How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos 2019 [New Method]
- Question for all of you to kick this one off: do you use YouTube captions or subtitles in your videos? Well, if you don't, here's how to do it and why you should. - [Announcers] vidIQ, vidIQ, vidIQ.com - When you are logged into YouTube, you should see your channel logo in the top right-hand corner of most YouTube screens. If you click on that, you have the option to go to YouTube Studio. This is currently in beta, but will become the standard as 2019 progresses. This is the dashboard, or homepage, of the new Creator Studio, and to upload captions you will need to go to videos.
This will show you your most recent videos
So, for a video that you do have captions for, click on that video and then go to the Advanced tab at the top. In the dead center of the screen, you should see Subtitles and CC for original video language. YouTube should usually automatically try and caption your videos, but it never does a perfect job. So, if you have gone to the trouble of captioning your videos, or used a professional service such as rev.com, you'll have a file that you want to upload to your video, and you can do it here with the UPLOAD SUBTITLES/CC link. Choose whether or not your captions file has timing or not, and when you click on continue, it will ask you to upload a file. The YouTube caption system supports many different file languages, some of which you can see on screen now. For more information, do look at the support page. A link is in the video description. Once you select your captions document, it should automatically add it to the video where you can press save. But what if you don't have a captions file and you want to download the one automatically created from YouTube? Well, you can by clicking on the three dots next to the caption and then selecting Download. And this will download the file as an .sbv format to your computer. Once downloaded, you should be able to open the file with any type of notepad program such as Notepad++, and then you can make changes to it, perfect the grammar, change the spelling, make sure everything looks right, and then re-upload it to YouTube as a perfectly captioned video. So, why should you use captions and subtitles in your videos? Well, first of all, it gives the viewer a better experience of your content. To find out just how people used subtitles on your videos, go to the Creator Studio and then your channel-wide analytics. Click on the BUILD AN AUDIENCE tab and scroll to the bottom, and here you will see just how many people are at using subtitles. In our case, 10% of our audience watch videos with subtitles or captions. So, we're giving a large portion of our audience a better experience, and hopefully bringing in more people who can enjoy our content. Another thing to remember is that more and more people are watching YouTube videos via a mobile device, which means that the listening conditions may not be ideal. If they're on a busy bus, or out in town and it's just too much noise, they would prefer possibly to watch the video with captions and subtitles on. And finally consider this, with captions, you can use them for Facebook and Twitter videos, where the audio is usually turned off by default when it also plays. And so, having captions on there helps grab the viewer, and then they may turn on the audio and watch the rest of your video. Now, one thing to bear in mind as I record this video, there are still features missing from captions in the new Creator Studio, so you may need to go back to the Classic Studio to do things such as full editing on your captions if that's what you need to do. In the meantime, if you want a bit of fun, rewind this video back to the beginning, turn on captions, but use YouTube's auto translated ones, because I guarantee you the words coming out of my mouth will not be the same ones who are reading down here.
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