Windows 11 will save us having to download subtitles: this is how its new automatic audio and video subtitling works

A few days ago Microsoft announced the most recent Insiders version of Windows 11, and it is one that came loaded with important news that will not only solve several of the initial shortcomings of the system, but will also add a few new things.

One of those novelties is what the company has called “Live Subtitles“, an automatic subtitle function for the audio and video that you play anywhere in Windows 11. We have tested them to see how well they work, and we have been pleasantly surprised.

Is it over having to download subtitles or search for song lyrics?

Windows 11 live subtitles when watching a video from YouTube

No. At least for now, Windows 11’s live subtitles have a lot of room for improvement in speech recognition, but that’s not to say they won’t be as good as Windows voice dictation in the future, which works great.

Windows 11 automatic subtitles are currently available in English, but obviously more languages ??will be supported in the future, and most likely sooner rather than later by the time the feature is released in version system stable.

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Live subtitles when listening to music from Windows Media Player

They can be activated at any time by pressing the key combination CTRL + Windows Key + L. Whether you’re watching something on YouTube from the browser, playing a video from VLC, a podcast on Spotify, or listening to music from Windows Media Player, live subtitles will try to figure out what it sounds like and display it instantly.

When you press the keyboard shortcut, by default a black drawer appears with the subtitles at the top that you can move down, or leave it floating anywhere on the desktop. On one side you find a settings button and a help button.

You can also find the function from the Settings in the Accessibility section. There you can also find options to change the style of the subtitles between four different ones. Microsoft says that turning on live captions downloads the language files. The data is processed locally and is not shared with the cloud.

In our tests it has done quite well both watching local video and from YouTube in the browser. Maybe you get some words wrong about 20% of the time. Now when it’s just audio, especially music, it tends to be much more inaccurate. Be that as it may, it’s a great accessibility feature that Microsoft will surely refine a lot over time.

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