by Alex Tenea, Social Barrel
Google is about to open its YouTube videos collection to a wider audience, allowing the actors to translate their spoken phrases in any of over 60 international languages, or up to 300 languages lesser known if we use Google Translator Toolkit .
YouTube provides two types of services for translating video clips.
The first is an automatic system that works with Google Translate, inserting text as subtitles over the video that is playbacked.
The second type of service makes use of Google Translate toolkit and provides more flexibility in terms of supported languages for translation. With Video Manager, users can translate their own video clips, or call the friends who know the language in which they want to translate, more better. Video clips can be traced throughout the translation, allowing corrections to translated expressions.
According to Google, YouTube gets over 800 million unique visitors each month, of which 70% come from outside the United States, originating from 43 different countries. Thus, users who choose to add videos uploaded to YouTube translations for one or more foreign languages can significantly increase their audience.
Of course, translations added are optional and can be disabled easily if we want to have an unobstructed viewing of YouTube videos.