July 30, 2021
© Alexander Shatov

Instagram might soon introduce an ‘auto caption’ feature

Instagram has been testing a new feature for Stories that automatically generates captions. The new sticker,  called ‘Captions’, can be added to any story with a video. Once added, the sticker will transcribe the audio, and generate captions, that audio being needed to be audible. Users can also easily switch fonts for captions while creating a story. This Captions sticker is currently being tested with a limited group of people, as all testings are. And as of yet it’s not clear when this feature will be ready to be rolled out.

A social media consultant Matt Navarra shared a video recording of this new Captions sticker on Tuesday on Twitter. The short video reveals how the Instagram Stories sticker works. From the video, one can make out how the app is still incapable of accurately transcribing an entire video. However, this could change when the feature rolls out widely, although we really hope it works well.

To use the new Captions sticker on Instagram Stories, you’ll first need to add the Captions sticker to your video clip. Once you do that, the app will display a ‘Transcribing audio’ prompt on the display for some seconds. After that, you’ll be able to view the text from the video clip as it plays. And you can choose from four different font options for these captions, assuming there will be a lot of good ones.

Instagram’s Captions sticker should add to the accessibility factor, making it easier for those who have hearing problems to properly consume video clips on Instagram Stories. Besides accessibility, the Captions sticker will also enable a range of new content formats for creators on Instagram. So in a nutshell this new sticker is a relevant one.

Apart from posting music with lyrics, this will be another way to synchronise text with video and audio within Instagram Stories. The tool would help creators reach new audiences, enabling more users to enjoy Stories while their audio is turned off.

Do you this this feature is relevant as we do? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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