YouTube has now rolled out a new ability that autoplay video in the home section on iOS and Android of YouTube app.
The new feature called as “Autoplay on Home,” will let users preview and watch videos without audio. It will become available over the next few weeks.
As the team notes, this functionality is being brought on users demand, who say they’d like easier ways to preview videos.
“Previewing videos helps you make more informed decisions about whether you want to watch a video, leading to longer engagement with videos you choose to watch,” the team wrote.
YouTube Premium users already have this feature available to them for the last six months. These premium subscribers have reported great results.
With Autoplay on Home, captions will also be featured while a video is autoplaying in the Home feed.
Here is a GIF that shows new autoplay on the home feature:
Captions were introduced to videos on YouTube in 2006, followed by automated captions in 2009, says the team the number of videos with captions now exceeds two billion.
Users who would prefer not to see “Autoplay on Home” will have an option to turn the feature off anytime from the settings menu.
Additionally, videos can also be set to autoplay only on WiFi.
YouTue has created new add and edit captions abilities for creators acknowledging that “automatic captions aren’t perfect.”
These options include:
A creator can navigate to video manager in the Creator Studio, and click “edit -> subtitles and CC” option next to the video to edit caption, and then click on the “automatic caption” track.
YouTube support team notes, for better accuracy of automatic captions, it’s working to improve speech recognition, machine learning algorithms, and expanding training data.
This has resulted in significant improvement in accuracies like more than 50% in English and 44% in Italian.
These accuracy improvements are now closer to human transcription error rates.
Creator-uploaded captions feature allows adding own captions by writing them or by uploading a pre-existing file with captions.
To write or upload captions, creators need to head over to Video Manager, then click on “edit -> subtitles and CC -> Add new subtitles or CC” next to the video to edit.
Crowd-sourced community captions: Creators can also seek the help of the community to add title, description, subtitles, and closed captions to their videos.
Additionally, the YouTube community will also help them in translating videos to other languages.
Community-sourced captions are moderated by YouTube and can be reviewed by creators and others before they’re published, says the team.
Community captions can be turned on from the Creator Studio, simply click on “Translations & Transcriptions” -> Community Contributions and enable the option on.