning to Slides
Katie Ramirez | 10 October, 2018, 21:16

If you are showing a series of presentations using Google Slides and would like to add closed captions to it for those who have difficulty in hearing, you may be glad to know that Google has announced automated closed captioning for Slides.

The live captions nearly certainly use the same speech recognition technology that YouTube uses to produce automatic closed captions for uploaded videos.

The feature will roll out to users beginning this week.

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Speak into your microphone while presenting a slideshow and Google Slides will transcribe your words into captions in real time. The new addition will let people automatically add captions to the presentations they create with this online tool. It can also be beneficial when a presenter isn't speaking loudly enough, the company said.

To activate the feature, click the "CC" button in the navigation box when you start presenting.

This new closed-captioning feature, for instance, could benefit audiences in a noisy location or in spaces with poor sound settings. "The feature is rolling out globally from today; however, it will be available in U.S. English only at first", it writes. Google plans to expand the feature to more countries and languages eventually. D'Aquila, who has hearing loss, and Klein found it can be tough for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to follow along with presentations.

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