One of the improvements that Twitter has been gradually introducing in the applications of all Android and iOS users is subtitles. Although it is a useful tool to view the content of a video without listening to it, many users find this feature annoying and want to know how to disable subtitles in Twitter videos.
Before explaining the process to disable subtitles, it should be noted that disabling them will only be effective for subtitles that are automatically generated by Twitter. If the video in question already has embedded subtitles because the user uploaded it that way, there will be no way to disable those texts.
When browsing the Twitter timeline, the videos will automatically start playing silently (as long as you have the option activated) and the subtitles will appear at the bottom or top of them. To deactivate the subtitles, you will have to click on the ‘CC’ icon that appears in the upper right part of it and make sure that it is reflected with white letters with a transparent background to make sure that they are deactivated. Of course, keep in mind that if you enlarge the video you will not be able to deactivate them, this is something that can only be done from the preview.
Another solution so that the transcripts of what is said in the Twitter videos do not appear is to enter the settings of our phones. If we access the ‘Accessibility’ section, we can scroll down a bit until we find the ‘Subtitles’ option, which is usually activated. Click on it, and deactivate the first tab that will appear. By doing so, as reflected in the image, it will appear ‘Off’ and you will no longer see the subtitles of Twitter videos. This process will also affect other applications that generate subtitles.
Why do I get the message: Could not transcribe from audio
Subtitles are a useful tool, but not foolproof. If sometimes it seems strange to you why the message appears: could not be transcribed from the audio, do not worry, there is nothing wrong with your mobile or with your connection (in these cases the video would not even play). This is the issue that causes that warning to appear in the videos.
When Twitter tells us that it could not transcribe from the audio, what happens is that its voice recognition system has not been able to correctly process what has been said in the video. When a person is speaking too fast or is not pronouncing correctly, automatic captioning systems suffer on Twitter, YouTube, and any other platform, so they cannot provide an accurate transcription to the user.
For this reason, videos that show news or are clips from an experienced tweeter or streamer are usually transcribed without any problem. Videos shot on the street with a lot of background noise and lots of voiceovers will be the most likely to appear without their automatic subtitles on Twitter, although there are exceptions when the audio comes through with enough clarity and good pronunciation.
The automatic transcription system that generates the subtitles on Twitter is available in about 30 languages. Users who upload videos in Spanish, English, Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic will see how the platform automatically adds subtitles. However, content creators can also generate their own subtitles and upload them in SRT format through Media Studio, Twitter’s ecosystem for tweeters who care more about their content contribution and post professionally.