Why might you want to add closed captioning to your YouTube videos? In addition to aiding in search engine optimization, it also allows people with disabilities or who are not fluent in your language to view & understand your video.
YouTube will auto generate closed captioning and a transcription by use of a speech recognition software or you can upload your own closed captions. Keep in mind that if you choose the auto generated captions, you may need to edit them. It is advised that you read through carefully before going live.
How to add your own closed captioning to your videos
- Log into YouTube Studio.
- From the left-hand menu, click “Subtitles”. Find the video you’d like to edit and click on it.
- From the “Set Language” dropdown, select the language for the video. You can leave “Make this the default for my channel” checked, if all videos in your account will be created with the same language.
- Click “Confirm“. Automatic subtitles will be added.
- Hover just to the right of “Published” and click on the three vertical dots that appear. Then choose “Edit on Classic Studio“. This will brig you to “View published subtitles and CC” page where you can edit the automatic subtitles that were created.
- In the top right-hand corner of the editor click “Edit“. This will bring you to the “Transcribe and set timings” page.
Next, you will be able to update the transcript that was auto generated for you while you watch the video, or you can upload a file file that content.
Manually Edit the Transcript
- On the left-hand side of the video you can click on any transcription that was already created to edit it. You can also click on the set times to the left of the transcription text to change when that specific transcription appears. OR, you can play the video to & pause whenever you’d like to add a new transcription. When you hit pause, you can add your new text in the “Type subtitle here then press enter” field. Type in your transcription, then hit enter or press the blue “+” button to add it. (Repeat this process for all spoken words or sound effects such as [applause] or [thunder].)
- When finished, click “Publish edits“.
Note: You can click and drag the transcript sections below the video to easily reposition when and where that text shows. Drag the section handles to where you would like that text to start and stop.
Upload a Transcript
- Click the “Actions” dropdown above the transcription edit area, then click “Upload a file“.
- The “Upload a file” popup will appear. Click the “Choose File” button and select the transcript file (.txt file format) you’ve created. Click “Upload“.
- Once Uploaded it will show the video transcript that was included in your file. Go ahead and click the “Set timings” button. This will automatically sync up the text within your video. After it syncs the timings, you will still be able to manually click and drag where you’d like the transcriptions to appear, just like within the “Manually Edit the Transcript” step above.
For more details & information please see the YouTube website
To view the closed captioning
- Go to any Youtube video page.
- Click on the “CC” button on the bottom right of the video.
- To turn the closed captioning off, click the same “CC” icon again.
To view the transcript
- Go to any Youtube video page.
- Below the video click on the three horizontal dots icon.
- Click “Open Transcript”.