YouTube is undoubtedly the # 1 video hosting site in the world. However, its functionality is still far from ideal. In particular, the service does not yet have subtitle voice acting, which in some situations would be simply irreplaceable. For example, when watching a video in a foreign language, when many people simply do not have time to keep track of both the picture and the text at the same time. The sound is much more convenient to perceive.
A craftsman from Russia under the nickname tgaru decided to fix the problem of the language barrier. He has released a browser extension called YouTube SubSound , which reads subtitles with an automatic Google announcer.
Currently, the add-on is only available for the Chrome browser on PC and supports 10 languages: Russian, English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish. By default, subtitles are read by a female voice, the male version is promised to be added later.
The author claims that versions for other browsers and a mobile version will be released if his brainchild is popular. He is currently working on the first update with the ability to change the pronunciation speed and voice volume.
The extension installation process is extremely simple:
- Go to the YouTube SubSound page in the Google Store and click Install.
- A new button will appear in the player window on YouTube, which turns on the subtitle sound when the video is played.Voice acting works, including with automatically generated subtitles. The volume of the original track in the player can be changed: even if you turn off the audio track completely, the subtitles will continue to be read.All in all, an ingenious and simple addition. We wouldn’t be surprised if Google is interested in it and will soon add a similar feature to its native YouTube player.