If you use TikTok a lot, you’ve probably noticed that many creators have been using text overlays or third-party captioning tools for their videos. But finally, they are making it official. Now you can use automatic captions so that the hard of hearing or deaf can still enjoy your TikTok videos. Viewers can also choose to turn captions on or off, depending on their needs or preferences. And if the automatic subtitles fail you, you have the right to edit the subtitles yourself.
By the name of the function itself, you know what it is going to do. The automatic captioning feature will automatically transcribe any speech you make in the video so your viewers can read what you are talking about in your video. The creator will be able to activate it on the edit page after they have uploaded a video or recorded a video. This is a good tool for those who don’t have the time or tools to create their own subtitles.
But since we all know that not all automatic captions can be flawed (and fun) at times, the creator can also edit the text that has been generated to make sure nothing adverse is part of the video. Viewers have the option to turn captions on or off, unlike previous tools that creators had to use that are already built into the video. If you don’t want to see automatic captions, open the sharing panel and then tap the captions button.
While this feature is designed for accessibility purposes, it can also be useful for those who don’t want to turn on the sound while watching TikTok videos or those who are in a room with other people and don’t want to disturb them but don’t have headphones. This feature joins the other accessibility features released by TikTok, including an animated thumbnail, a creator warning for content that can trigger photosensitive epilepsy, and a text-to-speech feature.
At launch, the automatic captioning feature for TikTok it is available in American English and Japanese only. They plan to add other languages in the coming months.