Instagram is now making your stories more personalized by adding captions. Today, this social media giant is allowing its users a simple yet incredibly fun feature. You can now add subtitles to your stories with the use of a special sticker. This will automatically transcribe your speech in the videos in your Stories. It was announced on their Twitter account.
As described by The Verge, not only do you get to add a caption to your Instagram stories, also includes its font and style of your captions to make it more you and to make sure to send the message across.
Given that transcription of your speech is present, the app also lets you edit individual words to correct spelling, punctuation or any words transcribed incorrectly . This is evident given that we know the inaccuracy of transcriptions sometimes due to certain factors like accents. On another note, this feature doesn’t have the option yet to highlight the caption to make it more visible.
However, this update is available in English for now and only to English-speaking countries but Instagram hopes to make it available to other regions soon. This similar feature had been available in IGTV and the Threads app before. And Instagram added it to Stories and soon to expand to Reels in due time as well. According to this social media giant, this will make them more efficient and exclusive to watch.
Story Behind The New Feature
Aside from the personalization feature of the caption, Instagram also aims to help its users through this feature. This will be a great addition for people who are hearing impaired or have difficulties in hearing. No need to increase the volume or put the speaker closer to your ears, captions are there for that. Also, users not fluent in English or not English native speakers may benefit from this. And basically, users who just want to watch videos without sound.
Other Platforms to Use Captions
Captions have become a vital feature now with other platforms and services as well. Before Instagram decided to add it in their stories, a few companies already gave this option to its users. Those platforms include Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams which all offer automated captions for video calls.
Just this March, Google recently expanded its captions feature all across the Chrome browser. It added a feature that instantly captions audio and video on the web. It is expanding its real-time caption feature, Live Captions, from Pixel phones to anyone using a Chrome browser.
There is also Tiktok who added automatic captions to videos first for English and Japanese. And they also have plans of expanding and improving its caption features to Spaces.
As people are more glued to their phones and social media accounts, anything that will make it more accessible is a great additional feature. This way, communication would be clear and understanding will also be achieved. Do you agree with the possible benefits of this feature? Tell us in the comment section below!