Enlightenment in the Midlands
Lunchtime Livestream S4|E2 - Closed Captioning

Closed Captions in Chrome

Auto Closed Captions (subtitling) natively within your Chrome browser is now a thing. This is a game changer. Or perhaps more realistically a great leveller when using a whole range of browser based video meeting and conferencing event services, Whereby, Hopin (I’ve tested that out see pics below.) and Crowdcast for example.

The auto close captioning through the chrome browser extends to working on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube livestreams.

This is an audience activated feature. Closed Caption in platforms where CC is available is activated by the view in most cases. Auto generated captions are not perfect but I’m a firm believer that access should be attempted with out exception. 

Settings > Advanced Settings > Accessibility - toggle Live Captions to ON.Close and restart the Chrome and… Boom!

Below are a two screen captures taken while attending an event in Hopin.


The captions box can be expanded into a paragraph. The box can be dragged to anywhere on the screen.