YouTube’s Latest Feature: Funny or Flop?

I’m not sure when exactly they first debuted the technology, but my friend pointed it out to me last week—YouTube has installed a little button on the bottom of most videos. It’s a little rectangle with “CC” on it:

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You click on it, and it gives you some options. Choose “transcribe audio (BETA)”. Suddenly you get subtitles!

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One problem with it, though: it doesn’t work. Their voice-to-subtitle technology needs a few modifications. For example, in this clip, the woman is saying, “I was looking for an anime voice actor action figure that could do absolutely everything, and I finally found it!”. Instead, you see:

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…..Yeah. Here’s some more:

“You’ll swear that Todd Haberkorn is actually in your hands!”

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“Hi, my name is Allen Walker.”

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“Throw away that Vic Mignogna plushie… and make way for Todd!”

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And how would it react to puberty-stricken, fast-talking British teenagers? Well….

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…..Yeah.

“Favorite store? APPLE STORE!”

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“How do you wake up in the morning? THIS!”

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“Favorite shampoo? THIS!”

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“How many teeth? 30!”

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“How many train tickets? 214!”

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So that doesn’t work….. and Death Note? Uhm…..

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Misa: Candace is taking cardio in the city!

Light: Has she entered the United States yet?

L: *nomming cake*

And the next one….

(Commercial in background) “A devil’s charm… an angel’s glitter… Misa’s new line of lipstick, just for you.”

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The funny thing is, this one’s in Japanese. They’re trying to interpret it into English….

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So is this one.

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“You forget that if we win against Kira, Misa won’t die.”

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“I’m not being shy!!”

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This is my favorite, because he’s actually saying, “I wanted you to be Kira”. (And what’s with the blue sparkles??) Yes, YouTube, L was pwned, we get it!

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But there’s one channel that, no matter what they say, it’s pretty much right on track with the subtitles. And that would be the insane magical powers of….

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THE VLOGBROTHERS!

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Yeah, he actually said every word of that.

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So…. YouTube’s subtitle system–funny or flop? Or both? Let me know what you think, and if you have any other weird/hilarious screenshots using the new feature.

No Haberkorn action figures were harmed in the making of this post.

Todd tribute

Charlieissocoollike 100 Questions

Death Note tribute

Hank Green discussing Bogarted Video Games

About Aloha

A teen writer and future world ruler. Llamas make me happy.
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4 Responses to YouTube’s Latest Feature: Funny or Flop?

  1. Haha, that his hilarious. Now watch me get all obsessed and use it on every single video I watch.

    • Aloha says:

      Definitely! It doesn’t work on some, when it’s all music or it doesn’t recognize the audio. For example, every Hetalia video you watch doesn’t have the feature– probably because you can hardly tell they’re actually speaking English 😀

  2. annanm says:

    Bwahaha, silly YouTube. I’m going to go watch some Toby Turner lazy vlogs with it on, see how it does on all his “hothothothot” attacks. This should be epic. 😀

    • Aloha says:

      HAHA YESSSS. I didn’t even think of him when I was doing this, but I LOVE Toby Turner. I found him when I was attacking all the Skyward Sword videos and stumbled across his Literal version. He’s adorable, too. ❤

      Did you see his E3 coverage vids? Made me want to hug him.

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