Instagram has confirmed the rollout of a new auto captioning feature for stories, which will automatically transcribe spoken words in a video and add text as a sticker.
After a few users started to see the functionality coming into the app, Instagram began the process of making the tool available to all users.
Once the new captions sticker is applied, Instagram will automatically generate the caption based on the speech it decrypts in the clip. The caption can be edited for accuracy, spelling, style, and color before users publish it.
The feature is primarily designed to help people with hearing problems, but it’s also great for cases where you can’t turn on the sound while browsing Instagram.
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When we at Trusted Reviews attempted to post a video story today, we were made aware of the feature via a Stickers tab notification. Here’s how to activate it:
1) Open Instagram and tap the + icon next to your profile picture in the top left corner to open the Stories interface. Select the thumbnail to choose your video or save your video in the app.
2) Once the video has been added / saved, tap on the Stickers option and select Captions from the list. If speech is detected, Instagram will use speech-to-text technology to transcribe it quickly.
3) You will see the words appear on the screen, in sync with their pronunciation. However, there are other options you can select at the bottom of the screen. To change the color, just tap the wheel at the top of the screen.
4) Tap the text itself to edit the content and erase any inaccuracies. Pinch to make the text larger or smaller, and use one finger to position it where it is best.
5) Post your story as usual.
In a tweet today, Instagram confirmed that the feature will be coming to Reels soon as well.