Found in Translation: Language tools for building a global audience
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Do you ever feel like your videos are getting lost in translation? Y
ouTube has over a billion users and
is available in 76 different languages. So it’s easy to understand why it can sometimes feel that way.
On average, over 60% of a channel’s views come from outside of its creator’s home country. That means two out of every three people who watch your channel might speak a different language than you. So
how can you make sure viewers around the world can easily
discover, understand and love your content? That’s where our latest set of translation features comes in. Designed to help creators make their content more accessible and understandable to an international audience, they include:
Community-contributed subtitles and CC
crowdsource your video subtitles and let your community help you reach more people in more languages.
Opt-in by clicking here.
Translated titles and descriptions
translated titles and descriptions to your videos.That way fans can discover your videos in their native languages. We’ll display your video information in the right language to the right viewers.
Translation marketplace (beta)
order professional translations of your content right from your
. Once you've chosen the target language(s) you prefer, simply checkout and pay. When the translation is complete, we'll auto-publish your content and send you a confirmation email.
Some of our partners have already tested out these features and the impact has been pretty remarkable. Take
. Their channel more than
doubled the daily watchtime
on translated videos from Spanish and Portuguese speakers. In fact,
watchtime from Spanish users
These new features have the potential to fundamentally change the way VICE distributes its YouTube content on a global scale”, says Jordan DeBor, V
ideo Partnerships Manager at VICE.
“By removing the language barrier, YouTube delivers the opportunity to build new audiences in local markets and expand in our existing ones.”
With the help of over 20,000 volunteer translators,
, another important YouTube partner, has been experimenting with crowdsourced translations across thousands of videos in more than a hundred languages. They joined the new translation tools pilot just a few months ago and for the first time combined translated captions with translated titles and descriptions for two thousand videos in 11 languages. They saw major growth in localized watchtime – the channel’s localized watchtime increased from 20% to 35% overall, and in several cases up to 60%.
"For more than five years, we’ve been working to remove the barrier of language from TED’s mission in spreading ideas throughout the world”, says Kristin Windbigler, Director of TED’s Open Translation Project. “As one of our most important partners, YouTube has pushed the boundaries in making our videos not only accessible but also discoverable for viewers around the world.”
Ready to start using these features? Check out the translation tools
for more information!
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YouTube presses play on virtual reality
Thursday, November 5, 2015
This story was originally posted on the official YouTube blog. Earlier this year, YouTube began supporting 360 degree video on YouTube. Today, we’re unveiling new virtual reality (VR) features on Android that enable you to see and be seen in a whole new way.
If we’ve learned anything in the past 10+ years at YouTube it’s that capturing and sharing videos is a great way to bring people there with you—whether “there” is an
by violinist Tim Fain, or just a friend’s birthday party.
Virtual reality (VR) makes the experience of being there even more awesome and immersive, so today we’re bringing two new VR features to YouTube’s Android app. All you need is your current phone, and a
First, YouTube now supports
—a brand new kind of video that makes you feel like you’re actually there. Using the
that we humans use to see the world, VR video gives you a sense of depth as you look around in every direction. Near things look near, far things look far. So if you were excited about
, this is pretty freakin’ cool.
To give it a try just find a VR video on YouTube—like the
Hunger Games Experience
TOMS Shoes Giving Trip
tap the new Cardboard icon, drop your phone into your Cardboard viewer, and you’re off! If you’re a creator, you can also check out technologies like
to capture and share your own VR videos.
Check out this and more VR videos here
Our second bit of news is for the universe of existing YouTube content. And that’s the fact that you can now watch any video using Google Cardboard, and experience a kind of virtual movie theater. Just select the new “Cardboard” option from the watch page menu, drop your phone into your viewer, and you’re done. You’ll now have the largest VR content library right at your fingertips.
Both of today’s updates make it easier to be there. In some cases, really there there. So download the new YouTube app from
, and get going.
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