How to add closed captions [CC] on Youtube for Free!
[Andrew] Hello Everyone! I’m Andrew Kan, and if I kan, you Kan too! I’ll teach You how to add Closed Captions to YouTube Videos for FREE! [Andrew’s Analysis Bumper] Closed captions are a great way for your videos to not only be more inclusive, but gives YouTube more metadata to help rank your video with! I’ll show you how to add the Closed Captions to YouTube videos with and without a script! Let’s start without a script! First,
head to the my videos page
Select the video you want to add the closed captions to, and click the edit button.
This will take you to the Subtitles/ Closed captions page
You should see an automatic caption option in your native language, and automatic in parenthesis. Click on this, and this will let you see the YouTube Automatically Generated Subtitle/Closed Caption Source. This is great if you want to add captions, but don’t have the script or funds to add them in other ways. To actually edit, select “edit.” This will refresh the page, and will let you start to edit the video’s closed captions. Sometimes the automatic captions are 100% fine, but other times they can be slightly off.
You can make edits as needed
Then once it’s done you’ll select “Publish edits!” They might show up in “Pending Publish” if the video is longer, but once done You’ll see under the “Automatic” option your new Closed Captions/ Subtitles, and like before you can edit them by selecting the new closed captions! While closed captions and subtitles are very similar, they are not the same thing! Closed captions are a transcription of dialogue, Subtitles are a translation! Continuing on, I’ll show you how to add the Closed Captions with a script. Head to the my videos page once again, and select edit and closed captions on the video of your choice, and then select “Add new subtitles or CC.” You can select your native language, which for me is English or search one of the 189+ OTHER languages YouTube supports. I’ll select English.
You’ll be given three options
“Upload a file” which if you’ve paid a site like Rev.com or 3Media to do captions, you can add them here. I’ve had to purchase professional captions for some film festivals, so you can just upload them here. “Transcribe and Auto- Sync” which let’s you Type or paste in a full transcript of the video, and the subtitle timings will be set automatically. “Create new subtitles or CC” Let’s you create captions by typing what is being said, along with the video. We’ll be selecting “Transcribe and Auto Sync” This will allow us to copy and paste in our script. I’m using the same script from earlier in this video, and will be pasting that in now. Once You’ve pasted the video [script] select “Set timings.” It might take a bit for the timings to be set, but once they are You’ll be able to see your captions by refreshing. Then select the new captions, and you can watch and edit them for timing. This looks great for me, so I will go ahead and select “Publish.” Transcribe and Auto- sync also works on film scripts too! Take a look at this example! INT - Living Room - Day (We see Andrew looking through YouTube on his TV) Medium Shot (Andrew stomach growls) Voice Over: I guess I should make something to eat. Interior refrigerator Andrew: Nothing (Andrew closes the fridge and walks to his fish.) Andrew feeds his fish Wally. Andrew: At Least one of us won’t be hungry. (End Scene) Just as before, copy and paste the script into transcribe into Auto Sync, and watch as the rest falls into place! That’s going to be it for this Video! Are you adding closed captions to your videos? Let me know in those comments down below! If you enjoyed this video please consider subscribing to this channel, I go over my films, my travels, and my expertise and remember if I kan YOU kan too!
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